Holly Jolly Kids Table with DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner & Marshmallow Snowflakes

DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner

I love creating with kids in mind. They aren’t looking for perfection, just fun! And sometimes the cutest creations happen with the humblest of materials. Here I used green construction paper and red balloons to create a DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner that is perfectly imperfect—and kid approved! Plus, my niece and nephew were begging for some hot chocolate, so as an activity we made DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes that I saw on Real Simple. We then used them as a garnish once our hot chocolate was ready. Details on both projects are below.

DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner

DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner

Materials

Instructions

  1. Fold cardstock paper in half. Draw holly shape and cut out your holly. Repeat until you have enough leaves for the length of your runner. I used different shades of green to create interest. Michaels actually has a variety pack (Only $2) perfect for this project (and is what I used).
  2. Blow up red balloons. Keep them small and tape on in clusters of three. I did two clusters of three balloons but you can add more depending on the length of your table.
  3. Once you have everything ready, tape your holly leaves together to form your table runner. Tape on the balloons in clusters of three as well. This is all up to your imagination, have fun with it. And get your kids involved. My niece helped with every step of this runner.

DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner

DIY Holly Balloon Kids Table

I love paper goods, especially when they have such cute designs that I can mix and match.

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DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes

We needed something to do while we waited for our hot chocolate to be ready, so we made DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes that I saw on Real Simple here. All you need are large and small marshmallows and toothpicks. Stick toothpicks into the larger marshmallow and then slide on two smaller marshmallows onto each toothpick. This kept the kids entertained for awhile and they were very proud of their creations.

DIY Snowflake Marshmallows

DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes

To add onto cup, just cut a slit on bottom of the large center marshmallow.

DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes

My nephew wanted to use his new lego mug, isn’t it cool?

I hope you are having fun with your own family and friends! I love that with a little imagination and lots of laughter, lovely memories can be made around a table. Merry Christmas sweet friends!

DIY Christmas Gifts in a Jar with Free Matching Gift Tag Printables

 

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Tis the season for giving and there’s simply something so cute about things that come packaged in a jar. Do you remember the “Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar” craze? It was way before Pinterest, or even blogs for that matter, and my mom was totally into it. Growing up, I remember we would make those for friends and family for all kinds of occasions. And perhaps that’s why I just love anything in a jar.

Here I decided to round up my four Christmas Gifts in a Jar ideas into one post for ease of searching. Each idea comes with its own free gift tag download (and one is generic, so could be used with any gift idea). These ideas are perfect for your neighbors, teachers, hostess gifts, group gifts (like everyone in your book club or wine club!) or even a “just because” gift. I’ve given them to both family and friends and they’ve all been big hits. And Pinterest is full of even more inspiration, just search “gifts in a jar” and tons of creative ideas pop up.

Christmas Baking

FREE Christmas Baking Gift Tag Printable via Tonality Designs

What’s Christmas without Christmas cookies? Cookies and other baked goods lend themselves so easily to stacking in a wide-mouth mason jar. And when giving as a gift, you can tie on my Free Christmas Baking Gift Tag printable with a little baking twine. See the original post here for more inspiration as well as the recipe for my favorite Christmas cookie, a recipe that spans three generations! It wouldn’t be Christmas in my home without Grandma Detrick’s Caramel Glaze Christmas Cookie.

Stovetop Potpourri

DIY Christmas Stovetop Potpourri with FREE Gift Tag download

One of my most popular ideas on my blog, this Stovetop Potpourri has served me well over the last two years. I even just gave a jar to my cousin and when I told her the jar sitting on the table was for her she said, “I was hoping that was for me. I loved it last year!” Haha, but proof you can even repeat this one and your friends and family will love it both times. See my original post here for the how-to instructions as well as the matching FREE printable download. The tag not only has a cute Christmas message, but also provides the instructions for how to use the potpourri.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and FREE Gift Tag Printable

This hot chocolate recipe is not only delicious, but so easy to create as you only need 3 ingredients. And with hot cocoa bars being all the rage, this gift is sure to please. See my original post here for the recipe as well as the FREE printable gift tag. The tag gives a sweet message as well as instructions for how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate.

Merry & Bright Gift Tag for Any Christmas Gift

FREE Christmas Gift Tag Printable

Well, this FREE Merry and Bright Gift Tag can actually be used for any gift you give this holiday season. Here I used it on a jar full of my DIY Chocolate-Peppermint Marshmallows. A perfect accompaniment to the Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix I listed above.

The Ideas are Endless

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids via Tonality Designs

I would be remiss on doing a roundup of my mason jar gift ideas if I didn’t mention how easy it is to even spray paint your jar lids to be other colors. Above I show how I spray painted my lids different shades of metallic, but you could do Christmas colors. I just happen to use mine for kitchen staples so kept them neutral to match my kitchen. You can see more pictures and the easy how-to instructions on my original post here.

And that’s a wrap—no pun intended! I hope one of these ideas sparks your creativity. Merry Christmas and happy gift giving!

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

No matter what the season, it’s no secret I love flowers. My Instagram account is full of flower arrangement ideas, but it’s also fun to followup here with the simple how-to instructions. I’m sure you’ve probably seen this idea to use cranberries in your vase before (in fact, I even shared this same idea on Instagram last year); however, whenever I share this idea I get tons of oohs and aahs as well as the question: How did you do that?  So with that said, below are the super simple steps to create your own cranberry vase.

I especially love this idea because you can use any clear glass vessel you have and it will instantly be given a Christmas facelift. I don’t have a lot of holiday-specific decor because of storage reasons, plus I like to invest my limited budget on year-round items. So if you don’t have a clear vase you can use, go buy something you love that you can use all year long.

Materials

  • Glass vessel (vase, hurricane, jar, etc.)
  • Smaller vessel (Must fit inside the larger glass vessel you picked and have enough room around the sides to fit the cranberries. I usually have a variety of mason jar sizes on hand so I use those, but anything that holds water will work.)
  • Cranberries
  • Flowers (Fresh or faux, I picked fresh hydrangeas)

Instructions

 

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Start by picking your main glass vessel. In this post, I show you two different options: a plain clear vase and above a decorative glass hurricane I found this year at Target. I fell in love with the gold branches on the hurricane and immediately knew I wanted to get it because it’s not only perfect for Christmas, but I know I’ll use it all year.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Next, pick a smaller vessel that fits inside your main vessel and leaves room for the cranberries. Then put water in the smaller vessel and place inside your main glass vessel.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Make sure to cover the top of the smaller vessel and then pour in your cranberries.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Now you’re ready for the flowers. Remove the cover over the top of the smaller vessel and arrange your flowers.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

I think hydrangeas work well for this because the large blooms rest nicely on the lip of your vase and you only need a few stems. (The number of stems you’ll need depend on the size of your main vessel, but above I used 3 stems of white hydrangea and 5 stems of mini green hydrangea.) Just be sure to remove all the leaves and then cut stems to the height of your vase. I used fresh flowers, but faux flowers would work for this because you don’t see the stems. Often what gives away faux flowers are the cheap looking stems.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

It makes a lovely addition to any table. Instant Christmas. 

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

And remember, your vase doesn’t have to be fancy. Here you see how I used a plain glass vase and the result is just as lovely.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

For this look I only used white hydrangea (3 stems was all it took!).

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Candy canes are my other instant Christmas idea. Seriously, there is nothing cheaper and screams Christmas better. Just place them in any little vase or glass you own and—boom—Merry Christmas! The mercury glass also helps. Mercury glass votives are another staple item I invest in and use year round. They are often available in home decor stores this time of year.

Easy Christmas Decor Ideas

And one last tip: ornaments piled on a tray or in a basket also add instant holiday cheer to any space. Decorating doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.

I hope this was helpful. Oh what fun it is to decorate!

Grandma Detrick’s Caramel Glazed Christmas Cookies

Caramel Glazed Christmas Cookie part of a Christmas Dessert Blog Hop

Christmas and baking seem to go hand in hand so today I’m sharing a favorite family cookie recipe as part of a Christmas Dessert Blog Hop. A special welcome to my followers as well as anyone here because of Beth’s blog Home Stories A to Z. I’m so happy you’re here and following our blog hop.

I’m actually sharing my great grandma’s recipe, but this recipe was passed down to me from my dad so we’ve always just referred to them as Grandma Detrick’s Cookies. For the purpose of sharing, I added the Caramel Glazed description in order to give you a hint of why they taste so good.

FREE Christmas Baking Gift Tag Printable via Tonality Designs

And since giving is one of the joys of Christmas, I’m also sharing a FREE download for a Christmas Baking Gift Tag, so this post is just full of baking goodness.

When Summer of She Leaves a Little Sparkle asked me to be apart of this blog hop, I immediately thought of these cookies, but then thought, “Well, they aren’t that pretty so maybe I should think of something else.” But how sad is that? Something shouldn’t just be photo worthy in order to share. So I brushed that thought aside and committed to making what truly is my favorite Christmas cookie. And I’m so glad I did. Because to be honest, this is the first time I’ve ever made them by myself. Usually my mom makes them. I did help as a child, but I haven’t done that in years.

When I asked my mom for the recipe, she sent it via a text and I gasped at the ingredient list. Let’s just say, sometimes it better not to know what goes into making your favorite recipe. I realized there would probably be a lot of sugar and butter, but instead of butter it was Crisco. Yet, I’d never bought Crisco before. I texted my mom that very thought, “I’ve never bought Crisco.” She replied, “It comes in cubes like butter.” I then said, “Okay. No wonder they are so good—just pure fat!” And then her final text to me was “Your dad said, ‘You’re damn straight.’ lol.” 

We later discussed “Why Crisco?” And my mom thinks a lot recipes from that time period tended to use Crisco instead of butter. And we think we could actually substitute Coconut Oil (and not kidding, Crisco even makes one) and get the same results. I didn’t yesterday because I just wanted to make sure they turned out, but I think I’m going to try that today and let you guys know how it works. Perhaps a little healthier alternative. But hey, they are cookies so what did I expect? Plus, my great grandma lived to be 101 so perhaps they aren’t that bad for you.

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As for the cookie, I wasn’t sure how to describe it. It’s kind of a rustic sugar cookie, but it’s not that sugary. So it’s probably better to describe it as a cake cookie that has just a hint of sweetness. That’s probably why I like it so much as I’m not really into super sweet treats. Plus the cookie is topped with a brown sugar caramel glaze that adds the perfect amount of sweetness. I hope that description helps to sell it as it really is a family favorite.

Ingredients

Yields about 4 dozen cookies.

For Cookie:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup crisco (Or substitute coconut oil)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

For Caramel Glaze Icing:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup crisco (Or substitute coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions

Caramel Glazed Christmas Cookie part of a Christmas Dessert Blog Hop

For Cookie:

Preheat oven to 350°.

In large mixing bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar and Crisco (or coconut oil) then add eggs and buttermilk.

In separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar then mix it into the wet mixture. Keep mixing until batter is smooth.

Scoop tablespoon size balls (or heaping teaspoons) onto a cookie sheet and bake in 350° oven for 8-10 minutes. Cookies should be golden brown on the bottom and light brown on top. (Note, you can chill batter for more consistent scooping, but it’s not required.)

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Let cookies cool on a baking rack or, if you’re like me, use a brown paper bag that you’ve cut open.

Caramel Glaze Christmas Cookies part of a Christmas Dessert Blog Hop

For Caramel Glaze Icing:

In small sauce pan, heat brown sugar, Crisco (or coconut oil) and milk. Bring to a boil. Let boil for one minute and then remove from heat. Let cool. Once cool, spread on cookies. (Note, I tried dipping some of my cookies in the brown sugar mixture while it was still slightly warm, and although this was super easy, the glaze ends up seeping into the cookie and not forming on the top. I didn’t like this result as much so next time I’m going to be patient and wait for the mixture to cool.)

FREE Christmas Baking Gift Tag Printable via Tonality Designs

And since Christmas cookies are meant to be shared, I created a FREE Christmas Baking Gift Tag printable that you can use for any holiday treats you’re giving away this year. You can download it here and make someone smile because, “It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas.” 

FREE Christmas Baking Gift Tag Printable via Tonality Designs

Just download the printable and print on white card stock. Cut out each tag and punch a hole at the top.

FREE Christmas Baking Gift Tag Printable via Tonality Designs

I then filled a wide-mouth mason jar with my cookies and tied on the tag using red and white baking twine. For an added touch, I spray painted the mason jar lids white. (You can see my tutorial for DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids for more inspiration on spraying jar lids.) Plus be sure to see my other FREE Christmas Gift Tag Printables (May Your Days Be Merry and BrightStovetop Potpourri and Homemade Hot Chocolate).

Christmas Dessert Blog Hop

As I stated earlier, this is all part of a Christmas Dessert Blog Hop.

I invite you to visit Kara’s Party Ideas next for her Crock Pot Fudge Recipe and then move on to all the other wonderful bloggers below. These girls have me wanting to press pause on my daily schedule and just bake all day.

She Leaves a Little Sparkle

Boxwood Avenue

Meaningful Spaces

Lillian Hope Designs

Our Vintage Nest

Home Stories A to Z

So what’s your favorite Christmas dessert? I would love to hear about your family favorites and if available please include links to your favorite recipes within your comments. I love being inspired to try something new.

My Grateful Table Blog Hop

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

November is here and it’s my favorite season as it calls us to reflect on all that we are grateful for. I’m taking this time to share my Thanksgiving table from last year. I shared pictures on Instagram, but never did a blog post so when I was asked to join in on the My Grateful Table Blog Hop, I thought this was a perfect chance to not only share my pictures, but also provide the FREE download for the Thankful Banner printable. So win, win!

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

I created this table both at my house and then at my cousin’s (pictured above) for her Friendsgiving, so you’ll see pictures of both. It turned out, the theme worked perfectly with her yellow and white plates.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

I used a lot of past DIY projects, like the DIY Metallic Mason Jar Wraps. The vase is actually a mason jar that I created a cover for with metallic fabric. You can get the full instructions here. The flowers are cabbage (yes, cabbage), a red fuzzy flower I don’t know the name of (yes I should try googling it, but I’m lazy today) and greenery from my yard. I then created the Thankful banner that actually coordinated with the graphics I did for the kids table. You can download the FREE Thankful Banner Printable here. I love adding printables to my centerpieces, it’s kind of my signature look. I just think it adds an extra, personalized touch and really helps create the theme of your table.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

I used a patterned Kraft paper runner and then kept to using a variety of metallic candles, including a lot of mercury glass. The polka-dot candles were another past DIY project: DIY Tissue Paper Candles. I also used a lot of white, like the white pumpkins and white cabbage. The only pops of color come with the yellow plates, the red flowers and the teal thankful banner.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

Some of the flower arrangements were embellished with paper drinking straws that I added gold flags to using gold washi tape. Super simple, but adds a little flair.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

When setting a table, don’t be afraid to also add your own personal touches. For example, I love the framed bible verse I added because even though it didn’t go perfectly with our color scheme, it went perfectly with the day.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

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And let’s not forget about the kid table. Although the table was very different (a lot more fun), everything coordinated perfectly with the adult table. I used the same paper runner on both tables. Also, the Thankful Banner on the adult table used the same teal pattern as the ship and turkey feathers. I also used a lot of white on the kid table like the white pumpkins and feathers.

FREE Thankful Turkey Printable - Thanksgiving Kids Craft

The kids table was made complete with this Thankful Turkey craft. Get the free download and see more pictures and tips on the original post here.

Join Our Blog Hop

And as stated earlier, this post is part of a blog hop. Be sure to check out all the wonderful blogs below for even more Thankgiving inspiration. And follow us on Instagram with the hashtag #mygratefultable.

My Grateful Table Blog Hop

Rachel Elizabeth Creates | Interiors Swag | The Tattered Pew | Fix It Chick | Be Still Blogs | The Home Making Momma | A Blue Nest | The Grimes Life

FREE Halloween Photo Backdrop Download

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Eek, I’m so excited about this free download! Plus, these three munchkins make sharing my latest creation even more fun! Frankly, they steal the show, but that was pretty much the point. I wanted a way to capture really fun pictures come Halloween night. I figured if celebrities qualify for step-and-repeat photo ops, shouldn’t kids in costumes get the same royal treatment? And so, I created a Halloween pattern for just that. It’s of course a great addition to your decor if you’re hosting a costume party, but I think it could be really fun for trick-or-treat night. I picture this hanging on a garage door or fence in the front yard so that random trick-or-treaters can have their “celebrity” photo op moment as they come to knock on your door for candy. Wouldn’t that be so fun?

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Meet Hulk Smash! It was really hard to hold in my laughter when this little guy stepped in front of the backdrop and started performing for the camera. And I must admit I was a little shocked because he usually doesn’t want to have his picture taken. However, as Hulk Smash he clearly gets into character. And yes, it’s Hulk Smash and not just Hulk. He was very adamant about his full name.

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He was so happy to show off his costume and I loved that instead of having random distractions in the background (toys, furniture, other people) we had a professional looking backdrop. And the backdrop is just bond paper that I had printed at FedEx Office on their oversized printer that’s usually intended for large blueprints. It could not be easier.

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Our little Hulk Smash wasn’t quite as happy when his brothers joined in on the fun, but I wanted the backdrop to work for groups.

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The older kids got into their poses too! And they really liked the idea of using the backdrop for Halloween night so that they could get pictures with all their friends. I loved that they got the purpose of why I created the backdrop without me even telling them.

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Here’s the full view. I could have gotten more elaborate and added balloons, streamers, garland, etc.; however, I really wanted this to be doable for people. Let’s just be honest, not everyone has the time or skills to make things so “Pinterest perfect.” For this, you just need the time to download the file and print it at a printer like FedEx Office or Staples. Then come Halloween night, tape it up. Even if you’ve never gone to print something at FedEx or Staples, I promise this is extremely easy and affordable too. You can do this for under $20.

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We are currently in the process of making Drew’s costume, but he still was game to take pictures. Okay, maybe I had to bribe him with Yogurtland, but I say that’s still a win.

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Instructions

  1. Download the FREE Halloween Backdrop PDF here. The file is a two-page, 8″ x 11″ PDF file. You can either print just one page or both. It’s up to you on how big you want your backdrop. I printed both pages and then pieced them together when I hung them up. Making my backdrop 72″ x 48″.
  2. Take your file to a printer like FedEx Office or  Staples and tell them that you want to print the file at 36″ x 48″ in black and white. Black and white is a lot cheaper than color. One 36″ x 48″ black-and-white print costs $9 at FedEx Office (where I happened to go to print this). I got extremely lucky as they accidentally printed mine in full color so the quality is extra great (a deep black with no printer lines), but some printer lines can happen when doing a true black-and-white print. However, color at this same size is about 10 times the cost—they told me around $90. Not worth it to me.
  3. If printing both pages, be sure to use the slide cutter at FedEx Office to trim the excess white on the right-hand margin of page 1 of the PDF. This will allow you to tape your pieces flush in the middle.
  4. Hang your backdrop with tape. If hanging both pieces, be sure to match the center seem like you would a wallpaper pattern.
  5. Enjoy taking some really fun and festive pictures!

Please note: I’m sharing this file in good faith that you won’t steal my original artwork and pose as if it’s your own. This is for personal use only and should not be shared on any other platforms or sold. If sharing pictures where you used this download, all credit should be given to Tonality Designs and lead back to my blog. All downloads for the artwork should only happen on my blog. The artwork should also stay in tact and no parts should be extracted for other uses. Please contact me if you have any questions. I’m happy to collaborate and create custom artwork for people.

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I just have to share a few more of Hulk Smash. He’s just too cute. And I think they show you how much fun you can have with this backdrop. I can only imagine what a princess would do when given center stage.

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Yep, even with his tongue out he steals my heart!

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That face!

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Oh, where did you come from Luke? Ha, ha. He really did have fun!

I really look forward to taking lots of pictures come Halloween night! I’m sure I’ll have to update this post with all the fun we capture. And I hope you have fun with this too! As always, I would love to see what you create with this. Please share on Instagram and tag me (@tonalitydesigns). I love to share pictures of what my followers are creating.

Halloween Bagel Creatures

Halloween Bagel Creatures - Cream Cheese Mummies and Nutella Spiders

Breakfast is served! I don’t know why, but there is something so magical about surprising kids with a fun holiday breakfast. And these Halloween Bagel Creatures make the task super easy! I thought about doing it on cinnamon rolls, but then thought perhaps bagels would be a little less of a sugar rush for this candy-filled holiday. But I think doing cinnamon rolls might still need to happen! Literally this concept could be used for decorating cookies, cupcakes, brownies, etc. Just pick whatever frosting works for what you are serving and decorate away.

Cream Cheese Mummy Bagel

Halloween Bagel Creatures - Cream Cheese Mummies and Nutella Spiders

Ingredients/Materials

  • Bagels (your favorite flavor)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (use a lot less if you are only making one, this will probably yield a few bagel halves)
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk or almond milk (I only had almond milk and you couldn’t tell)
  • Candy eyes
  • Wilton decorating tip #150 (long thin and flat shape) and decorating couplers (used for frosting and available at Michaels and other craft stores)
  • Ziplock bag
  • Mixer

Instructions

  1. Using your mixer, blend your cream cheese and milk. Add the milk a little at a time until your cream cheese is smooth enough to run through your decorating tip.
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  2. Cut a small hole at the corner of your ziplock bag. Add your decorating coupler and tip per instructions on the coupler package.
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  3. Add your cream cheese mixture to your ziplock bag.
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  4. On a bagel half, pipe on cream cheese in criss-crossing lines. Just lightly squeeze it out, I had no prior frosting experience and this was so easy. Go as light or heavy as you want. (And of course you could toast your bagel before decorating,  I just didn’t because I know kids get crazy about anything being too brown – what’s up with that? Plus, un-toasted meant I was less tempted to eat my creations.)
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  5. Add your candy eyes. I also piped a line of cream cheese slightly over the eyes so they looked like they were peaking out.
  6. Repeat for as many bagel halves as you need.

Nutella Spider Bagel

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Ingredients

Halloween Bagel Creatures - Nutella Spiders

  • Bagels (any flavor)
  • Nutella
  • Pretzel rods (8 per bagel half)
  • Candy eyes

Instructions

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  1. Spread Nutella over bagel half. NOTE: the middle ended up caving in, but I kind of liked that it looked like a mouth. However, if that bugs you, just rip a small piece of another bagel and plug the hole before you frost. 
  2. Dip the end of each pretzel rod in Nutella and add to your bagel – four on each side for your legs.
  3. Add eyes. Easy peasy!

Halloween Pattern via Tonality Designs

As for the “tablecloth” – it’s a halloween pattern I designed and then had blown up to 36 x 48 at FedEx Office on their black and white plotter (for only $9). And I’m offering it as a free PDF for you guys tomorrow, so be sure to check back in. I’m using it for something super cute and can’t wait for you guys to see!

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More of a donut person? Check out our fangtastic donuts we made last year!

DIY Quilted Wine Bag

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So, I actually made these bags last year because my parents gave me the adorable witch’s shoes bottle stopper and I wanted a way to showcase it. I always meant to write a tutorial for the how-to, but life often gets away from me. But now, I found the time to write a quick tutorial and I hope you’ll find it useful.

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With the witch’s shoes as my inspiration, I wanted to create a wine bag to resemble what a witch could wear and I thought of dark tattered clothing. With that, I thought why couldn’t I create my own fabric in a sense by ripping other fabrics and quilting them into a cool pattern. I love the results and actually think it would work even without the “witch’s shoes” in mind. For example, you could use any leftover quilting fabrics you have and create a matching wine bag. How cute would that be?!

Then, once I got creating, I of course kept going. At a party you often offer both red and white wine so I thought having a bag for each would be fun and so the white “mummy” bag version was created. This bag was slightly different as I used mainly white strips and didn’t quilt them on. They are attached only by the seems of the bag and it really created another cool affect.

Lastly, be sure to check out my posts from last year for the FREE “Pick Your Poison” Bar Sign with matching “Blood Red” and “Wicked White” wine tags as well as the tutorial for the fun Skull Drink Garnishes.

Materials

  • Main cotton fabric – two pieces, size 6.5″ x 16.25″; I used black for both the black bag and white bag but you can use any color that goes with your fabrics. (You can make four bags out of a 1/2 yard of fabric)
  • Coordinating cotton fabrics for the quilting pattern, you’ll need about 28-30 strips that are 1″ x 7-8″ (For the black “witch” bag I used three black/gray patterned fabrics; for the white “mummy” bag I used mostly white cotton strips with one black and white polka-dot fabric mixed in)
  • 18″ piece of yarn or ribbon
  • Coordinating thread

Instructions

Cut your main fabric. Cut out your main (black) cotton fabric pieces. This will be your base for your quilting pattern.

Rip your quilting strips. Rip 1″ strips of your coordinating fabrics that will make up your quilting pattern. Your stops will be longer than needed, but you can trim once you start layering. Never ripped fabric before? You are in for a treat. It’s so fun! It’s seriously one of my favorite things. Just cut a small slit in your fabric and then rip with a downward motion on one side of your slit mark. Your first rip will probably not be perfectly straight because our fabric is rarely cut perfectly; however, your following pieces should be perfect.

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Layout your quilting strips. Here’s where your creativity comes into play. Using one of your black cotton pieces as a base, layer your ripped strips into a pattern that you like and pin into place. Your pieces can hang off the edge of your base piece. Repeat on your second black fabric piece.

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Trim your excess fabric. Turn your pinned piece over so you see the wrong side. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim off the excess fabric that hangs over the edge of your pieces.

Optional: Quilt your pinned pieces. For the black “witch” bag, I wanted it to be a quilted look so I sewed each strip on with a 1/8″ seem allowance on both sides of each strip. TIP: don’t stop sewing between strips, just do it as one continuous sewing line by going along the edge of your bag to the next strip. For the white “mummy” bag, I wanted it to be more “mummy” like with looser pieces so I skipped the quilting step.

Sew your bag. Pin the right sides of your two quilted (or non-quilted pieces that are still pinned) together. Sew a 1/4″ seem along both long sides and one short side. Turn inside out and your bag is done. NOTE: I did not line these bags, but you can easily do that. Just see the liner how-to on my other wine bag tutorials, like my DIY Valentine’s Wine Bag.

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Cheers! Add your bottle of wine and tie shut with your yarn or ribbon. And if you are doing these for Halloween, be sure to download the FREE Wine Tags. Enjoy!

Seasonal Character Door Hanger with Home Depot

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Thanks to The Home Depot, I have my first Christmas project done and it feels so good to be ahead of the game! And what’s even better, you too could have this cute snowman. All you have to do is sign up for this week’s FREE Do-It-Herself (DIH) Workshop at your local Home Depot. How cool is that? You can get all the details and register here.

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This week’s free DIH Workshop is this Seasonal Character Door Hanger. Learn more about Home Depot’s workshops at http://workshops.homedepot.com

Did you even know that Home Depot offers these free workshops? I didn’t until recently and they have me sold on how much you can learn. Not only do they create cute projects like this Seasonal Character Door Hanger, but you can also learn how to do different home repairs, use a variety of tools and even build larger home decor projects. They have three types of workshops to help do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. You can sign up for a Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) or even Kids workshops. And this week’s offering is a #DIHWorkshop, so ladies—text and call your friends and start planning a girl’s night!

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I highly recommend that you take the workshop, but I wanted to show you what you’ll be learning and provide some tips I thought of while I was creating my very own character. And I’m not the only blogger doing this. This is part of a Virtual Party of 25 bloggers, so you’ll have plenty of inspiration before attending your local workshop.

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There are so many ways to even do a snowman!

I decided to do a snowman, but I’ve seen this as a scarecrow, Frankenstein’s monster, Santa… Whatever holiday you are celebrating, you could create a character to match. And the design is perfect for making it double-sided, so you could have a scarecrow on one side and then do the snowman on the other. Pretty cool!

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Three of the big ways I customized my character: (1) I put the  brim on straight, (2) I filled in the screw holes with wood filler so you wouldn’t see them in the finished product and (3) I added a scarf!

Materials

  • 1 – 1″ x 6″ x 8′ Tongue and Groove Pattern Stock Board
  • 1 – 1″ x  4″ x 8′ Common or Pine Board
  • 1 – Box #8x 1 1/4″ Phillips Square Drive Flat-Head Full Thread Zinc Coated Multi-Material Screw
  • 1 – Pack #8 1 5/8″ Zinc-Plated Steel Eye Screw
  • 1 – 1/4″ x  50′ Manila Rope
  • 1 – 8 oz. Carpinter’s Wood Glue
  • 1 – Wood Filler (optional)
  • 1 – Sanding block (optional)
  • Decorative Paint (for the snowman, I used white, orange and  black chalkboard paint)
  • White Chalk (optional)
  • Scarf (optional)

Instructions

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Measure and cut your wood per the diagram. Once you cut, you’ll have (3) 32″ pieces, (2) 24″ pieces and (2) 4″ pieces (My small pieces were cut straight because I attached my brim on straight, however you’ll need angled pieces if you attach your brim at an angle.) Sand any rough edges with your sanding block. TIP: Did you know Home Depot will cut your wood? Even if you’re not at the workshop, you can have Home Depot cut the wood for you! The workers there are very helpful and will do any straight cuts. 

Assemble your base. Lay the three 32″ pieces vertically side by side and run a bead of wood glue in the grooves. Secure the boards making sure to keep them level at the top and bottom.

Attach the brim. You can put the brim on at an angle or straight. To make sure you have the 24″ board hanging equal distance on both sides, use your small 4″ pieces. Then attach one 24″ board using (6) 1 1/4 screws, two in each Tongue and Groove board. Then repeat on the other side. Be sure to sandwich your 4″ piece between the two 24″ pieces and attach with screws on both sides.

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This is before sanding. Once you sand you can’t tell you had screws!

OPTIONAL: Fill in screw holes with wood filler. In order to have a clean look without any screws showing, it’s easy to fill in your screw holes with wood filler. Just follow the instructions on the wood filler label, but you basically fill the holes, let it dry and then sand to make smooth. It doesn’t take long and it’s totally worth it in the end.

Install eye hooks and rope. Using a 1/8″ drill bit, pre-drill two holes vertically in the top and center of the far left and right Tongue and Groove boards. Screw in two eye screws into each of the holes. Tie your rope to the eye screws. TIP: I actually left this for last (after I painted) to avoid getting paint on the hardware.  

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Paint your character! For my snowman, I wanted a rustic and slightly distressed look. To do this,  I white washed the face of the snowman using equal parts water and white paint. Use enough water so that your paint allows some of the wood grain to show. I then painted the face and distressed it by doing a light white wash over the whole face and rubbing out some with a wet rag to create the uneven, natural distressed look.

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For the hat, I painted it using black chalkboard paint. I then “distressed” the chalkboard paint by rubbing chalk all over. I then rubbed it off using both a dry and wet rag. You can also lightly sand edges to allow some of the wood to show through. Have fun with it.

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Add your flair. I decided to add a scarf to my snowman. Just pick any scarf you don’t mind not wearing for a little while and wrap it around the whole base and knot it in front.

Isn’t this such a cute way to greet guests? It makes such a large impact with just one project. And it has me wanting to crank up the Christmas tunes and cozy up next to a fire. Too soon? (Insert an Emoji winking face here!)

For even more ideas, be sure to check out our Virtual Party!

You’ll see 25 different Seasonal Character Door Hanger ideas! But first, I must give a special shout out to my support team of Sandra, Amy, Summer and Alicia. We worked with each other throughout this project and you guys are going to love what each of them came up with (hint: we were all feeling a bit frosty). Thank you ladies for making this project extra fun!

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So are you ready to sign up? For those who attend the workshop, I’d love to hear about your experience and see what you create so be sure to post on Instagram and tag me – @tonalitydesigns! I’ve been known to share what my followers create on my feed!


I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this program. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All opinions above are my own and are based on my experience with their products and brand.  

The Home Depot’s Next Do-It-Herself Workshop

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with The Home Depot as well as a team of creative bloggers to help spread the word about their amazing Do-It-Herself (DIH) Workshops.

Did you know that you can take FREE workshops at your local Home Depot? They actually offer workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. You can look into signing up for one of three types of workshops:

  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
  • Do-It-Herself (DIH)
  • and Kids!

You guys, I’m crafty, but I definitely need help when it comes to using tools. I usually call my dad or sister—the ultimate do-it-herselfer. But luckily, at these workshops we can learn how to build home decor projects, how to do home repairs and how to use tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. And their upcoming #DIHWorkshop is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit!

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October’s DIH Workshop

At the next DIH Workshop on Thursday, October 20th, you’ll learn how to make a Seasonal Character Door Hanger that you can customize to be anything you want. The basic shape is perfect for making a scarecrow for fall or a snowman for winter. And of course Santa is always a hit with kids. To help give you some ideas of what your character could be, I’ll be sharing my door hanger with you as part of a virtual blog party next Monday. This way you’ll have plenty of ideas for when you go make your own on the 20th!

To learn more or to register at your local Home Depot,  be sure to visit http://workshops.homedepot.com

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DIH Workshop Virtual Party

Check back here on Monday, October 17th and you’ll see what character I picked for my door hanger as well as links to see what Sandra, Summer, Amy and Alicia made. Plus, I’ll have links to about 20 other blogs tasked with the same project. With all this inspiration, you are for sure going to want to get in on this design trend, so gather your girlfriends and be sure to register! It will be a fun and informative evening.

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this program. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All opinions above are my own and based on my experience with their products and brand.