DIY Halloween Spider Wall

If you would have walked through my house of Halloween pasts, there wouldn’t have been a cobweb, spider or skeleton in sight! What a fright! Around this time of year, I’ve always been full speed ahead on Fall and Thanksgiving decor! All of the pumpkins, wheat, apple or pumpkin scented candles, and mums. HEAVEN. So, needless to say, Halloween decor was never a priority. But thanks to my friend, Nichole and her Halloween inspiration (@nichole_mallett) I am starting to love Halloween decor!

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Her Halloween stash is ghoul goals, and she’s given me a few tips along the way! It is definitely something that you add onto every year. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a good holiday decor collection isn’t either! This year, I’m starting with an affordable and easy spooky spider wall.

THE GRAND TOTAL: $8. No typo!

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Walmart and the Dollar Tree have been my go-tos this season for a Halloween decor stash on a budget. I found all twelve glittery spiders for my twelve frames in packs of two at the Dollar Tree. So if you’re keeping score, 6 packs = $6. I bought two packs of the webbing for $1 each so webbing = $2 for a grand total of $8.

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Our Dollar Tree was cleaned out pretty good, and I managed to get the last packs of black spiders. They also had purple and brown. But I’m a sucker for black and white, so black wasn’t a question! From the picture below, you can see that the finish had already started to come off before getting them home.. hence why they were probably one of the remaining packs left. I want these spiders to last for years to come, so I knew a little DIY was in order.

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I got some black glitter spray paint from Michaels (and used my 40% off coupon always) to add some more sparkle and cover the holes in the finish. I feel like spray paint (and glitter to boot) is a DIY craft closet essential, so I wasn’t mad about adding it to my collection.

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I did three coats on all twelve spiders to make sure that they would be extra sparkly. Was three necessary? Probably not. But, ahem, I’m one to be extra. *snaps* They took less than a day to dry. Granted, we are still rocking 90 degree temps here in Texas, so they basically baked in an outdoor oven. But assembly inside took no more than 30 minutes! I’ve got a fun timelapse video on my Instagram @SayingItSouthern to show the process!

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To get the webbing on the picture frame, I cut a piece a little larger than the frame. The webbing stretches very easily, so I began by tucking it behind one corner of the frame, giving it a tug, and tucking it behind the rest of the corners. No command strips, tape or another adhesive necessary. Because the webbing has a lot of holes between threads, I was able to just stick spider legs or antennas through the threads without gluing or taping those down either. Super easy! The wall has been up for a few days and not one spider has fallen! Am I about to jinx it?!

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I love how they turned out and I’m so grateful to my friend, Nichole, for putting the spell on my house and all things Halloween! My ghouls.. I mean “girls”… are loving it too!

XOXO Lauren

Baby bath time essentials

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It’s been a while since I shared some of my favorite products, and these ones are all about baby and bath time. They are tried and true in our house, have great reviews (I’m picky about those stars!) and are budget-friendly!

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favorite baby bath towel

Our cute ZappyDoo hooded bath towel bacame a fast favorite. It is a super soft bamboo towel that stays soft wash after wash. It feels thicker than the other baby towels we’ve used and doesn’t fall apart after one use. It would make such a good baby shower gift, if not for your own little one! The awesome people at ZappyDoo gave me a code for 30% off to share with you! CODE: ITSOUTHERN30 on Amazon this week only!

favorite baby bath tub

Next up is our baby bath tub. It comes in gray, pink and blue. We have the pink because #girlmom. What I love most about this tub is that it is a great transitional tub. We were able to use it with our newborn as well as now ten months later when she wants to sit but cannot sit independently in the bath tub without falling. It gives her the support to sit up and the freedom to play.

favorite baby care products

Finally are our Hello Bello baby products. We currently use and love their affordable wipes, lavender lotion, diaper cream, shampoo, body wash, bubble bath and bug spray. I love that they’re easily found at Walmart, are a price that doesn’t break the bank and are made of clean and safe ingredients. Checks all the boxes for me!

I hope this list helps if you’re in the market for any of these products. And don’t forget to use that coupon code before it expires!

XOXO

Lauren

 

2019 Valentine’s Day Printables

Did I really just write 2019????? I can’t believe it’s 2019!!! When I would go back to school after Christmas break, it always took me a few days (or months…okay, AT LEAST half of the year) to remember to write down the NEW year on my papers. Anyone else? Anyways… you’re not here for a story. You’re here for FREE printables! So here ya go!

“You Quack Me Up” Valentine

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Supplies needed:

  • free printable
  • duck bath toy
  • hold punch
  • ribbon or string

Click here for “You Quack Me Up (Red)” Valentine

Click here for “You Quack Me Up (Pink)” Valentine

“You Blow Me Away” Valentine

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Supplies needed:

  • free printable
  • bubble wands
  • hole punch
  • ribbon or yarn

Click here for “You Blow Me Away” Valentine

“You Are A’dough’able (Blue)” Valentine

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Supplies needed:

  • free printable
  • play dough
  • cellophane bag
  • stapler
  • crinkle paper (optional)

Click here for “You Are A’dough’able (Blue)” Valentine

Click here for “You Are A’dough’able (Red)” Valentine

Click here for “You Are A’dough’able (Yellow)” Valentine

Free “Boo” Tag Printable

#extra #basic However you want to say it, this post has “extra” and “basic” written all over it. You’ve been warned.

Reagan (aka me) is in charge of snacks for cheer this Saturday. And because it’s October, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make these cute snack bags Halloween-themed! I decorated the bags while she was at school, and after school she got to come home and stuff them with goodies! She was in heaven! If I’ve passed down anything to my girl, it’s her love of all things party and celebration!

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I picked up all of the supplies from Hobby Lobby (kraft bags, cardstock, ribbon). The kraft bags come in a pack of 5 and are on the aisle with the tissue paper and other party/treat bags. For the ribbon, I wanted a few contrasting colors and thought the “Go Team!” ribbon was pretty fitting! I also wanted contrasting cardstock so I grabbed a few sheets of plain orange and a few sheets of this fun black and white spotted print. Near the end of this post, you’ll find my free printable for the “Boo” tags! I used my cricut to cut out all of the rectangles.

Orange: 3.5″ x 2.5″

Black and white: 3.25″ x 2.25″

Boo tag: 3″ x 2″

I used a glue stick to attach all of the cardstock layers together. But I had to use my hot glue gun to actually get them to stick to the kraft bag.

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Reagan’s coach asks that the cheer snacks be on the more “healthy” side, so I posted what Halloween-themed snacks I found below (all from Target): veggie chips in fun Halloween ghost and bat shapes, organic “spooky shapes” fruit snacks (no synthetic colors and naturally flavored), and organic kiwi strawberry juice with a cute monster on the front.

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Get your Free Printable “Boo” Tags here!

I’d love to see pics of your cute ideas if you have a chance to use the tags! Happy Halloween, friends!

XOXO

Lauren