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What’s on your Fall Bucket List? – Free Printable

on September 15, 2019

Keep up with your Fall Bucket List with this cute printable and some great ideas to get the most out of autumn!

What are your favorite things to do for fall? Me? I like to jump in leaves, drink all the pumpkin spice, and attempt to make an apple pie from scratch with varying results. (I will get you right one year!!!)

With school being as crazy as it is right now on top of work and just… the season, I haven’t been doing my bucket lists all that often. I figured this time, maybe I should make a super cute printable to put on my refrigerator to keep up with all my fall plans. Will it work? Who knows! BUT I do like having the visual reminder of what I’m looking forward to. 

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Stranger Things Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes

on October 24, 2017

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle!

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

MAKE IT: Magical and Delicious Boozy Butterbeer Cupcakes (that might get you drunk)

I fell into the upside down. Okay that might be a bit of a stretch, but like most of American I am completely in love with Stranger Things. I try really hard not to go on Netflix binges – One because I really don’t have the time and two because I’m scared I’ll turn into a vampire because I won’t see light for 3 days. BUT it happened. I binged. More than once, I binged. And then I bought the games, and the merch, and I even designed my own logo. Pretty sweet huh?

http://makeitstranger.com

So here’s the thing. I feel like I’m not allowed to say that it makes me feel nostalgic because while I am definitely a baby of the 80’s (hands up 1987!) I am a child of the 90s. That’s not to say that I didn’t grow up watching The Goonies and Care bears, jut that it doesn’t actively remind me of my childhood. What Stranger Things does, however, is make me feel like I’m rediscovering something. Like when my dad kept us up late at night listening to his records – I’d grown up listening to that music but actually going through it with him was a completely new experience. Maybe it’s like a time capsule the previous generation buried? Maybe? Hit me up if there is an actual term for this. I feel like I’m really confused in general as to whether I’m actually a millenial or not.

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

Okay, enough exposition. Let’s make some cupcakes! I kinda love these because I can totally lie to myself and say they’re also breakfast… because ya know eggs, milk, butter, waffles … syrup. Breakfast.

MAKE IT: DIY Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

Stranger Things Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes

Time: 1 hour
Cost: $10 or less
Chance of getting sucked into the Upside Down: IDK, maybe like 3?

Decorate with waffles - Eggo cupcakes

Stranger Things Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes

Stranger Things Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcakes
  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 tblsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Maple Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 cup butter - softened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

    Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line cupcake pan with liners
  2. Combine ingredients into large mixing bowl and mix until fully combined
  3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full or use a large ice cream scoop for perfectly even cupcakes every time
  4. Bake for 15-20 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  5. Let cool
  6. For the Frosting
  7. Whip butter, syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla until creamy
  8. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you have the desired consistency
  9. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes with a #1M decorating tip
  10. Add Waffles
  11. Toast waffles until they're rigid, let cool and place on each cupcake.
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Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

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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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.

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

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!

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

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!

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

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DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Pillow Pal

on November 22, 2016

Does anyone else have a pillow that they take everywhere? I do. Well… not a pillow per se, but a pillow pal. Yep. I’ve got one and I have no shame. I have a Stitch Pillow Pet that I take with me any time I have to spend the night somewhere that is not my home and I love it. The kids I babysit do too!

Now you can take Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas with you wherever you go with this DIY Zero Pillow Pal! A great gift for that Tim Burton lover in your life!| Stuffed Animal | Pillow Pet | Sewing project | Kids Gifts | Do It Your Freaking Self

So… when my Nightmare Before Christmas obsessed friend had her housewarming party and casually (but not really) mentioned how Disney had yet to come out with a Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Pillow Pal, the wheels started turning. Using mine as a guide, I made one for her as a christmas present and I gotta say, it turned out pretty awesome.

Do you have a Nightmare Before Christmas/Disney obsessed friend? Is it you? No judgements! Make your own after the jump!

Zero Pillow Pal

Time: Weekend Project
Cost: Under $20
Cozy level: 9

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DIY No Sew Fox Ears Headband

on October 10, 2016

You guys, for some reason I’m in love with foxes this week. Honestly, fall means orange and fuzzy and stealing yummy treats from my friend’s kitchens, which basically means fall = foxes. Right? Maybe?

Okay, so the real reason I made these ears is because I found myself watching The Fantastic Mr. Fox a few nights ago and pretty much fell in love with Felicity Fox. Let’s be honest here even though Mr. Fox tries to run the show, Felicity is there to reign him in and basically be the voice of reason for the entire fiasco.

© Fox Searchlight Pictures

© Fox Searchlight Pictures

Yes folks, she is a badass. If you’re feeling similarly inspired by the Wes Anderson adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, grab some felt and a glue gun. Its about to get foxy up in here with these DIY Fox Ears Headband!

Time: 15 Minutes
Cost: $5-10
Foxy Level: Like… 2?

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