DIY Vintage Paper Mache Candy Buckets

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

The years before I turned 8 years old (and felt to be cool I had to collect my Halloween candy loot in a pillow case), I carried a homemade candy bucket just like these. Mine was a creepy pumpkin, the color faded from bright orange to a certain shade of peach and the edges tattered.

I love the imperfection and homemade chic quality of these vintage candy buckets…makes me wish I had never switched to a pillow case. 

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Ingredients:
1 Medium Plastic Pumpkin Bucket
1 Local News Paper Cut Into 1″ x 8″ Strips
1 Large Piece of Card Stock
1 Pair Scissors
16 oz White Glue
16 oz Water
1 Roll of Painters Tape
1 Paint Brush
4-5 Acrylic Paints (based on what type of bucket design you are working on)

What to do: 

Step 01:
Cut nose, horns, and cheek bone shapes out of card stock. Use painters tape and attach to the pumpkin form. Using a pumpkin form will help determine where features go.

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Step 02:
Mix together 16oz White glue and 16oz Water.

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Step 03:
Dip a strip of newspaper into glue and water mixture. Apply one at a time over the card stock shapes and onto the remainder of the pumpkin shape. Let dry overnight, you may need to add an additional layer of newspaper when dry.

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Step 04:
When fully dry, mix together some black and white paint to make a light gray base. Paint entire form and ensure no newspaper is showing through or visible.

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Step 05:
When dry, get creative and design your own spooky or cute and fun candy buckets. Finish with fabric bow around the handle for more effect!

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DIY: Custom Dying Bandanas

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

A tied bandana around your neck is the accessory of the year! Bright colors of red, blue or yellow are easy to find, but I wanted more muted colors of pinks, yellows, greens and oranges…tropical colors. So we made some!
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Ingredients:
1 dye packet for natural fabrics (I used iDye) (1 color of dye for each color range)
1 stainless steel pot
1 cup of non-iodized salt
1 spoon for stirring
3 Cotton bandanas (for each dye packet)

What to do:
Step 1:
Fill a large stock pot with enough water to cover your bandanas. Place the pot onto medium heat and add your dye packet. Stir until fully dissolved.

Step 2:
Wet your bandanas, stir into the pot and raise the temperature to just below boiling.

Step 3:
Add 1 cup of non-iodized salt and stir frequently for 30 minutes.

Step 4:
Remove the bandanas and rinse under cold water. Toss into the washer with mild detergent with cold water. Let dry.

Pro Tip:
To achieve a lighter color/ombre of color, empty 3 quarters of your mix and 1 bandana after step 01, and dilute it with new water, bring to boil. Repeat process as listed above for each color change (we got three different hues of the same color from each packet/see the pink bandanas in the image below for reference).

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Check out this video for more ways to use a bandana (aside from tying around your neck): 4 WAYS TO USE A BANDANA

Gumball Centerpiece

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

The easiest centerpiece that can also serve as dessert if your dinner guests are of the “carny” kind!

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Gumball Centerpiece
makes 1

What you need: 
1 jar
Gumballs (enough to fill jar)
Midway tickets (enough to wrap around the mouth of the jar)
Tape
10 small pom pom (learn how to make them HERE)
Hot glue
10 straws

What to do: 
1. Fill jar with gumballs
2. Wrap tickets around the mouth of the jar and secure with tape.
3. Hot glue pom poms to the tops of the straws.
4. Stick straws down into gumballs for a fun carnival inspired centerpiece.
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Other Pom Pom Crafts To Do:
Watermelon Pom Poms
Pom Pom Pool Party
Pom Pom Easter Basket

Gumballs! An Ordinary to Extraordinary Video

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I had THE BEST time doing this video! Like all things in my food-inspired life, I  take an ordinary object…like a colorful gumball and try to make it extraordinary by doing a few simple things that everyone can do! I’ll share all the crafts this week. Until then, enjoy the carnival of fun.
 

Polished in a Pinch: Homework Flowers

By Libbie Summers for Terra’s Kitchen
Assisted by David Dempsey

Welcome to “Polished in a Pinch,” a new weekly lifestyle series in collaboration with Terra’s Kitchen. Each week, I’ll share a new hack, tip, or recipe to take things to the next level in a short amount of time!

When my son was young, I couldn’t bare to discard anything his little hands had created – a sentiment that ended when he started growing facial hair and an attitude. You can imagine how many containers of coloring book pages and turkeys made out of construction paper hands started to pile up. Something had to be done.  Like Terra’s Kitchen, I’m a big fan of upcycling before recycling. It’s easy to toss something in the recycling bin. But, it’s a little harder (and a lot more fun) to figure out how to transform it into something beautiful and useful. These Homework Flowers are the perfect example. With the help of little hands, what was once math worksheets and coloring book pages are now the homespun chic centerpiece of the dinner table.
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Homework Flowers
Makes 5 flowers

What you need:
5 sheets of homework, coloring book pages, old mail, old maps
1 spatula
1 piece of paper card stock
1 pencil
1 pair of scissors
5 paper cup cake liners (colorful is best)
1 glue stick
5 paper straws
1 mason jar/vase/glass/whatever
What to do:
1. Make flower template: Place the head of the spatula on the card stock and draw aro
und it (moving it in a circle) to make the petals of a flower. Cut out.
2. Make flower base: Place the template on each sheet of homework paper and draw around. Cut out.
3. Make flower center: Fold the cupcake liner in half and make small cuts 1-inch from the edge to the center.
4. Assemble the flowers: Use the glue stick to glue the center of the flower onto the
homework flower. Fold the flower petals up to create a flat area at the base of the flower. Pinch the end of your paper straw to create a flat area (your straw will be your flower stem). Glue the flat part of the flower to the flat part of the straw. Set aside to dry. Continue with the remaining flowers and straws.
5. Make the arrangement: Scrunch the petals of your flowers a little with your hands so they are not so flat. Bunch the flowers together and drop in the glass jar. Place in the center of your table. Unlike other flowers, this arrangement will last for weeks! Remember to recycle when done using.
Pro Tip: For big drama, place multiple jars filled with the paper flowers all over the table.
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