FREE Holiday Print (for ELF Movie fans!)

I recently found a large frame at the Dollar Store, and I knew I wanted to use it to create a large decor piece for the holidays. I am thrilled with how the print I designed turned out, and YOU can download your own copy FOR FREE below.

To download a copy of this "ELF" inspired print: click on the picture below, right-click, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 11x14 print.

I printed mine at my local copy store for less than $1, and it looks great in my dollar store frame. It's a fantastic piece of Christmas artwork for only a few dollars!!!

Take a closer peek at my print (and a few of my other NEW dollar store DIYs and finds) here:

What do you think? Are you planning to download a copy of this Elf Movie print? I hope you like it as much as I do!

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

You might also like the Christmas DIYs here.

TWO quick and easy Halloween treat ideas (you are going to want to try TONIGHT!)

Seriously... who doesn't love a quick, easy, and YUMMY Halloween treat?!? Today, I'm sharing two of my favourites.

Check out this video for the FULL instructions!

What did you think? Are you team "mug cake"?

Or team "witch hat"?

Cute, right?!?!

Happy Halloween!!!

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

You may also be interested in the Halloween ideas here.

NEW high-end Halloween decor (DOLLAR STORE finds and DIYs)

I love high end holiday decor, but I don't like the price tag. So... I like to search out dollar store finds and come up with my own DIYs. Today, I have FIVE fantastic items to share with you. You'll never believe what I made from a dollar store car cleaning cloth!

PS (Don't forget to check out the step by step instruction video on YouTube here... or at the end of the post.)

1) I am in love with this DIY. I found these fuzzy car cleaning cloths at my local dollar store, and I knew they'd be perfect for making a no-sew ghost pillow. They come 6 to a pack... so one package is enought to make 3 ghosts.

Cut a ghost shape from one of the cloths, use the ghost shape as a template to create an identical shape from another one of the cloths, use hot glue to attach the shapes together (leaving an opening for stuffing), turn it inside out, stuff the pillow with polyfill, close the opening with hot glue, use hot glue to attach a face made of felt.

2) I love a holiday wreath, and with a little DIY, it's easy to make something fun and unique for Halloween. For this wreath, I used: a dollar store wreath form, dollar store yarn, and a dollar store wooden cut out.

I wrapped a wreath form with black yarn (securing with hot glue periodically). Then, I cover with cat with some scrap fabric I had in my craft stash. To finish, I used hot glue to attach the cat to the wreath and added a bit of ribbon.

I think it's a wonderful piece of neutral, farmhouse decor for Halloween. What do you think?

3) There is nothing better than a super-easy DIY, and it doesn't get easier than this photo display. I found a cute black and gold clipboard, and it is the perfect vessel for displaying seasonal artwork.

I used mine with this adorable Halloween water colour picture I designed. You can grab your own copy (FOR FREE) here.

4) I love the seasona dollar store mats, and this one is perfect for Halloween. I love to layer it with a larger mat for a high end look.

And don't forget to pick up some Halloween goodies at great prices. 😁

5) These candle holders are one of my favourite things to buy from my local dollar store. They are perfect for making tiered trays, but I also like using them to elevate and display decor.

Here I painted one with white chalk paint and one with matte black spray paint. Don't they look great in this black and white Halloween display?

For a closer look at all these ideas for high-end Halloween decor, check out the YouTube video below.

Do you have a favourite dollar store find or DIY for Halloween? Happy Halloween!!!!

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

You may also be interested in the Halloween ideas here.

11 HOCUS POCUS Crafts, DIYs, and Treat Ideas

Movie nights are a staple in my home, and I love watching Hocus Pocus with my boys every Halloween. With Hocus Pocus 2 being released this year, I thought it was the perfect time to share my favourite HOCUS POCUS inspired crafts, DIYs and treat ideas.

1) Binx Candy Dish - Paint a wooden dollar store cat black, glue it to a tray, and fill it with dollar store treats. It's the perfect inexpensive centrepiece for a viewing party food table.

2) Hocus Pocus mugs - Add the words "Hocus Pocus" to black dollar store mugs, and you have the perfect vessels for serving hot chocolate to enjoy during the movie. Easy peasy!

3) Witch hat chocolates - These are the perfect snack to enjoy during a Hocus Pocus screening. Top Reese Peanut Butter Cups with a dollap of icing and a Hershey kiss. That's it!

4) Simple DIY Hocus Pocus Spell book - Cover an old book with faux leather (or paint it brown), add a plastic eyeball cut in half, add details with hot glue, and cover the glue with brown paint. Simple and fun!

5) Hocus Pocus banner - Add glittery gold letters to card stock pennants, and string with a piece of twine. It's a simple way to add a bit of fun to a Hocus Pocus movie night!

6) Broom parking - A dollar store over-the-door coat rack makes a fun Halloween vignette. Use it to hang a witch cape, hat and brooms. It's super fun!!!

7-11) Hocus Pocus tiered tray DIYs - A Hocus Pocus tiered tray is a fun way to create an adorable Halloween vignette, and I have 5 simple tiered tray DIY ideas here. (The tiny little brooms are my favourite!)

You can get a closer look at how I made ALL ELEVEN Hocus Pocus crafts in the video below.

Which is your favourite Hocus Pocus craft/DIY/treat? I think they are all easy, inexpensive, and fun!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

PS (These pretzel brooms are cute too! Package pretzels with a paper straws and tie them with ribbons. Pretty cute, eh?)

5 NEW easy and budget-friendly HALLOWEEN ideas (Dollarama finds and DIYs)

I am obsessed with simple, budget-friendly holiday decor, and I have 5 NEW (and fantastic) ideas to share today. If you like awesome finds and DIYs, you are going to love these!

1) This baby doll head is totally creepy... but also cute. lol I added a light to the inside to make it extra spooky!

2) I found a super-cute purple witch broom at my local dollar store, so I thought I'd set up a "witch broom parking" vignette. I cut a sign from a piece of dollar store foam core, and then I covered the sign with dollar store contact paper. I used my Cricut to add writing, and framed the sign with black electrical tape.

I inserted the sign into the top of a dollar store "over the door" coat rack, and then I added brooms and witch clothing. Cute, right?!?

3) I have used these dollar store cloches is a few DIYs, and I love how versitile they are.

For Halloween, I filled the cloche with the insides of a dollar store pillow, and then I added a nose and mouth (which I cut out with my Cricut). The result is this adorable ghost.

4) I found this screaming doormat sensor at my local dollar store, and I think it's a lot of fun. I can't wait to add it to my Halloween decor.

5) For Fall, I had a lot of fun DIYing with seasonal window clings, so I thought I'd make some similar artwork for Halloween. I started with a double paned floating frame from Dollarama, and I put a spooky window cling in the centre. It took less than a minute, but the result is super-cool.

For a closer look at all the products and DIYs, check out the YouTube video below.

Do you like decorating for Halloween? What do you think of these 5 dollar store DIYs and finds? Let me know your favourite in the comments below.

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

You might also be interested in the FALL finds and DIYs here.

15+ Ideas for Thanksgiving Recipes, Crafts, Decor, and DIYs

Over the years, I have shared a lot of Thanksgiving recipes, crafts, diy, and decor ideas. So... this year I thought I'd put my BEST Thanksgiving ideas all in one collection for you to enjoy. Click on the links below for full recipes, step by step tutorials, and free downloads.

1) Reese's Pieces (soft & chewy) cookie tart - When it comes to Thanksgiving, most people opt for pumpkin pie, but this festive tart is a perfect, easy and delicious alternative. Find the full recipe for this Thanksgiving dessert here

2) FREE (funny) Thanksgiving print - Every home needs a bit of whimsical decor during the holidays. So, I designed this funny Thanksgiving print that you can download for free here. I popped mine in a dollar store frame, and I love it! 

3) Thanksgiving party favours - I love giving guests a party favour, and I have TWO fantastic options for Thanksgiving. I have a free downloadable tag you can print and add to a bag of cookies for your adult guests here. I also have a fun idea for turning a cookie into a turkey for the kids here.

4) Turkey wine bottleHow cute is this turkey wine bottleUse a glue gun to attach a couple of dollar store fall leaves to the back. Then, use more hot glue to attach two googly eyes, a red felt wattle, and a yellow felt beak. It doesn't get much easier, and your guests will love seeing this whimsical bottle of wine on the table!

5) Turkey candy dishThe wine is great for grown ups, but there should be something on the table for younger guests too. How about a fun turkey candy dish? The kids can help by tracing and cutting out their handprints from coloured card stock. Then, arrange the hands together, secure with tape, and use hot glue to attach the "feathers" to the back of a glass dish from the dollar store. Finish by using hot glue to attach googly eyes, a red felt wattle, and a yellow felt beak. You can fill the dish with any type of candy, but I love the colours of these Reese's Pieces.

6) Paper plate "stained glass" turkeyPaper crafts are great for kids too. They add to the festive decor... and they keep the kids busy while you are making dinner. You can find the full step by step instructions for this stained glass paper turkey here. 

7) Thanksgiving tissue paper wreathKids can use 1 inch squares of tissue paper (in fall colours) to make this paper plate Thanksgiving wreath. You can find the step by step instructions for this simple wreath here

8) Argyle sweater Thanksgiving wreathDon't you just love this cozy argyle fall wreathIf you can use a scissors and a glue gun, you can make this wonderful piece of Thanksgiving Day decor. Find the full step by step instructions for this Thanksgiving wreath here.

9) Tiered tray - Decorating tiered trays with dollar store finds and crafted items is a fantastic way to create a classy vignette in your home. I stained a mini rolling pin, added the word "harvest", and wrapped a scrap of fabric around it. I also added pumpkins and pine cones, and filled a dollar store bottle with orange and yellow buttons. I also crafted a book stack from scraps of wood, and strung some wooden beads onto a piece of yarn. Cute, right?

10) S'more bucket - Add a bit of whimsy to your Thanksgiving decor by filling a dollar store galvanized with S'more supplies. I added the words "Making S'more Memories" to the front of my bucket with my Cricut. Wouldn't a Thanksgiving campfire be fun?

11) Artwork in a dollar store frame - Framing Fall pictures and free downloads is an easy and inexpensive way to add Fall flair to your home. You can download the Fall Menu I designed (below) for free here.

12) Thanksgiving hot chocolate tray - A dollar store frame and few dollar store jars can be easily turned into an adorable Thanksgiving hot chocolate tray. Start by inserting a piece of fall-themed scrap book paper into a dollar store frame. Then, use strong glue to attach wooden beads to the bottom of the tray. Finish by adding jars filled with hot chocolate, marshmallows and fall coloured candies. It looks great, and kids will love it! 

Check out the little display I made on the table in my hallway.

13) Boho DIY yarn wreath - Even if you aren't very crafty, you can easily make this simple and chic fall wreath. Don't you just love the boho vibe? Find the full step by step tutorial (with photos) here.

13) Dollar store frame monogram - It doesn't get easier than this piece of DIY fall artwork. But a dollar store frame, insert fall-themed scrapbook paper, add a wooden monogram to the front with glue, and glue a ribbon hanger to the back. That's it. Easy peasy!

You can find more detailed instructions here.

14) Grapevine fall wreath - I made this simple fall wreath many years ago, but it's still one of my favourite DIYs. It's an inexpensive grapevine wreath with handmade felt flowers glued to it. You can find out how easy it is to make the flowers, and find all the step by step instructions here.

15) No Sew Fall Pillows - Transform Summer pillows to Fall pillows in a couple of minutes with a dollar store tablecloth. This is genius!


16) Pumpkin prize punch - if you have kids coming to your house for Thanksgiving, this is a fantastic game to make for them. It's always a hit, and it's cheap to make with dollar store supplies. Find the step by step instructions here.

Which of these fun Thanksgiving ideas is your favourite? Give a few of them a try, and let me know how it goes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 (aka East Coast Mommy)

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