DIY Costume Roundup

diy halloween costumes

I’m still working on a little costume planning for this year. But I’m always amazed by the great ideas other people come up with each year. Here are some of my favorites from this year.

Mr. Potato Head Hat

diy mr. potato head costume

It’s that time of year when it’s time to pick out Halloween costumes, a.k.a. my favorite time of year. I still don’t know what I’m going to go with this year, so I’ve been going through some of my older creations. Here’s a fun accessory I made a few years ago that could go along with a Mr. Potato Head costume. It’s still one of my favorite creations.

DIY Mr. Potato Head Hat – what you need:

  • tan acrylic yarn or knit hat
  • sticky-back velcro
  • felt in various colors
  • scissors
  • hot glue

mr. potato head hat

You’ll need to start with a knit hat. So if you don’t already have one, knit one. I’m not sharing a pattern/instructions here because I don’t get patterns and also there are a million of them out there. Just a basic hat will do. But be sure that the yarn is able to attach to velcro (the pointy side – you know which one I mean).

mr. potato head costume

Then it’s time to create the facial features. The variations of features you can make are really endless. I just went with a basic Mr./Mrs. Potato Head set for now (black and white eyes, orange nose, black mustache, etc.) For the features that include more than one color should include multiple pieces of felt fused together with hot glue. Then attach the sticky back felt (pointy side) to the back of each of the facial features. They should easily stick onto any part of the hat with the velcro. So you can interchange any of the features and make your own version of Mr. Potato Head.

mrs. potato head costume

Fall DIY Roundup

fall diy projects

Here’s a special DIY roundup in honor of fall. All of the projects are things that really get me into the fall spirit. I’m going to be doing a few of these special edition posts coming up. And I’m going to stop just doing weekend posts because I’m always too busy in the weekends. So brace yourselves for some awesome roundups, starting with this one!

Halloween Cupcakes: 4 Ways

how to decorate halloween cupcakes

It’s almost time for Halloween parties! Aside from all the cool costumes, my favorite part about this time of year is the cute food items people always seem to come up with for Halloween parties. A couple of years ago, my mom and I played around with some cupcakes and various decorations. We came up with four cute designs that are pretty easy to make. You can use any kind of cupcakes you like, and just decorate them using the ingredients and simple instructions below.

halloween decorated cupcakes

jack o lantern cupcake

Jack-o-Lantern Cupcake:

  • a sheet of caramel to cover the cupcake
  • half a green Dots candy for the stem
  • chocolate chips for the face (and a tiny bit of frosting to make them stick – or you can heat up the caramel in the microwave for a few seconds)

black cat cupcake

Black Cat Cupcake:

  • black or brown sprinkles to cover the cupcake
  • colored candies for the eyes and nose
  • long white sprinkles for the whiskers
  • a pretzel twist broken in half for the ears

skeleton cupcake

Skeleton Cupcake:

  • white sugar or sprinkles (or just plain white frosting) to cover the cupcake
  • chocolate chips for the eyes and nose
  • 3 marshmallows cut in half for the teeth

frankenstein cupcake

Frankenstein Cupcake:

  • green sprinkles to cover the cupcake
  • 2 red M&M’s for the eyes
  • 2 orange Dots candies for the neck
  • a caramel sheet for the hair
  • black gel frosting to cover the hair, mouth, eyebrows and scar

You could decorate all of these or just pick your favorite and do a whole batch. Which one is your favorite?

halloween cupcakes

Make a Spooky Ghost Decoration

ghost halloween decoration

I’ve made so many Halloween decorations over the years. But I think out of all of them, this one was the easiest. You only need a few supplies and I think it literally took me two minutes. Here’s how.

DIY Spooky Ghost Decoration – what you need:

  • balloon
  • white fabric or scarf
  • white embroidery thread
  • needle
  • black sticky-back felt

diy ghost decoration

Take the fabric and drape it over the top of the balloon. Then use some embroidery thread to tie the fabric together at the bottom of the balloon. Take some of your other embroidery thread and use a needle to stitch it through the fabric at the top of the balloon (being very careful not to pop the balloon of course).

ghost decoration

diy spooky ghost

Cut three circles out of the sticky-back felt, one that is much larger than the other two. Put the stickers on like two eyes and a mouth. Then tie the embroidery thread at the top of the balloon onto a hook or shelf or wherever. And that’s it! Spooky, huh?

spooky ghost decoration halloween

DIY Idea: Pressed Leaf Collage

leaf collage

Time for another fall project. This one is super simple and you can make it your own by picking out different kinds of leaves and arranging them in a way that fits with your decor.

DIY Pressed Leaf Collage – what you need: 

  • leaves
  • flower press (or some books and wax paper)
  • a canvas
  • scissors
  • mod podge
  • paintbrush

leaf press

leaf

It’s a pretty self explanatory idea. Start by pressing the leaves. To do this, use a flower press or just put the leaves between pieces of wax paper underneath a stack of books. You’ll likely need to let them sit for a couple of weeks. Then remove the leaves and arrange them on your canvas – some of them might go off the edge a little. Secure them with Mod Podge. Then cut along the edges of your canvas to remove any leaves hanging over. That’s all there is to it!

pressed leaves

Creative Babes, Vol. 5: Precious Collier

Suburbia

Today’s Creative Babes post features Precious Collier, the stylish one behind the blog Ensemble Deux. I first started following Precious on Instagram and I’m such a huge fan of her style. The outfits she puts together are so cute and unique – she definitely makes getting dressed in the morning into a really creative activity. Read the interview below to learn more about her and her life as a fashion blogger.

When did you first become interested in fashion/style?

I first became interested in fashion the first time I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The fashion in the movie is indescribable. The designer Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn (the muse) made a lovely pair. Still today Audrey Hepburn is my top fashion icon and she inspires me everyday.

precious collier creative babes

When and why did you decide to start a style blog?

I decided to start a fashion blog my senior year of college. I have always loved reading blogs and have found them inspiring. I wanted to start a style blog to share my personal style. My style blog is fun and makes me happy; it gives me something to look forward to. Personally I wanted to start a style blog because I knew it would bring happiness to my life and I couldn’t be more right.

How would you describe your personal style? What is your absolute favorite outfit to wear?

I would describe my personal style as feminine, classic and vintage inspired. My all time favorite outfit to wear is a dress with a peter pan collar.

precious collier

What is your favorite part about style blogging?

My favorite part about style blogging is creating new content and posts for my blog. I love looking in my closet styling a new outfit and taking shots for my next post. It is so much fun and I love it so much.

Do you have any tips for others who would like to get into fashion blogging or just work on their own personal style?

I would say to anyone who wants to start a fashion blog is just do it! Use a blogging platform such as blogger or word press, grab a camera, and start posting. Look at other blogs for inspiration and take a leap of faith and start your own blog/personal style.

ensemble deux

Do you have any other creative hobbies?

I love to do DIY projects and I sew a little bit.

What’s your favorite movie (or couple of movies if you can’t pick just one)?

My favorite French movie hands down is Amélie. I would have to say my favorite American films are The Breakfast Club and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (ha ha … a breakfast theme I guess).

Alice on Campus

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Thanks so much to Precious for taking part in this feature! If any of you other babes out there are interested in being interviewed, email me at wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com. And don’t forget to check out Precious’s blog and social media accounts below! 

blog // instagram // twitter

Leaf Mosaic Candle Holder

autumn candle

I love jar candles, but sometimes it’s nice to spruce them up a bit for the seasons. Here’s a super easy project to do just that for fall.

DIY Leaf Mosaic Candle Holder – what you need:

  • glass jar candle
  • fake leaves
  • scissors
  • mod podge
  • paint brush

jar candle diy

leaf mosaic

leaf mosaic candle

It’s pretty simple – rip up the leaves into little pieces and use the mod podge to coat the glass and fit the leaf pieces around the jar. Then add another layer of mod podge over the top and let it dry thoroughly. It’s a super simple project, but it makes my candles a little more fun and festive, and it could easily be translated to fit different holidays or seasons.

leaf candle

The Simplest Fall Wreath Ever

easy fall wreath

Happy fall! This is one of my favorite times of year and I’m so excited to get into some fall-themed projects. Unfortunately I’m a little behind this year, but I have plenty of past projects to share. Here’s the simplest wreath I’ve ever made and I still have it to this day.

DIY Simple Fall Wreath – what you need:

  • wire hanger
  • fall leaf garland
  • hot glue
  • spare leaves/fall flowers

Start out by shaping the wire hanger into a circle. There are tools you can use for this, but I just shaped it with my hands and used a table for some extra leverage. Then begin wrapping the garland around the wire. This might take some trial and error to make sure your garland goes around exactly two times (or more, depending on how long it is).

fall wreath diy

wire hanger wreath

fall wreath hanger

Once you’ve wrapped the garland, you can use some hot glue to keep the ends in place. Then if you’d like, you can use some spare leaves, flowers, or other embellishments to cover any bare spots and make it all look more polished and finished. Once you’ve done that, you’ll probably want to bend the hook of the hanger back just a bit so that the bottom half of the wreath doesn’t stick out.

simple fall wreath

Corpse Reviver #2 Recipe

corpse reviver cocktail

Hey babes – I’m writing to you from sunny Florida, which is why I haven’t blogged in a bit. But luckily for you I’ve found a couple of really cool people to fill in for me this week. First up is Sydney, who has an awesome blog and is basically a cocktail making queen. She’s sharing one of her recipes in this post and I seriously cannot wait to try it when I get home. Enjoy!

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Oh hi there. I’m Sydney and I blog over at the oh-so-originally named The Sydney Chronicles. By day/normal people’s schedules I’m a midwifery student but by night/my downtime I read a lot of books, over post on instagram and make a lot of drinks. I had a bit of a moment with ginger beer, lime juice and varying alcohols this summer. Seriously delicious. I usually test drive all my cocktails with my friends, much to their delight, so I can guarantee that the drink I’m sharing today comes midwifery student approved.

Today we’re making a sort-of famous drink: The Corpse Reviver #2. The Corpse Reviver #2 was initially conceived as a hangover cure and appeared in the famous drink making guide The Savoy Cocktail Book. I can’t vouch for it’s ability to dispel hangovers, having never attempted the process, but I certainly can tell you that it’s delicious and well worth procuring a hangover in the process of drinking one.

corpse reviver ingredients

corpse reviver absinthe

While I normally prefer drinks with a few simple ingredients, like my personal favourite, the manhattan, occasionally having something a little fancier can be fun! The two ingredients you probably don’t already have at home are Lillet Blanc and Absinthe. Or perhaps you do have them on hand and are therefore infinitely cooler than me. This is highly possible. Lillet is a fortified french wine which is delicious on it’s own or can be mixed into a multitude of cocktails. If you make a lot of drinks at home, it’s worth buying a bottle to have on hand. Then there’s absinthe. As a millennial my knowledge of absinthe is largely based on the early 2000s classic Eurotrip, which gave some of us the impression that drinking even the smallest drop would send us into a hallucinatory stupor. Perhaps that’s why it’s included in a cocktail named the Corpse Reviver. Regardless of it’s rumoured hallucinogenic properties, it really is delicious and a great liquor for doing a rinse. A rinse, or wash, is a neat cocktail making trick where one uses liquor to coat the inside of a glass before pouring the rest of the cocktail. Check out how to do a rinse here. Now that we’ve learned a new trick and some background info, let’s get down to cocktail making. Definitely use this one to impress your friends. Cheers!

corpse reviver recipe

Corpse Reviver #2
(makes one drink)

  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz lillet blanc
  • 3/4 oz cointreau or triple sec
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz absinthe

Add absinthe to a clean glass. Rinse the glass with absinthe, set aside. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine gin, lillet blanc, cointreau and lemon juice. Shake to combine. Pour into glass and garnish with a lemon peel. Enjoy!

corpse reviver