HALLOWEEN PAPER DOLLS

 
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When I was little, my mom and I would cut out a bazillion little paper ghosts and then we would decorate each one to look like a person in our family. A plaid shirt with a pencil in the pocket for Papa, a hot pink fancy dance recital costume for Aunt Becky, a firefighter coat for Uncle Gary...you get the idea 😀

Looking back it seems kind of creepy 😜 but it was one of our favorite Halloween traditions and all of those cute smiley ghosts hanging everywhere reminding us of our faraway family members made us so happy!

I was thinking about this one the other day and trying to figure out a way to make it work for Kinley and I. She's still too little to find tracing, cutting out and decorating tons and tons of ghosts enjoyable, ya know? And then it came to me -- paper dolls!

PHOTO PAPER + LIQUID WATERCOLOR ART

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If you and I are instabuddies, you already know about my crazy obsession with photo paper art. It's so vibrant and rainbow-y...the word "ethereal" always pops into my brain when we are making it. Too Scrabble-y? 😜

My soul sister, Shannon from Oh Creative Day, has been encouraging me for months to get all of the different photo paper art methods we've tried rounded up into one blog post to share and after getting so many questions in my DMs about it every week, I decided it really was time to make this photo paper post happen, so here goes!

TISSUE PAPER DOUGH


That tissue paper dough is straight gorgeous, right?! Are you trying right this second to reach your hand through your screen and give it a squish? I don't blame you, but it might be easier to just quick whip up a batch of your own 😉

My instabuddy shared this dough-mazing recipe over on her Instagram stories awhile back and since she's not a blogger I asked if I could share it with you guys for her. Everyone needs to know about this one and everyone also needs to know about it's inventor, Katy from @prekwolfpack

TROLL HAIR ART


Awhile ago, some of my favorite bloggers (@artcampla@barleyandbirch@ohcreativeday and @momcollaborativeand I teamed up to bring back the 80's for one week only...I'm pretty sure we could have easily made it a month-long thang because there is seriously just too much gnarly to squeeze into five days!

The music, the clothes, the colors, the books, the shows, the movies...EVERYTHING IS RADICAL!!

Kinley was pretty stoked when I told her we were doing Troll art...and then I showed her the eighties Troll printable I made for the project and she was all "Ugh! GRODY Momma! What is that thing? Gag me with a spoon!" (Well, okay she didn't use those EXACT words, I took the liberty of translating them for my fellow 80's kids. You're welcome. 😉)

PULLED STRING ART


One of my buddies sent me a Facebook post a few weeks ago that blew my mind! It was all about the magic of string pulling art and Kinley and I couldn't wait to give it a try ourselves...and then we couldn't stop.

BEST. POTIONS. EVER.


We are crazy for anything resembling art or science that involves baking soda/vinegar around here. So much actually that we broke down and bought the ginormous sack of baking soda and twin pack of huge jugs of vinegar at Sam's Club a couple of months ago and we are already getting down to the last couple of crumbs and drops 😜 We've tried so many variations of this classic science experiment from apple volcanoes to Babble Dabble Do's Wizard's Brew (if you haven't tried that one, you need to!!), but this one knocked our smocks off -- so, sooo good!!

My good instabuddy and total momma rock star, Nicole @ThePaintedToddler, inspired some seriously spooktacular backyard fun at our house with her Witches Brew rainbow fizzy STEAM idea and I couldn't wait to share it with you!

BIG MESSY OUTDOOR ART


I don't think Kinley or I will ever forget this day spent gooping around in rainbow paint in the backyard. She could've smushed that homemade gel paint between her digits for hours!