You thought I was joking about being able to make anything out of a cardboard box??? Made this baby out of two giant Active Panel boxes left over from the Elementary School. I also had my kids help out with the painting, made a fun Thanksgiving break project.
Here’s the progress….wish I was blogging back then, I probably would have taken more pictures!
STEP 1: Heat Olive Oil in your instant pot, saute mode. Brown Chicken and Sausage
STEP 2: While chicken and sausage are cooking, make the Chicken Stock Mixture. Mix chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and cocoa powder and set aside.
STEP 3: Add Onions, Bell Pepper, Garlic, Mushrooms, Chipotle Powder, Brown Sugar, Paprika, Oregano, Tomato Paste and Vinegar to pot. Saute until onions are translucent. Approx. 3 Minutes
STEP 4: Deglaze the Pot with the Chicken Stock Mixture.
STEP 5: Add Crushed Tomatoes and Beans. Pressure cook for 10 Minutes + Natural Release.
Step 6: Prepare Jiffy Corn Mix using the box directions. Add Chili to Skillet to Oven Safe Dish, spread Jiffy Mix and bake for 20-25 Minutes until topping is fully cooked. Serve with Sour Cream, Jalapenos & Cheese.
Believe it not, I actually had a tub of Styrofoam balls that I bought at Home Goods last year….why did I have a tub of Styrofoam skulls you ask….? No idea! I’m sure when I at the time i was convinced that I could make something fabulous with them, NOT! Truth is, they were probably on clearance and I couldn’t pass up the deal.
I made this costume for my now 14 year old back in 2014. Can I just tell you that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED making my kid’s Halloween costume. Nowadays, they prefer to either scrape something together themselves or….dare I say it?….buy one, ugh! Needless to say, this was one of my favs.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Felt (for Feathers, Feet and Eyes)
Brown Fabric, approx. 1.5 yards
Batting/Stuffing for the feet
First I CUT my brown fabric to make the wings, gloves and super simple dress. In hindsight a brown pillowcase, with armholes cut out, would have done the trick.
Next CUT the felt pieces into enough feathers to cover the dress and wing fabric pieces. Starting from the bottom, SEW* the feathers on, one row at a time, layering each row over the previous row until your entire piece of fabric is covered.
*NOTE: You can also use fabric or hot glue
If you used glue you can skip this next step. I cut two extra wings to cover the stick lines and create a lining on the inside of the wings.
Again, in hindsight, I could have used a brown glove for this next step…lesson learned. MAKE the brown gloves using the brown fabric, then ATTACH them to the wing ends using a brown piece of ribbon.
Finally, Attach the wings to the dress by either hand stitching or running it through your machine. Cover any stitching with leftover feathers.
FEET: You can create the feet like I did using felt and stuffing them to create a 3D effect, I just attached them to my daughter’s shoe using a safety pin. Alternatively, you can just do 1 piece of felt and attach that to the shoes too, much easier.
Everyone that knows me, knows that I love all things Halloween. In fact, I generally dress up in a different costume every day the week leading up to that night! When the kids were little, I tried to match their costume theme. This was one my all time favorites to make and wear!
Big Plastic Cauldron
1.5″ Ribbon or straps
1 Small bag of Ployfill
Multi Size pack of Styrofoam Balls
Lime Green Acrylic Paint
Step 1: Using the utility knife, cut the bottom of the cauldron. Optional: place black duct tape on the cut edge.
Step 2: Take the Black Ribbon and hot glue them to the top opening of the cauldron to make the suspenders.
Step 3: Using a paint brush apply lime green paint on the Styrofoam balls. NOTE: Do not use spray paint as it will melt the Styrofoam.
Step 4: Glue Styrofoam balls and Poly-fill on the top rim of the cauldron to make it look like it’s bubbling over. Also glue a couple of Styrofoam balls to an old headband with some Poly-fill.
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