DIY Spooky Halloween Decorations

Happy Sunday Funday!

Hope you all have had a great day so far. The night is not over and there is still some time to create some more Halloween decorations. This week I have some simple and fairly cheap DIYs for you to try out.

Eerie Mirror from Domythic Bliss

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Printed image
Spray Paint

Print image
Take apart frame
Spray paint inside of glass
Use rag to make scratch marks
Let dry
Put back together

For detailed instructions, visit Domythic Bliss’ tutorial here.

Paper Mache Skull from Grim Hollow Haunt


Basic Skull
Paper mache paster (1 part water/ 1 part flour or 3/4 glue/ 1/4 water)

Use skull as base
Layer newspaper over
Let dry
Cut/ peel off
Tape back together

For detailed instructions, visit Grim Hollow Haunt’s tutorial here.

Spell & Potion Book from Better After


old books
paper towels
small plastic Halloween paraphenilia
hot glue gun
mod podge
black paint
metallic paint
paint brushes

glue plastic pieces to books
use mod podge to layer paper towels
let dry
paint black
let dry
use metallic paint for details

For detailed instructions, visit Better After’s tutorial here.

DIY Halloween Decor

We’re getting closer to my favorite holiday! I totally forgot to post my Saturday Styles yesterday but this next week I plan on sharing some simple costumes to put together in case you’re in a rush for some last minute parties or events.

Today, I am sharing three Pinterest Halloween crafts that I found. They seem super easy, pretty cheap to recreate, and creepy enough to use in your home for this spooky holiday. Yes, Halloween in a holiday to me.

Let’s begin!

Black Vases


I found this on Pinterest and the link sent me to Kerli (one of my favorite artists) on her Buzznet account. However, there is no tutorial on how to create these beautiful vases. It does seem simple though.

1. Find vases at thrift stores or yard sales
2. Clean them
3. Buy black spray paint or black paint

Other materials include newspaper, face masks, and gloves.


This tutorial on apothecary bottles is thanks to Magia Mia on


pill bottles, jars, little plastic containers
glue gun
black chalk paint
rusty colored paint


Draw designs and wording on bottles
Use glue gun to trace over words
Paint over with black chalk paint
Dab rust colored paint over to add aging effect
Cut cork into round size for each bottle top

For a better, detailed instructions check out the tutorial here.

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Spooooky! Check out this dollar store DIY from Four Front Doors.

plastic skeleton
plastic candle holder
plastic tea light holder
white/ silver spray paint
black acrylic paint

Glue tea light holder to candle holder
Break skeleton into pieces
Glue pieces to tea light holder
Prime entire piece with white spray paint
Then spray with silver spray paint
Use black acrylic paint to in details
Use paper towel to wipe away some paint to add texture

For more detail, check out the tutorial here.

DIY Halloween Candles

Hello again,
’tis the season… to get creepy!

I am so in love with Halloween. I love the creepy decorations, the scary movies, and the crazy/ cute/ random/ homemade costumes. Most of all, I love candy!

Last year I posted a new DIY each week, a series of pumpkin related DIYs, and our previous owner Katelyn shared new Halloween makeup tutorials as well.

Last year’s DIYS-
5 Quick Costume Ideas
Crystal Balls
Bloody Window Handprints
Lawn Ghosts
Glitter Pumpkins
Creepy Dolls
Pumpkin Teeth
Henna Pumpkin
Crayola Pumpkin

Last year’s makeup tutorials-
American Horror Story Clown
Poison Ivy
Pop Geisha
I’ll Get You My Pretty – Which

This year I am excited to post more DIYs from Pinterest. This month will feature two-three DIYs in one post each Sunday because there are only 5 Sundays in October and too many awesome creepy DIYs and I already missed one Sunday ):

This weekend will be all about Halloween Candles!

Bloody Candle


Note: the original tutorial is in a different language but it’s easy to comprehend with just the photos.

white candles
red candles

✘ lay out newspaper — this will get messy
✘ use lighter to melt red candles
✘ drip red wax onto white candles

Original Tutorial by Anne Delacour on

Harry Potter Floating Candles



Note: Obviously Doesn’t have to be used for a Harry Potter theme. Also, the original tutorial creator made a night sky and did not completely specify how they attached it to the ceiling.

tea lights
toilet paper rolls
fishing line
hot glue

✘ glue tea lights to the inside of toilet paper rolls
✘ use hot glue to make dripping wax
✘ paint candle
✘ tie them in various lengths

Original tutorial by Alex on

Black Faux Candles


tea lights
toilet paper/ paper towel rolls
black paint
hot glue

✘ glue tea lights to the inside of toilet paper/ paper towel rolls
✘ use hot glue to make dripping wax
✘ paint candles black

Original tutorial by Priscilla on

DIY Laptop and iPad Covers

Okay, so by now you should know that I am not a very artsy-craftsy person. I would love to be but I don’t have the time to be. The most I have done it wrap some cheap file holders from IKEA with tape or scrapbook paper.

I really like checking out DIYs on Pinterest and saving them for the day I feel like creating something magical. Today, I found this super cute tutorial from for creating your own laptop and iPad covers.



Hard case for ipad/laptop. I bought it in clear on Ebay.
Spray paint
Rubbing alcohol
Colorful gloss paper
Glitter paper
Printed pictures on high gloss paper. I used pictures from Instagram and had them printed out at Staples.
Spray adhesive. I used Easy Task
UV Resistant gloss coat
Craft paint
Paint tray
Clear acrylic coating
Gilded gold paint
Decoupage glue


Mosaic Design:

Using a paper towel with some rubbing alcohol, wipe off any dust or oil off the surface of the cover.
Next, spray on an even layer of paint (color of your choice). I recommend spraying on at least 2 layers. Set aside to dry.
For the mosaic, use colorful gloss paper and printed pictures. To cut out the shape for the mosaic, I used a shape puncher purchased from a local craft store. I used a variety of different of different gloss, metallic, and glitter to add dimension and texture.
Lay out your design on top of the cover.
Use spray on adhesive to the back of each piece and place it where you would like.
Seal with clear gloss coat. Let dry completely before use.

Feathers Design:

Clean case using paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Set up tray and brushes. Have some water on the side.
Draw out your design on a piece of paper. I drew out some feathers, but you can be creative and draw what inspires you.
Place your template under the cover and paint over the template. I suggest practicing on a piece of paper before doing it on your cover.
If you are painting feathers, use wispy, short strokes and layer on layer on different colors to add interest.
Spray on clear acrylic coating. Let dry completely before use.

Arrows Design:

Clean case using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Using a ruler, draw arrows parallel to each other.
Use gold paint and paint over the arrows. Add glitter for more shine.
Spray on clear acrylic to protect your cover. Let dry completely before use.
Coco Chanel Design:
Clean case using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Print out picture of perfume bottle on high gloss paper.
With scissors, carefully cut out picture.
Use decoupage glue on back of cut-out picture and adhere to cover.
Brush on decoupage glue over picture to seal and protect your cover. Let dry completely before use.

Check out her tutorial on and don’t forget to watch her video!

Ways to Rejuvenate During Crunch Time

Life is crazy and it moves fast, so whether you are feeling stressed from finals, work or a mixture of things, here are a few tips to slow things down and rejuvenate yourself for what’s ahead!

Take a Bath 

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It’s important to schedule breaks in between work time, 20 minutes of “me time” between study or work sessions is a key to success! Set the mood with a few candles and play your favorite music! I like to throw a bit of Epsom Salt in the bath as well to soothe achey muscles.

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The last thing you want to do is feel sleepy when you’ve got work to do, hence the gallons of coffee that college students drink, so I’ve got something to counteract that problem. Tea! No, I don’t want you to guzzle down any more caffeine than you’ve likely consumed, instead toss 4-6 tea bags in the tub while running hot water. The tea bags will release B Vitamins that help uplift your mood and combat signs of fatigue and aging on the body!

What Kinds of Tea?

Chamomile tea is great to relax the mind and body, helping ease stress. I would recommend this one for a good night’s rest because chamomile can often make you sleepy. Still have a heavy workload? Try either peppermint or green tea!

Peppermint tea is an especially great method to fight colds during this crunch time as it has immense health benefits: removing harmful toxins and clearing sinuses and congestion. Peppermint can be rejuvenating for mind and body, sparking positive thoughts and helping to increase focus!

Green tea is high in antioxidants to keep you healthy. It is also rejuvenating and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

After this 15 minute indulgence, jump up and take a cool shower.

Don’t Forget to Scrub 

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If you have time, create a quick DIY body scrub to exfoliate old skin and old worries, and leave you with smooth skin and healthy glow! I’m sure you’ve seen these DIY Sugar Scrubs on Pinterest and with just three ingredients, they only take minutes to make.

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(Photo cred. to my beautiful friend, Julie Galarza)


Organic sugar or coconut sugar

(Optional: Sea salt)

Coconut oil

Your favorite scented oil.

Begin with the organic sugar and/or sea salt, this will be the ingredient used in the largest portion. Next stir in some coconut oil and top the mix with 20-30 drops of your favorite scent and stir!

Scent Suggestions

Lavender is a delicious scent, but it is particularly soothing. For an invigorating scent that also releases stress, use orange oil! Or use peppermint oil to match your tea bath and increase your focus!

Good luck with finals or whatever you may have going on in life right now, and I hope this helps relieve some stress!

XO- Ashley (@Ashleysita)

DIY Gifts [Mother’s Day Edition]

Happy Mother’s Day to all my readers; whether you are expecting, have expected and lost, have one, have a few, foster, adopted, or a father who plays both roles. Even though we should be treating you amazingly every day, today is just a day to recognize you even more for the responsibilities that you have taken on. YOU are an amazing person. YOU are an amazing wo(man). You are one of the most important people in our lives. You’re out hero, our role model, our everything. Thank you.

For those looking for a last minute DIY gift, below are my top 5 favorite from Pinterest. Yes, I love Pinterest. Only because it has been a while since I have actually made my mom something. I did not list the details but you can click on the links to find the women who actually took the time to create these gifts.

1. Hand-shaped Ring Dish by


2. Nail Polish (or makeup) Storage made from a frame


3. Candle with image by evite


4. Custom Mug by pounds4pennies


5. Mother’s Day Photos (even though this says FATHER)


*there was no tutorial for this. My instructions- take a few photos with of your children with hand written signs, print them at Target and buy a collage frame (very good prices at Target.)

DIY Creative Guest Books [Graduation Edition]

When I graduated high school, I didn’t have a party. When I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, I didn’t get a party. When I graduated with my Master’s degree, I didn’t have a party. However, when I eventually go for my PHD I will definitely throw myself a giant party for all my hard work. You all are invited! ;)

Sadly, I wasn’t even invited to anyone’s party either so I can’t even come up with some DIYs to use for this segment. I guess I am no fun. Anyways, below I have found some awesome creative guest book ideas for your party and for future parties to come from Pinterest! Thanks Pinterest, you always have my back ♡

1. Jenga

2. Oh The Places You’ll Go book

3. Large wooden initial
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4. Globe

5. Polaroid