Pregnant? How to Make a Fun Ghost Family Halloween Announcement

Make a Halloween Pregnancy Announcement with Paper Bag Ghosts | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comLet’s get some important info. out there first: I am not pregnant. There is no little pumpkin #4 baking in the oven. As much as I love my three little BOO’s, I am tired. I spend more time than I’d care to know handing out snacks and filling cups; have grudgingly accepted that I now drive a mini van complete with carpool duties; and a recent visit to the beauty salon revealed my first “platinum blonde” (read: one lone silvery strand sitting comfy on top of my head). So we’re all good on the kid-front here.

But a couple years back, I was not quite so ready to list all the baby gear on Craigslist. I need one more pumpkin to add to our patch, I told my husband. And this is how I found myself one October desperately thinking of some creative way to tell the families that in a few short months, another little goblin would be joining the BOO Crew. This is how I crafted our way to the pregnancy announcement…
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How to Decorate with Autumn Garlands + FREE Idea Sheet

Autumn Garland Ideas For Mantel Decor | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comDo you ever flip through the pages of a magazine and find your jaw dropping to the couch you’re lounging on? These photos of cohesive home decor…with furnishings and knick knacks that I wouldn’t trust my kids around until they are at least college age?!  Oh, the struggles of first world decorating.

So instead of trying to conquer the whole house, let’s just focus on the fireplace mantel. Baby steps. I know I struggle with putting together a cohesive look on the mantel – especially for the holidays.

A super easy way to add a festive touch to the mantel is with a garland. Here are some easy ideas for you to pick up today… Continue reading

Make an Autumn Pillow Cover with Cute Fleece Pumpkin

Make an autumn Halloween pumpkin pillow cover | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI love to decorate for the seasons. And I’m guessing you’re uttering to your computer, shocker! But as much as I enjoy the process of making my house all red and green or orange and black, I also like to have decor that can stay out for longer than a handful of weeks. It’s a lot of work to drag those boxes out of storage!

And this is what’s great about autumn. You can haul those pumpkins out in September and keep them on display through Thanksgiving. Talk about getting some chunkin’ for that pumpkin’!

So, I created a cute fleece pumpkin pillow cover for this exact reason: get some longevity from this autumn decor. I’m thinking about you, pumpkin!
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How To Make a Halloween Garland Using Paper Straws

How to make a Halloween garland made from paper straws | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comPaper straws have become the entertaining must-have. They are an easy and inexpensive way to add a festive touch to your party tablescape. The kids think they are super fun (at least mine do!) and adults don’t mind sticking one in an otherwise plain party cup. But did you know that these paper straws also make for a fun crafting supply?

And this is how I found myself one Saturday afternoon, surrounded by Halloween-printed paper straws, making a spooky crafty mess as I brought a thrifty touch of Halloween to our home. Check out how I created a Halloween garland using paper straws and beads…

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Make an Easy Rustic Halloween Garland with Painted Pinecones

Create a Fall and Halloween garland using painted pinecones | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comHappy Fall! I’m excited to be sharing with you how to create an easy rustic Halloween garland using painted pinecones on Made In Craftadise.

Stop by and check out how I easily and quickly put this garland together to bring a rustic touch of autumn to my home. Grab the kids and head outside to scour the yard (or maybe the neighbor’s!) for your main crafting supply – pinecones.

Once they are cleaned (soaked in a water-vinegar bath for 30 minutes followed by baking at 200° for 30 minutes), grab your craft brush and paints to create a quick and easy hand-painted touch of Halloween. Visit Made-In-Craftadise for the tutorial.

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Easily Turn a Tray Into Unique Frame For Old Photo

Turn a tray into a unique photo frame | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comDo you have a soft spot for discount home decor stores? I certainly do. [Un]fortunately, there just happens  to be such a store conveniently located within minutes from my daughter’s elementary school. And, yes, I stop there frequently. Most times, I’m faced with the ‘hard choice’ of cruising the aisles of this home goods store or waiting in the chaotic school parking lot for school to let out. Can you guess which choice often wins?!

I often justify my wasting time in this store by heading to the clearance sections first. And it was in this area that I found a pink mirrored tray heavily marked down to $4.99. I snatched it up. I had no creative vision in mind but c’mon, it’s a bargain at $5! Continue reading

How To Easily Makeover a Kid Step Stool with Paint

Update a kid step stool with paint | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comOh, the days of stepping over the kiddie stool at the sink in order to wash your hands. Part of the bargain of having pint-sized roommates, I suppose. So what do you do when the kids outgrow the cars and trucks design on said stool but still need it to brush their teeth? You give it a thrifty makeover.

Give the kids a few hardcover books to stand on (start with your husband’s old business books that are dust collectors) and take the truck laced kid step stool into the great outdoors to begin the mod transformation.
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How To Make a Mesh Pumpkin Wreath in 5 Steps

How to make a mesh pumpkin wreath in 5 easy stepsWhat do orange and green have in common? If your answer is pumpkin, treat yourself to a yummy pumpkin spice latte, glazed pumpkin scone or maybe just another trip to the craft store!

Since a visit to the craft store may be more calorie-friendly than devouring the season’s tasty treats, add some green and orange mesh to your shopping cart along with some patterned grosgrain ribbon. Some you’ll be closing your door on a shiny new pumpkin wreath… on your way to grab your pumpkin spice latte! Continue reading

Use Fabric Scraps To Make Easy, Fun Fall Pumpkins

Make Fall Pumpkins Using Your Fabric Scraps in Non-Traditional ColorsWho says autumn decor must consist of a lot of orange? Or the traditional accents of green, maroon or brown? Let’s toss those expected autumn colors like a kid tossing a nicely racked pile of leaves!

And when one has a towering pile of fabric bits and pieces like I do, stuffed precariously in a basket, this is a great crafty project to use up some of those fabric scraps…so you have less guilt when you go out and get yourself more textile treasures! Here’s to autumn…
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Unique, Creative Outdoor Door Wreaths To Make For Fall

Outdoor Fall Door Wreath RoundupAnyone ready for some cooler weather? Is it time to pack away the flip flops in exchange for jeans and boots? Even if the weather isn’t quite as crisp as you’d like (hello Arizona!), at least you can bring out the fall colors and decorate as though the leaves are falling off the trees!

I’ve gathered 10 really fun and creative fall wreath ideas to help you start thinking in terms of oranges and greens and browns. Pull out the glue and floral wire, and get ready to Do-It-Yourself a fall outdoor door wreath!
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