Hello! My name is Carrie – I’m the founder of lifestyle and DIY blog, Dream Green DIY. While there, you’ll find me up to my elbows in Mod Podge, spray paint and the like just about any day of the week. Like many of you, I am constantly evaluating the little things that inspire me on a daily basis. Can I make that? Is there a more affordable way to achieve a high-end look? And how can I use what I already have to bring a little flair into my everyday?
Case in point, today’s simple Halloween DIY project. With the holiday weekend fast approaching, I’ve been brainstorming party-ready ideas that won’t break the bank. I doubt I’m the only one who has to keep to a strict budget this time of year, what with the gift-giving season just around the corner. So you can imagine how satisfied I was when my DIY Halloween Swizzle Sticks ended up costing less than $10. See below for instructions on how to make your own!
- Plastic swizzle sticks (I pulled out the orange ones for this project)
- Black pom-poms
- Craft glue
- First, grab a pom-pom and gently pull apart the fibers until you see the round center. Squeeze a bit of the craft glue inside.
- Next, pick out one of the orange swizzle sticks and put another dot of glue on the end.
- Push the end of the swizzle stick into the middle of the pom-pom, holding it in place until it doesn’t move when you gently let go. Set aside to dry for a couple of hours before handling any further.
- Repeat until you have the amount of swizzle sticks desired.
This weekend project only requires about 30 minutes of hands on time, which, if you’re anything like me, is a blessing what with multiple priorities taking up any given hour. The other great thing about these fluffy drink accessories? They can be repurposed for just about any holiday. Try red and green for Christmas, blue and crystal clear for the New Year and any other combination for life’s little celebrations in between.
See the bonus recipe below for those tasty green concoctions. It’s nearly impossible to go wrong with this smooth, creamy, minty cocktail (with just a hint of rich chocolaty flavor!) come bash time.
- Creme de menthe
- Green food coloring
Combine all to taste, add about 4 drops of the food coloring and pour into cocktail glasses. Pop in a DIY swizzle stick at the rim, and serve.
Cheers! -Carrie, Dream Green DIY
Trend: The no-carve pumpkin. I have great memories of carving pumpkins as a kiddo, but sometimes it’s just easier (and maybe more fun) to go the no-carve pumpkin route. Need some inspiration to get you started?
Golden Pumpkin from Dough Puncher.
Decoupaged Pumpkins from FunkyTime.
Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins from A Night Owl.
Yarn Jack ‘o Lantern from BHG Style Spotter The Paper Mama.
Candy Corn Pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens.
Striped Pumpkin from Makely School for Girls.
Gold Geo Pumpkins from Lovely Indeed.
Silhouette Pumpkins from Celebrations.com.
Funky Ombre Pumpkin from FunkyTime.
Creepy Cat Eye Pumpkin from Paper & Stitch.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Trend: the no-carve pumpkin. Skip the mess and make a Yarn Jack o’ Lantern Face! I found this idea in the Better Homes and Gardens archives and I needed to give it a try and show all of you how to make this for yourself (little Jack ‘o Lantern face templates included).
- 1 pumpkin (real or foam, your choice)
- pack of 100 gold pin heads
- black acrylic yarn
- painter’s tape
- Print out your Jack ‘o Lantern Face Templates. Pick out the face size you’d like and cut it out.
- Use little folded painter’s tape squares to arrange and set up the mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Grab your pins and push them into the pumpkin near all the points + corners of the Jack ‘o Lantern face. Don’t push them ALL the way down to the pumpkin skin, keep the pin heads up about 1/4 inch. Next, place pins along some of the main “pumpkin lines” to create the stripey portion of this pumpkin.
- Pick a pin to start with, and tie a double knot onto it. Push the pin all the way into the pumpkin to secure the yarn. Follow the shape of the face, eyes, and mouth and add the stripey lines (wrapping the yarn twice around each pin as you go, then pushing them into the pumpkin to secure). Tie knots along other pins if you need to stop the yarn and start on a new point.
You’re done! Since yarn doesn’t do too well outside, I recommend keeping this Jack ‘o Lantern out of the rain. I used a real pumpkin, but if you use a foam pumpkin you will have this guy to decorate your home next year!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
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I absolutely loved this “Welcome” pumpkin I found on the BHG site. I know that painting anything freehand on pumpkins (especially words) can be pretty darn difficult. That’s why I’ve drawn and created a little printable for all of you to enjoy and use on your own pumpkins! See? I love how it turned out.
It’s easy-ish (the hard part is cutting it out). How-to:
- Print and cut out the “welcome” free printable.
- You can now choose if you’d like to use part of your cutout as a stencil, OR you can use the actual “Welcome” word and Mod Podge it on to your pumpkin. I went the Mod Podge route (followed by a quick sealant spray to keep it from coming off in the rain).
- If you’re painting on the “Welcome”: using some black (or whatever color you’d like) acrylic paint to stencil on the word.
- If you’re using Mod Podge: Follow the bottle’s instructions to adhere the word onto the pumpkin. Optional: spray on a sealant to keep the word waterproof. I used sealant, since our pumpkin will be getting a little wet. Side note: depending on the type of printer you have, mod podge could smear the ink. You can use a little water and a q-tip to remove this (nail polish remover will also work for big ink stains). If the “Welcome” word fades from the Mod Podge, go over the word with a sharpie or black paint pen.
- Optional: hollow out the pumpkin and place a jar IN the pumpkin to make a pumpkin vase. Add water and flowers = cute fall floral arrangement.
That’s it! You are done. Enjoy!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama