Easy Witch Halloween Costume

Easy Handmade Witch Halloween Costume

This year we did an easy take on a classic Halloween costume, the witch.  This is an easy costume because you can use things that you probably already have in your child’s closet.  We used a black maxi skirt and a black long sleeve shirt.  I only made two things to accesorize this witch costume and give it some DIY handmade touches.

DIY Feather Witch Cape

The first thing I made was this spiderweb and feather witch cape.  My daughter wanted to have spider web cape that attached to her arms.  I wanted to make her a black feather capelet.  So we compromised and did both.  This can easily be a no-sew project.  I sewed two elastic circles and attached them to each end for her wrists to go in.  Other than that, I hot glued everything.  I took one yard of fabric and folded it in half.  I curved the edge and then used a bowl to cut out sections to make the edge look like a spider web.   Lastly I glued on a piece of black fleece fabric to the back of the cape and then turned the cape over glued black feathers onto the black fleece section. You could also attach a black ribbon along feather area and use that to tie the cape on.  I did this at first but I didn’t like that I could see the tie.  Instead I hand sewed the cape onto the black shirt.

DIY Mini Witch Hat Headband

The other thing I made for the witch costume was a DIY mini witch hat headband.  I bought the mini black witch hat at JoAnn’s in the doll section.  The headband was from the dollar store.  I removed the bow and hot glued on the mini witch hat.  To the hat I glued a black feather, a pice of of the sheer spider web fabric and then a spider from a spider ring (I cut off the ring part).

Witch with spiderweb cape halloween costume

By making the feather spider web cape and the mini witch hat headband, we have a cute handmade witch costume that was easy and quick to put together!

Golden Butterfly Princess Halloween Costume

Golden Butterfly Princess Halloween Costume DIYI must have looked like a deer in the headlights when my daughter said she wanted her costume to be a “Golden Flower Butterfly Princess” for Halloween.  Okay.  For some reason, no inspiration was flowing.  We decided to go to the fabric store so that she could pick out the fabric that she wanted.  I was hoping that would steer me in some direction. She picked out the fabric in that you see in the skirt.  Well that takes care of the flower portion of the princess outfit. The fabric was a little pricey so I only bought 1 yard of it.  I used it all on the skirt.  I sewed a simple tube skirt with an elastic waistband.  Now what to do for the rest.

Butterfly Princess Costume made with Silhouette CAMEO

I refashioned the shirt for the outfit out of a women’s shirt.  The color seemed to work with the flowery skirt.  I turned to my Silhouette CAMEO to cut out the butterflies.  I used a gold fabric with gold dots on it.   I laid the butterflies out of the shirt first and arranged them.  I sewed a few details on a few of the butterflies before pinning and then sewing them by their centers onto the shirt.

Fabric Butterflies Princess Costume_silhouette CAMEOI cut 2 different sizes of butterflies and I doubled up some of them for extra detail.

DIY Butterfly Crown

To make the crown I made a wire circle that would fit around my daughters head and wrapped it in the only leftover scrap that I had from the skirt! I used some of my fabric butterflies for the crown but this time I sewed them onto a paper butterfly as well so that they had a little extra support.

Butterfly Princess Crown Handmade Costume

I hot glued the butterflies in place around the front of the crown.

butterfly cape DIY

At this point I felt like the costume looked good but it was missing something.  I made a little cape in the shape of butterfly wings from some sheer fabric.  I attached the ends of the wings to some elastic that went around her wrists so that when she raised her arms, it looked like she had butterfly wings.

Homemade Butterfly Princess Halloween Costume

I have to admit, she looks beautiful! She says she feels like a real princess so that is a win in my book!



DIY Gold Index Cards, Free Silhouette file & Giveaway!

DIY Gold Index Cards

Phew. That title was a mouthful! There is plenty of fun stuff going on in this post though so make sure and get your free Silhouette file to make these DIY Gold index cards and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom too!

First I am going to share with you how I made these gold index cards for my daughters baptism.  I wanted something for the guests to write messsages to my daughter after her baptism and I wanted it to coordinate with the rest of the things that I had made.  I wanted to make some gold notecards and new my Silhouette CAMEO would come to my rescue.

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This is what the file looks like.  It is made for a 12 x 12  sheet of paper.  I color coded it for easy cutting.  First, using a gold sketch pen or gold marker, have your Silhouette cut the red lines (under advanced cutting click cut by line color and then pick red).  Once your design has been sketched out, change out the pen / marker for your cutting blade and have your Silhouette cut the blue lines.  That is all. Think of the index card or note card possibilities! If you want to make your top line a different color, you could even do that too.

Make Your own Gold note cards

You could try printing the lines on your printer first and putting registration marks on the paper but then you wouldn’t get that beautiful shine from the gold sketch pens!

DIY Gold Note cards made with Silhouette CAMEO


To download the free Silhouette (.studio) cut file for these DIY Gold Index Cards, click Here! 

 Now it is time for the giveaway! This giveaway is overflowing with goodies to use with your Silhouette machine! I am tempted to enter myself because I don’t have some of these things!! If you follow me on instagram or Pinterest, then you already have 2 entries!  It runs from October 22 to October 27, 2014 and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! Good luck!!

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Gold Foil Fall Art & Silhouette Promotion

Gold Foil Autumn Wall ArtA few weeks ago I tried out the Silhouette brand printable gold foil for the first time.  I didn’t print anything on it, just cut it out.  I loved it! It has adhesive on the backside and it is super shiny! I used it to make  borders on some invitations that I had made and so I had some spots on each sheet that I wanted to put to use.

Silhouette PixScan MatI put the foil on my PixScan mat (which I didn’t think I would like as much as I do!) and opened up my shape. I used the Autumn shape and cut it out on two different pieces of my used gold foil.  Once I had the two Autumn words cut out I needed to get them onto my white card stock.  I wanted them to be centered and straight so I made a paper guide.

Paper Guide

I taped the guide onto my white card stock and then laid the gold letters down by hand.  I took the guide and was left with a perfect gold foil Autumn art.

DIY Gold Thanksgiving Art


If you haven’t tried the gold foil yet,  you must give it a shot! And if you don’t have a Silhouette cutter, Silhouette is doing a promotion going on October 15-31, 2014 for a Silhouette Portrait Bundle.

When you use the code LUSTER at checkout, the Portrait Bundle for $149.99 will include:

A Portrait machine, 1 pack of Printable Gold Foil, 1 pack of Printable Silver Foil, 1 pack of Vellum and 1 grey dust cover

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High Low Skirt Refashion

High Low Skirt Refashion

Last year I picked up a skirt at a yard sale.  It was a beautiful color, flowy and belonged in a grandma’s closet.   It was the perfect diamond in the rough for me to try my hand at making a high low (or Hi-low or whatever you want to call it) skirt.   One of the problems that I have found with high low skirts that you buy in the stores is that the high part is REALLY high.  I wanted to wear the skirt comfortably and so I didn’t want the high part of the skirt to go above my knees.  Making one was a great option!

Hi low skirt refashion tutorial

This was a pretty simple refashion.  Once it was done, I couldn’t help but walk around and feel the flowy-ness of the skirt.  I loved it! If you want to try this, you definitely need to keep an eye out for the right kind of fabric so that the new high low skirt will flow.

How to make a High Low Skirt

5 steps later and you have a new skirt.  Now let it flow!

hi-low skirt refashion DIY

I paired this high low skirt with some booties recently to carry it into my fall wardrobe.  I just made it so I’ve got to get my $1 money’s worth out of it!