Printable Halloween Mini-Banner

Why bring your potluck dessert to the party in plastic, when a simple Halloween mini-banner can make it festive?  Today I’m showing you an easy way to dress up your dish, using a printable banner designed by the super-talented Jen Goode at 100 Directions.

Happy Halloween Printable Mini-Banner on blog.

Plus, my banner is part of a blog hop chock full of ideas using all of Jen’s free Halloween printables.  For this banner, I used the smallest doll-sized banner from the Black & White Swirl collection (bottom, second from left).


After I cut out the banner pieces using micro-tipped scissors, I punched holes in the top corners of each triangle.  My 1/16th punch was the ideal size for the mini-banner.

Make a Halloween mini-banner for topping cakes or other baked goods.  Tutorial on blog.

I used a large needle to thread orange craft pom-poms and the banner triangles onto black and white bakers’ twine.  The needle goes easily through the center of the pom, and makes the threading of the twine through the small holes much smoother.

Make a mini Halloween banner with printables and craft poms. Learn how on the blog.

Once all my orange poms and mini-banner pieces were threaded onto the 2 lengths of bakers’ twine (as shown), I tied the banners to orange paper straws for an extra pop of color.

Printable Halloween Mini-Banner with pom-poms on blog.And there you have it, pastries with pizzazz!  So much prettier than a plastic tray.

To see more great ideas using all the free printables from 100 Directions, click the graphic below.

Thanks for stopping by to see my printable Halloween mini-banner!

Until next time…

Decorate Halloween Potion Bottles with Paint

I am a scaredy-cat.  I freely admit to hating scary movies, haunted houses, anything with blood, and all monsters scarier than Grover from Sesame Street.  So when I decorate for Halloween, I stick to fun.

DIY Halloween Potion Bottle tutorial from

These Halloween potion bottles fit the bill perfectly.  The matte black bottles contrast with the sparkly silver buckles (inspired by witch’s shoes)and look mystical instead of creepy. With just a wave of your magic spray can and a little embellishment Hocus Pocus, you can make potion bottles in under 15 minutes.

How to make Halloween Potion Bottles from Carla Schauer Designs

I started with a variety of glass and plastic bottles I have collected.  Many are old craft product packaging, one is from a candle I never burned, and one is an old vinegar bottle.  One of the bottles is glued to a glass candlestick for height. (Savings tip: keep clean, empty food jars and find great shaped bottles at dollar-type stores to fill in.)

Spray painted Halloween potion bottles from

Two coats of matte black spray paint gave the bottles exactly the look I wanted. (I used 2–1 Paint & Primer by Krylon.) It works well for both glass and plastic.

DIY Halloween potion bottle buckles tutorial from

While the paint was drying, I made my silver “buckles” using premade chipboard squares.  You could also cut or punch your own if you don’t have premade ones handy.  A Silver Leafing Pen (also from Krylon) gave the chipboard squares their metallic look.

Decorating potion bottle DIY tutorial from

I also wired together a little metal frog, some crystal-looking beads, and a black feather to make a “charm” with a loop, threaded it on some black fiber, and hung it from one of the bottles.  The No. 9 was written directly on the painted bottle with the leafing pen, and the buckles glued on.  A few extra pieces of twine and fiber wrapped around other bottles completed my Halloween potions.

Painted Magic Potion Bottles for Halloween

That’s it!  Non-scary, Magical Halloween Potions in minutes!  For more Halloween DIY, check out the rest of the Craft Lightning projects by clicking on the button below:

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Tied Ribbon Wreath for Fall

A tied ribbon wreath is a great way to include beautiful colors and textures in your home decor.  In this fall version, I used earth toned ribbons in a variety of materials, along with a metal leaf and wood buttons to add some natural flair.  Cut or torn fabric strips would make a pretty alternative for a more rustic wreath.

Fall Tied Wribbon Wreath from Carla Schauer Designs


For this wreath, I used a STYROFOAM Brand Foam wreath form approximately 8″ in diameter.  Tip: Painting the front of the wreath using a foam brush and acrylic paint will camouflage the form in case it happens to peek through the ribbons.


While the painted wreath form dries, cut several lengths of each ribbon type.  The amount of ribbon needed will vary, depending on the size of the wreath form and the width of the ribbon. My form required around 50 pieces, each 10″ long.  Widths ranged from 1/2 to 1″.


Beginning with the wider ribbons, tie the pieces around the form. Fill in the spaces with the narrower pieces, adjusting the position of the knots as necessary to cover any gaps.


Once all the ribbons are tied around the wreath form, the whole project might look a little scary.  Mine resembled a big autumn-colored ribbon Medusa.  No worries, though, we’ll fix that.

ribbon-wreath-ties-2_webOnce all the ribbon ends have been trimmed to approximately 1.5 inches long (use sharp fabric scissors for clean edges), scary Medusa will be transformed into a pretty tied ribbon wreath ready for embellishing.


Glue dark brown button “berries” tied with orange embroidery floss around the wreath, and a large aged metal leaf as an accent.  More buttons tied with cream floss can be glued on top of the leaf for additional coordinating color and texture.


With no time or labor-intensive techniques to deal with, this tied ribbon wreath can be assembled quickly and easily.   Plus, it makes a great stash-buster project, using pieces that may be left over from previous projects.  Dive into your ribbon stash and make one today!

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Campfire Wishing Stones Craft

One of the best ways to keep kids entertained while camping is to have a great stash of camp crafts ready to make.These “wishing stones” are made with melted crayons, and no two are ever the same.


Find some smooth stones on your nature scavenger hunt, or bring some with you, along with a handful of crayons. This is a great way to use up all those broken pieces.


Have an adult place your stones in the fire coals to heat. We like to use kitchen tongs for adding and removing stones.  While the stones are heating, have the kids peel any wrappers off the crayons.


Remove stones from fire and place on paper towel or plate.  Press crayons against hot stones to melt wax. Make lines, dots, flowers, or whatever your imagination desires.

*Safety note:  kids should use paper towel or plate to turn stones, not fingers. Stones are hot!


Experiment with metallic, shimmery, and other types of crayons, they all melt with different effects.  Let stones cool and wax harden before touching.

20140719-165551-60951938.jpgFor bonus fun, before crayon wax hardens, sprinkle wishing stones with glow-in-the-dark glitter.  “Charge” glitter with a flashlight for glowing nighttime entertainment and extra-special wishes.

Thanks for stopping by!  For more fab camping crafts, check out the rest of the posts on this month’s Craft Lightning series.