DIY Retro Straw & Paper Cup Reindeer

Estéfi Machado shared this adorable idea on her blog this week with retro party straws, so we thought we’d show you if you’re looking for ideas to make with Little Free Radical’s Retro Party Straws!

 

Supplies Needed:

2 Retro Party Paper Straws
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
Red Cardstock
Permanent Marker

Her blog is in Portuguese, so here ‘s Google Translate’s rough translation into English:

  • 2 straws of paper, cut into 4 parts
  • In the photo you see the proportions, 1 large, 1 medium and 2 small.
  • It is not a rule, but it helps to look that elk horn.
  • Make diagonal cuts always, it helps to mend the pieces!
  • Hot glue or instant, and then shove the whole horn in a hole made in the side of the cup.
  • It all fit, no need to paste into the cup.
  • Make the 2 sides.
  • The little ears are 2 pieces of red cardstock, which also sunk in the cup, making a “butcher”, a rasguinho with stylus.
  • And finally, little eyes and muzzle permanent marker!

check out the photos on her blog of step-by-step how she did it,

and be sure to go tell her you love her if you love her idea!

And Little Free Radical is currently well-stocked in straws if you’re looking for some! :)
We just got brown in as well if you want brown antlers!

NOTE – Reindeer Cup Photo Credit – Estéfi Machado

15 Minute Peeps Marshmallow Ghost Pops

If you’re looking for alternatives to packaged candy for Halloween “Trick or Treat” favors, these Peeps Marshmallow pops are quick, cheap and easy to make!

 

Supplies you need:

  • PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies – sold in the Halloween Candy section at most grocery stores, department stores or drug stores – Typically 2/$3 for a package of 9 ghosts
  • Retro Paper Stripey Straws – we have them available in 13 colors in our Etsy shop $3 for 12 – which would make 24 pops.
  • 3″ x 4″ Plastic treat bags  (I got them for about $3 for 100 at Michaels)
  • Ribbon or Raffia to tie them
  • Scissors (to cut the straws & ribbon)
  • Knife with a sharp tip

Start by cutting the straws in half. Your Pop Sticks will be approximately 4″ long.

With your knife, poke a hole in the bottom of each to make a hole, then insert the stick.

 

Next, put a food-safe baggie over top of each ghost.

Then cut a piece of ribbon and tie it around the bottom of the bag to secure it.

And you’re done!
Wasn’t that easy? It took me 15 minutes to make 18 of them! :)

 

DIY Halloween Ideas: 40 Minute Candy Corn Decor

Looking for quick, cheap, and easy DIY Halloween Decor ideas?

Here’s an easy project that even a non-crafty person (should) be able to do!

Supplies You Need:

  • A Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Yarn in Orange, Yellow, and White
  • Scissors
  • Either Paper Mache or Styrofoam cones

Cost for the Project:
For mine, I chose to use Paper Mache – because it was cheaper at Michaels! The cones were $1.99 – $2.49 and since I had a 20% off your purchase coupon, it cost me around $5.50 for all 3 Paper Mache Cones. The styrofoam cones are easier to find and have a better size variety though.

The yarn I used is on sale this week at Michaels for 2/$5. I used:

  • Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aran for the white
  • Loops & Threads Impeccable in Bronze for the orange
  • Vanna’s Choice (Lion Brand) in Mustard for the yellow

I already had a gluegun, so my total project cost was about $13 – if you have yarn on hand, it will be much cheaper! :)

How to Make It:

First, I used my hot glue gun to glue the yarn to the bottom edge of my paper mache cone. Since I wanted it to stay well along the bottom edge (and not slip off later), I applied glue all the way around the edge and started the first row of yellow yarn.

Next, I started wrapping the yellow yarn around the cone in rows. About every 2-3 rows, I’d put a dab of glue here and there, just to hold it in place. And rather then wrapping the yarn around the cone. I used one hand to hold the yard and used the other hand to turn the cone so that way I could see where the yarn was falling.

Once I was roughly 1/3 the way up the cone with the yellow, I started winding it more randomly in layers over the rows I had just formed. Once it looked well filled in, I glued the yellow in place one final time, and started the orange section.

I did the same with the orange yarn – first forming rows with it, then going back over it randomly. Then did the same with the white. As I got close to the tip with the white, I added extra glue and made sure it was well secured… then ended the white yarn back down at the edge where it bordered the orange yarn!

I did this 2 more times for the different sized cones! It took me less then 40 minutes total  to make all 3 (including stopping to take photos!)


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DIY blue & green holiday decor

Pin ItIn keeping up with the delayed holiday postings (like my daughter’s Halloween costumeI posted the week of Christmas) I thought it was about time to post photos of my holiday decor before St. Patricks Day. – But give me credit, I did finally take down the decorations the day before Valentines Day (seeing as I spent most of January in the hospital)! ;)Instead of going with a traditional red & green decor, I thought blue and green would be fun, so I went out in search of holiday decor in these colors! My daughter is a year and a half, so I decided to skip a “real” tree this season since I know her well enough to know a tree in your house would be the best thing EVER to climb!!!

So I found a few alternatives to a traditional tree at HomeGoods:

Glittery branches – $5 (Homegoods)
Metal trees – $7-12/ea (Homegoods)
and a mix of ornaments from Target, Marshalls & the Martha Stewart Collection at Home Depot

I had a vase which held the branches, and I hung some small ornaments on them to add some color!

The trees were great kid-friendly decor! the smallest one had bells, so my daughter loves to carry it around. :)

I also had a few empty glass jars from the candy buffet at Sophie’s birthday party so I used them to fill with extra ornaments to add some color to the room! With the smaller one, I also added battery-operated LED lights between the bulbs to make it glow. I had another jar full of blue & silver ornaments seen in my last minute d.i.y. gifts from kidspost!Since we didn’t have a tree to put lights on, I decorated the livingroom window instead:
Window from the Inside
My husband hung up the string of lights, then I cut jewelry wire to hang the ornaments with! most of them were tied right to the lights, but I added some depth by hanging some further out – attaching them to the window frame with 3M strips!
Window from the Outside
So, that’s how we decorated for the holidays at our house! :)