pumpkin carving templates

If you’re like us, you check the date often and are usually in shock at how fast the weeks, months and years are flying by. When we all realized that Halloween was in a few days and none of us had carved pumpkins with our kids yet, we rounded the troops! We were so excited to use these darling pumpkin templates designed by Tori of That Pair of Crutches. She was so nice to share them! Keep scrolling to download your own set of free pumpkin carving templates.

Pirate Pumpkin Stencil

To see the rest of the stencils and download the free PDF file for your own last minute carving, keep reading! Continue reading pumpkin carving templates

finger print memory art

We have an awesome handmade gift idea for you today! It is perfect for any holiday, or to commemorate or celebrate a special day. It seems appropriate and thoughtful for a baptism, Bar Mitzvah, big surgery, first day of school, adoption, or any time you want to show your tiny loved one how truly loved they are! This is the final product, filled with fingerprints of Quinn’s family and friends. Keep reading to learn how to do a simple cut-out using Photoshop.

Here are the easy instructions for cutting out an image on Photoshop, by our resident PS expert, Jenna. If you have any questions about the tutorial, stick them in the comments and she’d love to assist you!

Have a great weekend, everyone! Congratulations to Bethany Jackman on winning the Book Worm grand prize!

ghostly footprint art

Before we share today’s no-store-needed craft project, are you ready to hear the winner of the Solly Baby Giveaway?

Congrats to Jessica L of Hello Rosie! Email us at hello at smallfryblog dot com with your mailing address! Thank you to all who entered, we really love Solly Baby and are so happy to see so many of you agree!

Now onto the project! We’ve seen a few amazing Halloween craft round-up links on Pinterest, but after sifting through hundreds, we decided to pick out the ones we could accomplish without a trip to the craft store, hardware store, grocery store and local blood bank. In short, you don’t need a craft room to make this happen. Or even a craft closet! Maybe just a craft drawer will suit you just fine.

Have you ever noticed how some mornings everyone wakes up totally grumpy? Sometimes all you need to reset the day is to exert a little creativity.

Ghost Foot Print Art

Emily did this with both her two and one year old boys and they loved it! Who doesn’t love squishing their feet into a puddle of creamy paint? Make sure you cover the surrounding area with newspaper or other easily trashable material. Coat your kid’s foot in paint and then let them step right onto the desired paper.

Once they’ve made their print, let the paint dry and then add the face! She let Hayes dot the green eyes, and then she used a toothpick for the black pupils. Like we said, this should be a no-store project, so use what paper, paint colors and supplies you have on hand! If your craft drawer is looking dry, you could probably make this with toothpaste.

Ghost Foot Print ArtEasy, easy, easy. More no-store craft projects to come!

 

stamped pants

Printed pants have been popping up all over the place for several months now, and Emily had great success making a polka-dotted pair for herself early this Spring. It only took that long since to realize the same concept could be done for kids. Here’s how she did it:

There are endless options for stamping, we’ve seen the pencil eraser for a simple polka-dot pattern, but if you want to go more unique you can try your luck at a free-hand stamp.

Using a simple Pink Pearl eraser and an Exacto knife, Emily marked a chevron shape and then cut out the rubber around it leaving a raised pattern. Stamping one and then another directly underneath it, it creates a super cool military vibe.  If free-hand stamps aren’t your thing, she also made a darling pair for our little girlfriend Tess (pictured center) using one of her boys’ triangle blocks. All you’ll need is a piece of clothing to stamp, and an acrylic or fabric paint in your preferred color choice, and you’re good to go!

Emily’s tips: make sure your stamp’s edges (and your fingers, too) are clean before every stamp application. Excess paint will be the death of your project otherwise, but quickly saturating the unwanted paint in water and wiping it away should do the trick.

chalkboard pumpkins

Kids just seem to make every holiday more fun, don’t they? We’ve been having a blast getting into the Halloween spirit and here’s an improvement on a classic activity.

Chalkboard Pumpkin

We are loving these chalkboard pumpkins for so many reasons: but first, hardly any mess! You can paint the pumpkins ahead of time and then let your kids chalk up, erase, and repeat all month long. With no cuts being made to the pumpkin, you don’t have to worry about the shrivel-effect and your painted pumpkins will last you until Christmas if needs be.

Chalkboard Pumpkins for Kids

While we had plans to show you an expertly drawn chalk jack-o-lantern face, these kids were so excited to get their hands on them that we just let the magic happen. Who knew we had neo-impressionistic geniuses in the Small Fry family? 😉

Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin

backyard tent

We’ve found the quickest way to turn a child’s day around is to put up a fort, and this tent could not be easier to assemble. You’ll need an extra large sheet, a yard of rope, 4 long stakes, a hammer to secure them in place.

Here’s how Nicole did it:

Tie your rope to two parallel stable objects, tying it about a foot higher than you want the tent’s ceiling to be. Take your sheet and tie loose knots into each corner and center it over your rope. Pull the corners out and down to the ground as markers so you know where to hammer your stakes into the ground. Once they’ve been hammered far enough that there isn’t any wiggle room, pull your loose knots over the stakes and tie them tight.

Fill your fort with pillows and blankets, maybe a kid or two, and watch the magic happen.