Jack-O-Lantern Jars

I finally got all my Halloween decor up including these cute little jack-o-lantern jars my daughter and I made years ago! So I decided to do a post on how to make your own! This would be a fun craft to do with your kids! I mean what kid doesn’t like to tear paper, play with glue and create something that they can bring out year after year!

The supplies you will need:

A glass jar of some sort (I used ball jars)

Orange and black tissue paper

Mod Podge (see below for a homemade ModPodge recipe)

Paint brush

Scissors

Your imagination!

First step is to rip up the orange tissue paper into pieces

Cut out the face shapes from the black tissue paper. (This can be tricky so this may be better suited for older kids. You can always have the younger ones draw the face on another piece of paper for you to use as a pattern so they can be involved in the design! )

I worked in sections painting the jar with the glue mixture and applying the orange paper pieces.

It’s ok to overlap pieces just make sure there is glue under the overlapping section to hold it down. I use my paint brush to apply the glue on the edges of each piece as I apply them.

Once the whole jar is covered with the orange paper and the glue mixture

you can add the face making sure to paint the area with the glue mixture before applying.

After you have the face on you will want to gently paint the whole jar with the glue mixture to seal it, then set it aside to dry.

Once it’s dry you can use it for candles or tea lights to add a little Halloween fun to a shelf or table! 🎃

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Homemade ModPodge

Ingredients:

White Glue

Water

Recipe:

In a jar mix the white glue and water on a 2 to 1 ratio. So if you use 1/2c of glue you would add 1/4c of water.

Keep in a jar with lid

**Note: I used 2 tablespoons of glue to 1 tablespoon of water and would be enough to do probably 2 quart sized jars!

Ottoman refresh…

The hubs and I made ottomans a few years ago for in front of our couches. I originally upholstered them but have made slipcovers to change their look several times. So I thought would do a little tutorial on my process. I always use curtain panels for the fabric. They tend to be cheaper than buying yard goods and sometimes wider than fabric from the bolt!

For this project I bought the panels at Hobby Lobby on sale for 50%. So I recovered two ottomans for under $40!

The first step is to lay the panel out wrong side out to see if you need to hem any of the sides. I had to hem one of the short and one of long sides so the hem would go to the floor. (I did it this way because the ottomans are slightly different and this way they look like the match😉)

Once you have the sides hemmed you’ll pin the corners together keeping the edges even and the slipcover tight all around.

I find it helpful to mark the spot where the seam needs to be on the corners. I use chalk to do this cause it’s easily removed.

Now it’s time to sew the corner seams. Following the pins and the chalk line.

Once your seams are done you can trim the excess fabric from the corners. I usually leave about an inch of fabric outside the seam.

Now it’s time to turn it right side out and put it on! This is such an easy and inexpensive way to update your ottoman you can even make a new one for each season!

Turtle cupcakes…easy!

As you know I’m the birthday cupcake maker at work! We had two birthdays in October. I usually let hem pick what flavor they want. They said just surprise us and use what you have on hand. So I went to the pantry and came up with turtle cupcakes! I’m a semi homemade kinda cupcake maker….I mean why do all the measuring when they do it for you right?? 😉

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rted with a devils food box cake mix and followed the instructions other than I add instant coffee to the water (this gives the chocolate a deeper flavor) and I always sub Greek yogurt for the oil. This makes them healthy right…😂

Another tip is I always use an ice cream scoop to control the size of the cupcakes. It’s a perfect amount for a nice size cupcake and it makes them relatively uniform in size!

Then I bake according to the directions. In my oven they are usually done on the low end of the bake time recommendations.

After they have baked and cooled I cut a small cone out of the center of each cupcake. This will give space to fill the cupcakes with carmel (keep the cone to replace after filling) I could make my own carmel but the stuff they pour over ice cream is pretty tasty don’t you think?? (Sorry I didn’t get pics of the last two steps as this post was an afterthought…😏)

After all the the cupcakes are filled replace the cone into the cupcake and then they are ready to frost! I used a dark chocolate buttercream (recipe below) But don’t feel bad if you decide to use ready made frosting it’s pretty tasty too!

After they are frosted I sprinkled chopped pecans and drizzled more carmel sauce over each cupcake! The girls loved these cupcakes and a few of them said they were their favorite that I have made them! Hope you give this recipe a try! If you do let me know how they turned out!!

Dark Chocolate Buttercream

Ingredients:

2 sticks salted butter

1/2 cup cocoa powder

3 to 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk or cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  • With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes.
  • Add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla extract with the mixer running on low.
  • Increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes. Add up to 1/2 cup more confectioners’ sugar if frosting is too thin or another Tablespoon of milk if frosting is too thick.

This makes enough to frost 12-16 cupcakes.