Free Halloween Silhouette Printables

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Are you planning a Halloween party or a Fall Festival of some sort?

Do you need budget friendly decoration and party ideas? Dollar Tree’s Value Seekers Club and I have the perfect solution for you! on for you!

I am going to show you two ways to use the Value Seekers Club’s free silhouette printable. We are going to make spooky picture frames with them and we are going to decorate your Halloween party cups. (Perfect for classroom school parties too!)

free silhouette printables for halloween

Have you been to Dollar Tree lately? They have stocked up on Halloween decor and remember everything there is just $1.

For $2 you can make a picture frame AND 12 party cups. Let me show you how.


    • Value Seekers Club Scary Halloween Silhouette Printable
    • black picture frame ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
    • 12 pack of white party cups ($1 at Dollar Tree)
    • copy paper and printer
    • scissors
    • glue

Print out your favorite silhouette. The Value Seekers Club gives you three printable options – step one is to print out your favorite silhouette! You will see a witch, a spooky tree and a monster. We love the witch. My boys said it was super scary!

If you want to print all three grab three frames at Dollar Tree.

(Have you checked out The Value Seekers Club online? They have tons of cute projects and delicious recipes. All of them use supplies from Dollar Tree.)

dollar tree free printable for halloween

These make awesome mantle and tabletop decorations for you party or your holiday decor.

See that black crow? Another $1 decor idea at Dollar Tree. Go get one!

Scary Silhouettes Printables

Another fun party decor item…. the glittery skull.

It lights up and the eyes turn colors.

Again, just $1 at Dollar Tree.

dollar tree halloween decorations

Now let’s make the cups.

Just use the Value Seekers Club printable silhouettes and minimize them. You can do that by opening the link.

printable Silhouettes from dollar tree

How adorable is this?

Perfect for a spooky Halloween party!

DIY party cups for halloween

Look at how cool these are! I love that I can make 12 of them for $1!!

free printable Silhouette party cups

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Are you hosting a Halloween party or looking for affordable decorations?

Hop over and check out all of the Value Seekers Club ideas over on the Dollar Tree website.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are mine.

DIY Chalk Paint Pencil Holder

If you are a coffee drinker what do you do with the creamer containers when you’re done with them? I have a couple of these containers in my refrigerator right now.

Instead of tossing them, have you ever considered repurposing them?

This Fall as you enjoy a homemade pumpkin spice coffee, save that container and let’s turn it into a pencil holder! And don’t be limited to just storing pencils in it. Make a couple. One for markers, one for map pencils, one for pens and on and on.

Being a homeschool family we have tons of supplies we can store in them! Let me show you how easy this is to create.

diy pencil holder


  • empty International Delight coffee creamer container
  • spray chalkboard paint
  • scissors
  • chalk

repurpose coffee cream container

Cut the top off the plastic coffee creamer container leaving about 3/4th of the container for storing items in.

plastic coffee creamer container

Grab your spray paint and evenly coat the plastic container with the paint.

Let it dry 100%.

If you need to speed up the drying process, you can use a hair dryer.

use chalkboard spray paint to paint the coffee creamer container

Once it is dry it will look like this.

I love the flat surface on the front of the container. It is perfect for writing on with chalk.

Unless, of course, you mess up when you’re writing and need to take a picture…. not that this is exactly what happened to me.

chalkboard spray paint

Add the markers or pens or pencils to the container.

diy pencil cup

Use your chalk to label the front.

We labeled this one for markers.

(Again, I would write on the other side where the container flattens out a bit. Just make sure your container is 100% dry before you write on it with chalk.)

diy marker storage

Look at how precious this is. And super easy to create.

Makes a perfect teacher’s gift, perfect for mom’s desk, homeschool table tops and more!

chalkboard paint

Have you ever repurposed a coffee creamer container?

What did you create?

chalk paint pencil holder

Have you tried the Pumpkin Pie Spice coffee creamer from International Delight?

It is perfect for crisp Fall mornings which have finally arrived in the Dallas area!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Repainting Our Homeschool Nook

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

We are entering our third year of homeschooling.Since day one we have done all schooling in our kitchen.

The three little kids do their work at the kitchen table which is placed in a breakfast nook area.

Anthony does his school work at our kitchen counter area, which is in the middle of the kitchen. There are bar stools that he sits on and he has direct view of my instruction but lots of space to spread out too.

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Before we started homeschooling I textured the walls of this area.

The bottom section of the wall is beadboard and then above that is all texture. I just used compound mud and did a basic stucco look.

The intention was to paint it. That never happened. Life gets busy.

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Over time the walls have become very dingy.

Kids has accidentally marked the wall with dry erase marker while writing on the board.

It is projects like this that help you realize that things have been spilled and not cleaned up very well. Since we also eat our meals in this area it is a very high traffic spot.

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Frog Tape® sent me some of their products, like Textured Surface by FrogTape.

Frog Tape® is treated with patented PaintBlock®, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed.

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I ended up having some surprise help the other day when this paint project started. One of my sister-in-laws came by to pick up the vintage window panes I offered her. Yes, this is the same window pane one of my children put his arm through last week and the event ended with 13 stitches. She had mentioned that she loved the window panes about a month ago and she could use them for a picture project she was doing. I should have just given them to her then but I really thought I could find a way to incorporate them into my decor.

Needless to say, when she arrived to pickup the windows I had a great helper! We taped the area and got started.

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We painted the lower part of the wall (which is the bead board) a grey blue color called Sea Port.

We painted the upper wall and the ceiling a creamy color called vintage.

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The lines were very clean.

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We also tapped at the floor where the baseboard and floor comes together.

Clean lines again.

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We hung new curtains.

We rehung the dry erase board.

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And our homeschool work area is ready for the next school year.

This year Matthew (5) is focuses on Preschool. Nick and Luke (8) are focuses on 2nd grade. And Anthony (13) is working on 7th grade.

And now I am inspired to repaint our entire kitchen, dining room and living area.

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36 Easy Handmade Gift Ideas for Dad

Have you made plans for Sunday?

If you’ve not nailed down the exact gift you’re giving Dad or Grandpa for Father’s Day, no worries. I’ve got you covered.

Here are 36 last minute gift ideas for Dad that you and the kids can MAKE TOGETHER using things you already have on hand!

I am in love with each of these.  Which one if your favorite?

easy homemade gift ideas for dad

 36 Easy Handmade Gift Ideas for Dad

  1. Kids Layered Hand Print - super easy. You already have thievery you need on hand to make this! And, it is a memento your husband will keep forever!
  2. Etched Glass Mug for Dad- etching class is so much easier than you think. You can easily get the supplies at the craft store.
  3. Personalized Sharpie Mug - all you need is sharpies and a blank mug and you can create something dad will drink out of at work every day!
  4. T-Shirt for the Pun Lovin’ Dad- this is my kind of shirt. Super punny, rather your puns are intended or not. I love creative creations.
  5. I’m Hooked on Daddy Canvas Gift - I love letting my kids create art on canvas. This one uses their hand print to make a fish. Love!
  6. Father’s Day Chalkboard Printables- if you love chalkboard art you will love these ideas.
  7. Cowboy Toothpick Holder- super easy, super adorable toothpick container!
  8. Father’s Day Poem Printable- grab a frame, print this and you’re good to go! Add a picture to it if you want.
  9. Make Your Own Magnet Father’s Day Gift- I love these magnets that Dad can use in his office.
  10. Monogrammed Necktie Coffee Cuff- take an old necktie to the next level and use it as a coffee cuff. Love!
  11. Father’s Day Gift Idea – Free Printable Necktie Bottle Tags and Cupcake Topper- concert glass soda bottles to a gift with these printables! Adorable and easy.
  12. Father’s Day Bookmark- the kids will love making these. Include hand-drawn picture from them!
  13. 5 Father’s Day Crafts for Kids- five easy crafts. Pick one!
  14. Dad Rocks Business Card Holder- convert an old cassette tape case to a business card holder! Brilliant.
  15. Homemade Root Beer Barbecue Sauce and Printable- homemade BBQ sauce is so easy! Did you know rootbeer BBQ sauce tastes amazing? Make this and bottle it with this cool printable!
  16. King of Pops Father’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printable- use these printables to make a sucker that much cuter!
  17. Father’s Day Grilling Apron- easy apron the kids can help make!
  18. Photo Love for Father’s Day- is Daddy an Elvis fan? He’ll love this!
  19. Turn an Old Tie into a Bookmark- this would be perfect for his Bible!
  20. 3 Sports Themed Father’s Day Crafts for kids- if Daddy is into sports he will love these!
  21. Father’s Day Coloring Page- who doesn’t love a fun color page!?
  22. Beer Cap Tray- perfect for his man cave. 
  23. Father’s Day Card made with Homemade Stampers- we love making homemade cards. This one is a keeper!
  24. Framed Moustache Art- fun way to use paint swatch cards!
  25. Manly Lemon Hand Scrub- oh, you know I love stuff like this!
  26. Man Bouquet for Dad- who said Dad doesn’t love a bouquet. Use CANDY!
  27. Nailed It Homemade Gift for Dad- super cute and you can keep it forever!
  28. Toddler DIY Practical Gifts for Dad- a sweet way to decorate the tool bag!
  29.  Father’s Day DIY Love Lock- a fun and manly key chain for Dad.
  30. Celebrate Dad Printables- a fun printable for Dad. Super cute.
  31. Father’s Day Love Book- LOVE THIS! 40 reasons why we love you!
  32. Handmade Father’s Day Cards- I am a sucker for a homemade card idea.
  33. Father’s Day Printable Gift Idea from Preschooler to Dad- precious keepsake that is fill in the blank!
  34. Father’s Day Tie Bookmarks-another way to make a bookmark. Cute!
  35. Father’s Day Printables- fun!
  36. Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Dad- I love affordable!

Which ones are you going to make?

Don’t forget to enter to win a $100 Home Depot Gift Card for Dad while you’re here! Celebrate him all month long!

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Super Easy and Meaningful Gift for Dad {plus $100 Home Depot Giveaway}

I am so excited to share with you a super easy {and very meaningful} gift idea for Dad.

This is perfect for Father’s Day or for any day of the week.

We made this yesterday for my husband and sat it on the end table in the living room. It was the first thing he noticed when he came home from work and he could not stop talking about.

It uses supplies you likely have on hand. It is so easy and he will love it!

And you know what pairs with it perfectly? A Home Depot gift card!

Dad’s wear many hats. My husband works so hard for our family. A pair of socks just isn’t going to cut it this year! (You can even give Home Depot gift cards online!)

Let me show you how to make this craft and then I will show you some amazing gift card ideas!

super simple gift for dad #springmadesimpleSupplies:

  • card stock
  • finger paints or acrylic paints
  • paper plate for holding the paint
  • hair dryer, for quick drying
  • picture frame
  • a Home Depot gift card to pair with it

Add one color of paint to a paper plate.

Let the child with the largest hands go first.

Coat one of his hands with paint.

Press the hand down in the center of the card stock.

Use the hair dryer to dry the paint. It takes maybe 2 minutes of running the hair dryer over the hand print to get it to dry.

handprint craft for kids

Get the next color ready on a clean paper plate.

Have the child with the next largest hand go next. There is a big difference in a 13 year olds hand and an 8 year olds hand.

Repeat this hand print and drying process ending with the smallest hand last.

super easy gift for dad

Once you’ve dried each hand print you can frame it right away.

hand print gift

Now, let’s check out the Home Depot gift card that you can out with this! I know what my husband will use his gift card for. He wants a new generator!

home depot gift card

  • You can buy the gift card online if you want.
  • You can also buy it from a group (as in all the adult kids can go in together to buy Dad a gift even if some live near or far).
  • Dad can always go online to check his gift card balance.

Who wouldn’t want a hand print keep sake and a Home Depot gift card? My husband would love this generator!

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Easy DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser (Foam Pump)

Earlier this week I shared with you my recipe for homemade liquid hand soap, which is chemical free. This recipe is intended for a foam pump soap dispenser.

Naturally I thought it would be cool to make a mason jar soap dispenser for storing the soap in. It is super easy (and budget-friendly) to create. And, we use a foam pump so it goes perfectly with our homemade soap!

Here is how you make it. Literally, this takes just a few minutes to do! (Makes an awesome gift idea too!)

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser


You Will Need:

Grab your used, empty foam soap bottle and unscrew the bottle from the pump.

foaming hand soap dispenser from Target will be converted to mason jar soap dispenser

Grab your mason jar.

Disassemble your jar from the lid.

quart mason jar

Trace, with a marker, the opening of the soap bottle onto the flat mason jar lid.

Reassemble the lid back onto the jar. This will give you a sturdy drilling grip.

trace a the circle top of the soap bottle

Assemble your power drill with step bit attachment.

step drill bit

Use the bit and drill into the circle you’ve made on the lid.

You can wear goggles if you want to be safe.

DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN NEAR. The metal shavings can fly.

use step drill but to cut circle in mason jar lid

Remove the lid  and now use your kitchen shears to finish cutting out the circle you’ve made in the lid.

Watch the sharp edges- you can cut yourself if you’re not careful.

use heavy duty kitchen scissors to cut the rest of the mason jar lidGrab the empty soap bottle.

Use the Xacto knife to cut the top of the lid off.

cut the top off of the plastic bottle from Target

Push the plastic lid through the opening you’ve created in the mason jar lid.

BE CAREFUL. The edges you’ve cut are sharp.

how to make a mason jar soap dispenser

Flip the lid over and apply some hot glue where the plastic and the metal lid meet.

This will keep the plastic in place when you’re screwing and unscrewing the pump on.

hot glue the metal lid to the plastic lid

Screw the pump on to the lid.

DIY mason jar foam soap dispenser

Fill the jar with your favorite soap.

You will love my chemical free homemade liquid hand soap  that kills 99.96% of all bacteria!

A double batch of this recipe will fit in the quart mason jar.

chemical dree bacteria killing soap recipe

And there you have it. A thrifty mason jar soap dispenser!

As I tell my kids, one pump is enough!

diy foam soap pump for mason jar


These are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms!

See how easy it is to go from a disposable empty bottle to a gorgeous mason jar soap dispenser in minutes?

How to go from a Target brand soap dispenser to a beautiful mason jar foam soap dispenser in minutes!




DIY Glitter Flip Flops

Right now Dollar Tree has a huge stash of flip flops that have just arrived. Tons of colors and sizes for everyone.

I wanted a fun and easy way (that would not break the bank) to jazz them up a bit and make them a little dressy. Perfect for summer dresses, right?

I am going to show you how quick and simple this craft is and it really takes a pair of flip flops to an entirely new level!

This is a fun project that kids can help with too!

dollar store flip flops

I am so excited to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you!!

You Will Need:

  • flip flops
  • Mod Podge
  • paper plate (or something to pour some of the Mod Podge out on)
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • glitter
  • fake flowers

I got everything in this picture at Dollar Tree except the Mod Podge and the foam brush which I already had on hand. I spent like $6!

Did you know Dollar Tree is having a flip flop frenzy? Check out all of the colors you will find!

flip flop frenzy at dollar tree

Pour out some of the Mod Podge onto a plate.

Evenly coat the straps of the flip flops with Mod Podge using the foam brush.

dollar flip flops from dollar tree

Generously cover the Mod Podge with glitter.

Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake off the excess glitter.

how to make glitter flip flops

Grab your fake flowers. I love these white orchids that were at Dollar Tree.

Remove the flowers at the stem. Just pull and they will pop off.

Use the hot glue gun to secure them to the flip flop straps.

dollar store flowers

I just did one flower on each flip flop, but feel free to add as many as you want.

diy glitter flower flip flops

Use a baby wipe or wet cloth to wipe off the access glitter that is on the foot of the shoe.

Otherwise, just wear them and it will fall off.

dollar tree flip flop frenzy

These were so easy to make and the two sweet girls I made these for will love wearing them as we enjoy Spring and look forward to Summer!

Hurry in to Dollar Tree now to grab flip flops in every color. Once they are gone, they are gone!

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How will you get creative with flip flops? Join the fun. You could win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card!

• The Summer Fun Flip-Flop Frenzy Craft Contest is going on now. Submit a photo of your original flip-flop craft at and be entered to win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

25 Last Minute St. Patrick Day Crafts

If you are looking for some last minute activities to do with the kiddos that are St Patrick Day crafts, I have 25 awesome ideas to share with you!

Each of these creations are from other bloggers. Some of these are home decor, some are free printables to do with the kids and some are just super cool crafts for moms and little ones! Many of these make great gift ideas for school, teachers or friends. {{My favorite might be the Mod Podge Lucky Charms bracelet! You’ll love it!}}

It is never too late to create and have fun! I really hope you enjoy these.

25 last minute st patrick day crafts

25 St Patrick Day Crafts

  1. St Patricks Day Leprechaun Hat Craft
  2. Fingerprint Shamrock Canvas
  3. Rainbow Crafts: Cloud and Rainbow Drops
  4. Lucky Charm Bracelet
  5. St Patricks Day Welcome Shamrock
  6. Shamrock Tree on Canvas
  7. St Patricks Day Word Search Puzzle
  8. Rainbow Leprechaun Trap
  9. 3D Tissue Paper Shamrock
  10. Satin Shamrock Headband
  11. Easy Rainbow Crafts for Kids
  12. St Patricks Day Dollar Tree Wreaths
  13. DIY Rainbow Blocks
  14. St Patricks Day Yarn Wreath
  15. Layered Felt Rainbow Magnet
  16. DIY Paper Shamrock
  17. Pot of Gold Craft
  18. Fingerpaint Rainbow Kids Activity
  19. St Pattys Day Banner
  20. DIY St Patricks Day Banner
  21. Shamrock Puppy
  22. Four Leaf Clover Paper Craft
  23. Little Leprechaun Hat Craft
  24. St Patricks Day Chalkboard Printable
  25. St Patricks Day Window Clings

So, which one is your favorite?

Free Printable Cupcake Toppers for Valentines Day

If you know me, you know I love to bake cupcakes for birthdays and special occasions. I also love to have cute toppers, so I thought I would give you guys some free printable cupcake toppers for Valentines Day.

With just a few supplies you can kick your cupcakes up a notch. These are perfect for school parties, homeschool parties or just to bake at home with the kids to enjoy as a family.

free printable cupcake toppers for valentines day

You Will Need:

Print out the cupcake toppers on card stock.

valentine cupcake toppers

Use your circle punch to cut out the cupcake toppers.

Printable Cupcake Toppers for Valentines Day

Use the hot glue gun to attach the sucker stick to the cupcake topper.

cupcake toppers for valentines day

Gather up your cooled cupcakes.

(I had 12…. but a sweet little boy with the initials Matthew Jason took one. He proceeded to eat it right in front of me and shrugged his shoulders and said,  “What? I the baby.”.  Craziest four year old ever!)

valentine cupcakes

Pipe the icing on them. If you’re looking for a great icing recipe I have two on this site. (Traditional Buttercream and Chocolate Buttercream)

valentine cupcake toppers


cupcakes for valentines day

Add your cupcake topper into the cupcake and you are all set!

*Disclaimer: I had to retake these pictures because the lighting was so dark. I just grabbed some store bought cupcakes.

printable cupcake toppers

Aren’t they adorable? I love the colors of the printable and that sweet little bird.

More Valentine Crafts:

Kid Valentine Crafts: Color Your Own Treat Bag Topper

Are you getting geared up for Valentine’s Day? Are you on the hunt for free printables you can use for your kids to exchange at school or with family and friends?

I love these bag toppers that your kids can color themselves. You just attached them with a stapler to a cello treat bag (clear or decorative) and fill it with whatever you want. I  used popcorn, but you could put candy in there too. My boys thought these were fun to color too.

valentine treat printable you can color

There is a place on the back for you to write who these are from and who they are to.

Hop over to Red Ted Art to get the full tutorial. I shared these over there yesterday.

Before you leave, I hope you’ll check out all of my kid Valentine Crafts.

And, make sure you’re following my All Things Valentine Pinterest Board. I am pinning new things there every single day!

More Kid Valentine Crafts: