I am so excited to introduce a new monthly feature today – written by my lovely and talented friend Suzie. We met at kindy after our girls became firm friends, and once we discovered a shared passion for crafty loveliness we followed suit!
Suzie will be bringing us some wonderful seasonal crafty inspiration each month – creative projects you can make with your little ones which are inspired by the current season or an upcoming holiday. Trust me, she’s the perfect woman for the job – her online home, Little Ink, is chock-full of fantastic crafty inspiration and she routinely amazes me with her creativity, whether she be making too-beautiful-to-eat ice-cream cookies for the kindy gala or crafting a sweet butterfly birthday party for her daughter.
I especially love the way Suzie involves her little ones in the creative process – it’s so easy to get flustered with a crafty project when little hands are involved – but Suzie always seems to be able to nurture their creative spark, stay on task and enjoy herself too – which I so admire.
Today Suzie is sharing a couple of gruesome (but fun!!) Halloween crafts…
While scouring the kids craft section in Warehouse Stationery a few weeks ago I came across Inspired by Avery T-Shirt transfers and I couldn’t resist buying a pack. My 4 year old daughter LOVES drawing so I thought it would be really fun to use the transfers in a craft project where we could incorporate some of her artwork. Then when I was asked to write a little crafty post for ‘A Happy Adventure’ (apart from being super excited and honoured as I think Hana is an amazing mum and blogger) I thought it would also be the perfect time to use the transfer sheets in a little Halloween project. We had so much fun working on these ‘monster eyeball treats’… and I especially love that she now has a little memento of our crafty time together.
Monster Treat Bags
To start off you’ll need to gather up these bits and pieces to make your treat bags.
- A sheet of transfer paper (I used Inspired by Avery T-Shirt transfers)
- Cotton Bags
- Grosgrain Ribbon
- A Blank sheet of paper (cut to the same size as your cotton bag)
- Sharpie pen or thick black marker
- Inkjet Printer
- Collect your supplies.
- Draw your monster or desired design on the blank piece of paper with a sharpie or marker. It’s probably best to use something that produces thicker lines so your drawing will be nice and clear. You can also create your design in colour if you prefer would but we decided to keep ours nice and simple. Note: Remember to mark the date somewhere on the drawing if your treat bag is going to be a keepsake.
- Next, scan and print or copy your artwork onto the transfer paper. As you have already drawn it at the right size you shouldn’t need to enlarge or shrink the image. Now that the design is on the transfer paper cut around it so you are left with minimal white space around the outside edge. Then follow the directions to adhere the transfer onto your cotton bag. This was pretty straight forward and really just involved holding down a hot dry iron on the image and bag for about 20 seconds then pealing away the paper.
- Finally for added detail I removed the standard cotton drawstring and replaced it with some black grosgrain ribbon. You can also add a gift or name tag!
Monster Eyeball Sugar Cookies
So now that you have a lovely treat bag it’s time to make your monster eyeball sugar cookies. This recipe is super easy and quick to whip up and you can use it for an endless amount of fun cookies ideas.
RECIPE MAKES ABOUT 20 COOKIES (depending on eyeball size!!!)
- 200g unsalted butter
- 200g caster Sugar
- 1 Egg (lightly beaten)
- 400g Plain Flour + more for dusting
- black jelly beans
- Using the paddle attachment cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until well mixed and just creamy in texture. Do not overwork or the cookies will spread during baking.
- Beat in the egg until well combined. Add the flour and mix on low speed until a dough forms.
- Gather into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1/2 hr.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and place on a floured surface and knead briefly.
- Roll into mini balls and press in a jelly bean. You may need to then give it a light roll to close the gap around the jelly bean.
- Bake at 180 for 8-12min or until slightly golden. Cool on wire rack.
To add a little extra fun to this project, bake your eyeball cookie on a wooden fork(simply poke in the fork after rolling into shape and bake cookie)…makes a great cookie eyeball lollipop! Also if you don’t want to use jelly beans, large chocolate buttons work really well for making eyeballs.
Once the cookies are completely cool decorate as desired and packaged in your cotton treat bags. These will make lovely little meaningful gifts for family and friends plus I think you can’t beat home-baked Halloween treats!
If Suzie’s post has you all inspired for more Halloween craftiness, you can check out my Halloween pinterest board for some more gems!! And of course, Little Ink, for all sorts of crafty goodness! I know my girls are going to be delighted to make some ‘monster eyeballs’ this weekend and I just can’t wait to see what Suzie has in store for us next month!!