Halloween Blog Swap

Halloween Blog Swap

My package arrived from The Made Up Maiden yesterday from our Melbourne Halloween Blog swap…our mail gets delivered late in the afternoon so that’s why I’m posting this today.

A few weeks ago some Melbourne bloggers and I decided to organise a Halloween Blog Swap after chatting with some international bloggers about a swap on Twitter.

Halloween Blog Swap

The Made Up Maiden (I’m not using her real name for privacy) wrapped up my Halloween goodies in orange and black tissue paper which I thought was nice! I haven’t got any photos of the items wrapped up because I was so excited to see what was in them, that I just tore into them as soon as I got the mail…

Halloween Blog swapIn my swap goodies there were some limited edition nail dresses that have little skulls and bats on them. It says they ‘glow’ under black light. Black light is light that emits UV radiation, like Ultraviolet lights and infrared lights. Unfortunately I don’t have a UV light source, so I will not be able to see them ‘glow’. I love the pattern though, so cute!

Halloween Blog SwapA cute glow-in-the-dark skeleton. I will be putting this on my wall, hopefully it won’t scare me when it’s dark! haha

Halloween Blog SwapThere was also a cool glowing pumpkin mask, that has glow sticks inside it! And a Skull pen, that lights up a ‘red’ colour when you write with it.

Halloween Blog swapThe Made Up Maiden also included some gummy eyeballs and skulls. I love gummy lollies, so I will definitely be eating these during my Horror DVD marathon tomorrow night!

I totally forgot!…there was also an awesome spider ring in the package (In the first picture, I forgot to get an individual photo of it!)

There were 5 of us, so it wasn’t a direct swap. I got ‘The Life Of Clare‘ and ‘The Made Up Maiden‘ got me.

I posted off (well, my mum did…thanks mum) Clare’s package yesterday, hopefully it will get to her today or tomorrow at the latest!

Thank you so much to The Made Up Maiden! I absolutely loved everything you picked out for me!

You can check out The Made Up Maiden’s post about her Halloween Blog Swap goodies here. *Sweetaholic Beauty was her ‘swap buddy’


XO XO Evelyn

How To: Halloween Jack O Lantern Pom Pom Decorations

halloween jack o lantern

There are many great Halloween decorations in stores at the moment, but I thought I would show you something that you can make yourself. Halloween Jack O Lantern pom poms! They are easy to make, with easily sourced materials and they are affordable too!

Halloween Jack O Lantern Pom Poms

halloween jack o lantern

I used to make pom poms out of wool all the time with my sister when I was in primary school. It’s pretty easy to do and they look great when they’re done!

The idea of making Halloween Jack o lantern pom poms popped into my head when walking past a store that was selling orange balls of wool.

halloween jack o lantern

What you’ll need:

Some Cardboard (not too thick, but not too thin either)
A pair of sharp scissors
Orange wool
Black cardstock
A glue gun or PVA Glue

1. Trace a circle onto two pieces of cardboard, you could use a drinking glass or jar depending on how big you want your pom pom to be. Then trace a smaller circle in the middle of each of the larger circles (I used the bottom of a shot glass, but a milk lid would work too) Cut each of the circles out. You may want to cut only one center circle out and trace it on to the second, so that they line up.

2. Tie one end of the wool around the two circles, with the not on at the edge of the inner circle.

halloween jack o lantern

3. Wind up some wool in a small ball, small enough to fit through the hole.

4. Start winding the wool around the circles, passing the ball of wool through the hole and making sure the wool is close together. Keep winding the wool around and around until the hole gets smaller and smaller-this bit can be a little tedious. You want to wind the wool as much as possible so that you have a ‘fuller’ pom pom. Don’t worry if you run out of wool, just make another little ball and tie it on to the end (again keeping the knot towards the center)

5. When you have finished winding the wool, thread the end under one of the strands and tie it off. Now for the fun part! Start cutting the edges between the cardboard circles.

halloween jack o lantern

6. Once you have cut all the way around, take a long piece of wool and tie it between the cardboard circles (this will stop your pom pom from falling apart). Gently ease the wool through the cardboard, then fluff up your pom pom.

halloween jack o lantern

7. To finish of cut out some triangles for the eyes and a zig-zag shape for the mouth out of the black card stock and glue them onto the pom pom. You may need to squish some of the strands down to stick them on.

halloween jack o lanterns

Now you can hang them around the house! You could also make other Halloween ‘creatures’ with different coloured wool…maybe a witch with green wool, a spider or bat with black wool. Any scary creature really, it is up to your imagination!


XO XO Evelyn