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DealDash Series: Spooky Crafts – Bags

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Welcome to DealDash’s Halloween Craft Series. Over the next few weeks I will be posting blog articles of various Halloween-related crafts that you can do with your kids, grandkids, or even by yourself! Today’s craft is handmade treat bags.

Whether you’re going trick or treating with children, or staying home and handing out the candy it’s more fun to have a handmade bag! They are great for storing the candy if you’re the door-opener, or for taking around the neighborhood and ringing door bells. Read on for a couple of different styles of treat bags that are fun to make and cute to look at!

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Cereal Box Stencil Bags

Decorate a plain fabric tote with cereal box stencils and kid-friendly sponge painting.

Materials:
-Fabric tote (any color, but neon orange or green for safety is best!)
-Fabric paint
– sponge (if you can find the sponge on a stick for painting that would be great)
-Cereal box (Any size)
-Exacto knife or box cutter and surface to cut on
-Washi or masking tape

Instructions:
1. Cut the front and back off of your cereal box.
2. Using the above shapes template you can cut & paste the picture, and enlarge it on your computer to print out. Cut out jack-o’-lantern shapes with an exacto knife on a safe cutting surface. You can most likely do this on your garage floor or driveway, put down an extra thick piece of cardboard from a bigger box under your cereal box and cut away!
3. Next, tape your cardboard stencil to the fabric bag and gently dab on the craft paint using your sponge, peel off stencil, let dry for at least an hour. You can make it dry faster by using a hairdryer on a low setting. Don’t use the higher setting because it could move your paint.

Personalized Treat Buckets

These are great buckets to keep the candy in that you will be handing out at the door.

Materials:
-Large empty ice cream bucket with a handle
-Felt, multiple festive colors is recommended
-Hot glue gun
-Ribbon, 6 yards per bucket
-Foam stamps in fun Halloween shapes such as bats or skulls

Instructions:
1.  Apply the felt to the bucket using the hot glue gun. Cover the entire surface around the outside. Use more than you need to, and cut off the excess.
2. Glue your ribbon to the top and bottom of the bucket so that you cover up the felt edges. It just looks much nicer and more “put together” this way.
3. Tie contrasting colored ribbons on the handle.
4. Stick on the fun foam shapes to decorate your bucket. These foam shapes usually have a sticky back, but if you would like to reinforce your foam shapes, just use a little hot glue from the gun.

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I hope that you enjoyed our first Halloween crafts article. DealDash has some great craft auctions such as sewing machines, sergers, and more. Visit DealDash to see the craft auctions. Just click this link here and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Decorates: Picking Paint

One of the best things about moving into my new house last year was getting to pick the paint color for every room. If you’re looking to refresh your room colors, read on.

When coming to my house for the first time a lot of people tend to comment on the colors of the rooms of my house. They are all different colors, but somehow it’s all pulled together and looks cohesive together. The yellow leads into the beige which leads into the blue which leads into the gray. If you have ever been interested in getting rid of your plain white walls let me give you a quick primer (primer, get it?!) on how you can turn your “Blah” into “WOW!”

Most newer homes feature open floor plans, and that is the case in my home. After coming in the front door you can stand in any of four connecting rooms—kitchen, family room, playroom, and dining room—and see portions of the other rooms. Each of the rooms is a different color as I mentioned before, but to tie everything together all of the molding is the same shade of bright white. I also have continuity by using the color brown as an accent in all of the rooms. Both the playroom and the family room have the same shade of brown microfiber couches, and my kitchen countertops, island, and dining room table are all brown and white granite. The key is to pick a color that blends well with all of the room colors that you are interested in and be sure to use your chosen accent color prominently in each room.

When we were working with our real estate agent to help us choose our colors to give to the builder she taught me a secret that I will now share with you. She told me to go to the hardware store and pick up paint chips with multiple shades of the colors that I wanted in each room, and to circle the shade of each color that I was interested in. After giving them back to her she crossed out all of my circled shades and picked the one that was 1 shade lighter than the ones that I had chosen. Why? Because when you look at a small paint chip versus the color being painted on the wall the wall color tends to be darker and more pronounced than on the paint chip. When she first did this I was unhappy, but when we came back a few days later to see the paint on the walls, it was amazing! Once the walls were painted they looked exactly like the colors that I had originally chosen.

Another great way to get your rooms to flow together when painting all of the rooms different colors is to have a common theme when decorating. DealDash has recently partnered with some amazing companies that have some beautiful paintings and decorative items. If you are doing some redecorating be sure to check out DealDash’s items for the home at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!