Category Archives: halloween

Easy Fall Planter (Outdoor Fall Décor)

Good gravy we made it to Friday! My boys have big sports plans this weekend that include an NBA exhibition game…an NFL game and a huge rival high school football game. The peanut and I are looking forward to PUPPYTIME with our Stella girl who will be coming home on Saturday:) Plus, the weather is turning cooler…whoot!!! I wanted to share this super easy fall planter….in case you wanted to make some this weekend….

I drilled some fake pumpkins this week. I probably enjoyed it a bit too much….I wanted to go buy more fake pumpkins just so that I could drill some more….anywho, these easy fall planters are my new favorite thing and they would be a perfect weekend project!

 

easy fall planters @cleverlyinspired (6)

There are similar projects all over the internet…and I am sure this is not an original idea….but my thought was to try and save the plants that were still thriving (which is quite  amazing I might add…) and just add a little fallication to them. Yes…that is a word.

I bought these tall planters at a place called “At Home”…(which was formally garden ridge). I think they were $50 each….which didn’t seem too bad given how large they are. I think they will look great year round too….10623811_759801160727582_1249539671_n

 

Perfect for the scale of the front door and they looked so pretty with these green plants inside (cannot remember the name of them…. #brownthumb.) To add a bit of fall to the green leaves….and to match the wreath on the door….I decided I would add some fake pumpkins….Here is how I secured them to the plants….

 

easy fall planters @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

easy fall planters @cleverlyinspired (3)

 

You will need:

2 tomato stakes (mine are 30inches)

2 medium fake pumpkins

2 smaller fake pumpkins

1 9 foot fall garland (cut in half)

3/8 inch drill bit and drill

To Do:

Drill a hole in both the bottom and top of the medium pumpkin

Place tomato stake in planter

Thread the medium pumpkin onto the stake

drill hole in bottom only of smaller pumpkin

thread onto stake

wrap and wire garland in the center (I cut one garland in half…but use whatever you wish…your planters not mine:)

 

easy fall planters @cleverlyinspired (7)

A simple and quick tip to bringing a little fall to your greenery:)

Go forth and fall up the house this weekend:) And if you have a chance to sit and peruse….be sure to check out some of my new additions in my etsy shop.  Use coupon code FALLYALL for $5 off!! I have been busy crafting for the upcoming season:)

xo

Where I share great ideas:

BeDifferentActNormal, The36thAve, Whipperberry, TipJunkie, Tatertots&Jello, TodaysCreativeBlog, SerenityNow, PositivelySplendidByStephanieLynn, TheDIYClub, CRAFTHomeStoriesAtoZ, InspireMePleaseRemodelaholic

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.

Monster Pasta Salad (Halloween Party Food)

Back from a weekend of good food, good drinks and good shopping in Chicago. We celebrated our 18th in style:) I am pulling some fun post together but is taking me a while to get my stuff together. It seems I am still trying to get us “settled” in our new house…September has been a a blur but at the same time a really long month. Hoping that I get that blogging mojo back soon. I have been concentrating on being creative…which usually pulls me back to center:) This week we are also preparing for our new baby Stella:) She will join our family on Saturday…and we are all so excited for the little ball of fur! I am busy baby proofing the house…and making sure we are set to go:) I shared this little Halloween snack over at my girl Jen’s a few weeks back but I like to share it here too in case you missed it the first go around….It is a great way to make a fun Halloween meal—without the sweet:)

With all the treats and sweets during Halloween time…..it is nice to have a healthy “fun” food dish to serve up your little monsters before they head out to all the parties. This grumpy monster pasta salad is full of veggies and pasta…and is sure to be a hit with your little gremlins. I was going for the “Bride of Frankenstein” look….what do ya think? Obviously feel free to substitute your families favorite veggies or cheeses…make it your own:)

Halloween Party Food @cleverlyinspired (10)

 

Halloween Party Food @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

I may have had a little bit too much fun putting this together…just sayin…When folks are ready to dig in…just place a large serving spoon beside the tray and little friends can grab their favorite things from the platter. A little container of ranch or dressing is perfect to drizzle on top. Easy!

Halloween Party Food @cleverlyinspired (11)

 

Use a large platter or even a cookie sheet to contain your veggies. A foil “template” may help to visualize your design. Get the kids involved and have them create with the food….win win:)

Here is what I used to create mine:

Monster Pasta Salad (Halloween Party Food)
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 red pepper (eyes and mouth)
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • dried sausage
  • a bit of green food coloring (for the eyebrows)
  • 1 small box bowtie paste cooked and cooled
  • bottle of favorite dressing
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta and cool...set aside.
  2. Peel long pieces of cucumber.
  3. Cut celery into narrow pieces to arrange face.
  4. See picture to get clues for how to put your monster pasta salad together.

See picture above to get clues for how to begin your monster. I peeled about 7 long pieces of cucumber and set them in between the pasta to look like hair. I created the face with celery pieces, red pepper, cucumbers and a sausage nose. I found that it helped to dry the pasta a bit on a towel so that is wasn’t too slippery.

Halloween Party Food @cleverlyinspired (2)

It is a good idea to have some extra veggies on the side…and some pasta too—especially if you are feeding a crowd.

Halloween Party Food @cleverlyinspired (8)

Like I said….have fun with it…and get the kiddos involved—they may never look at red peppers the same again:)

 

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.

Sticky Chicken Legs (slow cooker chicken legs)

I’m recouping today after a fun fall break. Lots to share with you…but today…I am going to share a really easy recipe that would be perfect to whip up for Halloween night. Yet another slow cooker recipe that I promise will not let you down. If you want to be all gory you could call these “Sticky Bones”….up to you;) Whatever you call them….call them easy…because it doesn’t get any easier than this….

sticky chicken legs in slow cooker @cleverlyinspired (1)

I always cook chicken on low in the slow cooker. Especially when you are using a newer slow cooker….they heat up quick and they retain heat better than the older ones….so don’t overheat…or your chicken will be sure to dry out.

sticky chicken legs in slow cooker @cleverlyinspired (6)

That’s right….2 ingredients. Can you handle that? If you want to be super fancy…make this barbeque sauce..(Homemade sugar free bbque sauce recipe). If you are in a pinch….just grab one bottle of your favorite sauce.

sticky chicken legs in slow cooker @cleverlyinspired (2)

Not kidding…it is that easy:)

Sticky Chicken Legs (slow cooker chicken legs)
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 8-10 chicken legs (rinsed and pat dry)
  • Foil
  • One bottle favorite barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Crumple up foil on the bottom of slow cooker. Do this so that the chicken legs do not rest on the bottom of the pot.
  2. Pour entire bottle (12 oz) on top of chicken.
  3. Cook on slow 4.5 hours.
  4. To serve, brush a bit more sauce on top.

 

 

sticky chicken legs in slow cooker @cleverlyinspired (5)

Sharing:

BeDifferentActNormal, The36thAve, Whipperberry, TipJunkie, Tatertots&Jello, TodaysCreativeBlog, SerenityNow, PositivelySplendidByStephanieLynn, TheDIYClub, CRAFT. MadinCrafts. HomeStoriesAtoZ, InspireMePlease, 30Days, Remodelaholic

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 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:)

DIY Claw Machine Costume @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

Three of the sweetest girls I know….

DIY Claw Machine Costume @cleverlyinspired (3)

 

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….

DIY Claw Machine Costume @cleverlyinspired (2)

 

 

costume2

 

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…

handmade jellyfish costume @cleverlyinspiredcv

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

costume

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

Handmade Costume Series 1

 

 

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.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...