Marilyn from Pink Martinis and Pearls shares her spooky Halloween DIY’s prefect for your little monster guests.
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.
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.
These lanterns are very simple to make. Here’s what you’ll need for each jack-o-lantern:
- Small pumpkin, carved and hollowed out from the top.
- 4 to 5 battery operated tea lights. I like the brand that is labeled as ‘bright’ for the light.
- 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.
- Small, clear glass bowl that fits the opening of the pumpkin.
- 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.
A translucent candy like gummy worms and gummy pumpkins lets the light shine through. A bewitching effect!
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.
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:
- Peeps Ghosts
- Lollipop sticks
- Decorative washi tape
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but here are a couple more:
- Place the marshmallow ghost on the lollipop stick.
- Run a length of washi tape down the front of the stick. Flip the ghost over.
- 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…
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.
Wishing you lots of spooks… and a fun party!
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