InspireMe Crafts

Creative inspiration for the home, entertaining, and unforgettable gifts

Gotta Make It…Lollipop Pumpkin October 27, 2007

Filed under: Gotta Make It,Halloween — inspiremecrafts @ 7:30 am

“If the broom fits, ride it!”


Looking for some more decorative pumpkin ideas for those last minute halloween decorations?  Last week we showed that some stickers and ribbon can add  a little character to any pumpkin in minutes and today we have a guest post from the one and only….my mom!  She saw this idea from Martha Stewart on the Today Show and decided to give it a try.  She used a plastic pumpkin she found for around $5, drilled some holes, and popped the lollipops into them.  This fun and festive idea could be used for a centerpiece, left on the porch for trick-or-treaters, or for a fun game for the little ones. 

If you are having a halloween party for your little bugger(s) here is an idea that we used at our annual school fundraiser (ahh…the memories).  Make the pumpkin as described above, but before you put the lollipops in the pumpkin, color the bottom of each lollipop a certain color. For example – choose the colors, red, orange, black, and green.  Randomly color them and place them in the pumpkin so the colors cannot be seen.  Then have four ‘tubs’ that correspond with those colors.  Each tub has various toys, treats, etc in them.  When the child pulls the lollipop out of the pumpkin, he/she gets to pick a treat from the corresponding tub.  Its a very easy game that any age can play and still enjoy.   You could even use the same idea for an adult game – just have the color represent a specific shot of alcohol or any other fun and creative idea you can come up with. 🙂

The below picture is from as well as the ideas.  I love all the black & white pumpkins and the SPARKLE!!  Check out the how-to instructions here.



Gotta Make It: Halloween Gifts October 24, 2007

Filed under: Gifts,Gotta Make It,Halloween — inspiremecrafts @ 7:30 am

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”  – Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur

In need for a quick and affordable halloween gift or party favor?  Look no further because we have one you can do in minutes and you can even include your kids to help!  This halloween cone would be a great gift for your child’s teacher, your neighbors, or as a party favor.   Hang it over their chair or their door and they will be in for a great “Trick-or-Treat” surprise and your wallet will be happy too!

I took some scrap scrapbook paper I had and cut it into a 6 1/2in  square.  I then rolled it into a cone and used the good ole glue gun to secure it.  From there, let the decorations begin!  On the orange cone I used some scrap ribbon to glue around the cone and then at the top.  I then cut out the corner of a black piece of paper and glued it to the inside of the cone to give it that little extra contrast.  I had a “S” (our family friends first letter of their last name) to personalize the gift.  I took the “S” ran some thin ribbon through it, tied a bow, and glue gunned it to the cone.  I took some halloween candy, filled it up, and voila!  A stylish, thoughtful, easy, affordable Halloween gift. 


For the design below, I did the cone the same as above, but then decorated it a little different.  I traced around a ribbon spool to get the orange circle, cut two slits in it across from each other, and ran the ribbon through it to the back where I fastened it with glue.  I chose to write “Trick-or-Treat” on the front, but you could do any saying, name, etc.  And who says you can’t have a little sparkle around halloween?  My son helped me add some sparkles and we filled it with candy….keeping a couple for ourselves of course! 



Gotta Have It: Tombstone Centerpiece and Place Cards…from the $1 Store!!!! October 23, 2007

Filed under: Halloween — inspiremecrafts @ 7:20 am

“I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.”  ~Nancie J. Carmody



It’s amazing what you can find at the Dollar Store.  I promise you one week you will be able to challenge me to do something and I will do it all with ease (and wallet friendly) from the Dollar Store! Ok – maybe I am being a little cocky, but why not…let’s give it a try!  So if you have a request send it to me at right now!

I haven’t been to the Dollar Store for a long time, so with a few extra moments on Sunday my son and I took a little stroll down the aisles.  He was infatuated long enough with a mini mirror (how vain he is!) that I was able to uncover some great finds that sparked that creative corner of my brain. 

For awhile now, I have saved a list of funny tombstone names I came across online that I couldn’t figure out what to do with. My husband and I always like to have a good laugh and incorporate it into our everyday lives so I knew eventually I would have that ah-ha moment.  Well today was that special day.  I found these tombstones for a $1!  They could be used in a couple ways. 

My first suggestion – A humorous and spooky centerpiece.   Buy several of these tombstones and some stickers (I also found them at the $1 store) and spell out your favorite funny tombstone names.  I hope you get a little chuckle out of them just as I did:


 Justin Tyme
Yetta Nother
Barry A. Live
Dawn Under
Ted N. Buried
Yul B. Next
Bill M. Later
Lefty B. Hynde
Kerry M. Off
Fester N. Rott
Reid N. Weep
Sue D. Bum
Jess Gough
Barry M. Deep
U.R. Gone
Otta B. Alive
Mummy B. Ware

Once you have your favorites, get imaginative and create your own mini graveyard at the center of your table.  To get those ideas flowing here is one suggestion.  Buy some wheat grass that you can find in your craft store or fresh in a local grocery store.  Trim the grass and put the tombstones in the grass, add some fake spiders, cobweb, and flowers and voila! – you have a funny and spooky centerpiece that will be a great conversation starter for your guests.  

Onto idea #2.  Use the tombstones as your guests’ place cards.  Use the same $1 stickers to place their name on the tombstone and place at their setting.  Once again, get creative and use some plastic spiders and cobweb to make it extra spooky.    


I hope you enjoyed these ideas and perhaps they sparked that creative corner in your mind!  Please share some more ideas or pictures from your Halloween party!  Get creative, have fun…and share the photos! 


Gotta Make It: Halloween Invitation October 20, 2007

Filed under: Entertaining,Gotta Make It,Halloween,Invitations — inspiremecrafts @ 9:22 pm

“Eat, Drink, and be Scary!”

Gotta Make It:  Creative Halloween Invitations


The above  invitatation would be perfect for a Halloween Cocktail party!  The card was designed and created   at .  I use to live in Seattle (I love and miss it!) and Impress was one of my favorite stores.  Luckily, they have a website to keep me up to date on the many stamps and accessories.   The green eyes and the orange sparkle they used around the rim of the glass makes it one of those unforgettable invites that gets you counting down until the big shin-dig.  If you want to view the items needed to make this and browse their other halloween ideas click here

Hopefully this sparks your creativity and gets your ideas flowing for Halloween…its going to be here before we know it! 


Gotta Make It: Creative Halloween Costumes October 19, 2007

Filed under: Gotta Make It,Halloween — inspiremecrafts @ 8:06 pm

“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.”  – Shakespeare, Macbeth

I’m always looking for some creative and funny halloween costume ideas and if you’re here you obviously are too! So without further ado (is that right?), here are some ideas that you can do with a plain ole cardboard box.  Some are for kids or adults and others are just for the “big kids”.


     MATERIALS:  long carboard box (wardrobe one would be good), white/red/black paint, glue, yellow tissue paper.
       TO DO:  cut hole for head and arms in box and leave the bottom out for your legs.  Paint the box using the 
                       picture above as inspiration. Then crinkle up the yellow tissue paper and attach to the shoulders of your  



          MATERIALS:   Large cardboard box, paint in all the primary colors
          TO DO:  cut hole in box for head and arms and leave bottom out for legs.  Use the photo of a Crayola box like the
                         one above to paint the cardboard box similar
         VARIATIONS:  for a family a parent can be the Crayola box and the kids can be the crayons.  See my post at 
                on how to make
                         the crayon costume. 

MATERIALS:  cardboard box, romantic wrapping paper, big bow or ribbon to make bow, cardstock paper (color 
                                    coordinating with wrapping paper of course), tape, large stickers/stencils/or marker

         TO DO:  cut hole for head and arms in box and leave bottom out for legs.  Wrap the box with the wrapping paper. 
                         Take the large bow or make one and put it on the front of the box.  Using the cardstock paper write, use
                         the computer, or use stickers to say “FROM:  GOD       TO:  WOMEN”.     Paste the ‘tag’ to the box near 
                         the bow.  
         VARIATIONS:  If you wanted to do this with your significant other, you could put their name in the “TO” spot. 


        MATERIALS:  small cardboard box, stickers/marker, foil, paint
         TO  DO:  This costume is just going to go over the man’s head and rest on his shoulders so the box doesn’t 
                          need to be too large.    Leave the bottom of the box out so it just slips over the head.  Cut out 
                          the front of the box in the shape as it appears in the photo.  Then paint the box or cover in foil.
                          Use markers or stickers to write “FREE MAMMOGRAMS” on the top and “PLACE BREASTS
                           HERE” on bottom.  Then find a white lab coat and you are set to go!
         VARIATIONS:  If you want to do this with your loved one, your significant other can dress up as a busty 

      Rubik’s Cube
      Domino Piece
      “I’m In the Dog House”  (create dog looking house with box  and paint)
      Pair of Dice

Have any ideas you would like to share?  We would love to hear them at  or on our comments!



Gotta Make It: Decorated Pumpkins

Filed under: Gotta Make It,Halloween — inspiremecrafts @ 7:35 am

“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.” – Unknown

Sometimes simpler is better….please give me the pleasure and let me explain!  I had a couple of ideas for decorating pumpkins and I had to discover (as I’ve done many times before) that things don’t always go as planned and turn out as desired.  I am sure everyone wants to hear my disasters as well (you know you do) because it reminds us that we are all human and NOT perfect!  So let’s begin with the simple  idea.  Get your favorite ribbon, stickers, and pumpkin and TaDa!….you’ve got a no mess, 5 minute solution to sprucing up your holiday decor. I am addicted to black & white stuff so I continued that with the decoration of my pumpkins as you can see in the photo below. 


Now lets get to the fun stuff…the failure (ok maybe thats a little drastic).  I had some Mod Podge (can’t live without it), tissue paper and one extra pumpkin so I decided to try mod podging the tissue paper to the pumpkin.  It didn’t work out so well as far as ‘being easy’ goes.  The tissue paper is so thin that I had to do several layers and it was just a mess and too time consuming.  Then I realized that the colors really don’t go with any of my holiday decor for halloween.  I thought it would be a fun color combination and it was some leftover tissue paper I had….but it just didn’t excite me when I was done.   But what can you do?  Moral of the story…don’t use tissue paper and mod podge on a pumpkin and remember that sometimes simple is exactly what you need!

The photo of my time consuming, non exciting project…….


Now this next idea I LOVE and its gorgeous…that’s why they get paid the big bucks!  Check it out at .  If you decide to try it let me know and send me pictures.  I would love to hear how it goes! 


Gotta Bake It: Halloween Chocolate Lollipops…yummy! October 18, 2007

Filed under: Entertaining,Gifts,Gotta Bake It,Halloween — inspiremecrafts @ 7:30 am


OK – my attempt at a “healthy eating lifestyle (aka Diet) is officially in trouble.  I’ve always seen the candy making aisle at Michaels, but I have never experimented with it, partly because of my overbearing sweet tooth and lack of self-discipline.  Well… that all changed when I thought it would be a cute gift for my son’s friends.  I gave it a whirl  and now that I know that it is super easy, fun to do with kids, and yummy….my weight scale might be in for a bit of a surprise.  However, I will be the biggest hit with all his friends and all their parents will be thanking me immensely (yeah right!) .

All you need is a mold (as little as $1), some chocolate (in the same aisle and comes in seasonal colors), and lollipop sticks.  You literally pop the chocolate in the microwave, throw it in the mold, put the stick in it and put it in the fridge.  Voila!  Of course, you can make it more complex.  For example, my 17-month old took sprinkles and put them in the mold before you put the chocolate in (so complex!!!!!).   He had so much fun!  I then took plastic covers and used some left over ribbon I had to gift them.  I then used some stickers to spell “BOO” on the outside of the plastic wrap.

From here, you really can do numerous things.  You can hand them out as they are, put a name tag around them and use them as a place card, use a decorated pot with styrofoam in it to arrange them as a “lollipop bouquet”  and use it as a centerpiece or a gift, etc.  I am sure you have more ideas as well so please share with us and have fun!