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Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee

Ya’ll can keep your PSL’s…the arrival of October means just one thing for me…I can now watch Beetlejuice all day every day.

To celebrate my love for the ghost with the most, I made this little crocheted “bee”tlejuice bee. Isn’t he the cutest?

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This pattern is inspired by this  Buzzy Bee pattern, though I omitted the antenna and obviously changed the color scheme. I also added a few extra rows here and there, as noted below.

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Ya’ll ready?

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Bee-tlejuice Crocheted Bee

Materials:

  • 3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Black, white, dark purple, light purple and green yarn
  • Fiberfill
  • Sewing needle

Instructions:

Body

Starting with white yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12).

Rnd 3: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (15).

Rnd 4: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (18).

Rnd 5: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (21).

Rnd 6: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnds 7-8: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnds 9-11: sc in each sc around (24).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 12: sc in each sc around (24).

Rnd 13: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times (18).

Switch to white yarn:

Rnd 14-15: sc in each sc around (18). Stuff after 15th row.

Rnd 16: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times (12).

Switch to black yarn:

Rnd 17: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 3 times (9).

Rnd 18: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 3 times (6).

Weave in ends.

Wings (make 2)

Using light purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into an adjustable ring and pull the ring closed.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2dc in next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (12).

Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times, hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, dc and hdc in next st, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times (18).

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing. Sew wings to bee. Weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2)

Using dark purple yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic loop (6). Sl st. in first stitch.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Cut two 12 in. strings of black yarn. Tie knot, forming eye. I knotted the yarn 6 times in this pic.

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Thread black thread through center hole of dark purple circle. Sew to face. Weave in ends.

Mouth

Using sewing needle and black thread, sew mouth on bee. Weave in ends.

Hair

Cut 14 strands of green yarn, about 18 to 20 in. long.

Attach hair between first separation of white and black yarn. I looped two strands into each chain.

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Using fingers or needle, spread the strands of the hair to make hair frayed. Trim as desired.

Add a handing string between the wings, if desired.

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13 Cute Halloween Crochet Patterns

As soon as the first leaf falls from the tree, I’m ready for Halloween. Pumpkins galore, Beetlejuice on REPEAT and the perfect excuse to eat Reese’s pumpkins without the guilt.

I also love making my home as cozy as possible in fall and winter, which means it’s time to bust out those crochet hooks! These adorable crocheted Halloween patterns will add a warm charm to your home while adding a touch of seasonal flair!

Best of all, most of these projects can be made in an hour or less…so pop in Hocus Pocus, put some apple cider on the stove, and get to crocheting these cute projects for Halloween.

13 Cute Halloween Crochet Patterns

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  1. Spider Web Table Mat
  2. Crochet Cat Trio
  3. Bloodshot Eyeball Pillows
  4. Crocheted Spider
  5. Day of the Dead Candy Bowls (paid pattern)
  6. Mini Frankenstein Monster
  7. Crocheted Pumpkins
  8. Candy Corn Garland
  9. Trick or Treat Bag
  10. Ghost Coasters
  11. Cuddly Crochet Candy Corn
  12. Sweet on the Inside Crocheted Ghost
  13. Candy Bar Clutch

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3 Cute Halloween Earrings

Get in the spirit of Halloween with these cute Perler Bead earrings. Great for wearing with a costume or just when you’re feeling a little spooky, these earrings are light-weight and a cute accessory to any outfit!

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3 Cute Halloween Earrings

Materials:

  • White Perler Beads
  • Black Perler Beads
  • Red Perler Beads
  • Orange Perler Beads
  • Brown Perler Beads
  • Ironing Paper
  • Iron
  • Perler Bead Grid
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Jump Rings (4 per set of earrings)
  • Hook Earrrings (2 per set of earrings)

Instructions:

Follow these guides to make 2 of each shape:

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If needed, you can use a large needle to make a hole in the top of each shape for the jump ring while the pieces are still warm.

Insert jump ring into each piece, then add another jump ring to attach hook earring. Then show off your sweet new accessories!

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Quidditch Necklace

Forget cricket and polo – every wizard and Muggle knows there’s only one sport worth watching on blustery fall days…

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A combination of basketball, soccer and maybe cricket (?), Quidditch is the sport of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Played on brooms, the game involves getting balls into goal posts, all while one member of each team tries to capture the illustrious Golden Snitch, which is about the size of a plum and travels at crazy speeds. When a team captures the Snitch, the game is over and that team wins.

Featuring a Quaffle (the big red ball), two Bludgers (the brown balls) and a Golden Snitch, this necklace is a must for all Quidditch fans! The beads are made using clay then tied onto a black cord.

This is a simple and attractive statement piece that is sure to impress Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Quidditch Necklace

Materials:

  • Maroon, yellow and brown clay
  • Round ball tool (large)
  • Clay poking needle
  • Cord
  • Thin gold wire
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jewelry wire cutters

Instructions:

First, make your large quaffle ball. For the quaffle, I used a piece of maroon clay about the size of my thumb…maybe a wee bit bigger. Roll it into a ball…it’s okay if it’s not 100% even, it gives it a well-worn look!

To try to avoid fingerprints, I put the ball on a needle as I worked. I used the large ball tool to make the indents in the ball, then used the needle tool to make the lines connecting the indents. I also used the ball tool to texture the rest of the ball…then set it aside.

For the bludgers, I tried to make the line around the ball before baking the beads, but I couldn’t get it to work…so I just made round beads, poked a hole in the center, and made the line around the balls (using a needle tool) after they had baked and cooled:

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For the snitch, I rolled a tiny piece of yellow clay into a ball. I still had a little red clay on my fingers, which gave this snitch a little red hue, which I actually really like. I baked all my beads at the same time (about 275 degrees in a toaster oven for about 5 to 10 minutes).

Once the snitch was cool, I took two pieces of jewelry wire and formed wings…then used my jewelry pliers to gently poke the wings into the bead.

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Then all you have to do is string those beads onto a cord and you’re good to go! I used wire to create a little jump ring to help thread the snitch onto the cord since I couldn’t fit the string through the hole in the bead. I also tied knots between the beads to keep them in place.

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I really like how this necklace turned out! It was super easy to make and is a fun statement piece that Harry Potter fans will love!

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Where the Wild Things Are Picture

Usually I’m not one to cut up old books, but when I found this torn-up copy of one of my favorite books, Where the Wild Things Are, I couldn’t help but find a way to put it to use.

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A cute addition to a boy’s bedroom or nursery, this little 8 x 10 canvas is super easy to make and you can do it with any picture book you’d like!

Without further ado, let the wild rumpus start!

Where the Wild Things Are Picture

Materials:

  • 8 x 10 in. canvas
  • Where the Wild Things Are book, or book of your choice
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • 3D Scrapbooking Stickers
  • White Cardstock
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Embellishments, as desired

Instructions:

First, find the image you’d like to use for the background. I chose this one of Max. Using Mod Podge, glue the page to the canvas. Set aside to dry completely.

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While that dried, I cut out my monster and glued him to a piece of cardboard for added stability.

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I added a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the monster, too…so set that aside to dry. In the meantime…

I added this cute embellishment to the canvas, using a picture that was hung up in Max’s room in the book:

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I also added a coat of gold glitter paint to the border of the canvas, as well as the outer edge of the page:

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Once the paint was dry, I added my monster. I covered the back with 3D scrapbooking stickers to give the monster a little dimension and let him jump off the side of the picture a bit:

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Once my monster was placed, I got to working on the quote. I wrote “We’ll eat you up we love you so” on white cardstock, then ripped out the letters individually and placed them on the canvas to make sure everything fit:

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Once the letters were placed, I used 3D stickers to attach them to the canvas.

And there ya go! A cute picture to decorate your reading room or nursery!

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Hogwarts House Owls

When students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry arrive at the castle for the start of another school year, they’re allowed one of three pets: a toad (WHY), a cat (NO THANKS) or an owl (YES PLEASE).

Owls are perhaps the most useful creatures in the Harry Potter universe, in that they deliver mail back and forth and always seem to know where they’re going and how to get back (the fact that Hedwig knew how to get in touch with Sirius Black after he went into hiding still baffles me).

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If I were attending Hogwarts, I’d 100% pack an owl with me. For one, toads are dumb…even Hagrid says so…and two, I’m allergic to cats so that would be no fun for anyone…plus I’m sure the fact that I’m in Ravenclaw with a whole slew of other bookworms makes me think the place will be overrun with furry felines.

But even if you do decide to bring a toad or a cat, you can still borrow an owl from the Owlry to deliver and receive your post…and these four little owls are sporting their house colors and waiting to bring someone a special message!

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I love these little owls and they were so quick to make! The directions (which can be found here), seem a little weird at first, but just go with it…I promise it’ll all work out at the end!

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For the scarves, I crocheted rows of four stitches until the scarf was long enough to tie around the owl’s neck. Then I added fringe with the complimenting house color and bundled up my owls for a cold night in the Owlry.

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A fun stocking stuffer for Christmas or a cute way to package a Harry Potter-themed gift, these little owls are sure to deliver big smiles no matter what the occasion!

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13 ROAR-some Dino Crafts

These projects are DINOMITE!

Looking for some fun ways to incorporate dinosaurs into your home decor? Look no further than these ROAR-some dinosaur crafts. From functional planters to games you can play with the kids, these dinosaur crafts are a T-riffic way to add Jurassic style to your home!

OK, I’m done, I promise…

13 ROAR-some Dino Crafts

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  1. Dino Softies
  2. Dino Storage Jars
  3. Dino Matching Game
  4. DIY Dino Soap
  5. DIY Dino Earrings
  6. Dino Planters
  7. Dino Bag Charm
  8. Dino Candles
  9. Dinosaur Magnets
  10. Dino Cake Topper
  11. Dino Serving Dish
  12. Dino Toilet Paper Holder
  13. Dino Plant Markers

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10 Creative Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes

I recently watched a documentary about where your “donated clothes” go and it shook me hard. Try as you might to do the right thing and donate your gently-used clothes to charity, most of them just end up in a landfill. This was upsetting as I’ve dumped tons of clothes in those “donation bins” that may as well just be garbage bags.

So I’m exploring new and creative ways to reuse my clothes, or upcycle them into something else. From DIY home decor to new trendy clothes everyone will love, here are 10 clever and fun ways to upcycle your old clothes.

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10 Creative Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes

Embroider a fun design on an old tee shirt with this Embroidered Tee Shirt DIY.

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Have some left-over tee’s or fabric scraps? Create your own Fabric Twine, great for other crafting needs!

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Turn your favorite tee shirts into cute tote bags, perfect for grocery shopping!

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Some of dad’s old shirts can be transformed into sachets or coin bags.

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Combine two tee shirts to create this fun Reverse Applique Tee.

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Looking for something quick and easy? This DIY No-Sew Tassle Tee is a fun way to jazz up your wardrobe.

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Old jeans can be upcycled into a fun denim rug.

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Ripped or old clothes can be cut up and reshaped into a striking geometric pillow.

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Liven up a tired old button-down shirt by turning buttons into little ice cream cones!

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All this sweater needs is a little splash of pom-pom!

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You Are Your Best Thing Key Chain

Sometimes we all need a little reminder that we’re our own best thing.

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When I first read this quote in Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, I think I cried a little happy tear. It’s so easy for us to lose focus and find fault in ourselves, especially when times are tough or you’re going through a rough patch in your life…but we all need to remember and rejoice in our own beauty, knowing that we all are our own best thing!

You Are Your Best Thing Key Chain

Materials:

  • Clay in color of your choice
  • Glitter in color(s) of your choice
  • Small letter stamps
  • Common clay tools (roller, needle or pin)
  • Mod Podge glue or spray sealer

Directions:

Shape clay in color of your choice into large oval. Use the roller or a round ball tool to remove any fingerprints.

Using the small letter stamps, stamp your message. For mine, I wrote my message bottom to top, back to front…so I was stamping my message backwards, essentially. This allowed me to line up the end of the word with the edge of the oval.

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Bake your clay charm as directed.

Once totally cool, either dip other side of key chain in Mod Podge or use brush to apply glue. Add glitter. Let dry. Add another coat or two on entire clay piece to seal.

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This glitter comes from a set. Colors from left to right are: MARTHA STEWART Limeade, Sour Apple, Wintermint, Blueberry Slush and Sugar Plum.

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Show off your new key chain!

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I also made this square key chain using the same method, then covered the whole back with the leftover glitter.

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“Constant Vigilance!” Bracelet

It’s no secret that Hogwarts can’t hold on to one damn Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Every year it’s a new crazy loon hired to offer life lessons about how to fight off the evils of dark magic.

While each teacher had their moments, I think it was Alastor Moody – the Auror turned professor in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – who had some of the best advice for young wizards: “CONSTANT VIGILANCE.”

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As a matter of fact, I feel like this is helpful advice even us Muggles could use. It never hurts to be on the lookout and this little clay bracelet is a great reminder to always keep one eye open!

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As an added dedication to one of my favorite Hogwarts professors, I also added a little clay eyeball, reminiscent of Moody’s “mad eye” to embellish this bracelet. This is a super easy project to make for anyone new to clay crafting and can be made in any color you’d like.

Constant Vigilance Bracelet

Materials:

  • Clay in color of your choice (for bracelet)
  • Gold, white, blue and black clay (for eye charm)
  • Basic clay tools (knife, roller, pin, small round cutter)
  • Small letter stamps
  • 3-5 jump rings
  • Chain or string for bracelet
  • Basic jewelry tools (pliers, etc.)

Instructions:

To make eye charm, roll out gold clay to about 1/8 in. thickness. Cut small circle using cutter or knife.

Roll ball of white clay, measuring about the same size as the inside of the gold circle. Using a knife, cut a flat side on the ball. Attach to gold circle.

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Using finger, gently flatten dome part of eye.

Create iris with blue and black clay. Attach to white dome. Using needle or pin, poke small hole in top of gold circle to attach jump ring later. Set aside.

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For bracelet, roll out clay in color of your choice to about ¼ in. thickness. Using small letter stamps, stamp message in clay. Use a ball tool to gently remove any intents, if necessary. Using pin, poke two holes in bracelet, one on each side to attach chain or string. Gently form around wrist.

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Bake clay charm and message band according to clay package directions. Let cool completely.

*If you want to make the letters stand out, you can use paint or ink to help highlight the letters.

If desired, you can seal your charm and message band with Mod Podge or sealing spray.

For the band, I used an assortment of embroidery string. I just threaded it through each hole and braided it. Easy, peasy!

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I added my clay charm to the right side of my bracelet, but you can add it wherever you like.

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Enjoy your new bracelet!

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