How to Make Pickled Apples

For a fun, new autumn condiment, that pairs wonderfully with the rich foods of fall, try making your own pickled apples. Serve them next to a grilled pork chop or top a pulled pork sandwich with these spicy, maple-flavored pickles. Use them for a salad topper, a sandwich garnish, or place them on a colorful charcuterie board full of meats, nuts and cheeses.

Not only are these small-batch pickled apples simple to make but absolutely no canning is involved. Just keep them in the fridge for a week or two and make another batch when you’re ready. Guaranteed to be a feast for your eyes as well as your tastebuds.

How to make pickled apples
How to make pickled apples
How to make pickled apples
How to make pickled apples
How to make pickled apples
How to make pickled apples

Click here for the complete step-by-step instructions.

Happy Pickling!

Beth

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How to Turn a Candy Bag Into a Zippered Pouch

We aren’t sugar-coating anything when we say that you’ll definitely get a smile everywhere you go when you pull out this delightful zipper pouch made from a candy bag.

Fill it with your keys, a card, a little cash and some lip balm for those grab-and-go situations. Better yet, indulge your loved one’s sweet tooth by loading it up with treats and surprising him with a delicious “just because” gift. If that isn’t enough to make you want to create this adorable little zipper pouch, think about all the wrappers you’ll keep out of the landfill. It’s a trifecta!

How to Turn a Candy Bag Into a Zippered Pouch
How to Turn a Candy Bag Into a Zippered Pouch

How to Turn a Candy Bag Into a Zippered Pouch
How to Turn a Candy Bag Into a Zippered Pouch

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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DIY Felt Trick or Treat Bags: One Minute Video

The front porch is decorated, pumpkins are carved and costumes are made. Now it’s time to create some delightful, felt trick or treat bags for your scary little ghosts and goblins.

Made from sheets of craft felt and a little iron-on fabric adhesive, the designs are as unlimited as your imagination. No need to be afraid of this project — you’ll be doing the Monster Mash when you see how quickly these bags come together.

Finished Felt Halloween Treat Bags

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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DIY Life-Size ‘Hocus Pocus’ Witches Halloween Decoration

Up your creepy yard game for Halloween by recreating three of the most delightfully wicked sisters to grace a movie screen. Fans of the movie ​Hocus Pocus​ will immediately recognize the Sanderson Sisters on your front lawn when they see the green, red, and purple capes.

Make your display even more eerie by adding a few props like a bubbling cauldron and some magical brooms made from branches. These ghostly figures are quick and inexpensive to create, and will startle even the most hardy of your friends and neighbors. Careful though — Winifred, Sarah and Mary just might put a spell on you and make you dance all night.

DIY Life-Size 'Hocus Pocus' Witches Halloween Decoration
DIY Life-Size 'Hocus Pocus' Witches Halloween Decoration
DIY Life-Size 'Hocus Pocus' Witches Halloween Decoration
DIY Life-Size 'Hocus Pocus' Witches Halloween Decoration
DIY Life-Size 'Hocus Pocus' Witches Halloween Decoration

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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DIY Life-Size ‘The Addams Family’ Cousin Itt Halloween Decoration

Have fun this Halloween season with one of the creepy, mysterious and spooky members of ​The Addam’s Family​.

You’ll have the spookiest, kookiest front porch on the block when this DIY life-size Cousin Itt greets your trick or treaters. Gather up several grass table skirts, a tripod, some sunglasses and a hat to quickly construct this peculiar and hairy cousin.

When you’re finished, your neighbors just might put their witches shawls on, grab some broomsticks they can crawl on, and maybe make a call on, your quirky Cousin Itt.

DIY Life size Cousin Itt from The Addams Family
DIY Life Sized Cousin Itt from The Addams Family
DIY Life-Sized Cousin Itt from The Addams Family
DIY Life Sized Cousin Itt from The Addmas Family

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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DIY ‘Poltergeist’ Haunted TV Halloween Decoration

Talk about a Halloween decoration that will send chills up your spine and scare the living daylights out of your trick or treaters. They might even spill their candy buckets as they flee past the creepy hands inside this glowing TV set — so much fun for the ‘Poltergeist’ movie fans that come to your door looking for treats on Halloween night. Grab a big cardboard box to create your own haunted TV and you’ll be well on your way to frightening all your friends and neighbors.

DIY Poltergeist Haunted TV Halloween Decoration

Click here for the complete instructions for the Haunted TV.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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How to Make a Giant Spider Halloween Decoration

A gigantic, creepy, crawly, scary and formidable spider crawling on your wall: It’s what nightmares are made of. But, what could be better to frighten all those ghosts and goblins creeping up to ring your doorbell on Halloween night?

Add some spine-chilling sounds, an enormous web, and a spooky jack-o-lantern to create the perfectly eerie front porch. Just grab a few pool noodles, some wire, a couple of foam balls and a little duct tape to get your ghoulish game on this Halloween season. The whole neighborhood will be talking about your amazing arachnid display for years to come.

DIY Giant Spider Halloween Decoration
DIY Giant Spider Halloween Decoration
DIY Giant Spider Halloween Decoration

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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DIY Giant Spider Web Halloween Decoration

If you can’t wait for pumpkin lattes, sweater weather, and all the ghosts and goblins roaming your neighborhood, then it must be time to start your autumn decorating. Begin with this quick DIY giant spider web on your front porch that’s sure to catch a few oohs and aahs from your neighbors. All you need is a staple gun and a roll or two of clothesline to add some fall fun and whimsy to your front porch.

DIY Giant Spider Web Halloween Decoration
DIY Giant Spider Web Halloween Decoration
DIY Giant Spider Web Halloween Decoration

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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DIY Spider Web Pillow: One Minute Video

If you enjoy the change of the season with the cooler air, the autumn colors and the feeling of a little danger lurking around every corner, then you’re ready to start bewitching your favorite digs for Halloween. It could be as simple as changing up a few pillows and this not so itsy-bitsy DIY Spider Web Pillow will create that spooky vibe you’re going for.

Just grab your broomstick and head to the nearest market for some black felt and a little white thread and your couch or front porch will be “spiderrific” in no time.

finished spider web pillow

Click here for the complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!

Beth

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Costume Week: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

It’s that time of year again! Time to pull out a few thrift store finds from the bottom of the pile and create a fun costume for Halloween. My motto is quick and easy these days so I kept it pretty simple.

I started with a homemade fake suede skirt and a Roper dress that was a little too much of a good thing, but perfect for a sheriff costume.

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First, I simply cut off the bottom of the dress to make it into a shirt.

Notice the horseshoe fabric and the fake leather trim? Perfectly cheesy!

Sheriff Costume

Sheriff Costume1

I then used my rotary cutter to cut fringe around  the bottom of the skirt.

Sheriff Costume4

Add a belt, bandana, badge, some boots and wha-la….. a sheriff costume is born.

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

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Of course a sheriff costume wouldn’t be complete without a corny tin foil badge. 🙂

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Whadda ya think- will I be able to keep those kindergarteners in line at our Halloween party now?

Sheriff Costume Tutorial

Thanks to my Ruggedly Handsome Husband for takin’ some time out outta his busy day to snap a few photos for me today.

Yeehaw, lookin’ good, honey!

ruggedly handsome husband

PS. This is a rerun post, but I thought you might like to see it again for Costume Week.

Have a great day!

Beth

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