Jasper’s Viking Cardboard Box Costume

Over on Instagram I’ve been doing a Jasper Costume Countdown from the previous couple of years. Do you remember them? First year, we had fun with a Picasso and Painting mommy and me costume. That little pudge! I can’t even handle it!

Picasso and Painting

But for actual Halloween night I turned him into a colorful French clown. Don’t ask where the make-up ended up.

The next year, he played Jared Leto at the Met Ball

And then Mommy and Me as Lady Liberty and her little tourist.

And then a squirrel for actual Halloween night.

DIY Cardboard Box Viking Costume

This year, I was inspired by his Nordic DNA and went a little more savage. Now, if you recall from this post, I have a number of requirements that accompany each costume choice. If you’re child has no opinions a la Jasper, then you can do whatever you darn well please and that’s when these decisions matter most. I really should have gone with a rotund animal selection because Jasper still has all the right curves (thankfully!), but a little mini viking was too cute, especially before he truly does become more savage with age.

Additionally, Paul’s number one choice for Jasper was Odin. It was a bit *much* for me so we got some use out of it in this more temporary context.

Cardboard Box Costume Viking Costume

I was inspired by my friend, Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag who creates the loveliest cardboard costumes. She has a series of cardboard box costumes that I love  so what started out as a plain ‘ole Viking turned into me thinking I turn his wagon into a ship and then before too long it became a cardboard box.

Here’s how I did it:

Materials for Ship:

  • cardboard box big enough for your child to fit into
  • Craft knife
  • Glue gun
  • Sharpie or pencil
  • acrylic paint in brown, blue, red, yellow, gold
  • string or rope
  • dowel
  • poster board
  • paint brushes

Instructions:

  1. Cut an oval hole into the top of the box and cut the other side out completely
  2. Draw and cut out your dragon design. I inserted it into a hole in the box and then secured with glue gun. Repeat to the tail.
  3. You can see in the pictures that I painted the sea first, but in hindsight I should have painted the brown of the ship first and then done the sea afterwards. I ended up doing both.
  4. I wanted a painterly/weathered look so I didn’t add too much paint onto the box, but enough to cover all the markings.
  5. I added in some metallic gold paint for accents. And then the sea with large strokes.
  6. Viking ships have those round shields on the side so we added those on too.
  7. We created a red and white sail with paint and added holes into it for the dowel.
  8. I added straps into the box from the end of the ship to the front so that they can be used as shoulder straps.

DIY Viking Helmet made from Cardboard

Jasper has been taking his viking hat EVERYWHERE we go–to the grocery store, returns…It’s hilarious. I’ve been wanting to make this Viking hat from Zygote Brown because it’s too darn cute! The one she has uses a different technique for the horns, which is AMAZING. I was spending SO much time on it that at midnight I had to say “serenity now” and figure out a faster technique so I did just a 2D version with the shape itself.

DIY Cardboard Viking Hat Materials:

Instructions: 

  1. Use the Zygote Brown viking hat base (the price is worth it because it involves exact math!)
  2. Cut out the 2D horns and insert them into the side of the hat and glue in place.

I did have to give his hair a little boost because it’s so long that the curls are getting weighed down. Curling iron to the rescue!

DIY Viking Costume

For the actual costume, our sewing intern made a few fun things:

  1. Sweet furry vest (the furrier the better!). It just so happens to be the same as the squirrel costume from last year!
  2. Spats She also made some spats in the same material to go over his shoes. I tied them up with twine so that they would hold in place and provide more texture.
  3. Turtleneck and pants I used this cream turtleneck from Maisonette and some pants he already had.

And that’s it! Love my little viking and yes, of course he’s taken on the persona and all the comes with it perfectly 😉

Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Show is your costumes with the tag #LarsInCostume

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Haunted Cardboard Houses for Recycled Holiday Decor

This year, the holidays look a little different, but in my opinion, that gives us even more excuses to be creative! This spooky holiday decor made out of recycled items can even be re-used next year.

Cardboard Haunted House for recycled holiday decor

This cardboard haunted house was inspired by our DIY Gingerbread Houses from a few years ago, but you can choose to yours them big or small. Set them on your porch or mantle on All Hallow’s Eve, where they can cast a spooky glow. And—a big plus—they are a super sneaky hiding place for the candy you told your kids went missing. Your secret is safe with us!

You probably already have most of the supplies in your recycle bin or overflowing craft closet (don’t worry…we all have one.)

How to make your cardboard haunted house

Materials:

Cardboard Haunted House for recycled holiday decor

Instructions:

1. Start by cutting out the pieces from the template. The large pieces called “Base front”
and “Base back” are each split onto two pieces of paper. You’ll need to cut them both
out and then tape them together, so you have one “Base front” and one “Base back”.

2. Place the template pieces flat on the cardboard and trace them with a pencil (you might
want to label each piece before you cut them out).

3. Cut out all the tracings with a box cutter or a crafting knife.

4. All the structures are labeled, so start with #1 and glue together the front, two sides,
and back piece. (See labeled diagram at the end of these instructions)

5. For structure #2, start by gluing the door to the “front door structure”, then glue the
two sides to the “front door structure”. Once that dries, glue the sides to the center of
structure #1.

6. Now you’re going to put the roofs on both structure #1 & #2. To bend each roof piece,
place the cardboard against the edge of a table and gently press down with your hand
to get a curve. Move the piece up and down on the table edge until the whole piece has
a slight curve. Then glue the roof pieces onto the top of structures #1 & #2.

7. Next take the pieces for structure #3, and glue together the front, sides, and back. Place
this structure on the roof of #1, make sure it fits, and then glue #3 to the roof of #1.

8. Now for structure #4, glue the window piece to the front piece. Then glue the sides and
bottom to the front piece. After that dries, glue #4 to the center of structure #3.

9. For the roof pieces of #3 & #4, repeat the same process as Step 6 to get the curved effect. Then glue the roof pieces onto the two structures.

10. For structure #5, take 4 of the rectangle “side” pieces and glue them together with all
the shortest edges at the bottom (these pieces are all labeled (top) on the upper edge,
make sure that is facing up and not upside down). Then glue #5 on the right side of the
roof on structure #1.

11. Now for structure #6, take the two pieces called “#6 front” and “#6 back” and the last
two side pieces and glue them together. It should look similar to structure #5, but the cuts will allow it to fit on top of structure #3.

12. Glue structure #6 onto the roof of the #3.

13. For the roofs of #5 #6, take 4 of the triangle roof pieces and glue all the sides together
so it looks like a pyramid. Put glue on the top of structure #5 and then place the roof
down onto the glue (the edges of the roof will overlap the top edges of structure #5.

14. Repeat Step 13 for structure #6.

15. After your house is completely dry, cover the entire house in black paint.

16. Then take the gray paint and a smaller paint brush (if you have one) and draw details on the window, door, roofs, and wherever else you want. You can add cobwebs to the
corners.

17. Have fun! Your recycled holiday decor is now complete.

Cardboard Haunted House for recycled holiday decor

After you’ve made your haunted cardboard house, style it on your mantle, porch, or entryway table. If you want to cut some windows, try placing electric tea lights inside, which will cast eerie shadows on the wall (don’t use regular candles inside the cardboard, though.) If you’re setting up your recycled holiday decor for a Halloween Party, you could even use the houses as party favors! Fill them with candy and send your trick-or-treaters on their way.

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DIY: Turn gauze into spiderwebs

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Now, the reason we’re sharing this technique is because the decorative spiderweb gauze you’ll find in stores and online doesn’t come pre-creepy. You have to creepify it yourself (these are all real words btw). Her cutting and pulling technique is simple and effective and I believe a grounding and beautiful way to get the creep on. Today, we’re showing you really simple DIY spiderweb decor you can throw together in minutes.

All you need is some decorative cheesecloth (from that yogurt you promised yourself you’d make during quarantine but never did) or decorative gauze and scissors. 

DIY Spiderweb Decor Tutorial

Materials:

Instructions: 

  1. Lay out your gauze and decide where you want to hang it. It’s easier if you hang it in place first and then apply the technique. If the spot is too high and out of reach, hang it lower and then bring it into place.
  2. Take your scissors and cut the shape you’re wanting.
  3. Then gently stretch the gauze, creating stretchy moments here and there.
  4. Cut holes into the gauze and gently pull those parts away. Nothing should look like perfectly cut holes!
  5. That’s it!

Do you go all out for your Halloween porch decorations? I see bats going CRAZY right now. Might I say, VIRAL? (or is that hitting too close to home?!). Personally, I love going more into the fall decoration world versus creepy, BUT, if you saw on Stories, I was ALL ABOUT that 12′ skeleton from Home Depot. It was perfect. And now it’s sold out and I could cry. But I also saved $400.

We’d love to see how you’re celebrating Halloween! Just tag us on Instagram using the hashtag #larshalloween if you use one of our costume ideas, Halloween printables, or decor tutorials.

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DIY Classic Halloween Face Masks

Easy DIY Halloween Face Masks

Even if you’re putting on a costume to hang out at home and watch the Sanderson sisters’ hijinks, our DIY Halloween Face Masks Tutorial will scratch that creative itch. And, as everyone knows, I don’t believe costumes are just for one night in October. Where’s the fun in that? Yep, you can reuse these masks for playtime, too (or for wearing when you leave your house for the first time in months to take out the trash and you don’t want your neighbors to see you…).

One note: I already LOVED Portland Garment Factory’s plain cotton face masks, because I’ve found them to be the best shape for breathability–you don’t suck the fabric in and out! So, working with them on this project was really a practical choice. And a bonus that you can have so much fun with them!

How to Make DIY Halloween Face Masks

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Face paint for the areas around the eyes
  • Sewing machine + thread to match the mask fabric
  • OR plain cotton face masks (again, we used the Artst set from Portland Garment Factory)
  • Iron + ironing board

Classic Halloween Face Masks

We chose some classic Halloween costume ideas to show just how easy to is to transform the iconic into a practical face mask/costume. You can choose from a jack-o-lantern, mummy, a Day of the Dead skeleton. 

Jack-O-Lantern Mask

Materials
Instructions:
  1. Sew your orange face mask
  2. Trace your template onto the mask
  3. You can see that I first was going to embroidery it, but I decided to paint it (easier and faster!). However you’d like to do it!
  4. Sew or glue the ric rac into the face mask (don’t you love how it mimics the mouth?!?!)

Mummy

This DIY Mummy costume requires no toilet paper, so don’t worry about making a dent in your 2020 stash. 

Materials
  • Plain muslin mask (from Portland Factory’s Artist pack)
  • Cheese cloth
  • Muslin fabric
  • Quarter inch cotton lace
  • Stretchy white netting
  • Gold and tan ribbon
  • Earl Grey Tea
  • Hot glue
  • Pins
  • Gold Thread
  • Metallic Gold Thread
Instructions
    1. Cut muslin fabric into a 8 by 8 inch square.
    2. Tear strips of muslin fabric into varying strips of ½ inch to 1 inch.
    3. Cut sections of cheese cloth into similar sized strips
    4. Fill a bowl with hot water and brew four tea bags.
    5. Submerge the strips of fabric in the tea, dying them until desired color is reached.
    6. Remove strips and rinse, the color will lighten slightly after rinsed and dried.
    7. Leave strips to dry, you can speed the process with a hairdryer and straightener on a low setting.
    8. Trim along the long edge of the gold ribbon and fray the edge. Cut into similar length sections.
    9. Cut the stretchy netting into three strips and form into a thin braid.
    10. Layer the fabric strips and ribbons in a criss-cross pattern across the mask. Use the pins to keep them in place.
    11. Trim excess fabric around the mask.
    12. Layer by layer hot glue each strip onto the mask and on to each other.
    13. Lightly hot glue the braid along the bottom of the mask.
    14. Sketch a scarab beetle onto a 1 by 1 inch piece of muslin fabric.
    15. Using the gold thread embroider along the pattern. Use metallic thread as an accent.
    16. Hot glue four strips to the back of the mask to serve as ties for the mask.

Ok, this picture I just thought was funny. I’m about 7 months pregnant and clearly my dresses aren’t wrapping around right now.

Need More Ideas?

Need some more Halloween costume ideas? Well you’ve come to the right place! Check out our Halloween archive for tons of DIY costume, party, and decor ideas. 

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Printable Trick or Treat Coupons for Sugar-Free Fun

Printable Trick or Treat Coupons

I remember all the different tactics my own mother tried to make our Halloween candy pile a little shorter. One year, she limited the amount of candy pieces we could gather, while I lamented that the older neighborhood kids were coming to the door with their PILLOW CASES to fill to the brim. The plastic trick or treat pumpkins just didn’t cut it for me after that.

These trick or treat coupons were honestly created to be the perfect solution. Print off your coupons using your home printer, cut them out, and let your kid’s trade for them! Each coupon lists how many candies must be traded for an exciting (and sugar-free) activity with the family. It will become a fun game for kids to weigh their options – are these 3 reese’s worth a movie night? What about 4 snickers for some extra games before bedtime? Hopefully the answer is yes!

Printable Halloween Treat Poppers

This year, it sounds like quite a few people will be trading their big bowl of candy for fewer individually packaged treats. This way close neighborhood kids can trick or treat safely, and you can switch off your porch lights and close up shop earlier than ever – a win-win! I’m opting for this route this year, and going for quality over quantity for my Halloween treats. I plan on filling a few of these printable halloween poppers with some extra great (and totally sanitary) goodies and saving them for Jasper’s favorite friends who come knocking on the door!

How to put your printable poppers together

Materials: 

Directions: 

  1. Print out your popper patterns.
  2. Cut out your pattern with an exact knife of scissors.
  3. Use a scoring tool to score the lines that will be folded.
  4. Cut out your popping piece.
  5. Fold your 2″ rectangle into thirds.
  6. With the two halves of your popping pieces you will need to glue them to the 2″ rectangle in the middle fold, be sure to leave a small space between the two strips of paper.
  7.  Take your popper template and choose which flap you would like to attach your popper to.
  8. Gently push your popper template edges in so you create a mountain piece at each end to mimic what it will be like all folded and use the popper piece to mark the spot where it should be places. That will be the distance apart that you need to make your poppers be placed.
  9. Glue your popping piece to the popper template at the measured spot from the previous step on both sides of the popper.
  10. Place all of your goodies in the popper.
  11. Roll the folded layers to create the final shape of the popper.
  12. Your first tab and last tab will overlap.
  13. tie ribbons around the end to secure it closed

These printable poppers have saved the day quite a few holidays in a row now, when I was putting together last-minute gifts for friends and neighbors. Like last December, I felt like quite the Christmas Elf filling our Christmas poppers with peppermint treats and leaving them secretly on doorsteps. You can find photo step instructions for making your poppers in that post! And our Valentine’s Day version definitely helped me spread the love.

But of course, we HAD to make a Halloween version! Plus, these Halloween poppers were made to match out full printable party suite!

Check out our other ideas for a socially distanced Halloween here!

DIY Balloon Medusa Costume

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DIY Balloon Snake Medusa Costume

We love a clever balloon project and have had this Medusa costume in mind for ages. Of course, if this was real life, there’s no way I’d be getting within 2 blocks, and that’s the beauty of using balloons instead!

How to make a Balloon Snake headpiece for Medusa

Here’s how we did it! It turned out to be a lot easier than we anticipated! Of course, we went WILD on the amount of balloons because, as we like to say, the more the merrier.

Materials

  • See list above!

Instructions

  1. Blow up the balloons using our curly balloon method 
  2. Attach the balloons into the hair using bobbi pins. Use Glue Dots to glue the balloons to each other, intertwining them as you go. Fill them out as you go.
  3. Add make up
  4. Tape fake snakes to the clothes and add into hair.
  5. Voila!

It turned out to be MUCH easier than we anticipated. We were ready to add on swim caps and wig caps and insert the balloons into the caps, but we found that applying them directly into the hair was the best technique! Score!

Here’s the transformation. We worked on the make up at the same time as the balloons.

And you can see that it took some finessing to get the right shape.

Medusa Make up

Our intern, Calee Gardener, has done make up for theater and completed the look! We took our cues from traditional Green mythology and added in some color, of course.

You will need:

  • One fishnet Stocking
  • Green Eye Shadow matte and Shimmer
  • Blue Eye Shadow matte and Shimmer
  • Gold Eye Shadow Shimmer
  • White Eye Shadow
  • Foundation
  • Blue/green eyeliner
  • Green creme or liquid face paint
  • Brushes
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • fake eyelashes/eyelash glue
  • Red Lipstick
1. Prepare a clean face with some light moisturizer.
2. Place fishnet stocking on head and pull down waist band so it covers the face.
3. Using green FX or cream make up on sponge or brush dab green paint onto skin over the fishnet along cheek bones and over eyebrows. Connect those sections with dabs of green paint.
4. Use a brush to dab splotches of blue and green eye shadow over the green paint.
5. Repeat on the opposite side and wait a minute or two for the paint to be fully dried.
6. remove stocking and see the pattern left behind. (be careful to not over saturate the stocking to keep the scales look intact)
7. Add gold eye shadow to the temples the edges of the green scales, and along the cheek bones.
8. Use green blue eye liner to outline eyebrows.
9. Spread a thin layer of a light creme foundation on eyelids
10. Start with white eyeshadow at eyebrow arch and closest to nose.
11. Use a green matte eye shadow for the base color of the eyelid. at green glimmer shadow.
12. Use blue eye shadow to press into the eyelid crease.
13. Blend gold eyeshadow from white section closest to the eyes into green shadow. Add extra gold along the lash line.
14. Blend eyeshadow to your liking and then add black cat eye shaped line to top eyelid.
15. line inner bottom eyelid with green blue eyeliner. Blend into white and gold eyeshadow.
16. add mascara to bottom eyelashes. Wait until fake eyelashes are applied and dried before adding top lashes mascara.
17. Use glue dots or eyelash glue to secure various gems and sequins onto temples and sides of face for extra glam.
18. Add blue contour to the nose, just under cheek bone, and under the jawbone onto the neck.
19. ARMS: slide fishnet stocking onto arm and use similar green dabbing technique to add scales to the arms.
20. Finish off the look with little scale on arms and face drawn with the blue eyeliner pen. Try small groupings for the best look.

Have you ever tried out balloons for snakes? Highly recommend it! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Tag us with #LarsInCostume or #LarsHalloween. Would love to see your costumes whether it’s Medusa or anything.

If you’re interested in more costume ideas, here are our favorites from the past!

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Holographic Ghost Halloween Balloon Installation

Ghost Balloon Decor

A good balloon installation is our favorite go-to because not only do you just need a little bit of time (and a good balloon pump!) but the large scale look makes a major statement without needing a large scale budget.

We are big fans of Anagram balloons. In fact, this Halloween balloon installation is one of many Holiday ideas they have helped us dream up over the past year. You can check out our tutorials for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and even St Patrick’s Day here! Plus the massive foil balloon arch we made for my sister Caitlin’s baby shower.

Foil balloons are re-useable!

Much like our DIY Rainbow Lucky Charms Arch we made back in March, this one is big, fun, and the best part—the balloons are deflatable! Meaning you can recreate this look next Halloween with the same balloons! Just keep them in storage and bring them out year after year.

I first fell in love with their holographic ghost balloons that come in a jumbo size and a mini size (too cute!). They also have this great circle balloon with a ghost face on it, which Jasper has dubbed “eggs” as the mouth is yes, in an egg shape. Anagram also has some beautiful solid color shapes so we added in some rose pinks, rust oranges, and some celestial shapes in matte black stars and crescent moons. It’s a beautiful take on a ghoulish theme you know?!

First, I put together a board of the colors I was wanting to use from Anagram.

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And luckily, they were just as pretty in person! Love the rose gold with the orange and iridescent!

Halloween balloon installation

You can use this ghost balloon decor to decorate your porch for All Hallow’s eve, a neighborhood (socially-distanced!) party or parade, or just to catch the eye of passers-by.

Watch our video to see me put together the party with a snap of my fingers!

 

Setting Up the Halloween Balloon Installation (no magic needed) 

This is a fairly easy project skill-wise, but it does take a bit of time to blow up the balloons and set them up. Maybe you’re wondering if you can blow up some balloons in advance, perhaps the night before while you’re watching a scary movie (by “scary” I mean Hocus Pocus…that’s my threshold). We recommend blowing them up only 1-2 days in advance to avoid any premature deflating. ALSO, an important tip is blowing them up in the temperature of where they will be installed. If it’s going to be outside, we recommend blowing them up outside.

Halloween balloon installation

Another perk of these foil balloons is you don’t need helium to fill them up—just plain ol’ air works great. Most of our balloon projects are made so you don’t need helium at all. That is a major plus in my book and since there’s a helium shortage, we tend to steer clear!

Look how cute these ghost balloons look! Special thanks to our sponsor Anagram for making this Halloween balloon decor possible!

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7 Artsy and Iconic Halloween Costume Ideas

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Halloween costume ideas using clothes from your closet

Dress up like Iris Apfel

Halloween costume ideas

In my daydreams, “accidental” fashion icon Iris Apfel is my style inspiration for my every day outfits. However, recreating her overly accessorized looks takes a particularly bold soul. Which means Halloween is the perfect opportunity to let loose and embrace your high fashion dreams for a day. Pull the most colorful items from your closet, add some rounded glasses and bangles galore and this year’s costume will be as iconic as Iris herself! Check our more style tips inspired by Iris Apfel here.

 

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Dress up like a Wes Anderson Character

Halloween costume ideas

After compiling a list of our 50 favorite creative and inspiring movies, we have been on quite the Wes Anderson binge. We’ve seen Fantastic Mr. Fox costumes done before, and love it every time! In fact, Wes inspired costumes have won our costume contests multiple years in a row. But we have found just the items you need to make this year’s Halloween look feel like it came straight of the film set and right into the costume party. Check out a few of the picks below, and head to this post to see full costume picks organized by all your favorite Wes Anderson movies!

 

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Dress up like Frida Kahlo

Halloween costume ideas

It doesn’t get much classier than dressing up as a famous artist for Halloween. And Frida Kahlo is famous enough everyone at the party *should* get your costume right away! You can grab a friend and dress up as one of her most iconic paintings – Las Dos Fridas, like we did a few years ago! Or go solo and dress up as regular Frida herself in a variety of way, check out the styles below to get started. Once you have found the perfect outfit, check out our video tutorial on how to do your face makeup just like Frida here and see how to make a floral headpiece to complete your look! And for the complete guide to all things Frida Kahlo, head here.

 

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Dress up like the Royal Family

(Or a guest to the Royal Wedding!)

Halloween costume ideas

You know how much I loved the Royal Weddings. If you don’t, this post will enlighten you (hint: I will jump at any opportunity to wear a fun hat.) This Halloween, take a note from the Queen’s book and think royal. Choose one of the , or make your own with paper with this tutorial! *Bonus points for dressing up as the Queen herself* Find more fashion inspired by the royal family here.

 

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Dress up like Audrey Hepburn

Halloween costume ideas

Grab your LBD, add a few iconic accessories, and bam you have a costume you’ll never want to take off! Audrey’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s look with her long black cigarette holder and black gloves definitely makes for the most iconic costume. But you can also test your friends’ classic movie knowledge with one of her other character’s outfits. Like an oversized white sleeping shirt, with slippers and this sleeping eye mask? Yes, another Breakfast at Tiffany’s classic! You could even put a twist on our sleeping mask tutorial and make your own! Or a look inspired by my person favorite of Audrey’s films – Roman Holiday. Bonus points if you can ride up to your costume contest on the back of a vespa!

 

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Dress up like Andy Warhol

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This is just one of our Halloween costume ideas straight from our Great Artists! course. Dress up as the King of Pop (art) himself – Andy Warhol! In the course you can find our tutorial on how to make your own DIY black and white striped shirt, plus a printable version of his glasses to complete your costume. Or for another idea, try dressing up like one of his paintings! I’m picturing face paint in one of the color schemes above.

 

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Dress up like The Sound of Music

Halloween costume ideas

The hills are alive with the sound of … you being announced as the winner of this year’s costume content! Ever since my Sound of Music tour I have been wanting to make this idea happen. This Maria costume is so unique, and easy to put together with a striped apron and wide brimmed straw hat. Consider tucking up your hair under the hat for the hairstyle only Julie Andrews (and now you!) can pull off. This even makes for a great group costume idea! If you can convince your family to wear lederhosen made out of the curtains that is.

 

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We want to see and share your Halloween costume ideas! Share them with #larshalloween and tag us so we can see! For even more unique costume ideas click here

DIY Pastel Pumpkin Faces With a Template

Is there anything more magical than a trip to the pumpkin patch in the middle of fall? Crisp weather, colorful leaves falling, and the spooky anticipation of Halloween makes me giddy! Picking out the perfect pumpkin is something of an art, and I almost enjoy that more than the carving part. In fact, I don’t really enjoy carving pumpkins all that much! The goop and stringy guts all over my fingers is not my idea of a good time. So we’re swapping our carving kits for paintbrushes this season! These DIY pastel pumpkin faces are just my cup of tea this season.

A pretty palette and quirky faces make the perfect pairing for pumpkins. And our painted pumpkin templates makes this project so simple. And the best part? No pumpkin guts! Less mess, more cute, equally festive. That’s what the world needs.

Painted pastel pumpkin peopleThis is one of a few posts on which we’ve collaborated with the talented Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville. We collaborated with her a few years ago on our popular succulent painted Pumpkin family post (remember?!) and those cute faces are here for a return visit!

DIY Pastel Pumpkin Faces

With painted pumpkin templates

Materials:
Instructions:
  1. Spray paint your pumpkins in a variety of colors. We went the pastel route for this tutorial, but you can use whatever colors you like! (Rainbow, anyone?).  Let dry.
  2. Paint on some sweet faces using the templates.

Voila! Time to display these adorable pumpkins on your porch!


painted pumpkin templates

More DIY Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

Want to experiment more with your Halloween pumpkin decor? We have so many pumpkin DIY ideas for you! Try using these painted pumpkin templates to make a succulent-pumpkin family! Or check out our most popular pumpkin display – DIY rainbow pumpkins! For more non-carving pumpkin decor, take a look at these monogram pumpkins and dried flower pumpkins.

If you loved these DIY pastel pumpkin faces, be sure to check out more fun printables in our Halloween shop

6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween while Social Distancing

Have you heard about the Ohio dad who invented a candy chute for a contactless way to get candy right into kid’s trick or treating buckets this year? I love it! Since then I’ve heard talk of slingshots, catapults, and some even crazier ideas on how to make trick or treating happen this October. Not gonna lie, my wheels have been turning too. We have made it this long adjusting our daily lives for this virus, and now as we are about to hit all the major holidays I can’t help but wonder how many traditions will need to be thrown out the window this year. Of course I am willing to do whatever is needed, and there are much bigger things to worry about. But I am grateful for the joy and hope that the holidays bring every year, and I am determined to not miss out on at least that part of the celebrations!

One major thing I am looking forward to is, this year, the holidays will be more about family time than ever! No extravagant parties needed, I am looking forward to making the next few months just as exciting and fun with just my own household! My “quarantine crew” and I can still party hard. And at the very least, more leftover candy for me this year 😉

If you’re hoping to make this Halloween something special, we’ve put together some amazing ideas you can throw together with your family. And even friends with some proper social distancing! All you need to get started is a printer and some scissors.

How to celebrate Halloween while social distancing this year

1. Throw a socially-distant Halloween party

We’ve all missed out on lots of family and friend get-togethers this year. (Cross your fingers we’ll be back to normal by next Halloween!) Luckily, weather permitting, you can still have a fun outdoor Halloween Party if you’re creative (and we’re betting you definitely are if you’re reading this blog!) Even if you are sticking with just your immediate family members this year, go all out! Slip an invite under everyone’s door see whose costume impresses even your teenager. Halloween while social distancing can still be as festive as ever.

Print off our ghoulish Halloween Invitations and customize them so everyone knows the lowdown (masks a must!) Decorate your trees with our fall garland (or maybe your trees are cloaked in fall colors already and don’t need any decoration). Add some twinkle lights to the trees and bushes for a bit of warmth.

2. Eat a spooky (but tasty!) Halloween feast with family

Remember our Halloween Feast? You can throw one with your immediate family. Use our Halloween Menu Printable to get started. These printable placecards can make each setting special, and complete it with that family member’s favorite candy!

3. Put on a Halloween Parade

Need a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your friends, but don’t want to get too close? How about a Halloween Parade in the neighborhood? Use any of our free costume ideas, including these easy iron-ons you can combine with items you probably have sitting around the house. I’d argue that the best part about Halloween right now is you can do it all while wearing a mask 😉

4. Host a Halloween movie night

Don’t have the energy or time for a party? Plan for a night in with your family, but make it memorable. If you’re getting tired of rewatching Hocus Pocus every year (if that’s possible) this could be a fun time to pull out a classic scary movie. The Birds, anyone? Eat out of our Halloween Candy Gift Boxes (you can fill them with popcorn, too!) After all, this is the year to trick or treat yo’self!

5. Incorporate costumes into your at home learning

For most of us this school year has become a modge-podge of online classes and homeschooling. If you’re already losing your motivation to keep at home learning going, don’t worry. If you don’t know what you’ll do when cold weather means you can’t keep ushering the kids outside for “nature class” – now is the perfect time to mix it up! One of my favorite ways to make learning super memorable is to have students dress up as the famous people they are studying!

This happens in our Great Artists! kid’s course a bunch. Some of the daily activities include recreating famous art pieces in person, not just on paper! We also did this when we dresses up as famous artists themselves for Halloween one year. Mix Halloween traditions in with your at-home learning by challenging your kids to dress up as someone they are learning about. Print off these placemats, make a yummy Halloween themed meal, and see what figure from history shows up to the breakfast table!

Plus for your younger children, they can join in on the fun too by dressing up as their favorite picture books! See what I mean here and here.

6. Hold a Halloween porch decorating contest

There’s nothing wrong with a little contest! In fact, since most sporting events got cancelled, I think we need a dose of healthy competition in our lives. You know we love to deck out our porches come Halloween. Use one of our printable designs to elevate your porch above the rest. 

If you’re not sure how you will celebrate Halloween while social distancing this year, don’t be too hard on yourself! Everything about 2020 has been different than we thought it would. However, taking part in beloved traditions like celebrating Halloween can help!

Click here to check out all of our printable Halloween resources, including the full Halloween Party Suite for a discounted price!

 

DIY Dried Flower Pumpkins

Today we’re bringing you a DIY fall project with dried flowers, but this one is a little different than our DIY Rainbow Pumpkins we posted last month. However, both projects could be left up year-round to add a little charm and cheer to your front porch.

I love our pumpkin projects because they involve no carving. That’s right, no scraping the inside of a pumpkin for hours until your arm gets numb. No sifting through pumpkin goop to get out the seeds for roasting. And no more planning out an elaborate design, only to accidentally cut off a huge piece of pumpkin and ruining the whole thing! I’m really making a case for a no-carving Halloween, aren’t I? Well it turns out, there are other ways to dress up pumpkins, and I’d argue they let you be even more creative than a carving set!

Unlike our colorful painted gourds, this pumpkin DIY relies on natural adornmentspreserved flowers, to be precise! You don’t need a perfectly round pumpkin for this DIY fall project with dried flowers. In fact, you could even dress up some acorn or butternut squash if that’s what you have on hand. How gorgeous would these pumpkins be as a Thanksgiving table centerpiece?

Even though we’re using preserved flowers for this project, that doesn’t mean the colors have to be tone down. You know which blog this is, right? Bring on the brightness! Choose jewel toned flowers that hold onto their hues after drying, like dried globe amaranth or strawflowers. How perfect is the name “strawflower”?! It evokes those beautiful red berries we all know and love and the “straw” makes me think of fall harvest.

Here are some of our favorite preserved and dried flowers from around the web!

DIY Fall project with dried flowers and pumpkins!

Materials:

See above!

Instructions:

  1. Pick out your flowers (we got ours from Terrain) and pumpkins. We went with a monochromatic scheme because…elegance!
  2. Plan your pattern.
  3. Start gluing! Use extra glue to make sure they stay on!

That’s it!

It’s really an easy project, but you can get super intricate with the design and style of the pumpkin. Again, how lovely would it be as a wedding centerpiece. I’m definitely showing these off ASAP!

Yes, summer is over, and it’s taking the beautiful flowers with it, but don’t fret! This DIY will help you preserve the colorful blooms all through the fall season.

Thank you Terrain for providing the beautiful preserved flowers! You can shop their collection here

Spooky Transfer Wood Plaques for DIY Halloween Art

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These rustic-chic transfer wood plaques are a favorite here at Lars. They’re the perfect combination of stylish and spooky, AND they match with any type of decor you may already have in your home. I’m tempted to keep these DIY Halloween Art pieces up year-round! Add some floral (or maybe some autumn leaves) to give it that sweet and spooky feel.

This year may look different holiday-wise, but don’t let that stop you from getting crafty and celebrating the holidays with Halloween projects! Plus, these plaques will last you years, and you can reuse them for future Halloween parties! Even if they’re just a part of your zoom background for now, you’ll be able to show them off at Halloween parties in the years to come! There’s something so rewarding about crafting your own decor, hanging it up, and being able to say ‘I made that!’ Especially now during COVID, I feel that home spaces need some extra love and creativity to keep spirits high during these not so normal holidays.

For a little extra Halloween spirit, pair these plaques with portrait luminaries for an extra spooky ambiance. Light the luminaries to highlight creepy photos (or more skulls and insects!) to complement your Halloween plaques. Or create this skull cake for a sweet and skull-filled Halloween. You don’t need to have a big party to enjoy a Halloween cake!

DIY Halloween Art – Wood Transfer Plaques

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Print the templates (black and white only! on laser printer only!) and cut it out to the size you’d like to apply it to.
  2. Position the design face down on the wood surface and rub it with a blender marker with a bone folder.
  3. Lift the design.
  4. Staple your ribbon into the wood on the back.
  5. Hang and enjoy!

Halloween art decor

Halloween art decorDon’t you love how simple this DIY Halloween Art project is?! Simple and beautiful are the names of the game around these parts.

For more Halloween decor inspiration, check our Halloween shop!