Crafty Kitchen: Oreo Spiders

I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with Halloween related goodies like our Owl S’mores and now these spiders!

These are an easy treat to make. For ingredients you’ll need: Twizzlers Pull and Peel licorice, M&Ms, Double Stuf Oreos, and chocolate candy melts or 1 cup chocolate chips + 1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening, sprinkles (optional)

First, peel apart your Twizzlers and cut the strings in half or in thirds (I wanted short legs so they’d be easier to stack on a plate, so I did thirds). Then, open up your Oreos and gently press four pieces of licorice into the white filling.

Melt your chocolate candy melts or your chocolate chips + vegetable shortening (1 cup chips and 1 Tbsp. shortening). You can find tips on melting chocolate chips for dipping here. Then use a spoon to flip and cover both sides of the Oreo top with chocolate.

Then use the spoon to remove the cookie from the chocolate, tap off any excess chocolate, and slide the chocolate covered cookie on top of your Oreo bottom with the legs. While the chocolate is wet, press two M&Ms in for eyes and if you choose to use sprinkles, sprinkle them on top. Dip a toothpick into the melted bowl of chocolate and use it to form the center of the eyes.

Depending on how much chocolate you use, you can get around 20 spiders from 1 cup chocolate chips and if you divide the licorice into thirds, you can get 6 sets of legs from each piece of pre-separated licorice. You can also offset the top Oreo a bit so it looks like your spider has a friendly white smile like the center one below.

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Free Pattern Features: Candy Corn

Lots of tutorials have been popping up lately for all things candy corn including accessories, decorations, clothing, and lots and lots of recipes! Here are some of my candy corn finds:

The Purl Bee shares a pattern for these cute treat bags.

Candy Corn Treat Bags at the Purl Bee


You can find the tutorial for this hat, dress and treat bag at So You Think You’re Crafty.

Candy Corn Costume at So You Think You're Crafty


At Ideas Materialized, you can find the pattern to knit these candy corn hats.

Knit Candy Corn Hat at Ideas Materialized


At Tatertots and Jello is the tutorial for Candy Corn Bunting.

Candy Corn Bunting at Tatertots and Jello


And I couldn’t help but include one recipe! The recipe for these Candy Corn Macarons is at Barbara Bakes.

Candy Corn Macarons at Barbara Bakes


Don’t forget to check out our Giveaways Roundup and enter one of the many current giveaways listed!


Jack-o’-Lantern Shirt Stencils

Looking to add some Halloween fun to your family’s wardrobe? Here’s a shirt idea for either you or your kids to make. It would also be a fun project for a kid’s Halloween party!

I’ve put together a free 2-page PDF you can download here. It includes a variety of eyes, mouths and noses that you can print onto cardstock and cut apart and use as stencils. Kids can rearrange the parts to create a unique jack-o’-lantern face.

After the face is picked out cut out the image with an Xacto knife (or you can cut them all ahead of time if it’s for a party).

Place your stencil either directly on a shirt or on a scrap of orange fabric. For a scrap of fabric, orange knit would be ideal since you can leave the raw edges and it won’t fray. I couldn’t find orange knit so I used cotton and then hemmed under the edges. Paint the face onto the fabric with fabric paint.

If you stenciled onto a piece of fabric, after the paint dries you can either hand stitch or machine stitch the fabric to a shirt. I like to use loose stitches so I can easily pull out the threads and remove the pumpkin face after Halloween so my son can keep wearing the shirt. Here he is in the final product, being bribed with some candy to sit still for a minute!

For more information about stencils, visit this post I did in the past.

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Free Pattern Features: Halloween Pillows

Looking for ways to add some Halloween fun to your decor? On Craft Buds we’ve featured Halloween printables, fabric pumpkins, and owl smores. Lots of other crafty sites have been working hard on Halloween tutorials so we’ve put together a collection of Halloween themed pillows.

The tutorial for these pennant pillows is at Tatertots and Jello (and these could be cute in colors to match your decor or for any season!).

Halloween Pennant Pillows at Tatertots and Jello


Ameroonie Designs shares the tutorial on making this batty felt pillow.

Batty Felt Pillow at Ameroonie Designs

Chapman Place used Krylon glitter spray paint to make this Trick or Treat pillow set.

Trick or Treat Pillows at Chapman Place

On favecrafts is the tutorial and pattern for this Witch Boot Pillow.


Witch Boots Pillow from favecrafts


And on Curbly, learn how to make this spider web pillow (which could be fun to pair with a spider version of the felt bat pillow above!).

Spider Web Pillow on Curbly

Crafty Kitchen: Owl S’mores

Here’s a fun recipe for adults and kids alike–owl smores! Let’s just start off by saying, when the items below are the ingredients, you know the final product is going to be good!

To make these owls you’ll need graham crackers, Reese’s peanut butter cups, candy corn, M&Ms, and large marshmallows. To get started, use a sharp knife to cut off the top 3/8″ of each peanut butter cup (PB cups). If you’re having problems with the chocolate peeling off the bottom of the PB cups when you take off the wrapper, try putting them in the fridge or a cool place so the chocolate isn’t as soft.

Line the PB cups up on half a graham cracker so the rounded part hangs just off the bottom. Use the tops of the PB cups you cut off in the step above for wings. Since you need two tops for one set of wings, only half your owls get wings and the other half are wing-less.

Tear a large marshmallow in half and place above the PB cup on the graham cracker, sticky side down. Smush it down a bit to hold in place.

Microwave until the marshmallows start to puff up. On my 1100 watt microwave, it took 13 seconds for two owls. At this point the chocolate should melt enough to stick to the graham cracker. Press a candy corn between the marshmallows and into the PB cup for the owl beak.

Lastly, press in M&Ms for the eyes.

Keep going until your flock is complete!


For a different style of owl without the PB cups and different eyes, check out this post at Living Locurto. I’ve seen other s’mores owls out there but I think Living Locurto’s author Amy gets the credit for the original idea.

Also, check out this cute Hello Kitty Cake Pops recipe from CraftFoxes.

Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

Looking for an easy DIY pumpkin? Look no further! Here’s a cute way to make them out of fabric. You could even have an older child make or help make them.

To get started you’ll need orange fabric (cutting instructions below), leaves cut from green fabric (felt or fleece would be ideal), 2″ piece of stick, embroidery floss, heavy duty thread and needle, a glue gun, brown or tan raffia, and a sewing machine (optional).

1. Cut your orange fabric into a rectangle. For a rounder pumpkin, the length should be 2 times the width (ex. 10″ wide by 20″ long). For a slightly squattier pumpkin, the length should be 2.5 times the width (ex. 10″ wide by 25″ long).

2. Fold the orange fabric lengthwise with right sides together. Use a sewing machine or hand stitch along the open edge.

3. With right sides still together, gather up the fabric at one of the openings and tie securely with embroidery floss. A rubber band rather than floss could also work but may not be as durable over several years.

4. Turn the pumpkin right side out. Loosely hand stitch around the opening of the pumpkin with a 3/8″ seam allowance with stitches around 1/4″ wide. Use a heavy duty thread so it doesn’t break when you pull it in step 6. Leave loose tails hanging off at both the beginning and the end and don’t tie any knots.

5. Fill the pumpkin with stuffing until it is fairly firm.

6. Pull the ends of the thread stitched around the top until the opening is closed or nearly closed and tie several knots. Trim off the long ends of the thread.

7. Take your embroidery floss and tie a tight circle around the pumpkin and leave around a 6″ tail. (For reference, I needed about 4 feet total of embroidery floss for a pumpkin that used the fabric measurements of 10″ x 20″).

8. Next, wrap the long piece of the embroidery floss twice around the pumpkin diagonally from your first line so there are six total segments. Tightly tie the string to the tail left from step 7.

9. Use your glue gun to make a large dot of glue in the top center of the pumpkin. I’m using white glue so you can see it in the photo but clear would be best. Press your stick into the hot glue.

10. Use the hot glue gun to attach your leaves.

11. To finish, wrap a piece of  raffia around the base of the stem to hide any excess glue.

12. After this step you can call it finished, or you (or kids!) could cut jack o’lantern faces out of felt and hot glue them to the pumpkins.

Free Pattern Features: Halloween Printables + Winner

There are so many great designers and generous people out there who are willing to share their talent for free. Here are some of my favorite free Halloween printables!


This Snow White inspired poison apple is from less cake {more frosting}.

Poison Apples from less cake more frosting


Tatertots and Jello shares this fun chevron eye chart.

Halloween Eye Chart from Tatertots and Jello


From Eye Candy is this colorful subway art.

Subway Art from Eye Candy


At DLTK’s you can find a list of printable Halloween activites and coloring pages for kids.

DLTK's Halloween Printables


And at We Love to Illustrate, SIX different cupcake topper designs to choose from.

Halloween Cupcake Toppers at We Love to Illustrate


The winner of Sew Serendipity Bags was #51 chosen by, Joyce who said “I have been sewing for years, but my newest and most fun thing to do is making bags.  The possibilities are endless and the fabrics are SO fun.  Kay Whitt has become a real inspiration to me with her unique, feminine style and colorful use of fabrics.  I am still chicken to sew without a pattern though, so the new bag book looks very fun to me!”. Congratulations Joyce, I’ve sent you an e-mail with more information!


Halloween Printables

Now that Craft Book Month is over we’re starting to think about all of the upcoming holidays! For Halloween, I’ve designed a couple printables to get you and your house into the Halloween spirit.

Above you’ll see the Halloween Subway art. The Halloween Subway Art PDF is sized for an 8″ x 10″ frame opening but you can use your printer settings to scale it down if necessary.

I’ve also put together a “Happy Halloween” bunting. To assemble, print out the 2-page Halloween Bunting PDF. Then cut along the center of each orange line/border around each triangle. Besides the letters there are a few images to use if you choose. Below you can see what the PDF pages will look like.

After cutting out the triangles I used rubber cement to glue each one to orange scrapbook paper that I cut slightly larger than the printouts (I needed 2 sheets of scrapbook paper). Then I used a hot glue gun to glue each triangle to a piece of ribbon and that was it! This could also be a fun craft to do with a child.

Note: The links to the PDFs will take you to Google Docs. If you are having problems getting it to print properly, use your mouse to click on File (left side of screen), then choose “download original.” Open the downloaded document and try printing again.

Book Review: Sew Serendipity Bags

Yesterday we were lucky enough to interview pattern designer and author Kay Whitt (and there’s a giveaway of the book at the end of the interview!). Her first book was Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear and she just recently released Sew Serendipity Bags. I had the pleasure of receiving a copy to review and make a project from!

The layout of the book is nicely divided up into skill level so you can choose between Simple, Intermediate, and Challenging. It was fun to look through all the projects but I appreciated knowing what I was getting into based on the skill level rating. The book is spiral bound so it easily lays flat and has a nice sturdy envelope of full size pattern pieces in the back. There is a wide variety of patterns and styles so you may not love everything in the book but you’ll definitely find some favorites. Projects include a lunch bucket bag, cross-body purses, duffel bag, ruffle hobo bag, backpack, diaper bag, laptop messenger bag and many more.

The introduction of the book includes techniques  on sewing, working with hardware, and working with stabilizers so you’ll have all the knowledge you need as you make the patterns. There are a total of 12 patterns. Many of the patterns offer different size options.

Once you choose a pattern, the instructions clearly tell you what fabric you’ll need along with any other materials (marking pencil, safety pin, etc.). There’s also a handy list for each pattern telling you the finished dimensions of the bag. Each pattern shows you Kay’s initial hand drawn sketch on the first page. Then in the following pages there are hand drawn illustrations for many of the steps. For example, the Green Grocery Bag (you can see my version below) has a total of 22 illustrations.


My Project

I chose to make the Green Grocery Bag in small. I liked that even though it was in the “simple” category it had some nice details. The bottom of the bag is finished with a French seam and is completely lined (including the pocket) so the final product looks great and is durable. The bag can be folded up into the pocket for easy storage and has a loop to put around your wrist. The sides of the bag have pleats so it’s nice and roomy.

I found the many illustrations extremely helpful so I always had a visual reference as I was making the bag. The instructions are very detailed. I did have to re-read each step of the instructions a few times to make sure I completely understood what to do next. All in all, I think my bag turned out well and I look forward to using it! (And if you’re wondering, the exterior floral fabric is from a vintage sheet and although you can’t see it, the interior is a green fabric with white polka dots.)


Free Pattern

Want to check out more of the book AND get a free pattern? Head on over to Sew Mama Sew where they’re offering PDF pattern and instructions for the Lunch Bucket Bag!

Free Patterns from Books: Knitting & Crochet + Winner

Today is our last day of free patterns from books and your last day to link up your projects to win some great prizes! In the past weeks, we’ve featured patterns for the homebags, kid’s toys and softies, and jewelry.

From Knitting in the Sun (Wiley): Knit Sunhat

Windansea Hat from Wiley


From Knitting it Old School (Wiley): Ahoy Sailor, Sweater

Ahoy, Sailor sweater from Wiley


From Knit, Wrap, Repeat (Lark): Snugg Neck Warmer


From Teach Yourself Visually Crochet (Wiley): Magnificent Shawl

Magnificent Shawl from Wiley


From Interweave Press: Assorted free crochet projects


And the winner of Modern Mix chosen by was #23, Jenelle, who said, “I think that waiting to see how the book pitch went would be the hardest part for me too. It’s amazing that just by writing your blog, you were already taking the first step towards being published. Congrats and thanks for the interview!” Congrats Jenelle and I’ve sent you an e-mail!


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