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Crafty Halloween Costume Awards

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halloween-costume-awardsHappy Halloween!

I hope you had a great weekend! Any Halloween activities?

We hosted a party for our son’s friends on Saturday, which included BBQ’d brats and burgers, old-fashioned games and a creepy movie. And, of course, LOADS of candy. And, tonight, we have our daughter’s friends coming over. Our spooky house has been hoppin’ with teenagers this weekend! Fun times for sure.


I always enjoy seeing the creative costumes these kids come up with.  As part of the costume contest, I created these awards from an inexpensive bag of skeletons found at the party store. I dressed them up with crepe paper fringe and ribbon bow ties. Love the cheesy grins these skeletons have. 🙂


The banners are just simply constructed from cardstock. I like the charm of handwriting the category. And a  little pumpkin garland adds a little extra texture. Instead of pinning the awards to the recipients’ costumes, I thought they might work better as a ribbon necklace.

funniest-awardA bit of hot glue and scraps, and voila! Unique costume awards.

I hope you have a festive and safe Halloween!


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Dennison’s Guide to Craft a Lively Hallowe’en Party

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I’ve been doing a bit of seasonal reading,  and if you love vintage, chances are pretty high that you also might get a little giddy over vintage Dennison and Beistle paper products. 🙂

To market their party paper products for Halloween,  Dennison published Bogie Books – “A Book of Suggestions for Decorating and Entertaining at Hallowe’en, Harvest Time and Thanksgiving.”

This particular issue was printed in 1920, and is FULL of beautiful illustrations, and many ideas and  instructions for hosting events in the Autumn months.


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The pages are also filled with how-to’s for crafting with Dennison crepe paper and die cuts.  I love the many jack-o-lanterns framing the doorway!  Simple and festive. As is  the black cat with the tubular body and pipe cleaner legs above – cute packaging for a party favor.

Couldn’t resist trying that idea out with a jack-o-lantern die cut and sparkly black pipe cleaners. With a small black clothes pin attached to the back of the pumpkin, I can clip it to the top of a treat bag. 🙂


This little booklet is over 30 pages long and is full of ideas, from beginning to end,  that could still be used for Halloween parties today. As this particular booklet was printed in 1920, it is part of the public domain (Yay!)  and a complete copy can be found HERE.


Happy Reading and Creating!


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Something’s Witchy Around Here

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Hee, hee, hee, hee – hello!

We’re getting closer to Halloween and the witches are starting to make an appearance around our home.

To display these famous Halloween icons, I created Witch Medallions. These medallions are constructed from an antiqued tin base which I touched up with a bit of gold, glass -glitter sparkle. This will age and tarnish nicely. 🙂



I added the vintage crepe paper witch to the center of the tin and trimmed the outside of the tin with black crepe fringe. A vintage greeting and orange velvet ribbon finish it off. And the best part? There is a clip attached to the back of the tin base so that this Witch Medallion can be attached to a spooky tree, as pictured here, a garland, or to a wreath.



If you have a spot for a Witch Medallion in your Halloween decor, I put a couple in the Etsy store. You can find them HERE.

Happy Decorating!

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