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Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner

on October 20, 2017

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

True Story you guys. I have 2 days during the week to actually be productive. Otherwise, I’m either working, planning for work, or burnt out. So that is 2 days for blog content, cleaning my house, laundry, etc. You know what is NOT productive? Video games. You know what I did ALL last week? Played the new Stranger Things app. It ate all my time! And honestly, I regret NOTHING. Okay, maybe I regret a little bit but darn it, I love that show and I love those kids.

MAKE IT: Vicious Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers

For real though you guys, I’m a little obsessed with that show. And the soundtrack – Yes I have it on vinyl and it sounds amazing. I’m sure there’s definitely a nostalgia factor but that show came out of nowhere and just took everyone by surprise!

To re-creates these cool Fusion Bead Christmas Lights and turn them into a Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner is relatively simple. If you’ve got kiddos, this is a perfect project to get them involved in – but maybe don’t let them watch the show? Don’t blame me for nightmares that may or may not happen 🙂

Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner

Supplies:
Fusion Beads: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Black, White
Large square Perler bead board (or 2)
Wax or Parchment Paper
Iron
Black Embroidery Floss
Tapestry Needle
Awl – Optional
Black alphabet stickers

To create this banner, you’re going to need 8 of each color. I found that you can fit eight per board so the process goes relatively quickly – just do one color per board and you’ll end up with 32 lights total. Once your patterns are finished, cover the beads with parchment paper and iron each side on high for about 30 seconds keeping medium pressure and moving in gentle circular motions. Do this to each side – Don’t melt them down completely, you still want SOME holes in the beads to thread.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

 

Once your beads have cooled its time to thread them! Thread a 6 foot strand of black embroidery floss through a tapestry needle. Begin to string your creations onto the floss. Going in through the back of your the top two black beads of each light, passing back through the front and repeating for each light. This will make sure that your banner doesn’t slide around and you can get the positioning right. Leave about 1 inch length between each. – If you don’t have a clear hole to thread through, use the awl to punch a larger hole in the top two black beads.

MAKE IT:DIY Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

Once you’re finished, secure your creation to the wall however you like – I used some tacks and masking tape – and affix your letter stickers beneath.

That’s it! You’re done! Treat yo’ self to a cocktail or delicious Eleven inspired Eggo cupcake! Just don’t get stuck in the upside down. The demagorgon might get you.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

 

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Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip for Fall

on October 18, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #FashionColorExpert #sponsored

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ll know that I used to have really long, really curly hair – Think mermaid hair. I’ve always had iffy luck with hair dressers, so I’d let it go years without cutting it, and even then I’d do it myself. At least if I screwed it up it’d be my own fault. I still have really curly hair, but about 6 months ago, I chopped over a foot and a half off. It was super scary and also super free-ing. But I needed a change and to also save money on hair product, but that’s beside the point.

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue! 

Fast forward to now and my hair is still pretty short and I needed another change. The seasons are changing and it’s not like I can cut even more of my hair off… well I could, but no. So since it’s fall, and as most people update their wardrobe, I’m updating my hair with a vibrant and fresh shade of Vintage Red (5.29) from Schwarzkopf Color Ultime; Hair color that defies fading for up to 9 weeks of color shine, and ya’ll know I love it when my hair shines!

Find out how you can try it free here!

DIY Easy Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

Just a quick note, I’m not allergic to dyes, but I have friends that are so it’s ridiculously important to do a patch test and wear gloves!

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Jump to the end of the post to see the process and before and after!


Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip

Supplies:
Hot Glue gun and sticks
Wax or baking paper
Hair clips
Metallic paint and sponge

To create this project, trace the shape of your leaf onto the baking paper.

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

Carefully with the hot glue, outline your leaf and fill in with whatever designs you like and allow to dry.

 Sponge brush painting - DIY Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

Once your hot glue is cooled – should only take about 10 minutes – apply metallic paint in a pouncing motion. You can also use spray paint if you’ve got it.

Finished Project - DIY Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

Allow your paint to dry and attach it to a hair clip or bobbypin with hot glue and pair with your shiny new hair color!

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue! #ad #FashionColorExpert @SchwarzkopfUSA @Walmart


 

To me, having a great cut and color are the my favorite fall accessories. The best part, I dyed my hair at home with a box from the health and beauty – hair dye aisle at Walmart!

 

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Update your hair color for fall with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime

 

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Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

  1. To test for allergies, follow the instructions for the ‘patch test’ beforehand.
  2. Put on your gloves!
  3. Carefully squeeze the entire contents of the color cream tube into the application bottle and shake it like a polaroid picture…. to make sure everything is completely mixed together.
  4. Apply as instructed and let it develop for the instructed time (mine was 30 minutes)
  5. After the hair color has had time to set, it’s time to rinse! Simply rinse out your hair in warm water until the water runs clear – I took that as an excuse to take an extra long shower.
  6. Use the conditioner as instructed and leave on for 2 minutes before rinsing.
  7. Blow dry, air dry, style it however you want and pin with your brand new metallic leaf hair clip!

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

 

Before

Before pic

During

Schwarzkopf During

After – this was a few days and 2 washes later. I think I’m in love!

DIY Easy Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

You guys, how amazing is this color! I went with Vintage Red and even after a week, I am so in love. It is the perfect shade for the season without my having to seriously update my wardrobe. If you’re up for due for an update or just want something a little different, get thee to a Walmart and go for it!

 

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Easy Monster Cookie Cake

on October 17, 2017

This easy monster cookie cake is a super simple dessert to make for all of your Halloween parties! This giant cookie is an adorable crowd pleaser!

Cake Mix Monster Cookie cake - slices

I was sitting at a friend’s BBQ over the summer and the topic of party desserts came up. As in, we were talking about all how our parents grabbed a cake from the store and had them put our names on it, or they picked up a ton of cupcakes. These days, especially living in LA, I have seen it all. Ice cream carts, cotton candy artists (yep, those exist), mini desserts that look like a mosaic…. and these are at KIDS parties. One of the things we missed most were those giant cookies; you know the ones I’m talking about. Chocolate chip cookies the size of your head (or bigger) instead of a cake. We’ve pretty much had them at every gathering since and I’ve gotta be honest… BEST DECISION EVER!!!

MAKE IT: Halloween Glow in the Dark Slime

This particular project, how stinkin cute is it?!? I had the candy eyes left over from my Hank the Octopus bark last year and then I thought I lost them and was about to buy more until I realized they were in a prop box – Someone help my unorganized self! Anyway, I found them and decided, yep. This is happening.

Cake Mix Monster Cookie cake - Serve

You really can’t mess this monster cookie cake up and I had very few dishes to do at the end so kitchen win!

Cake Mix Monster Cookie Cake

This cake mix monster cookie cake is super simple and a fun project to make for all of your Halloween parties! This giant sugar cookie is definitely an adorable crowd pleaser! - DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

Time: 45 min start to finish
Cost: $5-10
Spooky level: Not at all – but super cute!

Ingredients:
1 Box cake mix – white or yellow
2 eggs
1/2 c room temp butter
Added sugar sprinkles for color – Green funfetti anyone?!?

Decorations:
1/2 can white frosting
Purple food coloring
Candy eyeballs
Sour gummy worms
Sprinkles!

Supplies:
Medium mixing bowl
Round pizza pan
Baking spray
Wooden spoon and Spatula

This cake mix monster cookie cake is super simple and a fun project to make for all of your Halloween parties! This giant sugar cookie is definitely an adorable crowd pleaser!

To make:
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a round cake pan with baking or non-stick cooking spray.

Mix all cake ingredients together until fully incorporated. Use the back of a wooden spoon to make break up any lumps. Spread it evenly onto the pizza pan leaving 1/4 inch space from the edge – the cookie will expand!

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Let cool.

Cake Mix Monster Cookie Cake - Serve

To decorate:
Mix white frosting and purple food coloring and spread evenly on top of cooled cookie cake.
Add sprinkles, candy eyeballs and sour gummy worms!

Are you in love with this as much as I am? PIN it to your Halloween or Party boards to save it for later!

This cake mix monster cookie cake is a super simple dessert to make for all of your Halloween parties! This giant cookie is an adorable crowd pleaser!

 

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DIY Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags

on October 10, 2017

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

I am ready to admit that I am pumpkin spiced out… yes, I know we are only 2-ish weeks into fall but it’s EVERYWHERE and I just can’t you guys. I can’t. What does pumpkin spice have to do with today’s post? Nothing. I just felt like I needed to share that tidbit of information.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

 

Okay, now on to better things… like crafts! I’m entering into my busy season (yes, I have like 5 of them) with babysitting and nannying which means I’m racking my brain to come up with crafts to keep the kiddos entertained and also not cover mom and dad’s house with random knick-nacks. I think I’ve got a win with these. I tried these halloween mini-giftbags the other day with my 4 year old kiddo and she was all about some polka dots! I think they’re going to put “spooky” school supplies in there for her class… but she may just use them to keep random princess jewelry in so who really knows.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

I’m also super stoked to partner with Oriental Trading on this post. We’ve used them a lot while I was working at the Church during things like VBS and Family Camp, but I didn’t realize how much of a selection they actually had! The best part? I can order my party supplies and my craft supplies in one go. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Check out their craft supplies here!

And now onto some bags!

Make it: DIY Halloween Fox Ears

DIY Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags

Cost: $5-10
Time: 15 minutes or less!
Awesome level: Festive and Easy!

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

MAKE IT: HALLOWEEN TYPOGRAPHY VASE

Supplies:
Mini Drawstring canvas bags
Cotton Swabs
Small paintbrush
Paint in chosen colors
Cardstock – for separating the bags

Begin by cutting a piece of cardstock to size and fit it inside of each bag. This will keep the paint from bleeding through.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

Pour some paint onto a pallet or paper plate and use the cotton swabs to make polkadots! Easy peasy! If you’re working with kids, or in a batch, it’s easiest to do one color at a time.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

Remove the paper and let the bags dry. You can heatset with an iron, but it’s not crucial.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

For the spider web, I used black paint and a small paintbrush. You can probably sketch out the general design but I like to live on the wild side.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

Just like in elementary school, paint a few straight lines then connect them with a few droopy lines to make a web. I ran into the problem of having my lines look too…. sketchy? So if that happens, make sure you have a full brush then paint outside in.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

What are your favorite Halloween projects?
Loved this project? Don’t forget to PIN it to your Halloween or Crafts boards!

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Create an Easy Halloween Backdrop

on October 5, 2017

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties!

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

Happy Halloween Season! While I should save this for maybe a round up post – that I will probably never write – this is my current morbid youtube obsession. Skip this if you’re squeamish. Just sayin. I had this whole post nearly written and got sidetracked for 2 hours watching these videos. I’m not ridiculously into death, but I do like random factoids and OMG there are so many!

Moving on – One of the things I’m constantly on the search for in this crazy world is backdrops. Whether it’s for instagram photos, blog photos, or random things that I think are really pretty and can turn things into. My current go-to backdrops are the ones you see on this blog – pink, yellow and blue. I’m currently painting some different shades of these, but you’ll probably see those later. However… this particular backdrop was inspired by a trip to the dollar tree – where, oddly enough, a lot of my ideas come from.

I did my backdrop on a piece of foam core, but if you’re sizing up to cover… say a wall, you’ll need a few other items. Let’s get started shall we!?!

How to Create an Easy Halloween Backdrop

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

Supplies:

Black foam core board – for small scale
2 Black Vinyl Tablecloths – for large scale (optional)
Masking Tape or Painters tape
White crepe paper streamers
Self adhesive googly eyes (or stick them on with glue dots)

1. If you’re using plastic table cloths, go ahead and secure them to the wall with painters tape as far up as you can get it.

2. Attach streamers at the top of the wall or to the BACK of your foam core board approximately 1-2 inches apart depending on your aesthetic.

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

3. Gently twist each streamer down the wall or foam core board and attach it to the bottom of the wall or back of the board.

4. Attach or glue googly eyes to the streamers. For the foam core board, I went through one package and attached them using Aileens Tacky Glue Pen.

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

5. Allow the glue to dry and you’re ready to rock your background! I absolutely adore the little googly eye details! I went for “monster” eyes, but there are so many different kinds and sizes to choose from! What would you go for?

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Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party

on October 3, 2017

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together!

Shout out to all of the parents who randomly indulge their children’s party whims! Okay so when I was in third grade (I think) we had just moved to a new city and I really wanted to throw a Halloween party. Why? I honestly have no clue but my parents were amazing and actually went through with it. I don’t remember many details beyond eating a donut off of a tree and Shane from my class’s vampire blood capsules but I’m sure it was epic. Now that I’m older I realize the work that went into that party even if it wasn’t “pinterest perfect” as the standard is set to be these days. This year, instead of a crazy party, I wanted to throw a party that was outside of the normal black and orange and spooky. I was really inspired by Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas…. among others. And with some help from Oriental Trading, I was able to add some fun details like the striped table runner and skelleton glasses that really brought the decor to a whole new level.

This post is sponsored in part by Oriental Trading, all opinions are my own.

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Head over to Oriental Trading’s Halloween decor shop for some great inspiration!

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Fill glasses with Apple Cider for some fall all ages enjoyment. Add it as a mixer to some champagne to create a Fall Cider Mimosa!

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Jack Skellington Cake Plate adds a touch of DIY whimsy for your sweet treats is perfect for your Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party!

Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com

Colorblock Oreos make for a tasty treat AND a great take home goodie! I used white cake bags and made mini stickers on my Cricut Explore Air 2.

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Make a statement with these simple tableware rolls! Grab some foam bat shapes from the dollar store and adhere them to the roll with a glue dot.

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Use edible accents like clementine oranges for easier clean up! No one likes finding confetti or table scatter days later!

And last but not least… fill up some goodie bags with candy, small gifts or treats from the party!

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

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How to make simple Color Blocked Oreos

on September 28, 2017

Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more!

Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com

How do you eat your oreos? Are you the kind of person that splits them apart, licks them and sticks them back together? Do you dunk them in milk until they’re nice and soggy (guilty)? Do you split them apart and take out the cream (also guilty)? No matter how you eat them, I have yet to find someone that doesn’t like oreos.

MAKE IT: How to Make Oreo Peppermint Bark

Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com

There are a ton of ways to eat these delicious sandwich cookie and even more ways to decorate them! With this DIY, the goal was to use accent colors for my Halloween Party. They really only took about 30 minutes and have a huge impact when trying to set an impressive table. Other ways you could use this technique would be using team colors (I’m looking at you football fanatics) or school colors for a graduation party! The color possibilities are endless with melting chocolate and great food coloring!

Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com

Color Blocked Oreos

Time: 20-30 Minutes
Cost: $5-10
Party matching skills – On fleek (omg what did I just type!?!?)

Supplies:
1 package of Oreos – I went with double stuff, but you can use any kind!
18-24 oz White Chocolate almond bark – separated – usually at this time of year you can find it in large blocks at your local grocery store.
Food coloring in chosen colors – I am OBSESSED with the Wilton ColorRight system!
OR two bags candy melts in your chosen colors
Coconut oil
Microwave safe bowls – I just used CLEAN ceramic bowls
Parchment Paper and baking sheet

Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com

1. To begin, set up your baking sheet with the parchment paper and make room in your fridge. The cooling down process is essential.

MAKE IT: Easy Slutty Brownies Recipe

2. Start with one color chocolate and melt in 30 second bursts, stirring in between each one. Wait until you’ve melted all of your chocolate before adding coloring! Add about 1 tsp coconut oil to thin out the chocolate. This also helps to solidify the chocolate more quickly.

3. Dip oreos about half way, tap off the excess chocolate and gently place on the parchment paper. Do this for as many color blocked oreos as you need then place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes or until chocolate is solid.

Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com

4. While you’re waiting for the oreos to come out, clean up and prepare your next color using the same method.

5. Once your cookies are ready to be removed from the refrigerator, rotate them 90˚ so that the first color takes a vertical position. Dip the cookies half way again and place on the parchment paper – same side down as before. Place back in the fridge for another 20 minutes.

And… thats it! You’re done! Go color block your way into party mode!!!

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Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com

Food Safe DIY Jack Skellington Cake Stand

on September 26, 2017

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY!

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Do you ever have those movies that you’re maybe glad you didn’t see as a kid but are also your favorites? I was not allowed to see Nightmare Before Christmas when it came out. Granted, I was about 5 years old with an overactive imagination so this was probably a good decision on my parent’s part. And while I still have quite the imagination, this film has become one of my absolute favorites… At this time of year especially.

MAKE IT: NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ZERO PILLOW PAL

Also, Hocus Pocus! I saw that movie when I was 7 and it (for some reason) scared the bejebus out of me! I don’t think my parents ever would have let me see it at that age, but we were at a neighbors house and no one really told our parents what we were watching. I spent the entire walk home thinking Billy Butcherson was chasing me and that I should never light a black candle. Like… ever. Now… I love that movie! It is so delightfully campy and I can’t figure out why I was scared in the first place. However, I probably would have loved it anyway so there’s that.

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Okay so yes, I had protective parents. But a part of me is glad they understood me enough to not let me give myself nightmares.

Anyway!!! Welcome the Halloween Season! I’m so glad you’re here! It’s probably my favorite because it is also fall and I can wear sweaters with Star Wars characters on them and not get funny looks. This year, I’m hosting a Tim Burton inspired Halloween party so I KNEW I needed to create something Jack themed. This Food Safe DIY Jack Skellington Cake Stand cost me $10 MAX and I can’t wait to show you how to make it!

Food Safe DIY Jack Skellington Cake Stand

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Time: 30 minutes + Heat/Dry Time
Cost: $10 or less
Spooky Level: 2

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Supplies:
9″ Clear glass plate – I got mine from Ikea but you can get the same ones from amazon.
Multi Surface or enamel paint in black and white
Paintbrush and large foam pouncer
Clear spray sealant (optional)
Glass candle stick – I got mine from the dollar store
E6000 Glue
Printout of Jack’s Face – I sized mine to be 7.5 inches just to give myself some room – you can do this by either loading it into a photo editor or playing around with the scale.

 

Start by cleaning the back of your plate with rubbing alcohol.

Place the Jack Skellington face on your surface with the plate FACE DOWN over it. This will give you a guide to paint the face!

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Using a paintbrush and black enamel paint carefully paint the design on the back side of the plate. Allow it to dry then add a second coat. Let it dry for at least 2 hours.

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

After painting the face, it’s time to fill in the back. I originally used spray paint but it ended up bubbling and probably wouldn’t have held up after washing. SO! Switching tactics, using white enamel or multi surface paint and a large foam pouncer, fill in the back of the plate. Make sure to paint over the black areas too so the plate will look good from all angles. Let it dry for an hour and go back in for a second coat or just fill in patchy places.

To heat set your paints PLEASE follow the instructions on your paint. Each kind is different with different dry times and I don’t want to tell you different.

I let mine dry for 1 hour then set the plate in a COLD oven paint side up. I then heated the oven to 350 then let it cook for 30 minutes once it hit temperature. After that I let it cool IN THE OVEN with the door open.

Once your paint is set, it’s time to add the stand part. I’ve seen people use other things like painted vases or wooden candle sticks so just find what you like. You do you girl! I chose the candle stick because I happened to have a few in craft storage and figured I should probably use it.

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Mark the center of the plate – I measured 4.5 inches in from the edges – and use E6000 glue to secure the candle stick to the bottom of the plate. Let it dry overnight and you’re good to go!

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Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Use your DIY Jack Skellington Cake Stand as a cake stand or a cookie display! You can also use it as a jewlery holder or really whatever you’d need it for!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

on September 20, 2017

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes! Sure to be a crowd pleaser for all the pumpkin spice lovers!

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting! - Do It Your Freaking Self - fall | easy | diy | homemade | with a mix

Okay, so fall is here and I am fully embracing my basic-ness. We just got through a heatwave in LA – which I am not proud to say I complained the entire time – and the weather has been dropping to mid-70’s most days. Now, I’m not going to say this is perfect weather for boots and sweaters but I am hauling them out… because it never hurts to be prepared.

Speaking of hauling out the fall clothes, I kinda got rid of a lot of mine when I tried to be a minimalist earlier this spring. I say try because Kon Mari never mentions being a blogger and/or babysitter and actually needing an over abundance of craft supplies. I got as far as getting rid of clothes and a few old craft supplies. If you’re a blogger or mom or teacher, you totally understand that you’re just going to end up buying more craft supplies so it’s this really vicious cycle.

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting! - Do It Your Freaking Self - fall | easy | diy | homemade | with a mixAnyway! Back to when I tried to Kon Mari last spring. I basically got rid of all of my pants, boots that I hadn’t worn in a while, some sweaters, and generally all things fall. Now that it’s time to pull those things out? I’m down to a Star Wars sweater and my Union Suit collection. It’s rough guys. I know I should look at this as an opportunity to go shopping, but when you’re a plus size lady on a budget options are limited. If you’ve got suggestions PLEASE leave them in the comments! Have you ever gotten rid of things then realized it was probably not a good idea?

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting! - Do It Your Freaking Self - fall | easy | diy | homemade | with a mix

Needless to day, I needed a cupcake when I realized how much adulting I had to do, and what better way to kick off the season than some Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes! This recipe is one of my favorites to pull out during the season and is always a crowd pleaser at work parties!

Get into the fall spirit with these delicious and decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting! - Do It Your Freaking Self - fall | easy | diy | homemade | with a mix

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DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes

on September 12, 2017

Create your own magical Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! You may not be able to levitate your eye shadows, but these brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Let me start this off by saying that I have been binge listening to The Quibbler Podcast and it is amazing and you should go listen to it ASAP. Okay… on to the story…

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Hands up if you have no clue about the difference between a blender brush and an angle brush! Do they put color on my eyelid? That’s all I need. I have a confession to make though, I own so many eyeshadow pallettes it’s sad and there’s only so many youtube beauty vloggers/tutorials I can deal with on a weekly basis. And to be honest, I really only enjoy watching Kimberly Clark. So a lot of my eyeshadow gets used once while I’m experimenting because well… putting on makeup is not really something fun for me.

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Make it: Hogwarts House Crochet Ear Warmers

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

I’m trying though! I’m really trying! I know that you don’t really NEED makeup to look beautiful and all that, but for me it at least makes my mornings look like I tried to be a functional adult. These Magic Wand Harry Potter Makeup Brushes though? They kinda make me want to actually do my makeup because it just gives me a chance to use them. That and I can turn on the Harry Potter soundtrack and pretend to cast a floating charm on Grampa the Cat (It has never worked because I never got my Hogwarts letter and I am still bitter about that)

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Harry Potter Makeup Brushes

Time: 2-3 hours – Paints gotta dry!
Cost: $10 or less
Magic or Muggle? Muggles can totally use them but we cannot be blamed for any magical malady that may occur from misuse. Continue reading

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