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Tess Trotter

Spooky Crafts for the Month of October

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The most spook-tacular month is here! It’s time to get the whole family in the Halloween spirit. What better way to do that than with some spooky crafts? Here are a few of my favorites. Happy Crafting!

Halloween-Themed Yos Yos

Customize your wooden yo yos to get into the Halloween spirit! Do-it-yourself projects include hand painting, decorating with embellishments, wood burning or stamping. Perhaps paint a spider web (as pictured above) or a pumpkin! Regardless of how you decorate them, these yo yos make the perfect Halloween party favors. 

Little Wooden Witches or Zombies 

These wooden girls can become anything, so why not decorate them to match your Halloween décor? This makes for a fun craft you can do with the entire family. Also, these pieces will last for years to come! Let your creativity and imagination shine. Here are a few Halloween-themed craft ideas…

  • Adams Family
  • Mummies
  • Witches
  • Zombies 

Client-Inspired Glowing Tops 

This last suggestion is inspired by my client, Keith Enevoldsen. Just look at what he did with my wooden tops!

“I spray painted them with two coats of fluorescent green (so they glow brightly under ultraviolet light) and then two coats of glow-in-the-dark (so they glow dimly without ultraviolet light). When you spin them fast, the glowing “eye” spot pops up. I plan to give them out as Halloween treats.”

5 DIY Wedding Accents

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There are so many things to consider when planning a wedding, and décor is at the top of the list. Your wedding theme, décor and finishing touches allow you to really get creative and let your personality shine. So what better to create a personable wedding ambiance than with some DIY wedding accents? Here are a few of my favorite ideas to make your wedding day even more special. Happy Crafting! 

Wedding Wine Stoppers

These wine stoppers make the perfect wedding party favors. Each image is sealed with two layers of a protective coat, so your wedding party can enjoy them for years to come.  Made with natural wood, these stoppers can be added to gift bags at your bachelor/bachelorette parties or they can be used as wine stoppers at the wedding! Regardless, they are sure to be a hit!

Unfinished Wooden Hearts

What better way to celebrate love than with these unfinished DIY wooden hearts. They are perfect for a wedding guest book signing or bridal shower favors! Completely personalize these hearts by painting and decorating them. Also, choose the size that works best for you. I’ve had many clients get creative with these. They offer a great unique touch to any ceremony!

Unfinished Wood Candlestick Holders

Need a little extra something to set the ambiance? These candlestick holders will set the mood, while adding a stylish accent to your wedding table. Made of maple/birch hardwood and smooth to the touch, they are ready to stain, paint or decorate to match your wedding décor.

Scalloped Wooden Hearts

A ruffled twist on my wooden hearts, these DIY pieces are easy to paint or stain to match your wedding décor! The possibilities are endless! Personalize them with the couple’s name and wedding date. Use them as the wedding guest book. Give them out as wedding party favors. Regardless of how they are used, these hearts are sure to put a glorious finishing touch on your ceremony. 

Wedding Table Candlestick Holder

These smooth, unfinished wooden pillar candlestick holders are a great way to decorate your wedding table. Add your ideal color by staining or spray painting them, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind centerpiece! 

When love and crafting mix, the result is always something special. I wish you a wonderful wedding, and an even more wonderful future!

Back To School Essentials

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August is upon us, which means it’s Back To School time for a lot of parents and kiddos! I thought it would be fitting to provide a list of my favorite educational toys to add to your shopping list. Happy Crafting! 

Unfinished Wooden Spheres

These wooden spheres come in many sizes, and offer some creative educational uses! Make them your own by painting or staining them. Help your child visualize math problems by using them to count or sort. They will be such a helpful and fun tool that will encourage your child’s creativity while helping them learn. 

Bonus idea: You and your child can use these spheres and my wooden rings to create the planets! This makes for a great school project idea. Paint or stain them for a final touch! 

Wooden Blocks

These wooden blocks are so simple yet provide so many great educational uses! Paint, stain, stamp or wood burn them to add a personalized touch. They are great for your child to stack or count. 

Are you a teacher? They also make a great addition to any classroom.

Bonus Idea: My alphabet blocks are a colorful twist to the classic wooden blocks. They can help your child with the alphabet, and also make great décor for a nursery or classroom. 

Wooden Apples

My wooden apples are a must-have for the first day of school! Offer it as a cute gift for your child’s teacher. As a bundle, they can also be used as an educational game. Have your child count how many apples there are, then add and subtract from the pile. The possibilities are endless! Choose from my red, green or unfinished wood apples and between a stem or no stem.

Just a heads up that my Back To School sale is on until the end of August! Get 10% off any order in my Toying Around shop by using the code ‘Teach10’ at checkout. You don’t want to miss out. 

I wish you and your child a wonderful school season!