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Halloween Nail Art

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I know I’ve said it before, and I am sure I will say it again, but I LOVE Halloween!  There is just something about it that I love.  It is probably because my mom has always loved it, and I’ve just carried on that feeling.  My girls are picking up on the excitement in the air.  Not only do we have a fun holiday coming up, but I am actually scheduled to have my baby on October 29th!!!!  Holy cow!!!  Did you guys realize I was so close to having this little baby?!  The thing about the date is that it means that I will be in the hospital on Halloween.  I am trying to still have as much fun with my girls as I can even though I won’t be able to get them dressed in their costumes and take them trick or treating.  That being said, we have been having fun with the Halloween themed lunches, and I decided that we shouldn’t just stop there.  I was thinking about something we could do and decided that some Halloween nail art would be a blast!!!

Halloween Nail art

I have never had a really steady hand when it came to painting with nail polish, so I decided that I would turn to my Cricut Explore for some help.  I have heard that the Explore could get some tiny precise cuts, so I really put it to the test.  I cut out a bunch of different Halloween shapes and I am SO impressed with how well it worked!  I think we will be doing this for every holiday!  Check out these fun shapes!  They are all under 1/2 inch wide.

Halloween nail art ideas

For the Design Star challenge, my team decided to go with a black and white Halloween theme, so I bought black and white nail polish and I also had a white nail pen (to do the polka dots and stripes with.)  Addie wanted to have spiders and spider webs on her nails, and I think it is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen!  I am totally biased of course.  We started with the base nail polish colors and then got to work adding the vinyl shapes.  To hold the vinyl in place, I have gel nail polish and the lamp to go with it and used a top coat to really seal it.  I knew it would give extra protection to use it, but I am sure that a few coats of normal top coat would work as well.

Halloween Nail art ideas 2

My sister came over to join in the fun, and we went with bats and spider webs.  Both of us thought that the spider webs looked so cool on Addie’s fingers that we had to add them in to the mix.  We went with stripes instead of polka dots on my sister’s fingers and I really love the way they turned out!  To get the spider webs to work, I had a small pair of nail scissors that I used to help cut the vinyl to the right size.  They worked perfectly!  I also used the scissors to cut a bat in half to add to her nails.

Halloween nail art 2

Aren’t these so fun!?!  I knew that the Explore could do a lot of stuff, but I really am impressed with the detail I was able to cut.

Halloween toenail art

Last, Lillie wanted her toenails painted, so my sister got to work on her nails and did exactly what Lillie asked for.  To say that she loves them would be an understatement.  My girls were so excited to get primped, and I love that I was able to celebrate Halloween with them, albeit a little bit  a lot a bit early.

What do you think? Would you ever try this out?  I think you should ;)

If you need some more black and white Halloween goodness, check out the posts from the rest of my team!

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DIY Stick Horses | Free Pattern

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DIY Stick Horses

Every party has a favor for the guests, but I didn’t want to buy a bunch of random treats to send home with the kids.  When I decided to do the obstacle course, I had the thought that it might be fun if I sent the kids home with the horses when we were done.  Sticking with the My Little Pony theme, I made the stick horses to resemble Twilight Sparkle for the girls and Rainbow Dash for the boys.  The total cost per horse was about $5 which really isn’t too terrible.  I’ll show you how I made mine so that you can make some for yourself if you would like.  Making these is very simple but will take about 45 minutes per horse.

Supplies needed:

  • Wooden dowel
  • Fabric (I made 3 horses using a yard of fabric)
  • Black Felt
  • Fabric Glue
  • Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Stuffing
  • Styrofoam Ball

Begin by cutting out the parts of the horse.  You are welcome to use the pattern I made by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.  All patterns are for personal use only and are only available to those that subscribe to Just Between Friends.  Once your pieces are all cut out, we will start with the two head pieces and the yarn.  I measured about 30 inches of yarn and did that about 10 times for one bundle.  Once you have a bundle of yarn, fold it over twice and then place it on the horse head going from the top of the head down to the neck.  After I got about 6 bundles or so added to my horse, I placed the other piece of fabric for the head on top of the other and then pinned everything together making sure that the yarn is between the two pieces.  I sewed them together leaving the bottom open since I needed to stuff the head still.

DIY stick horse

Turn the head right side out and then grab the ear pieces.  You will sew two pieces together and then turn right side out.  I found that the easiest way to turn them was to grab a dowel and push the end into the ear and then running the dowel along the edges of the ear inside to give it a nice clean look.

Stick Horse Pattern

To attach the ears, I grabbed a needle and thread.  I folded the bottom of the ear and then pinned it to the head so that there wasn’t a raw edge exposed.  Then I did a simple whip stitch to attach it and then put an X in the middle of the ear to help tack it into place.  If you don’t, the ears will be really floppy.

Now you will stuff the head with fluff.  Start by stuffing the nose and then grab the styrofoam ball and dowel.  Push the dowel into the styrofoam.  This is going to make it so that the dowel doesn’t just pull right out.  Be sure to hot glue the dowel into place.  Then place the dowel, styrofoam first into the head and then stuff the stuffing in all around it.  Once the head is stuffed, grab some yarn and a yarn needle and sew a running stitch around the bottom about 2 inches from the end of the fabric.  Push the end of the fabric into the horse head and then pull the running stitch tight.  Tie a secure knot and then push the ends of the yarn up into the horse as well.

Rainbow Dash stick horse

With the head fully stuffed, you will add the eyelashes to the horse.  I used fabric glue and it worked out great! The last step is to add ribbon to the horse around the nose as well as a longer piece for the kids to use as reigns.  I simply sewed them together and then put them on the horse after.

My Little Pony Obstacle Course

The kids really LOVED the horses and they were even more thrilled to find out that they got to bring them home at the end of the party.  I definitely got some cool mom points that day, which didn’t hurt. :)

Click the links below to download the FREE stick horse pattern.  All printables and patterns are for personal use and only available to those SUBSCRIBED to Just Between Friends.  SUBSCRIBE NOW to download.

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