Buy it or D.I.Y. it? Halloween Punch Bowl

So for those of you who are new to our new "Buy it or D.I.Y. it?" series here's how it works...

Each week I'll share a craft and I'll break it down like this:
  • the cost to buy it
  • the average cost to D.I.Y it or "Do It Yourself"
  • supplies needed
  • tutorial or link to tutorial
  • average time it takes to make it

What I hope YOU will share:
  • if you would rather "buy it" or D.I.Y. it in the comments
  • any helpful tips you have for this week's craft. Maybe you found a great deal on a craft supply?

This week I wanted to choose something with a Halloween theme and I instantly fell in love with the Bat Punch Bowl at Crate & Barrel...
Crate & Barrel Cost: $50.00 
(only punch bowl included)

Average Cost to D.I.Y.: $30
(This cost includes a glass punchbowl from Target that includes 8 glasses, too!...if you find a thrift store punch bowl it can be way cheaper!)

Average Time to Make: 1 Hour

Halloween Bat Punchbowl Tutorial

  • glass punch bowl
  • one sheet of black vinyl
  • optional witches brew recipe below


1. Clean punchbowl with glass cleaner.
2. Use your vinyl cutting machine to cut out one sheet of small bats. You can find these in the Cricut or Silhouette image library.
3. Randomly place the vinyl
4. Fill with your favorite punch or our delicious Witches Brew Recipe below.

Hand wash your bowl only. It is not safe for the dishwasher.

Witches Brew Punch Recipe

  • 6 oz. package of orange Jello 
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 4 liters of gingerale
  • 1 can pineapple juice (46 oz.)
  • 1 can apricot nectar (46 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice


1. Dissolve Jello and sugar in a large bowl with boiling water.
2. Stir in the pineapple, apricot, and lemon juices. Place in freezer container and freeze.
3. Remove from freezer 2 hours before serving and place in punch bowl.
4. Crush up the frozen mixture into big pieces.
5. Pour gingerale over mixture just before serving.

Makes about 2 gallons of punch!

CRAFT TIP: Remove vinyl and use different holiday images for different events!

So please tell us in the comments...

Would you Buy It or D.I.Y. it?


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Embracing the Natural Beauty of Women

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? 
I am, here I go!

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Round-up: 16 Pallet Clock Tutorials

I have a bit of an obsession with pallet/old wood projects.  Making this large pallet name board for my son was so much fun and super easy.  I loved working with the wood and watching a beautiful creation come of old ugly wood.  
While looking at all the things I could make with pallets, I was surprised at how many adorable clocks I found.  Check out all these amazing pallet wood clocks...there is a tutorial for each one.  
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Primary Children's Hospital

 This is a sponsored post by Primary Children's Hospital. All opinions are mine.

I was asked if I wanted to attend a event in Salt Lake City, UT touring the new Outpatient Building at Primary Children's Hospital. I normally say "no" to these types events for my blog unless they have to do with crafting or DIY projects. Let me tell you why I said "yes" to this one.

They saved my life.

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