Friday Faves: Halloween DIY Roundup

Hey there! Is this your first visit to Poor & Pretty? Welcome! This is a bit of an old post, but I bet you’ll like some of my more recent Halloween DIY roundups:

Halloween is 16 days away! Are you doing anything fun? I’m trying to convince Stan to go to Salem, but I’m not sure it’s in our budget. I’ve never been there for Halloween! Anyway, it’s Friday Faves time and here are some awesome Halloween-inspired crafts & DIYs I’ve found around the interwebs:

1. DIY Glitter Pumpkins via Posh Pixels Design Studio. I need to make these! Maybe I’ll pull a prank on Stan with them. He hates glitter… ;)

2. Hand Ice Cube in Punch via Real Simple. I wish we were hosting a Halloween party, because this is just too cool.

3. Glow Stick Lanterns via Lil Blue Boo. Cut glow stick. Pour in clean jar. Shake.

4. Candy Corn Manicure via The Beauty Department. Remember the easy mani/pedi Sani showed us? It involved the magic of tape. This one does, too.

5. Pumpkin Party Cooler via Martha Stewart. Wait, wait, you mean we can use pumpkins for practical purposes during Halloween? Yes, we can!

6. 20 Unique Pumpkin Ideas via c.r.a.f.t. For those of you who wish to stick to the traditional Halloween pumpkin usage and carve those suckers up, here are 20 interesting finished pumpkins to inspire you. My favorite is totally the puking one. Admittedly, this is partly because it is making my favorite emoticon: >_<

7. Halloween Apothecary Favor Bottles via Somewhere Splendid. Fill these with poison and hand them out like candy! No, I meant, fill these with candy and hand them out like poison! That still doesn’t sound right.

I can’t wait for Halloween Knights tomorrow at the Renaissance Faire! Happy weekend! xo



  1. c.r.a.f.t.   •  

    Thankyou for the shout out :) LOVE the name of your blog… Just added it to my list!

  2. lal   •  

    super cute!

  3. Emma Larkins   •  

    Love these! It’s a hard choice, but I’d have to say the pumpkin cooler is my favorite. Easy and practical!

  4. Lisa M   •  

    I love 5. That is so simple and yet I never would have thought of it. Perfect for any Halloween party.

  5. Sally   •  

    Not a good idea to put skull and crossbones on a candy bottle if that is what you mean by favor bottle. Halloween aside, we teach that as a poison warning for a reason. Children might not always be able to differentiate between fun and real meanings. sjb

  6. Sami   •  

    Hi Sally, you make a good point, but these labels are intended to be placed on bottles that will be used for party favors at Halloween parties, not for handing out to children who are trick-or-treating. Additionally, long before being used as a symbol for poisonous substances, the skull and crossbones symbol was used on pirate ship flags (Jolly Rogers) to designate the ship’s crew as pirates. Every year, young children dress as pirates for Halloween and typically have a skull and crossbones symbol somewhere on their person. I don’t think this impairs the child’s ability to distinguish play from the reality that they are not, in fact, pirates, nor does it diminish the importance of avoiding poisonous substances, which should be kept out of the reach of children anyway.

  7. sean   •  

    I agree with Sami. Skull and crossbones is typically used for pirate-related themes. Additionally, it is pretty commonplace to have party favors that are created as poisonous, gross or other undesirables. Additionally, most common poisons for children are household substances that don’t have a “skull and crossbones” denoting poison. I think that connection was much more prevalent 50 years ago when poison was kept in a bottle with that label. When is the last time your bleach bottle had a giant skull and crossbones on it??? If you don’t want your kids to drink bleach, teach them not to drink bleach.

    • Sami   •  

      Thanks, Sean! Good point about the skull and crossbones not being used on poisonous substances anymore, and that’s certainly one of the reasons why it is now fairly socially acceptable to use it in Halloween-type decor/design. Also, let’s face it, from a design standpoint, it’s a good-looking mark. It kind of makes me want to start slapping it all over my bleach bottles! :) I also think that we, as a society, don’t hold parents accountable enough sometimes, but I digress. That’s a topic for another blog to cover.

  8. Aaria   •  

    I loved Glow Stick Lanterns idea…. its amazing..thanks for sharing. :)

  9. kristen   •  

    omg wow i <3 this ideas they are sooo awesome!!! its going to be hard to choose!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Marsha   •  

    Don’t break glow sticks. Highly toxic and cancerus. The smell alone will send your brain pounding

    • Sami   •     Author

      Marsha, thanks for your comment. However, glow sticks are not “highly toxic and cancerous.” In fact, you are much more likely to have a pounding headache from cleaning your bathroom than you are from breaking a glow stick. According to this in-depth article from LoveToKnow, Dibutyl phthalate (that chemical within glow sticks that many people incorrectly associate with being toxic) is an irritant, not a poison, and is found in much higher concentrations in nail polishes, glues, perfumes, and printing inks. My guess is that you still use these things regularly. Of course, as with any of the aforementioned products, the liquid from glow sticks should not be ingested.

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  12. Jodie Deaves   •  

    Hiya! New to this page but LOVE it! Another suggestion is to use other fruit&veg for carving out ‘scary’ faces! Works great on pineapples.
    Glow Stick Jars is a fab idea! We are also having glow sticks in 10 water bottles and lining them up for glow in the dark ten-pin bowling! Night time bowling shall be a challenge! Especially after all the potions and poisons that shall be consumed! :-) xx

    • Sami   •     Author

      Thanks for visiting, Jodie! I love the idea of carving fruits & veggies, too. Glad you liked this round-up. :) Look for three new Halloween round-ups next week!

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  14. Isabella   •  

    What a fantastic website! Just love all of your fun DIY craft ideas! Keep up with the great postings!

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  16. Kimi   •  

    I love that lantern :D so cute.

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