DIY: Lollipop Ghost Cupcake Topper

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

We’re definitely getting in the Halloween spirit now that October is under way. These adorable tissue-paper ghosts are a ghoulish way to top a cupcake, and your own little goblins will be delighted once they realize there’s a treat inside! Best of all, these lollipop ghosts are a cinch to make. Keep reading for the step-by-step instructions.

Try these simple ghost cupcake toppers made with lollipops for Halloween

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How To: Assemble the Perfect Fall Gift Basket

Sure, a pre-made gift basket is totally convenient, but let’s face it—nobody wants cheese dip with pimentos (and there are always pimentos in there!). Rather than buying a basket full of uninspired snacks, the better way to go is to assemble your own gift containing your favorite fall-inspired goodies—it makes the perfect present for a new neighbor, teacher, or coworker. Here’s all the ingredients you need to assemble the perfect fall-themed gift basket:

personalized gift basket

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DIY: Stenciled Pear Tote Bag

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Pears are in season now and we are loving this delicious fall fruit. For this project, we added some personality to a plain ol’ tote with just a little fabric paint. Have you ever used freezer paper to create your own stencil? It’s so easy! Learn how to make your own stencil and add a fun pop of color to a basic farmer’s market tote.

DIY Stenciled Pear Tote Bag | alice and lois for minted

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DIY: Painted Favor Boxes

I love sending party guests home with an edible treat. These small, round boxes can be found at any craft store and are the perfect container for said treat. And all it takes is a bit of paint to make them truly presentable.

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DIY: Birthday Candle Garland

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

Birthday candles are a must if you’re celebrating a birthday, which is why we created this whimsical garland of cardstock candles. It’s guaranteed to become a decoration staple at all your birthday celebrations. We used bright neon cardstock to make ours, but you could, of course, choose any color scheme you like.

A great DIY birthday candle garland to make for your next party. A great DIY birthday candle garland

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DIY: Confetti Gift Wrap

As someone who can’t fold gift-wrap corners to save her life, I like to come up with ways to avoid them. These gift boxes are a quick two steps and might be as exciting as the actual contents inside. Confetti for the win!


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DIY: Fringed Party Horns

Festive and full of fun, these little noisemakers will add instant flair to your next party. Hand them out to guests as they arrive at your celebration or display them at each place setting. Best of all, these party horns are easy to make and can be customized to complement any party theme.


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DIY: Watercolor Wedding Fans

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

Summer weddings are in full swing and if you’re holding your ceremony or reception outdoors, then it’s thoughtful to think of ways to keep your guests from melting beneath the blazing sun. These sweet handmade fans are easy to make and perfect for cooling off; paint them in your wedding colors and you’ve got a pretty handmade element to add to your wedding décor.

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DIY: Watermelon Piñatas

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Savor the final days of August with these sweet slices. Watermelon-shaped piñatas come together easily from that ubiquitous summer-serving staple: the paper plate. Dessert-sized plates make watermelon slices sized just right for place settings or favors.

DIY Watermelon Pinatas DIY Watermelon Pinatas

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