DIY: Simple Thanksgiving Place Setting

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Now that its November, I’ve got holiday entertaining on my mind. I love hosting dinner parties but always wish I had more time to create a pretty “tablescape” for the meal. What usually ends up happening is that I spend the majority of time cleaning the house and preparing the food instead of decorating. But this year, I’m determined to carve out time to make some simple table decorations. My preference is to incorporate fresh flowers and greenery from my local flower mart and today, I’m sharing a quick and easy way to add a lovely natural element to your Thanksgiving place settings.

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DIY: Easy Fabric-Wallpapered Bookshelf

Written by Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

Creating a beautiful backdrop for a niche or bookcase can be fun, easy, and commitment-free. This fabric backer is affordable and makes a great alternative to permanent wallpaper. You can even try this in other areas of your home, like the back of a closet or lining the bottom of a drawer. If it gets dirty or you’re tired of it, you can easily peel the fabric off, give the wall a quick wipe down, and start fresh with a new fabric.

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No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

Happy Halloween! If you waited until the last minute to purchase your Halloween candy and pumpkins (hand raised right here!), then skip the time-intensive carving and opt for one of these just-as-creative no-carve ideas instead.

No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

1. Gold Confetti Pumpkins via Homey Oh My!

2. Sprinkle Donut Pumpkins via Studio DIY

3. Brushstroke Pumpkins via The Merrythought

4. Mummified Pumpkin via Better Homes and Gardens

5. Spider Web Pumpkins via Woman’s Day

6. Fall Foliage Pumpkins via Country Living


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Last-Minute Halloween Costume: Julia Child

Have an aspiring culinary artist in your midst? Dressing up like Julia Child is actually super simple and you probably already have the items on hand. Throw in a Bob Fosse and Christopher Kimball and you have a complete PBS Saturday morning line-up.

easy halloween costume ideas

All you need is:
• A shirt dress or button-up shirt with pencil skirt
• Beaded necklace
• Apron
• Curly wig
• Props such as a whisk or baguette

julia child costume

Admittedly, this costume would work better on an older child or adult who wouldn’t yank the wig off instantaneously. I’m pretty sure Julia’s hair never looked that wild.

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DIY: Glowing Moon Halloween Treat Bag

Halloween is quickly approaching! This year, stand out in the neighborhood with this glow-in-the-dark moon treat bag. A great craft for kids and adults, this project is a fun and easy way to collect candy on Halloween. Bonus: The moon motif holds up year-round so you can carry it long after All Hallows’ Eve is over.

• Black cotton tote bag
• Glow-in-the-dark dimensional paint
• Glow-in-the-dark brush-on paint
• Paintbrush
• White color pencil
• Dinner plate
• Piece of paper


1. Lay the tote bag flat on a table and trace the dinner plate in the center of the bag with the white color pencil.

2. Move the plate over about 4 inches and trace the edge to create the crescent shape.

3. Apply the dimensional paint over the white pencil outline

4. Allow to dry as directed.

5. Apply the brush-on paint to the inside of the crescent shape. Create a moon surface effect by varying your brush strokes.

6. Allow the paint to dry as directed; once dry, your tote bag is ready to be filled with treats!

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DIY: Simple Halloween Spider Headband

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Do you have 10 minutes? Because that’s all it takes to make this super simple Halloween headband. If you’re anything like me, I put most of my Halloween energy into the kids. So when it’s time to show up at school with treats, I never have a costume ready for myself. But not this year! I’ll be accessorizing with this creepy-crawly headband. It’s quick and easy to make—all you need are a handful of supplies and you’re good to go.

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Shakespeare-Inspired Spell Favors

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble…”

Conjuring up a spooky Halloween dinner? Just add these Shakespeare “spell” favors inspired by lines from Macbeth. We took basic Halloween sweets and gave them a frightening twist with simple packaging and a printable label. Offer them up as macabre party treats straight out of Macbeth’s Act Four.

shakespeare inspired halloween favors


DIY: Paper Lantern Skulls

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I’ve always loved decorating Halloween, but the gory and creepy decor you see a lot this time of the year has never been my cup of tea. Enter these super-simple paper lantern skulls! They’re so quick and easy to make, you’ll be able to whip up a bunch of them in time for Halloween.

Paper Lantern Skulls
Paper Lantern Skulls

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Five-Minute Halloween Costume: The Gold Medalist

Sometimes you need to pull a costume together, fast. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for leftovers in the costume aisle. Chances are you already own everything you need to dress up like a champion gold medalist.

easy halloween costume ideas

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DIY: Creepy Crawly Tablecloth for Halloween

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes & Cutlery

Halloween is upon us which means tricks, treats, and tons of DIYs. This do-it-yourself painted tablecloth is perfect for your ghoulish get-togethers. We took a plain white tablecloth and turned it into a creepy-cool reusable holiday decoration with just a few supplies and a little sunshine.

DIY Halloween Tablecloth with Inkodye

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