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DIY Spider Queen Halloween Costume

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As a parent, I look forward to Halloween every year- I love how excited my little guy gets about dressing up (not to mention how stinking cute he is!) I’ve dressed up a few times, but usually with my old standby “doctor” costume. Last year, I decided I wanted to do something a little more creative, but without spending a ton of money.

Pinterest led me to the MissChevious.tv  blog, and I was absolutely hooked on the Spider Queen look I saw there. I loved the contrasting colors- the pale skin and the dramatic  blue and black eyes and lips. I decided to give it a try- and was pretty pleased with the results.

The site listed above lists the products used to create the original look, but I wanted to go with what I had on hand and use her look as inspiration.  I found a cheap black wig, used makeup I already had (with a few cheap additions- purple glitter face paint), bags of spider webbing and plastic spiders from the dollar store- and managed to pull off a fun costume!

I wore black pants and a black shirt underneath, had my mom help wrap me in the webbing and add a few spiders for fun.  I also painted my fingernails purple with the black crackle coat on top just to complete the look.

I had a great time at the halloween party I went to- and I’d say the makeup held up pretty well!

I can’t wait to find this year’s costume inspiration- and I’ll be starting on MissChievious’ site to do so. She is one super talented lady!

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DIY Sticky Note Holder

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Teaching has to be one of the hardest (not to mention thankless) jobs on the planet! As the beginning of the school year was approaching, I was trying to come up with a “Back to School” gift basket for B’s new teacher. I found this great DIY Sticky Note Holder idea from Paper Wings via Tricia on Pinterest and thought it would be a great addition to the basket.

This has to be one of the easiest DIY gifts I’ve ever made- and it’s cheap too! I knocked three out in about 5 minutes, and for less than $3.00 each. I tend to have bits and pieces of partially used scrapbook paper and ribbon around, so this was a great way to use up the scraps! The best part about these little holders (besides how freaking cute they are) is that the possibilites are endless…and they are actually useful, unlike a lot of gifts out there.

Supplies:

  • 4×6 Plastic Picture Frame ( $0.96 at my Walmart)
  •  1 pad Sticky Notes (Super Sticky Post-its 5/ $5.96 at Walmart)
  • Scrapbook Paper cut to fit frame
  • Coordinating Ribbon
  • Embellishments  ( Flower Embellishments 4/$1.50 at Michaels and Chipboard Letters 26/$0.99 at Target)
  • Glue Gun

The assembly is pretty straightforward- slide the scrapbook paper into the frame, slap the stickies on the front and use the glue gun to add ribbon and embellishments.

We added the Sticky Note Holder to this cute little gift basket filled with some other goodies, wrapped it in cellophane and tied it with a nice bow to present to the teacher on B’s first day of class.

Happy Crafting!!