Oct 02

Astroturf Dress

by Hannah Holt »


Last year Josh went to our Halloween party as a golfer, and I went as the green. Here’s how my turf frock came into being…

A while ago Josh and I picked up Astroturf at Lowe’s. We needed something to cover the splintery wood on our back deck until it gets replaced. The Lowe’s sales-rep sold us the end of a roll at a deeply discounted price. That left us with yards and yards of extra fabric. I took one look at all that turf and knew just what to do:

front back

Since I’m feeling rather expertish on the subject of Atsro sewing (and I KNOW you are all DYING to get you one), I thought I’d share a few tips.

-Pick a pattern with few seams. No gathers or darts. This is essentially carpet sewing.

-When cutting, you don’t need to allow for much seam. You’ll be sewing and gluing the pieces almost edge to edge.

-Immediately after cutting, apply a sewing glue to ALL the edges. This will keep it from fraying to pieces, and enable you to sew the edges without it falling apart. This will need drying time.

-Do NOT use a sewing machine. Hand sew a simple stitch down each seam to draw the edges together. Then hot glue all the seams.

-You do not need to hem. Just cut a straight line on the bottom and fray check.

-Make the dress a tight fit. It will loosen up after a couple wearings.

-To clean, spray with hose.

-I was too lazy to line the dress, so I just bought a simple under-dress from a thrift store.

-Don’t forget your matching masquerade glasses.


Yes, this is my first (and only) handmade dress.

Aug 02

DIY: Glow-in-the-Dark* Paint

by Hannah Holt »


This paint glows under black light.* With only two ingredients, it’s completely non-toxic (you could eat it), and it will brighten any black light party.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup tonic water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

1) Pour the tonic water into a small bowl and let it rest until it loses its fizzy.

2) Stir the two ingredients together.

3) Using paint brushes, decorate colored construction paper, skin, or other non-phosphorescent surfaces. (Most white papers won’t work because they also glow under black light. I used black construction paper.)

While working on my Spicy Alphabet book, I learned that tonic water glows under black light. I have a black light at home (who doesn’t?), so I tested it out.

It turns out tonic water ice cubes also glow under black light:

As does boiling tonic water:

Here’s the paint applied to my face:

When working on this post, I first tried adding tonic water to a variety of paints. None of them worked. The pigments in the dyes seemed to block tonic water’s glow. Finally my husband and I walked around our kitchen waving the black light over all the foods in our pantry. Cornstarch had the best luminescence, hence this recipe. We tried a few different ratios. The one-to-one ratio had a good consistency.

Most of my projects involve a lot of trial and error. Here’s a video I shared on my Facebook Page a while ago (from my Summer Science series):

What can I say? I like to play!

Happy painting!

Oct 29

Spider Coloring Page

by Hannah Holt »

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Click here to access the full-size coloring page.

We added wiggly eyes to ours…

Oct 25

Foot Ghosts

by Hannah Holt »


What you’ll need:

  • white paper
  • black crayons
  • scissors

Step 1: Use the crayon to trace your foot.

Step 2: Draw a face on the heal of the traced foot.

Step 3: Cut out the ghost.

Oct 25


by Hannah Holt »

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Easier than carving pumpkins, these simple bag lanterns will light up your Halloween.

What you’ll need:

  • brown paper bag
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • LED tea light
  • tissue paper (optional)

Step 1: Draw a face on the paper bag. Basic shapes are easier to cut with scissors. (An X-acto knife can make more elaborate designs.)

Step 2: Cut out the shapes of the face.

Step 3 (optional): Cut a rectangle out of the tissue paper and glue it inside the bag (such that all the shapes of the face are covered).

Step 4: Turn on the tea light and place it in the bag.

Detailed Shapes (X-acto knife example)

Lay the bag flat on a table and place a piece of cardboard in the middle. Cut around this pattern…

The cutout will look like this (green paper used to highlight design better)…

Place the tea light in the bag. Ta da!