Upcycled Halloween Lanterns out of Glass Jars

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My daughters are always wanting to do crafts, so when I was working on making some pumpkins they asked, if they could do a craft too.  I told them to go grab some jars and we would make lanterns for Halloween. We always have a varied of jars around to do crafts and use when decorating things.

This post is written by Tiffany Hostetler (my 7 year old daughter)!

The Halloween Lanterns were made by Tiffany and her sister.

Pictures taken by Tiffany.

You will need:

  • Glass Jar
  • Spray Paint
  • Painters Tape

The first thing we did was take off the labels.

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Then, Becca and I decided what to make the jar into. Becca cut out shapes for a pumpkin. I made a ghost.


Becca hand is small so she put the tape on the inside of the jar.

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My mom helped Becca spray paint the inside of her jar orange.

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Becca was so happy with her jar.

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Then, I spray painted the inside of my jar white.

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We let the jars dry.

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Then, we removed the tape from the jars.  They are ready to place candles inside when it gets dark.

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The girls did such a good job making Upcycled Halloween Lanterns out of Jars, other than assisting them with the spray paint they were able to perform the project themselves. We used flameless candles inside the Lanterns and placed them on the window seal to be seen from outside.

Spooky Outside Halloween Decorations

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Halloween is one of my husband and my favorite holiday; we can’t wait for October to come around so we can start decorating.  Most of our scary decorations are outside because Jim likes to scare little ones as they come to the door.  He is what most little ones call a giant, due to the fact that he is 6′ 7″, so when he stands outside in costume the kids don’t think he is real.  So yes, we have live interactive decorations at our house.

Over the years we have collected quite a few scary creatures to hang or stand around the house.  We like to purchase a few Halloween creatures after Halloween when the prices are marked down.  We always make sure to grab a few bags of webbing too.

When decorating we always start by placing spider web webbing all over the place, in bushed, along the walls and strung from the house.

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Next, we place our creatures, hanging from the house, trees, in the bushes and sitting on chairs.

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A fun inexpensive way to add scary creatures is take you own clothes stuff them with newspaper and place them together; add gloves for hands, boots for feet and a cheap mask, or even a pumpkin for a head.  (At night when it’s dark it is very hard to tell whether fake or real.)

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We incorporate light up eyes, bats, rats, and spiders into the decorations too. Don’t forget to place pumpkins out too!

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We also create a graveyard on our front yard with tomb stones and bones.

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Here is a picture of my Husband ready to scare the next round of kids that come by.

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Here are few pictures of the house at night time.  We also add black lights and fog machines on Halloween night.

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Having the house decorated for Halloween makes Halloween Night even more fun.  We enjoy being known as the house, you have to stop by on Halloween.  Neighborhood kids always bring their friends for a good scare.

Halloween Milk Bottles

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I had the honor to be a part of a fun Dollar Bin Challenge with a few other amazing bloggers.  Milk bottles for the target beens were chosen as our challenge.  I couldn’t have been any happier that we are using Milk Bottles; I had been eyeing them for a while but needed a good reason to purchase some.  I actually ended up purchasing a dozen of them and using them for my daughter’s birthday knowing that I would be using them for this challenge too. There are so many things you can do with these cute little milk bottles, I decided to use mine as Halloween Inspired Milk Bottles that would be fun for any party or for the kiddo’s to drink from the whole month of October.

What you will need:

  • Milk Bottles
  • Spray Paint
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Straw
  • Witches Hat
  • Metal bolts
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

The first thing I did was spray paint two of the milk bottles one white and one orange. I spray painted the outside of the bottles to ensure they are safe to drink from.

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Then, I hand painted two bottles one with a black medallion and one all green.  I didn’t have green spary paint but brushing the paint on worked too.

Next, I hand painted the faces on the bottles.  I also painted the caps of the bottles to go along with each bottle. The Ghost and Pumpkin bottles were really simply to do! Spray paint and paint face only.

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The nexted two bottles I added embelishments too.

The Witch Milk Bottle I painted the little black medallion and painted in white paint “Witches Brew”.  I painted the lid black and hot glued a witched hat to the lid. To finish off the Witch I cut the end of a straw to make it look like a broom to go along with the bottle.

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The last milk bottle in the set is a Frankenstein Milk Bottle, for this bottle I painted the bottle with green paint and then painted a face and black hair.  I painted the cap on this bottle black to match the hair. Once, the paint dried I hot glued two bults to the side of the mik bottle.

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Here are the finished Halloween Milk Bottles.

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I am also excited to share with you a few more Milk Bottle ideas from the following Bloggers

Turkey Milk Bottles by DIYinspired.com

Candy Corn Sugar Scrub by pandoras-craftbox.com

Kids Table Centerpiece by Chasethestar.net

Hope you enjoyed all the fun ideas and get a little inspiration of your own.




Adorable Mustache Party

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I attended the most adorable Mustache Party for a close family friend whose little on was turning 1 year old.  I have to say that they did a fantastic job from the food, to the decorations and the games that they played. Everything had the mustache incorporated in it somehow.

When you walked into the party, you quickly came across the food, which was in their kitchen.  They have an old closet that has been turned into a pantry, which still has closet type doors on it.  Instead of replacing the doors they used Chalk Board Paint to cover the door to leave various message for the family. This worked out to make the perfect back drop for the food and goodie tables.

The chalk Board held all the stats of their little man, height, weight, favorites and dislikes.  Such a cute idea!

The food continued with the theme as the guest were served veggies in cups with mustaches on them, Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut out in the shape of mustaches, and bowties pasta.  Other food was served as well!

The Goodie Table had a small cake for Baby Finn to dive into and cupcakes for the guess with mustache toppers. Sugar cookies in the shape of mustache and number 1 were a big hit among the guest.  A sign was placed on the table that read REAL MEN EAT CUPCAKES.

I loved the detail in all the little signs that were placed around the party as well. Here is one that was at the drink station, with straws that the hostess glues little mustaches to. So much fun!

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All the tables had flowers with mustache ribbon and mustache confetti scattered about.

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The guest were able to choose a mustache of their own to wear around the party or take a photo a with at a fun photo station.

The kids had a blast as they got to pin mustache on a photo of the birthday boy!! A few of the kids got really close!

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As the guest left the party they were reminded to fill a bag of candy!  Another cute sign here, that read, “Stache Some Candy for Later”.

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There was so much attention to detail at this MUSTACHE PARTY, such a cute idea for celebrating the little man in your life!

Happy Birthday Finny Fin Aunty loves you!


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How to make Homemade Applesauce

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Fall is here and the apples are ready for eating.  My Mother-in-laws apple tree is exploding with apples, so she brought us a bag the other day.  You girls were so excited because they had been asking to make Homemade Applesauce.  This was my first time making applesauce, so I searched the internet to check out a few recipes and figure out how I wanted to make mine. I can’t believe how many different recipes are out there, WOW!


What you will need:

  • Apples
  • Lemon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Water
  • Peeler
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Pot
  • Potato Masher

The first thing we did was wash, peel and cut the apples.

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Next, we placed all the cut up apples in the pot.  (My daughter Becca was very sad she couldn’t cut and peel the apples, so placing the apples in the pot was a great, age appropriate job!) We then added enough water to cover the apples and added about a teaspoon of lemon. (This helps in breaking down the apples.) Finally, we placed the pot of apples on the stove to simmer until the apples were tender.

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I just had to share with you a picture of my daughters..they were having so much fun!

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Once, the apples were tender, I drained about half of the water out and smashed the apples with potato masher.  Then, the best part taste testing, try a little bit to check how sweet the applesauce is, ours was pretty sweet naturally, but I did add about 1/4 cup of sugar to my Homemade Applesauce for extra sweetness.  Lastly, placed the applesauce in the refrigerator to get cold. (I have to be honest; the girls were getting inpatient, so I placed it in the freezer for a bit too.)

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Here is our finished HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE. It turned out to be so yummy; the kids gobbled it right up.

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