Halloween DIY

Marilyn from Pink Martinis and Pearls shares her spooky Halloween DIY’s prefect for your little monster guests.

Little monsters like a fun Halloween party too and the Gleeful Guises invitations, stickers, enclosure cards and address labels have just the right amount of “boo”!

Halloween Party DIY

When I saw the costumed cuties on this invitation I knew it would be perfect for younger trick n’ treaters so I created safe DIY table top decorations with jack-o-lantern fun to hold candy toppings for a Halloween Decorate-your–own-Cupcake Party.

Halloween Party DIY

The jack-o-lanterns are lit with battery operated tea lights so they are completely safe for exploring fingers and glass bowls that sit atop of the pumpkins. This also means you can leave them ‘burning’ while dancing the Monster Mash or if you must chase a witch flying by.

Halloween Party DIY

These lanterns are very simple to make. Here’s what you’ll need for each jack-o-lantern:

  1. Small pumpkin, carved and hollowed out from the top.
  2. 4 to 5 battery operated tea lights. I like the brand that is labeled as ‘bright’ for the light.
  3. Half sheet of yellow vellum. The vellum hides the tea lights and gives the carvings a soft, warm glow. Yellow vellum can be found at large chain craft stores in the scrapbook paper section.
  4. Small, clear glass bowl that fits the opening of the pumpkin.
  5. Candy to decorate cupcakes.

Cut the vellum into a strip to wrap around the inside of the pumpkin. It naturally forms a column and hugs the walls of the pumpkin so you don’t need to paper clip the ends. I only showed this to illustrate how the vellum will look inside the pumpkin.

Make sure the paper comes below the rim of the pumpkin. If the pumpkin is only carved on one side, you can use less vellum. Place the vellum inside the pumpkin.

Add the lit tea lights. Add a bowl of candy in the top of the pumpkin.

Halloween Party DIY

Halloween Party DIY

A translucent candy like gummy worms and gummy pumpkins lets the light shine through. A bewitching effect!

Halloween Party DIY

The entire Gleeful Guises design is so versatile that I thought of different ways to keep the theme of the party going by giving double duty to address labels using them as cupcake toppers and place cards. Once the names of the guests were written on the address labels with a white ink pen and were wrapped around the stick, I dusted the adhesive backing with a small amount of corn starch.

Halloween Party DIY

For party favors, these marshmallow ghosts on a lollipop stick are so ‘1-2-3 easy’ to make, it’s scary!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Peeps Ghosts
  2. Lollipop sticks
  3. Decorative washi tape

Halloween Party DIY

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but here are a couple more:

  1. Place the marshmallow ghost on the lollipop stick.
  2. Run a length of washi tape down the front of the stick. Flip the ghost over.
  3. Wrap one side of the tape over the back of the stick, then wrap the other side. This places the seam of the tape on the backside of the stick.

Boo! You’ve got ghostly party favors! But wait, there’s more…

Halloween Party DIY

Gleeful Guises enclosure cards are the perfect accompaniment to attach to your ghost pops with a colorful ribbon to say thank you for haunting our party today.

Halloween Party DIY

Wishing you lots of spooks… and a fun party!

Halloween Party DIY

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5 Responses

  1. Cathy says:

    Great ideas not just for kids, but for grownups too! The photos are so good I want to reach in and pick out a ghost peep, and a cupcake too!

  2. jeana says:

    All of the Halloween Party ideas are so colorful and easy to put together. Now I have ideas for fun party treats and decorations and after the kids are entertained, the adults I know can enjoy the party ideas too. Good job Marilyn.

  3. Andrea Skonovd says:

    Super cute, creative, very little cost. And I will totally be stealing some of these ideas for my adult party. Oh and the grandkids will love it too!

  4. Adri says:

    WOW!! What terrific Halloween decorations!

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