Have you ever had that moment- maybe throwing a party or decorating a space- and something was missing? You were missing the finishing touch, but you couldn’t figure it out? Or if you did, you didn’t know how to make it? In our Lifestyle and Guides section, you can see different Do-it-Yourself ideas for any style or home.

“It’s the little things in life”


DIY: Scary Prank

By: Isabella De Bartolo

What you’ll need:

Toilet paper rolls (empty)

Glow sticks



Step 1:

Cut holes into toilet paper roles in the shapes of different scary eyes.



Step 2:

Place the glow sticks into the toilet paper roles. (You could tape in if needed).


Step 3:

Place creepy eye creation into bush or tree and watch the scaring begin.

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By: Isabella De Bartolo

Source: Pinterest

Halloween Sugar Cookies

By: Isabella De Bartolo

What you will need:

1, 1/2 cups butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Halloween shape cookie cutters (Pumpkin, Skeleton, Ghost, etc.)


Step 1:

In a large bowl, mix the butter until fluffy. Once the butter is fluffy, slowly add the sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Step 2:

Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Once mixed in and feeling dough-like, put mixture in a separate bowl, and cover and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Step 3:

Heat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out the dough on a flat, floured surface until about ¼ to ½ inches thick. Using your cookie cutters, cut the dough to how you may like.

Step 4:

Place the cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes in the oven. Let them cool completely before applying the icing.

Halloween Sugar Cookie Icing

What you will need:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons milk

2 teaspoons light corn syrup

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Your choice of food coloring


Step 1:

In a bowl, stir in the powdered sugar and milk, until smooth.

Step 2:

Beat in the corn syrup and vanilla extract, until icing is smooth and glossy. If it is too thick, add more corn syrup.

Step 3:

Divide icing into separate bowls and stir in as much food coloring as you want. You can also dip the cookies, paint them with a paint brush or spread them using a knife or the back of a spoon.halloween cookies

Source: Allrecipes.com & Geniuskitchen.com

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DIY: Yarn Pumpkins

By: Isabella De Bartolo

What you’ll need:

21 pieces of orange yarn, cut to 36 inch (92cm) lengths

2 ounces (60mL) of white glue

1 balloon (12 inch size/30.48), blown up half full

1 brown pipe cleaner and 1 green pipe cleaner

Step 1:

Start by blowing up 12” balloons about half full. The bigger you blow the balloons the more yarn you’ll need. But the smaller you blow them, the more egg-like the shape will be.


Step 2:

Cut out about 21 pieces of yarn about 36 inches long. If you make your pieces of yarn too much longer than that, they’ll get tangled when you soak them in the glue.


Step 3:

Tie one of the pieces of yarn to the end of the balloon. Open one of your kitchen cabinets and hang the balloon from the handle. It’s way easier (and cleaner) than trying to control the balloon when it’s lying on a flat surface.


Step 4:

Pour the glue into a small bowl. It takes about one full 2-ounce bottle of glue per yarn pumpkin (add a bit of water to the glue once it starts to dry).


Step 5:

Dunk one of the pieces of yarn into the bowl of glue, and swirl it around gently with a plastic fork to get it completely covered with glue. Hold the end of the piece of yarn with your fingers, then gently run it between the tines of a fork to remove the excess glue.


Step 6:

Take the glue covered yarn strand and press the end down somewhere and wind it around the balloon, making sure to press down the ends of the yarn to secure them when they’re in place. Repeat with the remaining pieces of yarn.

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Step 7:

When you’re done, find somewhere to hang the yarn covered balloons to dry. They do drip a few drops of glue when they are drying, so make sure you put down an old towel or dollar store table cloth so you don’t wreck whatever is beneath them.


Step 8:

When done drying (should take 24 hours) make a very small hole in the balloon close to where the knot is (it won’t pop if you cut it near the knot). You want the air to leak slowly so you can detach any yarn as the balloon shrinks. Then pull out through opening of the yarn.



Step 9:

Make the pipe cleaner stem and vine by wrapping the pipe cleaners around your pinkie finger. The stem is just a spiral, so tuck the end of the pipe cleaner into the yarn. You don’t need glue, just tuck it.

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Source: Pinterest