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How to Decorate the Mantle for Halloween with Printables

Free Halloween Printables are right here waiting for you to get creative! I’m so excited to be a part of this printables blog hop by Jen Goode! Time to get ready for those Happy Halloween, Trick-or-Treats, and Spooky fun times and printables are an affordable way to do that. Today I’m sharing how to decorate your mantel for Halloween using printables

We finally finished our mantel remodel late last year and this is the first time I get to decorate it for Halloween! I hated out totally fugly mantel before and am so happy with how it turned out. Now I feel I have a proper looking fireplace that handle some serious proper decorating for the holidays.

 Halloween Mantel Decor Using Printables by Jennifer Priest of HydrangeaHippo

To create this look for under $40, I recycled some of my decor from last year as well as used some new items in conjunction with printables to make a fun, festive, and colorful mantel vignette. You might not have all of these thigns on hand but think about what you do have on hand and how you can work that into a cohesive display with the aid of printables. The colorful printables I used helped tie everythig together – without that colorful banner, nothing seems to really work together. 

Here’s the price breakdown:

  • Pumpkins – last year’s decor, recycled
  • Banner – Printables (free!) from Jen Goode with Baker’s Twine (on hand)
  • Strings of Sequins (on hand)
  • Wreath – $8 for the mesh, $8 for the mesh form. Spiders, Ribbon, Ravens, Chenille Stems (on hand). Mini Banner Printable (free!). Twine (on hand)
  • Printable Labels (free!)
  • Glue Gun (on hand)
  • Needle and Thread (on hand)
  • Cardstock for Printables (on hand)
  • Cat Basket ($12 on sale)
  • Jack O Lantern Candle Holders (on hand)
  • Pillar Candle Holders (on hand)

Total out of pocket: $28!! You can get all the printables I used and then some — throw a party, depocrate your house, or color them – yes, there are coloring book pages!! Check it all out here: Free Halloween Printables


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DIY Blue Glass Glitter Earrings

Fall is here and I cannot wait for things to cool off. A week or so ago I shared some chili pepper earrings – hot for summer! Today, I have some blue glass glitter earrings, again, made with ICE Resin. Both earrings use the same basic techniques – fill the bezel with something (glass glitter, chili pepper flake) and then seal it with ICE Resin.

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Fill two matching bezels with the glass glitter as desired. Mix a batch of ICE Resin, according to the manufacturer directions, and gently pour the ICE Resin over the glass glitter until the bezel is full. To get the domed look, pour a very small amount of additional resin carefully into the bezel, avoiding overpouring. If the ICE Resin drips over the edge of the bezel, wipe it away with a clean, damp cloth and repour the ICE Resin until the bezel is filled. Allow these to cure for 24 hours before handling.

After the bezels cure, use eye hooks to string one iridescent bead. Attach these to the bezels with jump rings. Add a fishhook style ear wire to the other end of the bead strip. Wear and be “cool”!


  • 2 Small Bezels
  • ICE Resin by Susan Lenart Kazmer
  • ICE Resin Art Mechanique Glass Glitter
  • 2 Iridescent Blue Beads
  • 2 Eye Hooks
  • 2 Ear Wires
  • Jewelry Pliers

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Parks and Rec FREE ADVICE Signs and a Lil Sebastian Memorial – Another EPIC Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Parks and Recreation EPIC Blog Hop! I’ve joined together with 8 other bloggers to create and share crafts inspired by the NBC show, Parks and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler. This fall the show enters it final season, Parks and Recreation Season 7! We’ll miss Parks and Rec but the show will live on in “craft” through this Parks and Recreation Crafts EPIC Blog Hop


I couldn’t decide what I wanted to make because Parks & Rec is filled with 100s of pieces of amazing hilariousness that can be turned into a craft. So I did TWO things (overachiever, yo!):

  • A Lil’ Sebastian Memorial Necklace
  • AND a set of “Free Advice” Printables

I was inspired by this Free Advice printable found on Pinterest:



Problem is, it’s kinda a mystery as far as WHO make it first. But I did find a place where you can download it: Free Advice Ron Swanson Printab;le.

 But what about all the other Parks a& Rec characters with great, life-changing advice, like Tommy Haverford! I made a few printables filled with advice from some of my favorite characters from Parks & Recreation. Warm up that printer and get ready to inspire your co-workers!

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Click to download a pdf: Tom Haverford Free Advice – hydrangeahippo

And what’s Parks and Rec without Leslie Knope? She has the best advice… *snicker*

Leslie Knope Free Advice - hydrangeahippo


Click to download a pdf: Leslie Knope Free Advice – hydrangeahippo

Whose office are you gonna hang these in?

Enough computer play … now time for crafts! Who can ever forget Lil’ Sebastian? Create this memorial Lil’ Sebastian necklace to wear in rememberance of him, always: animal, legend, friend. Create this necklace in one evening using some basic household supplies and some jewelry supplies. The metal stamps and stamped metal tag are optional.

Lil Sebastian Memorial Necklace by Jennifer Priest for hydrangeahippo TITLE Parks and Recreation


  • Tan/Nude Nail Polish
  • Brown Spray Paint
  • Plastic Toy Horse
  • Drill with Small Drill Bit
  • Head Pin
  • 2 Jump Rings
  • Ball Chain, 18″
  • Metal Tag
  • Metal Stamps
  • Metal Stamping Hammer and Tool Set
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Cotton Ball
  • Sharpie

Assembly Instructions:

  1. Drill a hole though the top of the horse toy to the bottom.
  2. Spray paint the horse with brown spray paint and allow to dry.
  3. Using metal stamps, stamp the words “animal, legend, friend” onto a small metal tag.
  4. Color in the letters with Sharpie marker. Remove the excess ink with a cotton ball and nail polish remover.
  5. Attach the tag to an 18″ long piece of ball chain using a jump ring.
  6. Thread a head pin from the bottom of the horse to the top. Create a loop at the top of the head pin and trim.
  7. Apply nail polish to the mane and tail of the horse to create the look of Lil’ Sebastian. Allow to dry
  8. Attach the horse to the tag and chain with a jump ring.

You know you want to wear it and remember sweet Lil’ Sebastian every day. There, there Leslie… there, there.

EPIC BLOG HOPS - Parks and Recreation Crafts 2

Now, head on over to the other 8 blogs in the hop to see what Parks & Rec inspired crafts they created!

Jennifer Priest 

Lorine Mason

Katie Priest

L. Grace Lauer

Tatiana Allen

Rina Gonzalez

Jessica Wilson

Scrappin Madge

BONUS Projects! These bloggers aren’t on the hop but they made some awesome projects,using Tombow adhesives:

Marie Browning

Jennie Garcia

For more Parks and Rec inspiration, follow our Pinterest board.

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Craft Lightning – Halloween Bowtie for Pets

Dress up “Fluffy” (Cat) or “Diego” (Chihuahua) in style this Halloween with this fun Halloween Bowtie for Pets! You can create this project in less than 10 minutes with basic craft supplies. That’s what makes this a craft lightning project – all week long Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts are sharing crafts that take 15 minutes or less to create. I’m honored to be included in this hop and hope you enjoy this silly and fun project. Click here to see the rest of the projects:

Pssstt! If you don’t have a small pet to put this bow tie on, you can add it to a bobby pin and use it as a hairclip!

Halloween Bowtie for Cat or Dog - by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo FINAL


  • Pet Collar
  • Ribbon, about 6″ long and 2″ wide
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Dia De Los Muertos Skull Patch by CraftyChica for, exclusively in select Michael’s Stores

Here’s how to make the bow tie:

You can use this for Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos, or all year long if you have a rockin’ pet! The benefit of the patches I used is that they come 3 to a pack – two small ones and one large one – so you can make a bow tie and two other projects.

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DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes from Sweat Pants

Me and 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes I made for my niece and nephew! I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

Are these not the cutest little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you’ve ever seen?! My niece was especially pleased with her costume – she wouldn’t stopping grinning the whole time!!

DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costume by Jennifer Priest

Along with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume, I’m sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere! I’m so honored to be on this hop. Jamie Dorobek of C.R.A.F.T did an amazing job organizing this – it’s incredible!


101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things


Why make a costume when you can just buy one for $20? Well, making costumes is fun but here are the reasons I would rather make costumes:

  • Handmade costumes usually don’t fall apart as quickly as store bought costumes
  • Handmade costumes are typically warmer to wear – with the really cold temps here in the fall, we usually have to wear sweatpants under the store bought costumes
  • Handmade costumes make more memories – the kids can help you make them and they remember those handmade costumes for years.

 That’s why, when my sister said that 2 of her 4 kids wanted to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I knew what I had to do! The kids totally enjoyed the process as well, as you can see in the video. So, without further ado, here’s how to make a DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume for about $20!

Supplies: (some of these are affiliate links. That means if you click on them and order, we get some money that helps us fund the running of this here blog)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costume Supplies

Wall art

Home decor


Non-store bought supplies: 3 pairs of old socks

And now it’s time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handmade Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume

2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume

3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume

4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie

5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids

6. A Bee and Her Keeper

7. No Sew Magician Costume

8. Flint Lockwood Costume

9. Pinocchio

10. Marty McFly

11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume

12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume

13. Homemade Toothless Costume

14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option)

15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume

16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes

17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth

18. Family Monsters University Costumes

19. Scooby Doo family costumes

20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume


88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume

22. Easy Tin Man Costume

23. No Sew Bee Costume

24. Planet Halloween Costumes

25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

26. DIY Instagram Board

27. Elsa crown

28. Dog Collar Ruffles

29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume

30. DIY Lego Movie Costume

31. Weeping Angel Costume

32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper

33. Easy Pirate Costume

34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl

35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume

36. DIY Cat Costume

37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes

38. Easy Frozen Costumes

39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume

40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume

42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume

43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume

44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask

46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume

47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume

48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume

49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes

50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition

51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume

52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume

53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume

54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume

55. DIY Baymax Costume

56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume

57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume

58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes

59. Instagram Halloween Costume

60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume



88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at

61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie

62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume

63. Viking Family Costumes

64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child

65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket

66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head

67. DIY Harry Potter Costume

68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes

69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume

70. DIY Skunk Mask

71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY

72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial

73. Candy Corn Costume

74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume

75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume

76. DIY Robot Costume

77. Wonder Woman Costume

78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume

79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume

80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume

81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel

82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes

83. Snow White Costume

84. Peacock Princess Costume

85. Scarecrow Costume

86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume

87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume

88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid

89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!

Follow Jamie Dorobek {C.R.A.F.T.}’s board “Handmade Halloween Costumes” on Pinterest.

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Jennifer Signature Block-Fall 2014



How to Stencil A Closet Door – with Plaid FolkArt Stencil1 Stencils and Paints

I was compensated for this post and provided product by Blueprint Social on behalf of their client, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. All opinions and experiences are 100% my own. This post contains paid links.

First, I just love Ed Roth and the FolkArt® Stencil1 stencils!! So, boy, was I excited when I was able to work with the FolkArt® Stencils & Paints for this project in Katie’s room! Katie’s closet doors had stickers from the previous little girl who lived here and no matter what we did to the doors, they just continued to look bad.  Besides scratches, the stickers were nearly impossible to remove and the little girl had even doodled on the door. That might be cute except that Katie is 15 and well, doodling on the door by a 5 year old kid is NOT COOL. Not cool at ALL, MOM! That’s when we decided we should figure out how to stencil a closet door.

DIy Stenciled Closet Doors with FolkArt Stencil1 by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo TITLE

We decided to clean the doors as best we could with adhesive remover and spray cleaner. While we were cleaning, we applied Plaid FolkArt® Stencil Adhesive to the back of the Plaid FolkArt Stencil1 Nature Damask Stencil (#30965) and allowed it to set for 10 minutes. FolkArt® Stencil Adhesive is repositionable and makes it easier to create perfectly stenciled projects by keeping the stencil in place while you paint. The Stencil1® FolkArt® Laser Stencils are laser cut mylar, which makes them very durable, reusable, and have lots of detail. Stencil1® is a street art inspired brand founded by artist, painter, graphic designer, DIY enthusiast Ed Roth. I’ve been following Ed for YEARS and have some of his very first stencils … I had to drive almost 2 hours to an art supply store to get them back in the day. Now, you can pick up FolkArt Stencil1 stencils at your local Michaels.

We identified the worst areas and decided to concentrate the stenciling efforts on those sections of the doors. Since Katie’s room has grey, black, and purple tones, I decided to go for an ombre effect. We started with Plaid FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Dove Gray (#2954) at the top of the doors. The next row of stenciling down, we used Plaid FolkArt Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Paint in Silver Sterling (#2964). I was really pleased to see how easily the satin finish paint blended with the metallic finish paint – this makes stenciling with an ombre or mixed paint technique easily and very doable. Finally, we added Plaid FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Light Lavender (#2955) to the lower stenciled areas on the doors, mixing it with the previous colors of paint for a mottled, almost ombre effect. We decided to go for an off-center approach with the pattern starting at the top of the doors and then the pattern starts “falling away” as we approach the bottom of the doors. We took the doors off the tracks and worked on them in the garage – this was much easier than trying to navigate a step ladder while painting the veritcal doors. Here’s how I created this stenciling project:


This project took about an hour to complete. Imagine how you could change the look of something in your home with Plaid FolkArt stencils and paint in just an hour!

Find FolkArt® stencils, paint and more at Michaels. And find out more about Plaid and FolkArt Stencil1 stencils here:

See more inspiring projects with Plaid FolkArt Paints and FolkArt Stencil1 Stencils here:

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Dia De Los Muertos Kitchen Towels

Get your towel on, yo! Seriously, if you have $3, get some towels from the Dollar Tree and then head to Michael’s and choose some of the FABULOUS iron on patches from the Crafty Chica’s new line with ilovetocreate!!! 

Dia De Los Muertos Kitchen Towels by Jennifer Priest


Here’s what you need to create this project:

  • 3 Microfiber Kitchen Towels from Dollar Tree
  • 3 Patches from the CraftyChica Collection for ilovetocreate at select Michael’s stores
  • Iron
  • Ironing Cloth or Cotton Towel

And here’s how to make it:

So easy peasy, right? I hope you consider making these towels! You can also use different patches and different colored towels for other holiays – think Christmas!

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