Interview: Stitched by Crystal

I’ve aged. It’s sad, but true. Though I like to pretend like I am a 20-something, I am a 30-something. What does that have to do with today’s interview? Lately I have met some very young bloggers who are so impressive that I just sit back and wish I had been as put together as they are. Today’s featured blogger Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal, is just that kind of girl…

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I feel a little silly “introducing” you to Crystal. She won so many of the challenges this season, I think you all know exactly who she is!

Here are a few of the projects Crystal has shared with us this season.


DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray | Rainbow Baby Quilt Reversible Fall Leaf Pillow Case

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial - 11

And yesterday she shared her AMAZING upcycled kids art station.

Anyway….Let’s get on with the interview!

Interview: Stitched by Crystal

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am mom to a two year old boy and one year old girl and wife to an awesome and supportive husband.  I work part time as an occupational therapist in a large acute care hospital and in my free time I like to craft.  I started my blog in 2011 to document the things I make, it is mostly sewing, quilting, and crafts for my kids.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have been crafting since I was a little girl.  Both of my parents are creative, my mom paints and sews and my dad does wood working.  My mom taught me to sew when I was young and I have loved it ever since.

How often do you craft?

I craft pretty much every day.  I am and early bird and my kids like to sleep in, you can usually find me at my sewing machine early in the mornings before they wake.  I think crafting keeps me sane, it is how I like to spend my free time and helps me distress.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I draw inspiration from everywhere. Often times I will see something I like in a store and think “I could make that!”  I am always looking at clothing in the stores to see how it was constructed and then recreating something similar at home.  I also like to take things I already have or things I find in thrift stores and use them to make something new.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Fabric!  I love sewing and I LOVE fabric. I have a huge collection of fabric in my craft space and am always buying new stuff.  My husband just rolls his eyes when I come home with another bag from the fabric store or a new shipment of fabric shows up on our doorstep.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I would like to learn more about graphic design.  My computer skills are pretty basic and that is one area I would really like to grow.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I would have to say eating sugary snacks.  I try to limit my kids sugar intake but I am always sneaking Twizzlers and Skittles when they aren’t around!  I also enjoy some trash TV every now and then.

What makes you smile?

My kids.  It is so fun to watch them grow and develop their own little personalities.  They keep me giggling and smiling all day.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

I love spending time with my family. My favorite times are just lazy days at home with no agenda and nothing we need to get done. I also enjoy swimming, I swam competitively when I was younger and now I enjoy taking my kids to the pool in the afternoons.

How do you stay organized?

Being organized has never really been a strong suit of mine.  I usually have a huge mess in my craft room and 4 or 5 crafts going at once.  I try my best to keep organized with a calendar and to do list on my phone so things done on time, but mostly I just fly by the seat of my pants.

What blogger do you look up to?

That is a hard question, there are so many great bloggers out there!  I really admire Lindsay from The Cottage Mama. She has great style. I love her blog and clothing patterns and she is incredibly sweet. I am also always blown away by Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional, she makes the most adorable clothes for her girls, her cookie decorating is out of this world and she throws amazing parties!

Wow. Thanks Crystal!

Don’t leave yet! I am sharing a few of my favorite Stitched by Crystal projects.

 Stitched by Crystal Projects

Old Skirt to Beach Bag | Embroidered Pencil Case | Bunny Treat Bags | Floor Poof

 Kids Baking Busy Book | Dino Hat


Classic Holiday Movie Giveaway

“Someone” around here enforces a strict no Christmas before Thanksgiving rule, but I am already singing about Jingle Bells and Rudolph in my head.

Give me one more week and I will be pulling out the tree, whipping up a little peppermint hot chocolate and curling up under a blanket to relax with some of my favorite holiday movies. It’s a tradition around here to run through them all, from White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, to Rudolph, Frosty and the gang.

This year, I am sharing the fun. Today, I am joining up with an awesome group of bloggers and contributing a classic holiday movie to the ULTIMATE MOVIE GIVEAWAY!

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My share is the 1964 classic, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Since snacks are absolutely integral to my movie watching, I’m also throwing in the goodies you need to have a fun family celebration at home.

The coolest thing about today’s giveaway? You’re not just entering to win my classic holiday movie gift pack, one lucky person will receive over 20 favorite movies and loads of goodies from popcorn and hot chocolate to blankets, toys and gift cards.

Check it all out below and enter to win…

Ultimate Movie giveaway

First row: Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer–So you think you’re crafty || meet the Robinsons– Sugar bee crafts ||It’s a wonderful life & Pride and Prejudice– lil’ luna || A Series of Unfortunate Events– Simple Simon and Co

Second Row: Elf– the Idea Room || the Princess Bride & Remember the Titans —a girl and a glue gun ||Newsies–Simply Sadie Jane || Singing in the Rain–Flamingo Toes

Third Row: White Christmas —My sister’s suitcase|| Labyrinth–733 blog || While you were sleeping —Delia Creates || the Christmas Story —Lolly Jane

Fourth Row: Sweet Home Alabama–Simply Kierste || Christmas vacation, the Santa Clause, and Home Alone–Eighteen 25 || Horton hears a who–Girl loves Glam || Jumanji–Today’s Creative Blog

Fifth Row: Stardust–Craftiness is not optional || Runaway Bride–Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

You can enter to win all these here….but check out each blog to get more details about their favorite movie!!!

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Winner will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to contact us back or a new winner will be picked. Only open to U.S. residents.

Interview: Oh So Shabby

My goodness. I feel a little bit like today’s interviewee needs no introduction…

Lynda Oh So Shabby

With five wins this season, Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, has won half of the weekly challenges hosted on the site. Incredible!

I thought we’d recap Lynda’s Season 17 wins really quickly.

Oh So Shabby ProjectsOrganization Station | First Birthday Highchair | Themed Trick-or-Treat Bags

Rapunzel Pumpkin | Upcycled Girl’s Vanity

Seriously. This girl is amazing.

Interview: Oh So Shabby

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am a very proud mother of three girls, 10, 9 and 7 and a wife of an amazing man named Ryan.

I have run my own business for the last 18 years, but my true passion is designing, crafting, sewing, and anything creative I can get my hands on.  y favorite is repurposing. My passion reared its head late in life, actually only about 2 years ago and I am completely obsessed. I am looking forward to many more years of creating ahead of me.

How and why did you start crafting?

A friend of mine introduced me to her handmade jewelry. I had never done ANYTHING creative in my life, but for some reason a little voice inside my head said, “I can do that.” I am not sure why, but it did…

I went on YouTube and learned how to make jewelry. That was the beginning of my obsession of all things creative.

How often do you craft?

At least 3-4 times per week.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I do get some inspiration on Pinterest but I really try to sit quietly and come up with my own ideas.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I love painting and repurposing old furniture with Chalk Paint, Glazes and waxes.  Paint can make anything look pretty.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I’d love to be a better sewer. I can basically sew a straight line but that is about it.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love roller coasters and anything thrilling.  I have also gone sky diving several times.

What makes you smile?

Spending time with my hubby and three little angels.  And a fully finished redecorated room done with my own hands.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

I have started a women’s social group in my neighborhood.  I love connecting with people and there is nothing more enjoyable that a bond with a true friend.

How do you stay organized?

I called the way I organize, organized chaos. I am not either very organized or a total disaster.  If you walk through my house it looks pretty neat, but do NOT look in the closets!!

What blogger do you look up to?

Mandi, from Vintage Revivals, rocks my world and I love the optimistic positive nature of Lauren, from The Thinking Closet.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Lynda! Now, a chance for me to share a few of my favorite Oh So Shabby posts…

First, you cannot miss the princess bedroom Lynda created for her daughter. It’s not just a pretty room, it’s chock full of amazing furniture upcycle projects. Go, go, go!

Princess Room

One of the stunning items in the room is this amazing chaise lounge

Upcycled Chaise LoungeShe’s also created a fun how-to for this cute ruffle valance

Ruffle ValanceOh my gosh. Tell me these little guys aren’t the cutest? Squash birds.

Squash birdsAnd maybe just go and check out her before and after page. It’s AMAZING!

Season 17 Final Challenge

Season 17 Finals Challenge We’ve reached the final week in the final season of 2013. This week, someone will walk away winner of the SYTYC challenge.

Our two challengers have spent weeks working on their final projects and today you will get the chance to look at their hard work and determine the winner!

For the first time this season, the projects will not be anonymous. You will be able to see who’s behind the project. I have flipped a coin to see who’s project would be listed first.

Season 17 Finals Challenge

Stitched by Crystal QuoteUp first is Crystal, who blogs at Stitched by Crystal.

Crystal has been a strong competitor this season, taking first place in THREE of our weekly challenges, and placing toward the top in all the rest.

Here’s a little reminder of the projects Crystal has shared with us this season…

STITCHED BY CRYSTAL PROJECTS.jpgDIY Chalkboard Serving Tray | Rainbow Baby Quilt | Reversible Fall Leaf Pillow Case

Final Project – Upcycled Kids Art Station

Wow! I am in the SYTYC finals! Thank you so much for all your votes along the way! These past 10 weeks have been crazy; stressful, exhausting, but so so fun.

It isn’t easy churning out craft projects week after week, and then add in two kids, work, and everything else life throws your way in two and a half months and things get a little nuts! I am so excited I have made it this far and to get to share my upcycled kids art station with you!

Upcycled Kids Art Station

I think I am pretty creative (it would be silly to enter a crafting competition if I didn’t, right?), but I’ve got nothing on my kids. My oldest is not even three yet and he blows me away with his imagination and creativity.

I have also learned (the hard way) in my short 3 years of being a parent that if you don’t provide your kid with a place to be creative, they will find one on their own…Unfortunately they don’t always choose the best place so you might find your little Picasso’s next great work of art on your dining room table, kitchen wall, or new leather couch!  With some thrift store finds and some things I picked up at the hardware store I created this little corner art station for my kids.

Upcycled Kids Art StationThere are lots of details and I want to show you everything!

I will start with my favorite part, the desk. The desk is made from an old end table that I bought at a yard sale when I was in college. It is lower then most end tables, but some new legs made from some scrap wood brought it up to a comfortable height for my kids to sit at.

With some more scrap wood and a wooden dowel, I added huge roll of drawing paper to the side. The paper can be pulled over the top of the table for endless coloring.  At the back of the table there is a hole to change out the paper roll; I added a little ribbon to make the dowel easier to remove.

Then the desk got a few coats of red paint.  I went with primary colors for this project but tried to pick colors that were a bit more muted and vintage looking, I am really loving this red!  I painted the top of the table with chalkboard paint and added a little drawer pull that I turned upside down to the side of the desk, it holds a few pieces of chalk.  The drawer on the side got some new knobs and is housing coloring books and some construction paper.

Upcycled kids art stationI found two small preschool chairs on craigslist for a steal, one for my son and one for my daughter. They were pretty beat up but it was nothing some paint couldn’t fix. They had a dark stain on them and I really wanted them yellow so it took a lot of sanding and several coats of primer and paint, but it was worth the effort, I am so happy with the end result.

I picked up a large framed print for a few bucks at a thrift store. I cut some peg board to replace the print and painted the frame blue and the board a shade lighter. It provides a place for hanging all sorts of craft items and keeping everything organized. I added some hooks to a piece of scrap wood and hung the wood from the bottom of frame with some hook eyes and S rings. The hooks hold some buckets I found in the $1 spot at Target.  AND, because I simply could not finish my final project without sewing something, I made a cute little fabric bunting to hang from the top.

Upcycled kids art stationI wanted to create a little art gallery for my kids to display their work. My parents had a stack of unused clipboards in their garage so I grabbed three of them and painted them to match the set. I hung them on that wall so my kids could easily clip their work for display and change it out whenever they want.

I am so happy with how this art station turned out; now my kids have the perfect place for coloring, painting, and crafting the day away! I hope you love this art station as much as my kids and I do, I would really love your vote!

Upcycled Kids Art Station

Thanks Crystal!

Lynda Oh So ShabbyOur other finalist is Lynda, who blogs at Oh So Shabby.

Lynda has also had a lot of success this season. She started out early with a win in the audition round and picked up THREE more wins during the course of the season, for a total of FOUR!

Here’s a reminder of the projects Lynda has shared with us this season…

Oh So Shabby Project CollageOrganization Station | First Birthday Highchair | Rapunzle Pumpkin Tower | Trick-or-Treat Bags

Final Project – Girls Antique Vanity Drab to Fab

I cannot believe that 10 weeks is finally over.  It has been so much fun, a lot of work, and great getting to meet some new blogging buddies. I am honored to be in the finale. Crystal has been a fierce competitor and I am sure she’s brought her “A” game  to the finale.

For the finale I decided to do a project that was true to my design passion – repurposing furniture. I have dabbled in many creative projects but repurposing is what makes my heart go pitter patter. The feeling of accomplishment when I see the before and after is like no other.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this little gem on Craig’s List for $25.  This cute little old couple was moving and I almost felt bad only paying $25.

Here she is before….

Upcycled Girls Vanity And here she is after….

Upcycled Girls Vanity

When I got her home I literally sat there staring at her waiting for the inspiration to jump out at me… NOTHING!!

I knew I was going to reupholster the chair so I decided to head to Hobby Lobby for some material. I figured the inspiration would start there.  As soon as I entered the fabric isle I knew immediately what fabric I would use…I have had my eye on this fabric for a long time  but had nowhere to use it. Ahhh haaa, finally I can get my hands on it!

Upcycled Girl's Desk

First I cleaned the vanity and chair completely then I primed the entire piece with Kilz primer. After that I painted it with a combo of American Accents Heirloom White and Blossom White.  Then I painted all the accents with gold metallic paint.  This was the first time I had used this type of metallic paint – it was so awesome to use. It went on like butter!

The top of the vanity looked so lonely and needed some jazzing up!  So, I taped a stencil on the top of the vanity and with a Sharpie marker colored on pink polka dots.  Whallaa some personality!

Upcycled Girl's Desk And with that she was done and the finale project was finally finished~   Bitter Sweet for sure!!!

I hope you fall in love with her!!!

Upcycled Girl's Desk

Thanks again to everyone that voted for me this entire 10 weeks, I had so much fun!!!  Crystal has been a fierce competitor.  Whoever wins I know one thing, we will be blog buddies for years to come!!

Season 17 Finals Challenge Vote

Season 17 Finals Challenge 1Voting will take place through Thursday, November 7, at 5 p.m. MST. You have one vote in the final round, please select your favorite project. The winner will be announced Friday, November 11.

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Halloween Challenge, Season 17

We kicked off the week yesterday with our annual Halloween dinner…The kids have been talking about Halloween and trick-or-treating for a couple weeks now, but it always kicks up a notch around this time of the month.

We still have quite a few traditions that we’ve yet to complete – we’ve got a few movies to watch (The Great Pumpkin, Goonies and Indiana Jones), a few treats to make and eat (caramel apples, caramel corn and donuts) and a whole lot of spooking to do.

Yes. I said spooking. With three boys and a dad who’s assured them Halloween is for scary, not cute, there’s always a whole lot of creepy going on.

I think our competitors have a much softer approach to Halloween. A bit more sweet and a bit more fun. Please take the time to take a look at their projects and vote.

Remember, this is the last week before we head in to our finals. You are picking the two competitors who will compete in our final round to be CHAMPION!

Halloween Challenge

Project #1 Costume Themed Trick-or-Treat Bags

Ahhhhhh- this is getting so crazy!!!  Only two more rounds! Oh my gosh this has been so much fun but so crazy. 10 weeks of straight painting, sawing, nailing, cutting, glue gunning, and even a little sewing cough cough…  So here is the last project till the finale I soooo hope you love them…

I made THREE COSTUME THEMED TUTU TRICK OR TREAT BAGS for three different costumes.  The first is for a Pink Lady Costume, the second a Minion Costume and last a Leopard Costume…

First off here is the PINK LADY….

Halloween Trick or Treat BagI am not going to show you all the steps because with three of these it didn’t leave me much room to showcase many pictures.   Basically I made the tutu, pinned it on then carefully sewed it on.  That was not the fun part.  Then I made the bows and embellishments and hot glued them on to the bags.  The kids think they are soooo cool.

Trick or Treat BagsI hope I make it through to the next round I found an amazing furniture piece on Craig’s List for $25- wait till you see what  I am going to do with it!!  PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!!  Thank you so much!!!!

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags


Project #2 Monster Bowling Set

I am so excited to have made it all the way to this Halloween challenge, especially because I love Halloween!  It is one of my favorite holidays, which is funny because I really hate being scared.  I am not into the spooky or gory Halloween things, so for my Halloween themed craft I wanted to make something more cute than scary, something that wouldn’t give me my kids nightmares. I came up with this cute Halloween themed bowling game.

Monster BowlingThe set is made out of fleece fabric.  I sewed up the oversized monster shaped bowling pins, and then I had a blast decorating their little faces.  The fun thing about designing monsters is anything goes, stripes, spots, one eye, three eyes, horns, hair, fangs, anything you can imagine!  The monsters stand about 14” tall. Then I made a fleece ball to roll at them and decorated it to look like a jack-o-lantern.

Monster BowlingMy kids have already gotten hours of play from this set (even my husband and I have been getting in on the bowling action!)  This game would be really fun at a kids Halloween party. I think we will keep these little guys out all year long!

Monster Bowling


Project #3 Lighted Haunted House

When your kiddos are too little to go to a Haunted House, why not create one of your own!

Haunted House

A few layers of foam board with hand cut and pieced paper details create a one of a kind 3-D Haunted House.  Bonus…It’s a light!  Lit from behind, it creates a fun piece of piece of Halloween art little ones are sure to enjoy for years to come.

Haunted HouseSo excited about how this turned out and what an impact it makes in my Spooky Halloween décor!

Haunted House


This is the last week before our final round. Only two of our competitors will be advancing, so please be sure to VOTE!

SYTYC Halloween Challenge


Please vote for your favorite project. Voting will be open through Thursday, October 24, at 5 p.m. MST.

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Pumpkin Challenge Results

SYTYC is a 10 week competition. 10 weeks! You know what? 10 weeks is a loooong time my friends. Can you imagine the range of experience and emotion one may go through in 10 weeks? The highs and lows of life, even without the stress of producing weekly for a competition, can be pretty intense. It makes this competition that much harder.

I don’t know about the season’s contestants, but during this 10 week phase I have bad days. Days where I don’t want to write a post. Days that I simply wish I could hit the rewind or pause on.

Why am I telling you this? Well, I think that these ladies work very hard to create and inspire and you know what could make their day? Heck, their week? A heartfelt note from you. So today, after you read our results, maybe hop over and let one or two, or heck all of them know how much you appreciate their work?

Do it because they’re awesome, but do it because in the course of 10 weeks maybe you could use an uplifting note yourself too.

Pumpkin Challenge Results

Pumpkin Challenge Results

Crafter Reveal

SYTYC Pumpkin Challenge

Project #1 Pumpkin Quilt Candelabra – Ariean, One Krieger Chick
Project #2 Pumpkin Patch Dress – Crystal, Stitched by Crystal
Project #3 Pumpkin Wreath – Emily, The Benson Street
Project #4 Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower – Lynda, Oh So Shabby

Pumpkin Challenge Winner

This week’s winner is Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, who created a Rapunzle Pumpkin Tower.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower

Congratulations Lynda!

Pop back over on Tuesday and check out Lynda’s how-to on this fun project!

Saying Goodbye…

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Emily. I’ve had such fun getting to know her – she’s amazing. Each week, along with her project, Emily has included the sweetest little note to me. What a blessing.

I will be interviewing Emily on Wednesday. Please stop by and learn a little bit more about her and check out some of my favorite Benson Street posts.

Interview: Krisha from Jacks & Kate

I think I first came across Jacks & Kate about a year and a half ago when Krisha linked up a project to Show & Tell, over at SNAP! It was love at first site for me and I’ve been enjoying her site ever since.

(Note to Krisha. Yes. I have really read your site for that long and don’t know if I have ever commented – oops! Just so you know, I think you’re great!)

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I love Krisha’s kids crafts and party ideas. There’s a whole lot of awesome going on over there…

Interview with Krisha from Jacks & Kate

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I’m a former Etsy shop owner, turned blogger. My roots are in sewing, but I like to dabble. I blog about life and whatever idea pops into my head.

How and why did you start crafting?

I’ve always been a crafty person. I started crafting (sewing) for profit after I was laid off from my banking job. Oh, and I was 4 months pregnant with my second child.

How often do you craft?

Um…everyday, every minute of everyday. I craft in my sleep. I’m crafty that way. Seriously though, it never shuts off.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

Magazines,my kids, other blogs. Also, staring at something long enough usually produces some sort of a spark of creativity.

What is your favorite medium to work with?


What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?


What is your guilty pleasure?

Binge watching Netflix.

What makes you smile?

That’s easy…Target. Oh and my three crazy children – Jacks, Savannah and Annabelle.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

Once upon time, I used to love fishing. Though, I don’t get to do it so much these days.

How do you stay organized?

Um, yeah. That’s not happening so much these days. I may seem like I have it all together. That is simply not true. I’m a crazy mess!

What blogger do you look up to?

I simply adore Rubyellen Bratcher of CAKIES and Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day!

Yay Krisha! It’s been so very fun getting to know you!
Now it’s my favorite. I am sharing some of my favorite Jacks & Kate posts.

Jacks and Kate BlogFabric Feather Headdress | Baking Cup Party Lights | Hexagon Pillow | Party Hats | Easter Treats

DIY Halloween Candy Dispenser Tutorial

Wow. Thank you for voting in our weekly challenges. Each week I am dying to learn which project you will select to be showcased on the site. The results continue to be spectacular. I am so proud of the contestants.

Today Areian, from One Krieger Chick, is sharing her winning DIY Halloween candy dispenser tutorial. This is Ariean’s second feature.

One Krieger Chick QuoteA strong contender in this season’s competition, Ariean won our upcycle challenge earlier this season with her amazing bathtub to sofa project.

Bathtub to Sofa TutorialIf you missed it, be sure to head over and check it out. It’s one of my favorite SYTYC contestant projects yet.

And now, on with the fun…

DIY Halloween Candy Dispenser

Hello So You Think You’re Crafty Readers! I am so excited to share how I created Halloween Candy Dispensers for the Fall Crafts For Kids Challenge.

DIY Halloween candy dispenserSupplies: 

  • Postal mailing tubes
  • Round ball ornaments
  • Embellishments: festive scrapbook paper, washi tape, ribbon, etc.
  • Adhesives: glue gun and a liquid adhesive or glue stick
  • A good child-size helper
  • A little patience

Let’s get started…

First, decide what topper you would like to create…a pumpkin, ghost, Frankenstein, bat, witch, etc. My son chose a witch, bat and jack-o-lantern. I prepped all supplies and had them ready to go when my son and I started crafting…There is a bit of drying time if you create these exactly the way I did. I’ll share a few shortcuts to save you some of these extra steps!

Prep work

  • I cut the mailing tube(s) to a desired length using a serrated knife {because it was handy.}
  • I recommend purchasing/using colored Ball ornaments in the colors you desire, but I could not find the correct colors or sizes. If you have the same problem or want to use what you already have on hand, paint Christmas ornaments with a coat of spray primer followed with a coat or two of your color of choice. (I used spray paint for the witch and black and orange acrylic paint from Poppy Seed Projects for the bat and jack-o-lantern.)
  • You could have all the paper cut and embellishments ready too. I find it helpful so my boys don’t burn out on the project too quickly.


  • Measure and cut the paper to fit all the way around the mailing tube.
  • Embellish as desired. My boys love washi tape and this project was no exception!
  • Cut the paper below the ornament in a fringe and adhere to the inside of the tube using a glue gun.

Candy dispensers {2}

Halloween Candy Dispensers {3}Once that was dry, it was time to add personality! This is what we did, but the fun of this project is that you can personalize these however you like!

Witch: Paper stars for eyes, hole punched dot for wart, folded piece of paper for nose, paper smile for mouth. Hat is a piece of paper rolled to resemble a hat with an orange pom-pom glued to the top.
Halloween Candy Dispenser {4}Bat: Eyes cut from white cardstock with a hole punched circle. glitter paint squiggle for a mouth, wings cut from black cardstock and hot glued in place.
Halloween Candy Dispenser {5}Jack-o-lantern: Facial shapes cut from black cardstock, stem a cone twisted out of black cardstock and hot glued in place with a piece of ribbon as the vine.
Halloween Candy Dispenser {6}Fill with candy for an extra special treat!DIY Halloween candy dispenserMake them to keep at home or to share with friends. Either way, they are so stinkin’ cute…and FUN to make!