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DIY Claw Machine Kids Costume

I have to say….this is not be finest moment as a photographer….these pictures were taken last September…at night…many by kids….we were in a “getter-done” mode if ya know what I mean. But….the costume turned out so cute that I wanted to share.

I was visiting Melissa last September…and we had planned to do these costumes all weekend…but like usual the time flies by and we realized the night before I left that we hadn’t even started. (by the way….the next morning I was flying around 9:30am and I woke up with the stomach flu….it. was. awful….worst flight of my life…moving on…)

This Claw Machine costume was thought up by my little friend Abby. She is the oldest of Melissa’s daughters and she is really creative. It was our job to tackle this costume together….we shopped Michael’s…shopped around the house…and put it all together. I am going to remember as best as I can to share with you how we put this together….if you have any questions just ask and I will try to help…or just I can just call Abby and ask her:)

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Three of the sweetest girls I know….

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Ok..here is what you will need….

Supplies

– cardboard box large enough to have child inside

– razor blade

– sharp scissors

– piece of foam board

– pencil

– measuring tape

– small paper box (square)

-hot glue gun and glue

-craft foam (2 sheets cut into 4 by 4 square)

-duck tape to match foam (ours was red)

– small dowel rod (5 – 6 inches long)

– small wood disc (or something of your choice for “buttons” on the front of machine

– cellophane for front

-wrapping paper (candy paper) to decorate back of the machine

-Abby wrapped hers in black paper but you could probably spray paint the box

– wooden letters “the claw” for front of box

-Abby held a small bag of candy but a fanny pack would work great (when kids placed a “coin” in…she would move the “claw” her hand to grab candy…and place it in the little box to dispense. Hope this is making sense:)

Steps (as best as I can remember…)

1. Cut box on the top to fit child’s head. Measure and cut out arm holes also. Make sure it fits ok.

2. Cut out front of machine with a razor….leaving enough room on the sides so that the box is still 4 sided.

3. Cut a piece of foam board for the “control panel”. Ours is about 12 by 5. Be sure to leave it wide enough to hold your “joystick”.

4. Cut a slit under the front opening. Secure piece of foam board with hot glue.

5. Make the joystick. Stack the 4 by 4 pieces of foam together. Take a sharp razor and cut a deep slit for the dowel rod to be placed. Glue and duct tape the joystick together. Glue dowel rod (and tape). We covered our dowel rod with black duct tape.

6. Cut a slit for the small square box. You need to make sure you cut it tight enough to hold it on it’s own….but also so that it is able to slide in and out.

7. Decorate the box as you like….

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If you would like to see the JellyFish and the Cookie On a Pan….I already shared those…

Melissa tells me that this claw machine was the most popular costume….all the kids wanted to try it!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Jellyfish Halloween Costume

I am popping in today to be apart of my blogging buddy Jamie’s handmade costume series. She has a complete website dedicated to handmade halloween costumes! It is so fun to peek around on there and get some great ideas to make your own…and your kids costumes. I am sharing this one that Melissa (bff) and I made last year for her daughter. Melissa got the idea on family fun and added a few things to make it her own. It turned out so cute and it was very easy to make…

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What you will need:

Large Mexican hat

bubble wrap

package tape

hot glue gun and glue

streamers

1/2 yard felt (to match fabric on top…we used blue)

Shimmery fabric for the top

scissors

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How to make:

1. Cut felt circle the size of the bottom of the hat. Hot glue onto hat.

2. Cut out circle for the head and hot glue felt to hat.

3. On the top of the hat…stuff bubble wrap so that it fills the entire top. We used packaging tape to adhere. You want it to be nice and round on top…like a jelly fish.

4. Cover bubble wrap with fabric cut to fit around and over the felt on the bottom of the hat. Folding and gluing as you go.

5. Cut streamers and ribbons to hang down from the edges of the hat…curl if you desire:)

6. Sarah wore a blue shirt to match her sparkly jellyfish hat:)

How flippin cute!! Go see Jamie’s site for more great ideas! Thanks for including me girly:)

 

Go check out more really cute handmade costumes at Really Awesome Costumes

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Cookie on a Pan: Halloween Costume

I went on a quick trip to see my bff last week. We got busy working on homemade Halloween costumes. 3 little girls wanting 3 unique homemade costumes….we were worn out! The oldest wanted to be a claw machine (like the kind you see at the arcade), the middle girl wanted to be a jelly fish…and the youngest wanted to be a Cookie on a Pan…hilarious..and so adorable. Melissa followed the directions from Family Fun online..(click here to find them)…and we snapped some pictures along the way. The pictures were taken by the girls…and it was dark outside…it’s the best we could do ;)

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I thought I would share the Cookie on the pan project in case you still don’t have a costume for a little person in your house. This one came together super quick and not many supplies are needed. It is a big wow factor too. So stinkin cute! The basic frame is a piece of foam board covered with a metallic cardstock (to resemble a pan). Cut the corners in about an inch and score and fold up the sides. Tape. Glue cardstock to foam board.

Trace a cookie shape with onto 3 pieces of taped brown cardstock (directions have specific dimensions) .Cut the shape out and glue to “pan” . Cookie shapes are cut out of brown foam board. “Icing” is puffy paint. When everything is dry, use a sharp exacto knife and cut out space for child’s head to be the face of the cookie. Straps are attached on the back to free up the child’s hands.

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How cute is that??? Hope you have a wonderful fall weekend! Be sure to stop by my girl Kristen’s today at The Hunted Interior….she is sharing a new way to look at your Thanksgiving  table ;)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Halloween Spider Cheese ball and Platter (appetizer)

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BOO! Halloween post are popping up all over the web…so I thought I would share this one with you. I was excited to participate over at eighteen25’s Spectacular September this year. I shared this spider web platter. In case you missed it…I have the directions below on how to create your own spider web platter. What could be cuter on a web platter then a cheesy spider?? I know….rolling cheese into the shape of a spider is ALWAYS fun ;) A simple and fun way to get spooky this October…..

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I find that you have to be super gently when you clean this platter….if you want to have something a bit more durable…I would use a black ceramic paint. Just fyi…..or if you would rather just use it once and dry it off…that is cool too. The  sharpie I have since found will wear off….even if you bake it.

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In a bowl, combine 8oz cream cheese, 2 T onion soup mix, 1/2 C shredded Monterey jack, 1 t horseradish, 3 chopped green onions. Mix well. Reserve a spoon full of cheese mixture. On wax paper, form mixture into one large ball and one small ball. Cover with poppy seeds and place on platter (head and body). Split pretzel sticks in half, use the cheese to act as the “joints” for the spider legs. Olive cut in half for the eyes.

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Here are the directions for the platter:

If you have been on pinterest for the past year or so…you have seen similar projects people are creating with sharpie markers. (just fyi this isn’t permanent….it has washed off….but it is still cute:)  I was inspired to try this technique out for myself. How fun to make a plain white platter into a spider web for Halloween!! This is so easy. All you need is a black sharpie marker, a white platter, and an oven. I printed an image of a spider web (off the web…he he he) to follow and use as my guide.

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I wanted mine to be “offset” of center….so I started by adding a small dot on the side of my platter. From there I drew lines going out from that dot (just as many as looks right to you…no wrong way to make a spider web….just have fun with it!) After I had the lines drawn….I started from the center and drew slightly curved lines to connect the web together…until my web looked complete. Let dry and go over the design again with the marker. Bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes. Hand wash is best (very gently wash) ;)

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Did I scare ya?? He he he :) Happy weekend friends! If you are enjoying my post I would love for you to share with friends on your favorite social media. The more the merrier!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

10 ideas for Fall

I know…I know…Labor Day hasn’t even past us yet….but on blogland Fall is starting to bloom. I wanted to give you some ideas for Fall decorating that I have shared in the past. I am excited to show you some things I have been working on for this Fall…it is my favorite season. The smells, the jeans, the firepits….the leaves changing. I love it all.

fall decor ideas

pumpkin art

Modern Pumpkin Art

fall table

Fall Table

halloween table

Creepy Painted Fruit

halloween frame diy

Quick Halloween Frame

bone breadsticks

Boneyard Breadsticks

fall outdoor decor

Front Porch Decorating

apple crepes recipes

Simple Apple Crepes

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Last years fall mantle

italian wedding soup recipe

Italian Wedding Soup

Brain cake recipe (halloween)

Brain Cake

(some of these post are from a long time ago…..sorry for the baby small pictures ;)

What are you most looking forward to??

Happy weekend!!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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