DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Cake Toppers

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

I will be the first to admit that there are a million different variations of this project floating around out there, but that’s also kind of why I love these little ghosts. We made a version of these every year with my mom when we were kids, sometimes out of cheesecloth and kitchen twine like these, or other times out of tissues and thread. Basically, whatever we had on hand. We’d hang them from doorways or the chandelier in the dining room, or we’d stick them on skewers and pop them into houseplants at random. Today we’re making little homemade ghosts and calling them cake toppers, but you can’t go wrong however you use them in your Halloween festivities!

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Supplies

  • Cheesecloth
  • Kitchen twine
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Scissors
  • Super glue
  • Cotton balls

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

Begin by laying your cheesecloth flat and cutting out squares approximately 5 inches by 5 inches. For larger ghosts, cut squares that are a bit larger or cut smaller squares to create smaller ghosts. I prefer a double layer of cheesecloth for each ghost, so I make sure my cheesecloth is folded in half while I’m cutting. No worries about clean edges! The rough edges of the cheesecloth when it’s cut is one of the best parts of these little ghosts. Next up, grab 2 – 3 cotton balls and use your fingers to pull them apart a bit and puff them up before placing a mound of cotton at the center of each square to form the ghost’s head.

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

Gather the cheesecloth around the cotton of the ghost’s head to form the ghost shape. Insert a bamboo skewer with a dab of super glue on the end, so that the glue holds the skewer in place once it’s inserted into the cotton ball. Cut a length of kitchen twine about 4 inches long, and wrap it snugly around the base of the ghost’s head a few times to form the neck. Knot it in place tightly, trim the ends and behold! The world’s cutest little cheesecloth ghost, ready to take flight on top of your favorite cake just in time for Halloween.

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

Crafts like this are my favorite! Quick, easy, super inexpensive and kid-friendly to boot if you have little ones who like getting crafty with you. With this one, you don’t even have to bake the cake. Pick up a simple, white cake from your local grocery store or bakery, stick a few ghosts on top and you’re party-ready in no time. Or, you know, skip the cake entirely and just go wild hanging ghosts all over the house. That’s a completely legit option.

DIY Ghost Cake Toppers by @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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10 Spooky + Elegant Halloween Ideas

10 Spooky + Elegant Halloween Ideas from @cydconverse

I mentioned it last week when I shared these DIY black lace candles, but my favorite kind of Halloween decor tends to be a mix of slightly spooky and a touch glam. I can get down with kitschy Halloween decorations from time to time, too, but add a dose of sophisticated style to the Halloween festivities and I just can’t resist. Which is where today’s post comes into play! We’re talking DIY ideas, cocktails, recipes and more, all perfectly suited to marking Halloween with a touch of glamour.

Click through to check out my favorite spooky yet elegant Halloween ideas!

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Friday Link Love

Friends, I do believe I overdid it yesterday. After shooting all day I had to practically drag myself into bed at 8:30 last night, and today I have just not been able to bounce back. I had a standard OB appointment this morning (where everything was looking really great), and since then I have just been unable to shake the fatigue. So, all of that said, I’m throwing in the towel. I am actually going to crawl into bed for a bit this afternoon and hope that I bounce back and feel energized going into the weekend so I can get a few things done around the house and get a jumpstart on work for the week. In the meantime, here’s wishing you all a beautiful weekend! xoxo

Printable Halloween Treat Bags from @cydconverse

[One of my favorite Halloween posts of yore – download your printable BOO! Halloween treat bags! Photo by StudioDIY for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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5 Party Pins from the Week

Last week I asked you guys to chime in by taking the holiday reader survey and your responses have been so helpful as I’m planning away for the next couple of months! (By the way, you can still take the survey for a chance to win a $50 J.Crew gift card!) Not surprisingly, a whole bunch of you cited Pinterest as one of your favorite ways to scout out holiday ideas and recipes, so I thought I’d make sure all of you are following me over there. If not, you can do so right here! Of course I share lots of my own projects and posts, but I also pin inspiration from all of my favorite blogs and sites, too. In fact, Pinterest is hands down my favorite social media platform, without a doubt. Today I am running out the door for another all-day shoot and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite party pins from the week. I feel like I went on a bit of a Pinterest binge this week, and I couldn’t resist sharing a few pins that really caught my eye. In the meantime, have a great day and I’ll be back tomorrow!

DIY Feather Cupcake Toppers

[DIY Feather Cupcake Toppers from A Subtle Revelry.]

DIY Birthday Balloons

[DIY Balloon Letters from Oh Happy Day.]

DIY Glitter Crowns

[DIY Glitter Crowns from A Subtle Revelry.]

DIY Hand Painted Wrapping Paper

[DIY Hand Painted Wrapping Paper from Lay Baby Lay.]

DIY Wall Banner

[DIY Wall Banner by Lay Baby Lay for Land of Nod.]

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DIY Black Lace Candle Holders

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

As much as I really, truly love Halloween (or, more specifically, watching Hocus Pocus on repeat), I will admit it is just not traditionally my go-to holiday when it comes to crafting. I feel like it comes so quickly after summer and I tend to go much bigger for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so Halloween feels a bit too much like work. That said, this year I wanted to come up with a Halloween-inspired craft that was quick, simple and totally doable for those of you who, like me, just don’t want to be bothered with intricate, time consuming Halloween projects. Enter these super pretty DIY black lace candle holders! They aren’t strictly Halloween either, because you could keep these out all year long or make them with any color lace you choose. Ready to get started? Let’s get crafty, friends!

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Clear candle holders or vases
  • Scissors
  • Assorted lace and/or sequin trim
  • E6000, hot glue or similar
  • White candles

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

Begin with glass candle holders (or clear vases would work, too) that have been thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then measure your lace trim around the circumference of the candle holder by simply holding it up to judge the length you’ll need. I picked my lace and sequins up in the by-the-yard trim section at Joann. Be forewarned, trims like these can be a bit pricey, but you can find great coupons online for Joann pretty much 100% of the time and they have great sales, too. Allowing for a bit of overlap, trim your lace to size with scissors.

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

Next up, place a small bead of glue along the bottom rim of your candle holder and tap the corner of one end of the trim into the bead of glue to secure it in place. If you’re using hot glue, take care not to burn yourself. If you’re using E6000 or something similar, be sure to work in a super well-ventilated area or, even better, wear a mask while you’re working especially if you’re pregnant like this lady. (Yes, I skipped out on sharing photos of my mask-clad face. Nobody needs to see that sight!) Continue running a bead of glue along the rim, pausing every so often to secure the trim in place. When you get to the end, pull it taught and then glue down the edge where the trim overlaps onto itself. Allow the adhesive to dry completely and you’re all set!

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

DIY Black Lace Candle Holders by @cydconverse

Load these bad boys up with candles (I personally prefer white candles with the black lace), give them a light and you have instant Halloween decor! Albeit of the really pretty, somewhat Victorian-inspired variety, which I totally dig. Scatter a handful of these beauties around the house with these DIY Halloween spider lanterns of yore and you’ll be ready for the trick or treaters when they come knocking at your door!

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share a maximum of 1 – 2 images from this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

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