October 15, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
We’re revisiting an oldie but a goodie today with my absolute favorite Halloween printables of all time! Created just for The Sweetest Occasion readers by the super talented and incredibly sweet Jamie of A Pair of Pears, these cute little things are all you need to channel your inner goblin. We’re talking about the most adorable treat bag tags and Halloween party invitations that you ever did see. Scroll down and click to download your Halloween printables, then just print and trim and you’re ready for the Halloween festivities. Trick or treat!
[Design + illustration by A Pair of Pears | Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
The fine print: As with all of our printables, these designs are provided for personal non-commercial use only and may not be distributed, copied or sold in any fashion. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share them, please link to this post directly and do NOT host the file yourself. Thanks so much! xoxo
October 13, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
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!
- Kitchen twine
- Bamboo skewers
- Super glue
- Cotton balls
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.
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.
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.
[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
October 12, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
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!
October 9, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
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
[One of my favorite Halloween posts of yore – download your printable BOO! Halloween treat bags! Photo by StudioDIY for The Sweetest Occasion.]
October 8, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
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 from A Subtle Revelry.]
[DIY Balloon Letters from Oh Happy Day.]
[DIY Glitter Crowns from A Subtle Revelry.]
[DIY Hand Painted Wrapping Paper from Lay Baby Lay.]
[DIY Wall Banner by Lay Baby Lay for Land of Nod.]