5 Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Sometimes it can be so hard to decide what to be for Halloween, but then once you decide you have to get all the parts of your costume, or make things and it can become a pain. Especially when you work full time and have a family and the world is already going a million miles a minute! Well I am here to help with 5 simple costume ideas that will (hopefully) only needs items you already own – read on for some costume inspo!

  1. Rosie the Riveter

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Everyone knows this lady, with her determined expression and red bandanna she is ready to conquer the world. All you need for this costume is a navy blue or denim shirt with sleeves that can be rolled up and a red bandanna. and of course some red lipstick!

2. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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This costume may require a little more work, but a black dress with some black gloves and up-do and some major jewelry there will be no mistaking who you are

3. Lucille Balllucille-ball-9196958-3-402

If you have longer hair I would suggest looking up a tutorial on how to do a poodle hair style, some red lips and any retro style clothing would do the trick – also yelling about Ricky a lot would be a dead giveaway, lol

4. Stevie Nicks00-tout-stevie-nicks-boho

The original white witch! The hardest part of this costume would be the top hat but luckily most costume stores carry them at a reasonable price.

5. Frida Kahlo

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Almost anything will do for this costume as the flowers, hairstyle and famous brows make it recognizable. Awesome costume and a way to pay tribute to a awesome woman!

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Happy Wednesday

Allison

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DIY : pallets into baby gates

I will be the first to admit that before I had my own little one I dreaded baby gates. Once I opened them it seemed impossible to put them back the way they were; and most of them (in my opinion) were an eye sore. So once I knew our days were numbered of having a stationary baby I started thinking about what I wanted to make, and I landed on baby gates made out of pallets!

The pictures I included below are a few steps I took along the way and I ended up making two gates, one for the top of the stairs and one for the bottom.

This project was almost free as I scored the pallets at no cost from my brother in law and have most of the hardware, stains and tools needed except the latches, which are very affordable.

^ don’t mind my work shoes 😝

My biggest advice when making things is to always measure twice cute once!

When brain storming I just drew up the idea for my space and measured it to fit. I was able to make two gates out of one and a half pallets and I sanded everything extremely well in addition to staining and sealing it. I would definitely also suggest pre-drilling any holes as thinner wood has the tendency to crack and split

All and all I am happy with how they turned out, but they are still in need of some touch ups (whenever I have the time) One things I am excited for is to hang a wreath on the gate at the bottom of the stairs for Christmas – cheesy, I know πŸ˜…

What are your thoughts on this DIY? Hope you have a great Wednesday!

-Allison

Small projects that can make a big impact

If you have been here for a while you know I love DIY and it never stops amazing me what a coat of spray paint can do for some things! Recently I spray painted our floor and wall vents a deep espresso brown and I am obsessed.

This was the situation before hand – awful, I know!

This small update cost me a total of 6 bucks for the spray paint and made our home look so much more updated. (It was built in 2003 and the previous owners did not upgrade anything during building or during the time they lived in the home) see below for a before and after of a wall vent, such a improvement!

What are some budget friendly things you have done to your home to update it?

-Allison

DIY projects on my to do list

I am a lover of most do-it-yourself projects, but there is something about summer that gets me extra pumped! I truly feel fulfilled when I am able to create things on my own. Below are my top 7 projects I am hoping to complete in the next several months. You can find them all here on my “Fake it ’til you make it” Pinterest board. Happy DIY-ing!

img_5247This dress made out of slips is not so much a DIY but a major source of inspiration when I am out thrifting. This is so gorgeous and all it took was a little imagination πŸ™ƒ

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This cute llama rock / paper weight / whatever you want to use it for. It puts a smile on my face and what other reason do you need!

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unique and super cute garden signs. Sometimes I need all the help I can get! πŸ˜‰

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a pom pom basket – what else needs to be said? This thing is amazing

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Wood and leather mason jar vases. These would be so awesome outside!

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fruit slice umbrellas – would be so cute for Rosalie’s first birthday

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and finally Aspen candle holders; simple and chic for the patio or can be used around the holidays as well.

Do you have any DIYs you are excited to complete this summer?

-Allison

DIY Diaper box update

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If you are like me you hate to recycle a good box, especially diaper boxes! The are a great size and they usually have pre-cut handles (depending on the brand) Today’s DIY is super simple and will help you upgrade those boxes to functional storage. πŸ™‚

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what do you think? Super simple right!? I would love to see any of your recreations πŸ™‚

Happy Wednesday!

-Allison

DIY Wall Art

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I was inspired to do my own version of this project by the queen of DIY herself, Mr.Kate. She did a more simplified version of this on her YouTube channel (if you are not already subscribed you should be! She is so awesome!) I could not stop thinking about it so I originally made one as a gift for a friends birthday, but I liked it so much I created my own. (pictured above)

First off you will need quite a few supplies and a few power tools

-24 x 24 piece of wood

-paint (I did white and tan mixed for the background, then golds, purples and grey for the circle but as with all DIY’s choose whatever fits you and your space best)Β 

-lights (found mine at target – they looked like mini Christmas lights)

-hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks

-drillΒ 

-saw (if wood has not already been cut to size)Β 

-sand paper

-pencil

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I started out with my plain pieces of wood cut to the dimensions I wanted

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Next I painted each square white (i also added some tan so it would not be flat white) and let that dry.

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Once dry I used a string and pen / pencil to make my rough circle shape (You can also trace something or free hand it)

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Going off my sketch I did a quick outline of gold paint, marked my constellations and drilled my holes.

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Once this step is complete I would advise taking pictures to remember your constellations. Then you can paint the circle whatever color you like and let thoroughly dry.

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This step optional if you don’t like the look of the lines, but if you want to include them you will then connect your constellations with a paint pen (again, any color you like) let his dry until your a confident it will not smudge.

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Finally you can turn that bad boy over and start gluing in your lights. (Not pictured, but I also did a inch frame around the back of the piece to contain the lights and so it would rest flat on the wall once hung. This also hides the cords when looking at it from the side but you are welcome to skip this step if you like)

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Install a wire on the back to hang it and viola! what do you think? If you are inspired to make your own please tag me so I can see πŸ™‚ @babyfacebetty on Instagram

-Allison

DIY Dino Planters

Dinosaurs and metallics = best project ever! These guys are so easy to make and such a statement piece. I can’t wait to put these on my desk to keep me company during the work day. Follow the photos below for a quick tutorial to make some of your own πŸ™‚

I started with these 3 guys purchased from the Dollar Tree. They are the harder plaster kind as you do what them to be somewhat sturdy since you will drill / cut into them.

Next I did a rough outline of where I wanted the hole to be, then drilled holes around it for easier cutting. You can use wire cutters or a blade to completely cut out the hole (I found a blade easier to work with) then sand the edges and seams before painting.

I chose to do metallics (silver, gold and rose gold – the brands are listed above) Metallics will accentuate any flaws so make sure to take your time sanding / prepping.

Finally you will just want to fill you dinosaurs with moss and succulents. I got all my supplies from the dollar store and used faux plants for convince reasons, but real plants would be amazing if you life in a more forgiving climate.

What do you think?!

Hope your day is great πŸ˜‰

-Allison