Thrift Store Treasures: Homemade Halloween Costumes! Smartie Pants, Anne of Green Gables, Gypsy, Ghostly Girl and Mad Hatter

 In recent years, with 5 kids, we have moved towards trying to come up with cheap, creative homemade costumes. Because Halloween can add up! Here are a couple fun ones we did in recent years. Most everything was purchased from a thrift store OR found in our own house!

Smarty Pants: We bought glasses from the thrift store and popped the lenses out. The suspenders and red generic converse were also from the thrift store! Once we pulled out my daughter's jeans and a white button up shirt, all we had to do was throw in some pony tails and tape smarties to her pants. Super fun and easy!

I have got an AVID reader who was so excited to be Anne of Green Gables.  Other than the wig that we purchased at Halloween Costume shop (it was an Anna wig from Frozen), everything else was from the thrift store!
Straw Hat
Black combat boots
Floral Jumper
Tea Dyed underdress
Green sweater
This one got TONS of complements from all of the readers out there, especially the girls!

Other than my pink shirt underneath and multiple long necklaces/bracelets from my jewelry box, everything here came from the thrift store:
Belly Dancing skirt topper
To top it off, we wrapped a plastic baseball in tin-foil to give me a crystal ball

Ghostly Girl
Not sure why my daughter wanted this, but she did. We went to the thrift store and found this dress and then cut it up and added fake blood to it from a costume shop.  Simply by buying a cheap makeup kit from the same costume shop, we were able to give her a ghostly look. Then we ratted her hair and added leaves to it.

One of my all-time favorite thrift store costumes.  My daughter was the Mad Hatter. If you notice, it's the same vest and scarf from the Gypsy costume.  Complete bonus was that we found the Mad Hatter hat at the thrift store.  She had her own pink boots and crazy patterned tights. Everything else was a thrift store find:
I loved this Mad Hatter costume far more than any commercial bought one I found. Just goes to show you that you don't have to spend a lot for an adorable costume!

Happy shopping and Happy Halloween! For more Halloween ideas, click here!


Edible Icecream Bowls Made with Balloons!

My daughter made these the other night and I loved how simple, but cute they were!  A perfect treat for Valentine's Day, Birthday Parties, After School Snack or Summer fun!

1. In a bowl mix 1/2 bag chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil and melt in the microwave 30 seconds at a time. Then stir chocolate and put in microwave another 30 seconds until fully melted.
2. Blow up mini water balloons.
3. On a cookie sheet, lay wax paper down.
4. With a spoon, put a circle of chocolate for each ballon you have (number of bowls you are making).
5. Dip each balloon in bowl of chocolate covering the bottom of the ballon entirely.
6. Place balloon in center of one of the chocolate circles on the tray.
7. Repeat process with all balloons.
8. Leave out to dry for 1 hour or until they are hard.
9. Pop balloons and throw all pieces away.
10. Serve ice cream and toppings in bowl and there you have it!



Cute Valentine Box Idea #19 - Vending Machine!

This Vending Machine was a huge hit - I had better pictures but lost them when my phone crashed! 

Large box
Light Red cardstock paper or wrapping paper.
Dark Red Cardstock to cut child's name letters out of and for hearts.
Saran Wrap
9 small boxes of candy
Knife or Scissors.

How to make:
1. Cut a large square out of the front of the box.
2. Cut a piece of Saran wrap the size of the front of the box and tape it to the inside of the box - make sure to tape it very well so it will hold up.
3. Glue or tape the 9 boxes of candy face out so that you can see all 9 of them from the front of the box.
4. Once the candy is laying down, cut another piece of saran wrap and put it behind the candy boxes. Secure this second piece of saran wrap very tightly to hold the boxes of candy in. Tape all around the saran wrap edges onto the inside of the box.
5. Close the box lid with tape or glue.
6. Wrap the box with red wrapping paper or red cardstock paper. Ideally entirely around the box if you have enough! Make sure not to cover the saran wrap area!
7. Cut a slit out of the top or side of the box to insert valentines.
8. Decorate the box with darker red, pink and/or purple hearts.  Cut out the letters of your child's name if desired and glue to the box.  Decorate to your hearts content!

This was a fun, unique box that my son was so happy about.  
Check out our other Valentine boxes, crafts, treats and party ideas HERE!