Halloween DIY: 3 Boo-tiful Blogs & Their Crafty Treats

This week, I’ve been working on a collaboration with two talented and awesome mommies on some fun Halloween DIYs. Gisella from Serendipity Events NYC and Marisa from Burlaps and Bananas. We’ll cover a quick tutorial on how to make a haunted house with the kiddos, a quick and easy way to spruce up your mantle as well as a super inexpensive way to boo-tify the entryway of your home using items you already have or new ones at little to no cost. So take a mommy break, sit back, kick off your shoes, grab a cup of joe and let your creative juices start flowing! Let’s create!


EntrywayEasy way to Boo-tify Your Entryway/ Foyer

This year, I decided to stick with last year’s black and white Halloween decór for our entryway. As most of you know, I’m far too obsessed to let go of this color palette. Plus, I wanted this project to be thrifty because lets be honest, what’s the point of a DIY if it’s not cheaper to make, right? So I opted to use what I had at hand and just Halloween-ified it (I just made this word up… bear with me for a minute).

Ok- let me start by letting you in on a little secret. Shh! Don’t tell a soul. Pinky promise?! Most of the items you see in my entryway are either dollar store items, recycled or created through www.PicMonkey.com. Yes, Brace yourselves- PicMonkey! For those of you that don’t know what this is, it’s a free editing/design site! To see where and how I created each piece in my entryway, simply pair the item to its letter.

Entryway-DIY-Halloweena. These cute little framed designs are simply scrap booking paper from Michaels (Sale:7 sheets for $1) plus the critters are PicMonkey designs I printed, cut out and pasted onto the scrap booking paper. I also used the same exact frames I already had up on our wall.Halloween-DIYBe sure to use the ‘Design’ mode to work with a blank space. The picture below shows how you can add these critters onto your photos as well.

PicMonkeyb. What’s a halloween entryway without some spooky family photos? I used PicMonkey to edit our Christmas family photos from 2013 taken by the beautiful and talented LilyRo Photography. So much fun creating these! Plus, I printed these out in our home printer. Here’s the before and after.

PicMonkey Collage -Halloween

Photo Credit: LilyRo Photography



c. You can create any type of design on PicMonkey.com. For our entryway, I decided to use our wedding canvas and place a Halloween canvas design over it. Use what you have! I simply covered the canvas using a large paper (to avoid getting any marks or glue on our beautiful canvas). I then placed my canvas artwork which I had printed out on canvas at Staples for $9.99 (Note: Or print on poster paper for less than $3) onto the canvas frame using small pieces of clear tape on each corner.













d. Spray painted an old bird cage in black and added a fake raven that I purchased at our local dollar store.

e. Old candle holders topped off with black pumpkins from our local dollar store.

f. – g. White pumpkins and Boo! banner from my 2013 halloween post! Click here to read post.

Here’s the before and after.


Haunted house DIY

“There is something so awesomely “spooky” about Halloween and all of the neat DIY and crafting that comes along with it.  I have created a Haunted House that’s simple and thrifty, not to mention, a fun project for you AND your kiddos to create.  Come on over to www.burlapandbananas.blogspot.com to get all the eerie details on this Halloween Haunted House DIY project, and several other exciting Halloween and Fall craft ideas.” — Marisa 

Haunted-House-DIYHalloween Mantle DIY 

Here’s  a cute, quick and inexpensive way to spruce up your fireplace mantle for Halloween! Check out how Gisella from Serendipity Events NYC made these items via her blog page HERE.

SerendipAlso, be sure to check out all my black and white Halloween DIY projects including this awesome DIY table runner. Click HERE.

Table-Runner-DIYHave a Boo-tiful Day!



St. Patrick’s Day DIY Home Decor

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With St. Patty’s day being a few days away, I wanted to share a simple and inexpensive DIY project. All it takes is 4 items and less than 10 minutes!

Items Needed


I was able to get the 12″ wood hoops for only $1.67 (using a 40% coupon) at Michaels. Also, I found this cute 3-leaf clover pack at Joann’s for just $1.50. They currently have a 50% off St.Patrick’s Day sale. Score! As for the burlap material, I usually have this material on hand as I tend to use it often but it’s sold at most fabric stores and it’s pretty inexpensive (avg $2 a yard).


1. You’ll notice the wood hoop consist of two hoops. Remove the most inner hoop. Place outer hoop on top of burlap material.



2. Cut burlap around the 12″ hoop. Ensure there’s enough material to cover the entire hoop. Turn material and hoop upside down and place the inner hoop on top of the outer hoop while keeping the burlap in between both hoops. stpattys06


3. Push the inner hoop into the outer hoop. Note: You might need to adjust the hoop setting to make room for the burlap to go through.

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4. Turn over and cut excess burlap material.

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5. Add felt three-leaf clovers using adhesive dots and hang the hoops onto your wall. Done and Done!

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St Patricks Day

St Patricks Day

St Patricks Day


Happy Crafting!