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Elf on the Shelf 2016

This was our third year of having Jingle Bell visit and it is becoming one of our favorite traditions. We always kick of Jingle Bell’s arrival with a fun breakfast and we all just love looking for him each morning.  Here is all of the fun we had while Jingle Bell visited us last year. 

a month of elf on the shelf ideas. Tons of fun original ideas with free printables and links to free printables

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Day 1 – North Pole Breakfast (12/3)

north pole breakfast - elf on the shelf idea - free printables

Since we usually spend Thanksgiving out of town, our elf always arrives the first Saturday of December. Last year, he arrived on December 3rd, 2016.  We hosted our North Pole Breakfast to welcome our elf, Jingle Bell. We had Snowman donuts, strawberry/banana santa hats, chocolate reindeer donuts and gifts. To read more about this tradition and all the fun we had at our breakfast (and to get some free printables), CLICK HERE

Day 2 – Snow Angel (12/4)

snow angel- elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell dumped out some of our fake snow decorations and made a snow angel.

Day 3 – Ornament Hunt (12/5)

hide ornaments around the house to find and add to the tree - elf on the shelf ideas

 

Scavenger Hunts have been a big hit over the years, so this year Jingle Bell hid ornaments around the house. He asked the kids to find them and then put them on the tree.

Day 4 – Spreading Holiday Cheer (12/6)

spread holiday cheer - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell brought us a gift bow and asked us to spread some holiday cheer by doing something nice for someone else. We filled a box with cookies and gave it to our mailman. I know the kids are still young, but I’m hoping as they get older we can continue to teach them about doing nice things for others, especially at this time of year. To get the free printables from Frugal Coupon Living, click here.

Day 5 – Nerf Gun Attack (12/7)

nerf gun attack - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell was hanging upside down pointing a nerf gun at us. Of course, Hudson thought it was hilarious.

Day 6 – Pooping Elf (12/8)

Pooping Elf - elf on the shelf idea

We found Jingle Bell in the bathroom, pooping in a glass and reading the Elf on the Shelf Book. The boys couldn’t believe their elf poops chocolate kisses. This was one of their favorites, by far. In fact, a year later, they are still talking about it. Being a mom of boys has meant accepting that boys think poop is funny, lol. To get the mini Elf on the Shelf Book from A Little of This That, click here.

Day 7 – Disney Gingerbread House (12/9)

gingerbread house - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell brought us a gingerbread kit. The kids loved that it was a Disney themed house and we all had a great time building it together.

Day 8 – Backwards Day (12/10)

Backwards Day - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell declared it Backwards Day. He turned our banner around, wore his clothes backwards, and encouraged us to be as backwards as possible for the day. We had dinner for breakfast, breakfast for dinner and the boys wore their clothes backwards too. It was such a fun and silly day!

Day 9 – Train Ride Around the Tree (12/11)

elf riding a train around the tree - elf on the shelf idea

The kids woke up to find Jingle Bell riding a train around the tree. The kids absolutely loved this!

Day 10 – Elf Yourself (12/12)

Elf Yourself - elf on the shelf ideas

The kids loved looking in the mirror and becoming an elf.

Day 11 – Swinging from the Light (12/13)

elf swinging from a chandelier - elf on the shelf idea

Part of the fun for the boys is trying to find Jingle Bell each morning. JB doesn’t have to always be doing something elaborate, just the fact that he is somewhere else and the kids get to search for him brings them so much joy.

Day 12 – Lego Christmas Tree (12/14)

elf sized Christmas tree - elf on the shelf ideas

Jingle Bell built his own elf sized Christmas tree with legos.

Day 13 – Paper Sack Races (12/15)

sack race with other stuffed animals - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell recruited some of the boys’ other toys to have a sack race.

Day 14 – Nerf Gun Fight (12/16)

nerf gun fight - elf on the shelf idea

Apparently the toys thought Jingle Bell was cheating at the sack races, so they tied him up and had a nerf gun fight. The boys thought it was pretty funny.

Day 15 – Snowball Fight (12/15)

elf on the shelf snowball fight with instructions to make your own ice walls - elf on the shelf ideas

The boys woke up to find Jingle Bell and Buzz Lightyear having a snowball fight. Then they noticed that Jingle Bell had left them their own ice walls and their snowballs so they could have their own snowball fight. It was so fun! One of our favorite Jingle Bell memories and the ice walls and snowballs have provided hours and hours of fun! Click here to learn how to make your own ice walls and click here to purchase indoor snowballs.

Day 16 – Paper Airplane (12/18)

paper airplane riding elf - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell took one of the paper airplanes the boys had made and flew on it.

Day 17 – Glow Party (12/19)

glow party - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell had a glow party in the bathroom. He had glow stick necklaces around his neck and left some for the boys to play with too.

Day 18 – Book Tree (12/20)

new Christmas books decorating the tree - elf on the shelf idea

Jingle Bell brought the boys a bunch of new books and covered the tree in them. It wasn’t quite as funny as when JB covered the tree in underwear, but the kids still liked it. Plus, they loved having new holiday books to read.

Day 19 – Cookie Decorating (12/21)

let's make cookies for santa cookie playset - elf on the shelf ideas

Jingle Bell brought the boys the cutest pretend cookie set and suggested we bake cookies for Santa.

Day 20 – sELF Portrait (12/22)

sELF portrait - elf on the shelf ideas

Jingle Bell painted a sELF portrait. He is quite an artist.

Day 21 – Mini Cookies (12/23)

Elf size cookies - elf on the shelf ideas

We baked our cookies a few days earlier, but didn’t have time to decorate them, so Jingle Bell made some elf sized cookies and reminded us that we needed to finish our cookies for Santa.

Day 22 – Goodbye Jingle Bell (12/24)

Goodbye Letter - elf on the shelf ideas

Jingle Bell said good-bye and headed off the the North Pole.




For more Elf on the Shelf Ideas, check out these posts:

Elf on the Shelf 2015

Elf on the Shelf 2014

elf on the shelf idea north pole breakfast for arrival with free printables

North Pole Breakfast 2017

elf on the shelf idea north pole breakfast for arrival with free printables

We kicked off the holiday season the first Saturday of December again this year with our North Pole Breakfast. This is our 4th year of this tradition and I just absolutely love it. A few components of the breakfast have become staples, such as the strawberry, banana santa hats topped with mini marshmallows and the powdered donuts north pole tower.

elf on the shelf idea north pole breakfast donuts and strawberry banana santa hats and free printable for sign

After they were a such a big hit last year, the chocolate reindeer donuts also made an appearance again this year.

To add something fun and new, this year I made Christmas tree pancakes. I just added green food coloring to our pancake mix, then used my biscuit cutters to make different size circles. I stacked the pancakes and added a gold glitter star to the top (taped to a cake pop stick). These were pretty easy to make and the boys loved them!

christmas tree pancake stack for north pole breakfast

I made a new North Pole sign and gift tags again this year. I really like that every year has its own sign and since I haven’t seen any new ones on Pinterest the last few years making my own has become part of the tradition.

elf on the shelf idea north pole breakfast for arrival with free printables

We re-read the our Elf on the Shelf book like we do every year and the boys opened their gifts from Jingle Bell (JB). Hudson got an awesome magnetic tic tac toe and checkers set, holiday window clings, bookmarks and an elf on the shelf activity pack. Luc got a magnetic North Pole activity set, holiday window clings, an elf on the shelf activity pack and a coloring book.

gifts from elf for north pole breakfast

north pole magnetic scene from target dollar spot gift from elf for north pole breakfast

window clings gift for north pole breakfast

Both boys thanked me for the fun breakfast and thanked JB for the gifts. They both told Jingle Bell how much they love him which was the cutest thing ever! We had such a fun morning!

elf on the shelf idea north pole breakfast for arrival with free printables

To get this year’s North Pole Breakfast printable, Click Here.

north pole breakfast free printable for elf on the shelf arrival

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do and places to eat

The Sugar Cane Train Holiday Express

If you are in Maui from November 24th – December 25th this is a must! As a kid we used to ride the Sugar Cane Train every time we went to Maui. I have fond memories of it, but my parents tell me it was so slow and boring. Even still, I always hoped I would be able to take my kids on it one day, but they closed it down a few years ago, so it didn’t happen. When they announced last year that they were re-opening the Sugar Cane Train for the holidays with a Christmasy twist I knew I wanted to take the kids on it. We absolutely loved it! A real train ride with Santa, lights, holiday music, cookies and snow!! It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

 

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

Last year, once Santa boarded the train he sat in one spot and elves brought the kids to him. This worked out awesome for us because we were the first ones there and ended up in the seats next to Santa. This year, Santa walked through the train and although we personally had less time with Santa, it worked much better overall. This year they also added a Premium ticket option that included extra time with Santa, a souvenir photo and an extra toy. A cookie, milk and a train whistle are already included in the general ticket and this event is already quite pricey so we decided to skip the Premium experience. Another big change from last year is that everyone was assigned a car. This made the loading process go quicker, but make sure if you are going with a large group to buy your tickets together so you will all be placed in the same car. Last year the train was decorated as Rudolph, but this year, they used a real vintage steam locomotive to pull the train, which was pretty cool. After our ride, they even let kids check out the engine.

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

My biggest tip is to line up for your car as soon as you get there and once you enter your car sit on the side furthest from the ocean (when facing the front of the train you want to be on the left side). All the action happens out the windows on the left side of the train. I don’t want to share too much because I love a little magic and surprise, but I will say to bring your camera and be ready for a fun and magical night.

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

sugar cane train - holiday express - west maui with kids - things to do

Click here to get all the details and purchase tickets. Mele Kalikimaka!

turkey handprint craft

Fall Fun

We have been having so much fun celebrating the fall season. In past years, we have kind of gone straight from Halloween to Christmas and skipped over fall, so we are really enjoying all the fall activities this year. Here are some of the fun things we have done:

Turkey Playdoh

turkey playdoh invitation to play

Supplies:

– Play doh in brown, red, orange, and yellow

– Feathers (you could also collect leaves to use as the turkey’s feathers)

– Orange Pipe Cleaner cut into small pieces

– Googly eyes

turkey playdoh activity

Fall Leaves Playdoh Mat

fall leaves playdoh mat is a fun fall activity

I also printed out and laminated a fall playdoh mat from Tot Schooling. We had a lot of fun making leaves for our tree. We even made a game out of it by each selecting a play doh color and seeing who could make and place the most leaves on the tree. This site had tons of other fun playdoh mats so we will definitely be making more next fall. Plus since they are laminated, they are something we can use year after year.

Turkey Counting and Color Matching Activities

turkey counting playdoh activity

color sorting turkey feathers

I used printables from A Little Pinch of Perfect to set up a few different, fun activities for the boys. We used the turkey feathers for some color matching. We also used some playdoh and did some counting activities while making turkeys. The kids had a lot of fun with these educational printables.

Handprint Turkeys

turkey handprint craft

turkey handprint art

I am a sucker for handprint art, so I really wanted to make handprint turkeys with the boys. I found so many options on Pinterest, but the handprint feather one was my favorite. I made a few changes and love how it turned out. While we had the paint out, I couldn’t help but make the single hand turkeys as well. I made these with the boys on each of their first Thanksgivings and thought it would be so fun to compare the size of their hands now to the baby handprints.

Feed the Turkey

feed the turkey is a fun activity that helps with counting and fine motor skills

feed the turkey is a fun activity that helps with counting and fine motor skills

feed the turkey is a fun activity that helps with counting and fine motor skills

My boys loved this activity from Busy Toddler. I used a milk jar from the dollar section of target, some construction paper and googly eyes to make my turkey. Then placed a bag of pom poms into a bowl. We used our handy helper tongs I bought at Walmart and borrowed a spinner from a board game (you could also use dice). The boys took turns spinning the spinner, picking up that number of pom poms and placing them into the turkey. They both had so much fun with this activity!

Turkey Thankful For You Cards

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

Luc begs to water color and color every single day, so when Ashley from The Littles and Me posted this project I knew I wanted to do it. The boys had so much fun using watercolors and kwikstix to paint and color their turkeys and feathers. Hudson even cut his feathers out and both boys glued the feathers to the turkeys. These will make the perfect gift for Luc’s Grandma and Nonna on Thanksgiving.

Fall Leaf Banner

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

This was the perfect activity for my water color loving little boy. For all the details, check out this post.

Thankful Tree

thankful tree - paint leaves then each member of the family writes what they are thankful for

We had so much painting our leaves to make fall banners that we had a few leaves left over. I used the extra leaves and our black Halloween tree to make a thankful tree. We have spent a few evenings talking about what we are thankful for and writing those things on our leaves. It has been a lot of fun to hear what the kids are thankful for (things like snacks and toys, hehe). I can’t wait to add the leaves to my scrapbook after we are done admiring our tree.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

It wouldn’t be fall without some baking. For all the details on these fun, mini pumpkin pies, check out this post.

Fall Shelfie

best books for fall and a cute way to display them

We have had so much fun reading books about Autumn, being thankful, turkeys and Thanksgiving. For all the details on our fall shelfie, check out this post.

Playing in the Leaves

playing in the leaves is the perfect fall activity

Since we live in Southern California, we don’t really get the full fall experience like most people do, but we do have a few trees near our house that change colors and lose their leaves. We have taken a few walks to play in the leaves and it is so fun. Even I wanted to pick up a pile and throw them in the air. There is just something about playing in leaves that truly makes it feel like fall.

 

kid tested and approved fun fall activities. Tons of Pinterest' best activities and art projects for fall and Thanksgiving

These activities were all pretty easy and lots of fun. I hope they inspire you to have some fall fun with your family.

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

Mini Pumpkin Pies

The kids and I made mini pumpkin pies the other day. It was so much fun and they turned out really cute. For some reason, things always seem cuter in bite sized form, don’t they? Whenever I make pie, I always use pie cutters to make decorative toppings, which makes them extra fun. Plus, cutting them out of the dough is sort of like playing with play doh so of course the boys love it! I really enjoy our time together in the kitchen and hope that they will look back on these special memories fondly.

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

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mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

Mini Pumpkin Pies

My favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe made in mini form.


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Credit: Pumpkin Pie Recipe is from Parents Magazine November 2004

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 package (comes with 2 sheets) Pillsbury refrigerated pie dough
  • 4 inch round cookie or biscuit cutter (I used the pie cutter from my Breville electric pie maker, but I am going to buy the cutter set I linked for future baking)
  • Pie crust cutters (mine are from Williams Sonoma a few years ago, but they usually offer a variation of them every year. I also found these similar ones on Amazon)
  • whipped cream

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk in eggs, vanilla, pumpkin and evaporated milk.
  4. Slightly roll out pie crust dough.
  5. Use round cutter to cut circles from the two sheets of dough. I was able to make 12 mini pies with re-rolling and had leftovers to make the decorative toppings.
  6. Gently, push the dough into the muffin pan. I used the finger pinching technique to crimp the edges (with the thumb and index finger of one hand pinch the outside edge of the crust while pressing from the inside with the index finger on the other hand).
  7. Pour pumpkin mixture into pie crusts (I had leftover pie filling – so if you want to buy more of the dough you could easily make more pies)
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to 350 degrees then bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack for 2 hours.
  11. Refrigerate if serving the next day.
  12. Serve at room temperature with whipped cream.
  13. For decorative pie toppings:

  14. Roll out dough and use pie cutters for decorative toppings.
  15. Place all cutouts on a silpat lined cookie sheet
  16. Put a little egg wash on them (one egg lightly beaten with 2 teaspoons of water)
  17. Bake them in a 375 degree oven until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. (keep an eye on them because mine always cook quickly).
  18. Once cool, place on top of cooled mini pumpkin pies.

For another fun pumpkin pie idea, check out this post.

fancy pumpkin pie using cookie and pie crust cutters

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the best kid books for fall and a cute way to display them

Fall Shelfie

We have had so much fun changing Hudson’s bookshelf for each holiday. I have always had a love for holiday books and as a result we own way too many so using the bookshelf in his room to display some of them has been perfect and oh so fun. It is exciting for Hudson to have a few holiday decorations in his room and it gets him even more excited about reading. Fall is the holiday we had the least amount of books for. We only had a few Scholastic Books that I’ve bought over the years to support the boys’ schools, so I bought a few new ones on Amazon to fill our shelves. We have been having so much fun reading new books each night. So far our favorites are I Love to Gobble You Up! and Pete the Cat The First Thanksgiving. Our fall bookshelf with links to all the books are listed below. What are your favorite fall books?

best fall books and a cute way to display them

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The Great Turkey Race

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

The Very Stuffed Turkey

Llama Llama Gives Thanks

Where is Baby’s Turkey

Biscuit is Thankful

Pete the Cat The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

I Love to Gobble You Up!

10 Fat Turkeys

Amazing Autumn

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DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Garland

I haven’t decorated for fall in years, but decided to this year and I am so glad I did. I mean, I will most likely regret the decision when I am frantically putting up Christmas decorations, but for now, I’m going to enjoy it.

I decided to keep things really simple. I used a few decorations that had been collecting dust in the garage, re-purposed some of my Halloween decor and made a few leaf garlands. The leaf garlands are without a doubt my favorite addition to the house. It cost me less than $10 to make (and that’s including the felt ball garland, which I already had), the kids were able to help me and it didn’t take long to complete. Plus, Luc is really into water coloring these days so I figured I might as well put him to work. 😉 The fact that he helped make the leaves makes the decorations extra special.

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

To make one, you will need the following:

Felt Ball Garland in white

Mini clothespins

White cardstock paper

Scissors

Watercolors

 

Directions:

  1. Search google or Pinterest to find a leaf template. There are tons available. I used this one, but had to enlarge it and make a few adjustments. Unfortunately, I can’t offer the one I altered as a printable, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find a leaf template you like.
  2. Print out the leaves on white cardstock.
  3. Use red, orange, yellow and brown watercolors to paint the leaves.
  4. Once dry, cut out leaves.
  5. Using the mini clothespins, hang the leaves on the garland.

*As another option, you could punch holes in the leaves (one on each side of the top like a banner) and string them up. That is what I did for the garland hanging in my kitchen.*

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

This really was a fun and easy project that added a bit of color and “fall feel” to our house. It also gave my simple garland a whole new life and looks so beautiful hanging from my mantle. I hope this inspires you to create some fall decor of your own. Happy Fall Y’all! 🙂

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

Halloween Mickey Magnets – Free Printable

Before our first Disney Cruise I made a scrapbook page of our itinerary (You can check it out here). I liked it so much that I decided to make another one for our Halloween Disney Cruise. I love how this helps during the trip, then can be printed and placed in a scrapbook after. Since this was a Halloween cruise, I changed the pages up a bit to fit the theme. I also knew I would need to bring magnets again, but the ones I made for the last cruise didn’t match, so I made Halloween ones. These magnets are perfect for holding up the itinerary, event tickets, the daily navigator, etc. They would also make a great fish extender gift. Or if you just love Disney like our family does, you could use these around Halloween on your white board or fridge. Just click here for your free printable and follow the instructions below.

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

To make the magnets you need the following:

Directions:

  1. Print magnet printable on white cardstock
  2. Cut magnet shapes out
  3. Add glossy accents on top, let dry.
  4. Keep adding layers of Glossy Accents until shape feels sturdy.
  5. Add magnet to backside of each shape with Glossy Accents.

I’ve also added a few cards to the printable. These can be used to write notes about your trip, which can be added to a scrapbook when you get home. They could also be used to leave notes for people in other rooms. Or you could use them to write notes in your own room.

I hope you enjoy these printables and I hope that they make your Halloween Disney Cruise a little more magical.

DIY halloween disney magnets - Free Printable - perfect to hold up your itinerary, tickets and daily navigator on a cruise. These would also make a great FE Exchange gift. Or would be cute around the house at Halloweentime.

If you want to make a fun countdown for your Halloween Disney Cruise, check out this post.

Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

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bat treat holders- easy diy bat containers that can be filled with candy or small toys, stickers and spiders.

Bat Treat Holder

At the She Loves Color event a few weeks ago we made the cutest and easiest little treat holders. My mind immediately began spinning with ideas and I decided that it would be really cute to make little bats using the same concept. At the event we put m&ms in the containers, but for Luc’s preschool we are asked to bring non-food treats, so I bought some bubbles, spider rings, Halloween stickers and tattoos to put inside. Luc helped me fill the bats and attach their googly eyes. Didn’t they turn out so cute?! Luc loves them and keeps asking when he gets to take them to school so he can give them to all his friends. 🙂

bat treat holders- easy diy bat containers that can be filled with candy or small toys, stickers and spiders.

bat treat holders- easy diy bat containers that can be filled with candy or small toys, stickers and spiders.

bat treat holders- easy diy bat containers that can be filled with candy or small toys, stickers and spiders.

To make these you will need the following:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided Tape (I tried 3 different tapes before having success with Tombow XTreme Permanent Adhesive)
  • White Construction Paper
  • Craft eyes (we bought the ones with adhesive on them already, but any will work)
  • Star Punch (Optional, you could also just free hand the fangs, but this is a nice little shortcut)
  • Bat wing template

Directions:

  1. Download, print and cut bat wing template.
  2. Trace bat wings onto black construction paper and cut out.
  3. Use a star punch and white construction paper to make fangs (each point of the star is a fang) or just cut the fangs yourself.
  4. Cut the construction paper into 4.25″x5.5″ rectangles.
  5. Add tape to one short side and both long sides of paper.
  6. Roll over and tape together forming a tube.
  7. Pinch the bottom with the seam in the middle.
  8. Fill with candy or small treats
  9. Pinch the top closed in the opposite direction (the seam will be on one side of the crease)
  10. Tape the wings to the back overlapping slightly over the seam.
  11. Add googly eyes and fangs.

bat treat holders step by step directions - easy diy bat containers that can be filled with candy or small toys, stickers and spiders.

I hope you enjoy these fun little treat bags.

bat treat holders- easy diy bat containers that can be filled with candy or small toys, stickers and spiders.

For another Fang-Tastic candy-free Halloween classroom treat, check out this fun idea and free printable that I made for Hudson’s class treats last year.

cute and easy non-food halloween card printable with vampire fang whistle

Halloween mickey paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

Halloween Themed Mickey Paper Chain Countdown – Free Printable

We do paper chain countdowns for everything in our house. After making a Mickey Paper Chain to countdown to our Disney Cruise I started thinking about how I could do one to count down to our upcoming Halloween Disney Cruise. I must admit that gluing on the ears and attempting to cut out little ovals was slightly time consuming (not really, but you know, as a mom, any corner cutting is gladly welcomed) so I decided to make this one a printable. Not only does this save a bunch of time, but it makes my wannabe perfectionist heart so happy.

Halloween mickey paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

This paper chain could be used for a countdown to a Disney Trip at Halloween, Mickey’s Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise, or if you are big Disney fans, but don’t have any trips to count down to, you could use it to count down to Halloween or as a decoration. I hope you have fun with it. Happy Halloween.

Halloween mickey paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

To download the printables, click on the following links:

Mickey Paper Chain Printable

Minnie Paper Chain Printable

Countdown to Disneyland Sign

Countdown to Walt Disney World Sign

Countdown to Disney Cruise Sign

Countdown to Halloween Sign

Then just print them out on cardstock, cut everything out and glue or staple the links together.

*These free printables from thecreativecopycat.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share or link directly to these files.

Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween
Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween
Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween