HALLOWEEN PUPPETS

DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play
DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play

If you want your kids to have some good Halloween fun and you want to make something fast, this is it. Elliott has been playing non-stop with these since we made them! He has asked me to do Frankenstein and a vampire next. This kid doesn't know how good he's got it. The puppets are really simple to make, just cardboard, duct tape, scissors and popsicle sticks. After a few minutes creating the tops of the puppets by covering the cardboard with duct tape, decorate your sticks and tape them on! So, so easy and so, so fun. We've been having a blast acting out scenes with them in our puppet theater. Spooky stories told by a five year old can be both adorable and graphic, so watch out for that and have fun! 

DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play
DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play
DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play

DUCT TAPE GHOST SHIRT

Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play

I love dressing up for the month of October for Halloween. It's a lot of fun! But last year I made a shirt for Elliott with some fabric paint and though I liked how it turned out and it was fun for him to wear, he really only got to wear it for a few weeks, then we had this Halloween shirt laying around that I didn't want him to wear and I knew would be too small before next Halloween. Please tell me I am not the only one. I came up with a solution! Duct tape shirts! They are really simple to make, the tape stays on all day (trust me, we have tried) and when you're done you still have a useable shirt. It's a total win, win! 

Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play

To make your own, just lay some strips of duct tape onto a cutting mat and use an xacto knife to cut out the shapes then peel them up!

Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play

Next place the duct tape pieces onto your shirt and press them on. And when you're done, put it on your kid and watch them love it!

Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play
Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play

Elliott's best "De Niro". Not bad, right?

MIME COSTUME

Mime costume | And We Play
Mime costume | And We Play
Mime costume | And We Play

This one was a blast for us. Elliott loved pretending to be a mime! He actually got pretty good at the whole "walking down the stairs" bit. He loved this so much, he tried to change his halloween costume to be this. We debated back and forth and finally settled on him being a mime for one of the parties we are going to. Ah, parenthood. It's all about compromises! This costume is seriously so easy to throw together. We got the hat, face paints and gloves from the party store and everything else we already had! If you don't already have suspenders, you can make your own right here. If you are in need of a quick, easy and fun costume, this is it! Have fun!

Mime costume | And We Play
Mime costume | And We Play
Mime costume | And We Play

GRAFFITI ARTIST COSTUME

Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!

This might be the easiest costume in the history of ever. All you need is some street clothes like a hoodie or t-shirt, some jeans, sneakers and then throw in a painters mask and of course, you can't forget the cans of spray paint! Or in our case, silly string. You can turn those silly string cans into spray paint with these super easy printables! Just print them out, cut and tape them on. You can even let the little ones color them if you want. It's all good! If you have some old clothes you could add some little spots of spray paint too, it's all in the details right? If only we could take these rad walls with us trick or treating. More costume ideas coming soon!

Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!


SPOOKY PARTY DRINKS

DIY Halloween party drinks

It's the first day of fall so let's start in on Halloween, shall we? I made up these fun and super easy party drinks over on Handmade Charlotte and I can't wait to use them! If you don't have milk bottles you could easily make these decals for mason jars or paper cups for your party. The kids will love them and the decals come off easily when you're done. Perfect, right? Check them out!

BABY SHOWER IN A BOX

Baby shower in a box
Baby shower in a box

My good friend Melanie recently had a baby (huzzah!) and she asked me to put a little something together while she is on maternity leave. Of course I said yes! Since I live too far from her to throw her a real baby shower, I thought creating a mini version in a box would be the next best thing. If you have any gals in your life that are about to pop, this would be a perfect gift for them! Especially if you need to send it in the mail. Check out the full post including links on her site, You Are My Fave

Baby shower in a box

ALPHABET MAGNETS

DIY alphabet magnets

Why buy ugly alphabet magnets for the kiddos when you can make some pretty ones yourself?! These were so much fun to make, Elliott even helped me! And we have been loving playing with them ever since. I highly recommend them to any of you parents who might have a little one learning their letters or to put small words together. What words you ask? Oh, I don't know, maybe words like FUN! Check out the full tutorial over here on Handmade Charlotte and make your own.

KINDERGARTEN, HERE HE COMES

First day of school

Today was Elliott's first day of school. I can't believe my baby is in kindergarten! He was really nervous, and so was I. Neither of us could sleep and he had a hard time eating his breakfast before heading out. But as soon as we got to school, all of his worries seemed to melt away. He ran all around the classroom exploring the centers, toys and books. He insisted on bringing an apple for his teacher even though I told him kids don't really do that anymore. Of course his teacher and the other parents squealed at his cuteness. He was loving his first day. I was both proud and heart broken. It was so hard for me not to fall to the floor and cry. Instead I squeezed him, kissed his cheek and told him he was going to have a blast. Now I'm just counting down till I can go pick him up and hear all about his first day. I can't wait! I hope all of you moms are holding up with school back in session. Don't get me wrong, I am sure I will love the free time, but I sure do miss my little man. Happy first day!

STRAW PAPER PLANES

DIY Straw Paper Airplanes

I will admit it. I am no good at making paper airplanes. And Elliott has no reservations about letting me know of this serious flaw of mine. We were at the zoo a few weeks ago and they had a booth set up doing paper airplanes for the kids to race and they had something similar to these. It's genius! And perfect for any other moms out there who are suffering from a lack of paper plane making skills. It's seriously so easy to make and I am pretty sure you already have all that you need to make a whole fleet! Check out the tutorial I did over on Handmade Charlotte. Your kids will thank you.

ICE CREAM CONE SURPRISE BALLS

Ice cream cone surprise balls DIY
Ice cream surprise balls DIY

It's still summer and we are so happy it is! It's been a while since we had some surprise balls around here, so in the spirit of the best season, I present ice cream cone surprise balls! These would be so much fun to hand out as party favors and they are so very easy to make. Grab your favorite colors of folded crepe paper and follow these directions here. And to add the "sprinkles" I just covered the top half with double sided tape and rolled it in some confetti. Of course, after I saw how it turned out, I wanted to dip them all in "sprinkles"! For anyone who isn't familiar with a surprise ball, its like a bunch of gifts in one! You unravel it to reveal layer after layer of tiny gifts. Seriously, they are the best.

Ice cream surprise balls DIY
Ice cream surprise balls DIY
Ice cream cone surprise balls DIY
Ice cream cone surprise balls DIY