Monday, September 1, 2014

Candy Corn Wreath

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Happy Monday, Eighteen25 Readers!
 
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I'm Kristyn from Lil' Luna, and I'm so happy to be here today to help kick off Spooktacular September. This is my FIFTH year participating and I'm ecstatic to do it once again because I love Jen, Jamie and Jodie! They are so uber-creative and I'm so glad to call them friends. :)
 
Last year I shared a Halloween Wreath, and as I thought about what to do this year I decided to do another wreath. The reason? I'm slightly obsessed with holiday wreaths and think they are so fun and simple to put together. There is also one that I've been dying to make since I spotted it in Woman's Day several years ago. It was a Candy Corn (another holiday item I'm slightly obsessed with) wreath that I wanted to embellish to make my own. Here is how it turned out:

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I love how FESTIVE it is!! And despite having to glue candy corn for an hour, it was a very simple project to complete. I'm so happy with how it turned out and can't wait to display it in my home this Halloween season.

Here is what you'll need to make it too...

SUPPLIES:

- Foam wreath
- Candy Corn
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Fabric/Ribbon
- Frame
- Printables (available for download below)

DIRECTIONS:

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1. Begin by prepping your fabric. I used black fabric that I cut about 1.5" thick and tore because I wanted the ends to be frayed. I used about 4 strips of this to cover the wreath and used a few more for the bow on top.

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2. From there I wrapped the ribbon around the wreath, hot gluing where I needed to, to make sure it stayed on.

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3. Then I hot glued the candy corn on. Each side (the front, underside and insides) of the wreath had 4 rows of candy corns. I used 4 small bags from the store (generic store brand, although I prefer Brach's). This takes some time but is very easy to do. Make sure each row is going the opposite direction than the row of candy corns it's next to.

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4. From there I made a bow out of the frayed fabric (you can use ribbon) and also tied some ribbon around the wreath to hold it up. I also attached some ribbon to the back of the frame that would be on top of the wreath, measuring to make sure the frame laid where I wanted it to be.

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5. Then, I printed out the printable and put it in my frame and put everything together.

TO DOWNLOAD YOUR PRINT:

Click on the image you want above and then RIGHT-CLICK and SAVE. Then open it up in a program like WORD, RE-SIZE it to what you want and then SAVE. Print and cut out. Put in your frame.

Hang your wreath and frame together. Add any extra ribbon or embellishments.

Voila!!

A simple but beautiful and festive Halloween Wreath!!

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I love it! And I love that the frayed fabric added some extra string around it just to add a little more personality! ;)

For more great Halloween projects, be sure to check out the ones I've done on Eighteen25 for the last 4 years...

Halloween Ribbon Wreath Tutorial on { lilluna.com } #halloween #wreath
 

Halloween Table and Spooky Gallery Wall
 

Save the Date Halloween Sign { lilluna.com }
 

Halloween Centerpiece tutorial on { lilluna.com }

And be sure to head to the site for some SPOOKY and delicious treats too!
Halloween Pic Collage

Come on over and say hi at Lil' Luna, and thank you for having me here today Jen, Jamie & Jodie!

XO - Kristyn

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Halloween Chocolate Waffle Cookies

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Happy Spooktacular September! I get so excited to decorate for Halloween, and this month long series gets me even more jazzed! My name is Kristen Duke, and I share all sorts of fun over at Capturing Joy, and the Eighteen25 girls are some of my faves in all of blogland, and real life. I started my blog a few years ago as a portrait photographer sharing sneak peeks and photo tips, and wrote a little book called Say NO to Auto. I then decided I wanted to share more than just photography and now post about home DIY projects, favorite family recipes, home and kids printables, Parties, What I Wore, travel adventures, and even my love story. It's just a mesh pot of a good time.
 
Here is my family last year for Halloween:

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They keep me on my toes, sharing along in the adventures in life!

Today I'm sharing with you a fun new treat that my kids LOVE! They will not hesitate to let me know if something I make is "thumbs up" "thumbs down" or "one up, one down." They gave these Halloween Chocolate Waffle Cookies two thumbs up! I think the idea of making cookies in a waffle iron was pretty exciting to them, but sprinkles don't hurt, either.

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I'm sad to say that I'm not so great at making that cool melted chocolate look pretty, but it's fun and festive nonetheless. I used some Halloween sprinkles that included a black spider, so they fill in the waffle holes in some slots above. Can you tell they are spiders??
 
I used a thicker chocolate cookie recipe, and plopped it into the waffle iron like I would batter. I did find that my deeper waffle iron cooked them better than my standard waffle iron.
 
Here is a shot of the back of the waffle cookies to show you that they truly are waffles.

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And here is the simply chocolate cookie recipe:

Halloween Chocolate Waffle Cookies
Recipe Type: dessert
Author: Kristen Duke
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Serves: 6

A fun holiday treat the kids will LOVE to help make.

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • melting chocolates
  • sprinkles

Instructions
  1. Combine chocolate squares and 1/2 cup butter in a glass dish.
  2. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, 30 more seconds as needed.
  3. Stir. Set aside.
  4. Combine eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl; beat until blended.
  5. Add flour and melted chocolate mixture. Mix well.
  6. Preheat waffle iron. Drop dough by 2 teaspoonfuls onto iron.
  7. Close iron, and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until done.
  8. Once cooled, melt chocolate wafers (30 sec., stir, 30 sec.) to dip or "paint" onto waffle cookie.
  9. Sprinkle as desired.
  10. Recipe Yields 8 large waffle cookies
 
If you are like me, and always looking for something fun and different for a dessert to try, make waffle cookies, the kids will be so amazed!

halloween dessert ideas

Come on over to my site today, I'm sharing the second edition of Halloween Lunch Box Jokes. Grab the first edition of Halloween jokes, too! Or see some of these other Halloween shares from the past:

DIY halloween and recipes




Happy Halloween Planning! Come pay me a visit, click on the picture below.

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