Today I’m going to teach you how to make your own Nightmare Before Christmas Man Eating Wreath with one trip to Dollar Tree (assuming you have some yellow and black acrylic paint and a glue gun laying around)! This is probably my easiest project I’ve ever taken on! It really only takes about an hour of working time, but you may have time waiting for the paint to dry. That’s ok, though, because it gives you the chance to do some laundry or, if you’re anything like me, go get the bread you have forgotten on your last trip to the grocery store.
I digress….here’s everything you need, complete with instructions and photos, to make your own Nightmare Before Christmas Man Eating Wreath all with Dollar Tree supplies, and less than $10!
Video tutorial coming soon!
- Metal wreath frame
- 15′ garland (3 will usually do the trick but grab 4 just in case)
- Floral wire (only two small pieces are necessary if you have a little on hand)
- One sprig holly berries
- Red bow
- One piece white foam board
- Plastic spoons
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- acrylic paint in yellow and black
- Exacto knife
- Cut tags from the wreath frame
- Attach your first strand of garland to the wreath frame with floral wire, and begin wrapping the frame, each row close enough together that you do not see any holes or gaps.
- When you get to the end of the garland, simply twist the end together with your next one, ensuring your twist stays at the back of the wreath frame, and continue wrapping.
- Repeat step number 3 until your wreath is completely covered, and secure with floral wire.
- For the eyes, cut the handles off of your two plastic spoons, and paint them yellow.
- While that coat of paint is drying, you can cut your teeth. To do so, simply lay your wrapped wreath on top of the white foam board, and using your pencil, mark your inner “mouth” (yes, it will look like a very rudimentary circle), and then draw how you want the teeth inside the circle.
- You can now relocate the wreath temporarily, and, using your exacto knife, cut out your teeth. Do not worry about cutting exactly on the line, as you want to pull the paper liners off anyhow to expose just the foam.
- Hot glue the teeth to the mouth of the wreath.
- By now your eyes should be dry enough to add the final details. Using your black acrylic paint, add a little eyeliner to the very outside edges of the spoons, and add a black pupil. Set aside to dry.
- Add your bow to the bottom of the wreath using the wire that is already attached to the bow. I personally like to also secure mine with a bit of hot glue.
- Embellish your wreath by hot gluing some holly berries around, leaving room for the eyes.
- Once your eyes are dry, you can also hot glue those into place, and you now have made your own Nightmare Before Christmas Man Eating Wreath!
Happy crafting, friends!
So I’m very proud of this project!! We’re working on completely remodeling our kitchen but we really don’t want to completely replace cabinets and countertops. Instead we decided to try something different and used some supplies we had leftover from other painting we did around the house.
I chose a teal for our accent wall in our living room where our arcade machines live….
As you can see, I like bright colors! With our open floor plan our gray cabinets just looked Plain Jane, which does not blend with my funky style!
So after convincing my husband and trying to explain my vision to him, he finally gave in, and we began light sanding and then covering with a base coat of our leftover teal paint….
Once that dried, first my husband freaked because it was so bright….”oh, ye of little faith!” I did a basic color wash with black paint and water, working one section at a time until I had the look I wanted.
My husband then flipped out at how great they looked! He was so happy with it, he did the polyurethane coat himself!
We chose an oil based polyurethane because a) we had some laying around, and b) we have five kids and given the amount of grubby hands touching the cabinets we wanted the extra durability.
The following week, we did a Venetian plaster finish on our countertops, using the last of the polyurethane we had leftover. We also replaced the sink and faucet during this step….now on to changing the appliances!
If you live in the North Central Florida area and would like a consultation on how to get a similar look for your kitchen, reach out through the contact me page.
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If you love The Haunted Mansion or Nightmare Before Christmas, you’ll love these wreaths! Now available for purchase on Etsy. You can get them with or without the skull. Each of these bad boys are roughly 16″ in diameter and are hand wrapped and assembled by yours truly.
The Skull and bow are available as well for purchase on Etsy. I sculpted the original in clay and created a silicone mold. Each skull is made of plaster and then hand painted.
Now it’s time for wine!
You Will Love These Keto Cocktails
Can you have cocktails while on the Keto Diet? Heck yes, you can!! Pure liquors, such as vodka, rum, whiskey, and tequila have zero carbs….that’s right….no carbs! Today, I will show you keto-friendly cocktails made with each type of liquor we just discussed.
Just keep in mind that with taking in fewer carbohydrates, your tolerance will not be what it once was. These cocktails are so delicious, though, it is going to be difficult to sip slowly.
If you want an indulgent non-keto cocktail, check out my Peanut Butter Cup Martini. Tempting, isn’t it?
#1 – Keto Mojito
1.5 oz rum
2 lime wedges
Simple syrup made with stevia instead of sugar
Instructions – In a highball glass filled with ice, add your rum. Smack and tear your mint leaves into your glass. Squeeze your lime wedges and drop into your glass. Add a dash of your keto simple syrup. Then fill your glass to the top with soda water. Shake well to blend all ingredients and enjoy.
#2 – Keto Dark and Stormy
Instructions – In a highball glass filled with ice, add your rum. Squeeze your lime wedges over the ice and rum. Add a dash of Angostura bitters. Then fill your glass to the top with Diet Ginger Beer. Shake well to blend all ingredients and enjoy.
#3 – Keto Mexican Mule
Instructions – In a highball glass filled with ice, add your tequila. Squeeze your lime wedges over the ice and tequila. Add a dash of Angostura bitters. Then fill your glass to the top with Diet Ginger Beer. Shake well to blend all ingredients and enjoy.
#4 – Keto Bloody Mary
Instructions – In a highball glass filled with ice, add your vodka. Then top off with your Bloody Mary mix. Pour into a shaker. Rim your highball glass with your crushed bacon bits, and pour your well-shaken Bloody Mary back into your highball glass and enjoy.
#5 – Keto Whiskey Ginger
1.5 oz whiskey
Diet Ginger Ale
Lime Wedge (for garnish, if desired)
Please drop a comment and let us know if you try one (or all – we won’t judge) of these cocktails and your thoughts on them! We love to hear from our followers!
Yes, It’s Keto Peanut Butter!
It’s a New Year, and along with it comes those pesky New Year’s Resolutions…..but you can totally afford to be a little indulgent when it comes to these keto diet friendly peanut butter chocolate chip mug cakes. Yes, you read that correctly…chocolate and peanut butter that is low-carb, sugar-free, and you can even make it dairy free by swapping out the butter for coconut oil. Keto Peanut Butter Goodness is quick and simple!
I know we all hate that word – DIET. For some reason, it conjures up images of munching on rabbit food with a miserable scowl; however, the keto diet offers so much flexibility, so be sure to try this super quick and amazingly delicious recipe. Each serving has less than four grams of net carbs but is not short on the flavor!
The best part is they only take five minutes of prep time, and one minute of cooking time, so you can whip them up for a quick breakfast if you want. Yes, I am encouraging you to eat dessert for breakfast….my children think I am the best mom ever when I make these for them, but they have no idea they are good for them.
I like to whip up a few servings and keep them sealed in the fridge to compliment my weekly meal-prepping, so I just have to uncover one, pop it in the microwave and enjoy. My recipe below makes 6 servings, so you can feel free to adjust accordingly to your own personal needs. Keep in mind, though, that it does have raw eggs, so you do not want to keep them uncooked in the refrigerator any longer than three days. Now you can enjoy Keto Peanut Butter.
Create your own Keto Peanut Butter Treat
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup butter
- 2/3 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup water
- 3 tbsp sugar-free chocolate chips
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt peanut butter and butter together and mix until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, and baking powder. Stir in the eggs, vanilla extract, melted peanut butter mixture, and water until well combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Divide among six microwave-safe ramekins or coffee cups and microwave each for one minute, until puffed and set. Serve warm.
Nutrition facts (per serving):
Calories 210/Fat 17.8 g/Carbs 6.7g/Dietary Fiber 3g/Protein 6.4g
Do you enjoy cocktail making? Do you love peanut butter cups? How about the traditional White Russian Cocktail? If you answered yes to all three questions, then go ahead and take two aspirin now and buckle in because you’re going to need them for these three twists on the old original! These drinks are so divine you won’t be able to stop! Much like our Koolaid Mixer adventures, They’re also not short on the sugar content, so it’ll go straight to your head, so to speak.
Each of these three versions is made using the same four ingredients, which we have ever-so-lovingly dubbed the “Creme de Comrade” Cocktail series. For this version of twisted cocktail making, we will use only Vodka, Kahlua, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Creamer, and milk.
#1 “Creme de Comrade” Cocktail
Just pour it all into a tall glass filled with ice, stir and enjoy. Once your mind has been blown, you will not want to stop!! Then about two of these later, you will soon be wanting to make other versions of this cocktail…..such as…
#2 Frozen “Creme de Comrade”
Put these ingredients in a blender on ice, and blend and enjoy (we do not recommend a food processor). Full disclosure, we used a food processor, and created a HUGE mess, plus it didn’t blend evenly, so we really had to race to finish the drink before it was too watered down. Although it was still delicious, we did not enjoy this version quite as well as just on rocks or as a martini….yes, a martini!
#3 “Creme de Comrade” Martini
Pour all into a shaker filled with ice, then shake until cold and frothy. You can garnish the glass with chocolate sauce or even a peanut butter cup cut in half. We used made a peanut butter cookie rim on this version tonight, but the possibilities are endless….so long as it includes peanut butter or chocolate.
As you can see, we are serving it from a plastic champagne glass tonight, as this is the third or fourth-ish round (who keeps count anyway?), and clearly the strongest round, so safety first.
For the sake of loving, and for the love of peanut butter, we hope you enjoy! Cheers, friends!
It’s the last weekend of Christmas break for the Twisted Brother, so he and I decided to unplug today and make some fun wood crafts together! These DIY wood projects for kids are simple and cheap too! If you are at a loss of what to do with your kiddos that will actually keep them just as entertained as the video games, then try these ideas! Each project takes no more than 30 minutes of actual working time, so you can even do one in an afternoon. I’ve included the amount of actual working time by project, and these also require some basic parental supervision, meaning your little one can make his or her own wood project almost completely on their own!
#1 – Catapult with craft sticks
Total Time – 5 minutes
- Stack two craft sticks together, one on top of the other, and then lay another craft stick on top, but perpendicular to the initial two, with more hanging off one end.
- Stack 5-6 more craft sticks on top of the others, but following the same direction as the first two you stacked. Use a rubber band to fasten both ends of the stack.
- Rubber band another craft stick from the shorter end of your perpendicular stack.
- Using your hot glue gun, fasten a small paper cup to the longer end of the stick at the very top to hold your artillery.
This little toy was the hit of the entire weekend! As much as the Twisted Brother loves painting, he much prefers to do as brothers do and annoy his sister constantly. Naturally, I encourage this behavior. “Deadly” siege machines aside, DIY wood projects for kids can bring the whole family together.
#2 – Wooden string art
Total time – 1 hour
- If your little one decides they want to paint their wooden wall plank, that is where you want to begin. Allow this to dry overnight (after you’ve had copious amounts of wine, in anticipation of all of the hammering of nails you know you will have to do tomorrow, and because you just made a catapult for your little one and you now have bits of paper towel flying across your home).
- With the little one’s help, find a very simple stencil. The Twisted Brother chose an elephant.
- Once you have your stencil printed, rub the back of the paper with a pencil, and then lay your stencil on your wood plank and begin tracing the outline with a good bit of pressure so you have an idea of where to put your nails.
- Nail in some nails around the perimeter of your stencil, then the little one is ready to start adding yarn.
- After your child is happy with their design, you can tie off the yarn and hang it on their wall to enjoy.
#3 – Acrylic pour painting on wood
Total Time – 15 minutes
Unfortunately, I did not get as many photos of our process as I would like, as we had to work quickly with this project. This wood project gives your little one the opportunity to blend their own colors for a fun wall hanging for their room.
- Wooden wall plank
- acrylic paint in various colors
- pouring medium
- lots of gloves
- tray to catch excess paint
- small paper cups
- 1 medium paper or plastic cup
- Find a level work surface where your art can dry overnight without being disturbed. Set your tray out, and elevate your wooden wall plank using a few of the small paper cups.
- Put on your gloves, and using your small paper cups, mix a 50/50 mixture of acrylic paint and pouring medium. This is where your little one gets to have fun & explore their creativity with colors. You can have as many or as few cups as you would like. The Twisted Brother chose to use blue, white, lime green, and a glittery mahogany acrylic paint. Each color must be mixed in its own cup on its own with the pouring medium.
- Now that you have your individual colors mixed in your cups, then you want to pour them one at a time into your medium sized cup but do not mix them together. You want them to somewhat layer, creating a marbled effect in your big cup.
- Place your wood plank on top of your big cup, and flip the whole thing over, resting the wood plank back on the small cups over your tray. Then slowly lift the cup straight up, and your marbled paint will then run around your wood plank.
- Lift your wood plank, encouraging the paint to run over all sides, and then set it back on the cups to dry overnight.
I hope you find these DIY wood projects for kids as fun as the Twisted Brother and I did!
I know, I know…you can feel my excitement over this, can’t you? My passion for tending bar does not end when I’m home from work. In fact, it’s my daily goal to look at my home bar after dinner and see what I can make without an additional trip to the store. I don’t know about you all, but I abhor the grocery store.
Anyhow, I have found the mixer that goes with almost everything in a pinch, and chances are, you already have it in your pantry….Wait for it….It’s Kool-aid!! Naturally, you can add just about any flavor with any single liquor, and you have a delicious treat, but I have also created a list of some of my favorite cocktails made at home with Kool-aid for you to try. Now, bust out the home bar, and make some fun Kool-aid mustaches with amazing memories to match!
Believe it or not, this is a light and fruity type of punch drink. It also paired very well with taquitos.
This is a great sitting on the porch, watching the kids play kind of drink. It goes down easy, but isn’t going to kick you in the face like a full on martini will. Maybe having four or five will give you that full on martini effect, if that is what you’re in for.
I like to drink this when I’m watching the Big Lebowski, especially the part where the character Jesus is in the bowling alley, and he says “No one messes with the Jesus.”
“Blue Pirate Punch”
This one is definitely a crowd pleaser, and if you want to make it in pitcher form, add 8 ounces of rum to your big kool-aid pitcher, then mix in your kool-aid, and then serve over ice.
Between Amazon Prime Pantry, and Drizly, I rarely have to go to the store anymore. Make sure you check them both out! If you come up with your own Kool-aid cocktail, please share it in the comments below! Sharing is caring, friends.
If you are a loyal reader, then you know that I have a cocktail (or beer or wine) upon finishing any of my projects. I promised to share my twisted recipe for a Dark and Stormy, which is what I made after my rock inspired coasters, all thanks to Drizly.
I’ve raved continuously about Drizly, but if you’re unaware of their greatness, read this.
The dark and stormy cocktail is traditionally made similar to a Moscow Mule and is put in a copper mug, but I much prefer to use a coffee cup. After years of bar management, those copper mugs find a way to grow legs and just disappear, but not my Star Wars coffee mugs (thanks again, Ma!).
I personally prefer Goslings Bermuda Black Rum in my dark and stormy cocktail recipe, but the choice is ultimately yours. I am very terrible about keeping fresh limes in stock, (I mean, you’re talking to the mom who buys salad kits at the grocery store and throws the entire bag away a week later) but I consistently keep Rose’s Lime Juice on hand, and the sweetness is a perfect balance with the ginger beer.
Let’s talk about ginger beer, because in this recipe, it really matters! Goslings makes a delicious ginger beer, which is often found at most grocery stores locally, but I much prefer the flavor of Regatta brand ginger beer. The ginger flavor is superbly strong, so when it’s mixed with the other ingredients (the bitters in particular), your entire palate is surprised with the perfection in the balance of all of the flavors.
Ginger beer to the top