Momma Told Me: Adorable D.I.Y. Pet Costume Tutorial + All The Hershey's Candy You'll Need For A Ghoulish Halloween!

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Adorable D.I.Y. Pet Costume Tutorial + All The Hershey's Candy You'll Need For A Ghoulish Halloween!

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D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
Momma Told Me: You can't take the whole bowl!

I wasn't one of those lazy kids.

I spend the first half of my younger years in a condominium complex- The Trick-Or-Treating was compact and over quick. The majority of the residents were retired, or younger college students; most lights were off on Halloween, and Momma rarely let me go up the stairs to a second floor unit. It wasn't until we moved into our family's first house that I truly got a taste for what the holiday was all about. Not only were there houses and yards filled to rafters with haunted house themed decor, but people from all across our city drove their children in to go door to door in our housing complex.That first year I covered 8 blocks, on crutches, I was so excited by the prospect of 'real' Trick-Or-Treating!
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Of course not all areas of the country, or communities, participate in the old-fashioned door-to-door festivities. Whether you're Trunk-Or-Treating, throwing the party of the year, or simply celebrating desk-to-desk around the office, nobody wants to be caught out of candy. Remember those van-fulls of sugar crazed kids in costume I mentioned above- yea, they had my poor father lights out and behind the door by 6:30 PM that first year. The toddlers and pre-Trick-Or-Treaters had cleaned him and that tiny bowl of candy sheer out before the action even began! As a result, even over a decade later, my father knows to buy his Halloween candy in large variety bags like the selection available from Hershey's at Walmart.
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I won't lie- I still go back to my parent's house every Halloween. Jay and I live in the sort of neighborhood that drives their kids to my father's neighborhood- so the Hallow's Eve 'action' here is pretty dismal. Instead, we dress up the fur kids, bring along a few large variety bags of Hershey's candy from Walmart, and help my dad fend off the hordes of decorated zombies kids. This year, I even decided to make Truffles, the cat, and Nora, the Morkie, their own personalized costumes; bean bag animal hang tags. It's so simple, anyone can do it; so make sure to grab a variety bag of Hershey's candy (someone has to taste test at least 1 of each type before you pass them out, right?) and the following materials from Walmart;

1 Red Poster Board Shet
1 White Poster Board Sheet
1 White Paint Marker
1 Gold Paint Marker
1 Black .3-.5 Calligraphy Pen
1 Red Pet Collar
1 Medium Sponge Brush Applicator
1 Bottle White Glue
Scissors
Hole Punch
Pencil
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
Ready?

Now, you COULD print an enlarged bean bag animal hang tag off the internet, cut it out, and slap it on your pet, and call the job done. This may or may not work depending on the size of your pet- for me, I truly wanted that handmade look, and the keepsake of personalized hang tags for each of our pets.

1. Begin by printing a basic heart outline, or free-handing one if you're just THAT awesome. Keep in mind the sizing in proportion to your pet. Larger pet's will allow a more natural scale while smaller pets might have to go a little bigger to get all the details in. Cut out the stencil and cut the edge off the left side of the heart to create the 'folded' edge.
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
2. Trace the stencil with a pencil, onto the white poster board, making sure to leave ample room for the mirrored half to the left of the stencil. Fold the poster board along the flat edge of the heart and cut through both layers, following along the stencil lines.

3. Place the red poster board inside the folded white heart and trace the outline of the heart in pencil. Cut the red heart along the stencil lines.
4. Place some white glue in a disposable cup (or on a paper plate) and lightly daub the glue, with the sponge brush, on the front face of your white folded heart. Place the red heart cutout on top, smooth evenly, and place something flat and heavy atop for 10 minutes while it dries. Make sure weight is evenly applied to avoid rippling or bubbling.
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At this point you may want to go try your own Halloween costume on, practice your superhero lines, or simply create an excuse to try another flavor of Jolly Rancher lollipop (I suggest Pink Lemonade, it's the Bomb.com.) You've got 10 minutes to spare, might as well put them to use! I also took the time to 'integrate' all of the different types of varieties, since we had so many different candy options in each of our Hershey's large variety bags. One of my favorite things, as a trick-or-treater, was always getting to pick from a big selection of candy, and we NEVER disappoint on that level!
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
5. Once your tag has dried you'll want to take your gold paint pen and outline the outer, front, edges of your heart. Be sure to do this over a paper plate, drop cloth, or newspaper so you don't draw a gold outline on your work sruface! Paint pens usually dry pretty quick, but you might want to place a sheet of computer paper over and surfaces you hand may rub on when doing the next steps, just in case.

6. Take the white paint pent and draw a 'Ty' logo on the (red) front of your heart tag. Then go ahead and take your calligraphy pen and draw a bar code, care instructions, and any other little details you'd like to ad. Feel free to copy them off a bean bag tag from a character that resembles your pet! Be careful, this ink will want to smear before it fully dries, so watch where you put your hands! Next, go ahead and put your pet's name on the (right hand) inside tag face, along with a 4 line, rhyming poem. Here's what I put for Nora:


Hair here, there, everywhere
It's hard to believe there's a dog in there.
Always smiling, she never frowns
It's great to have this dog around!
7. All that's left is to use your hole punch to put a hole in the upper left corner of the folded hear tag, than attach it to the hoop on your pet's collar with a key ring. Or- you could go fancy pants like me and fashion a makeshift 'T-tag' out of crafting wire covered in hot glue....your choice.
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
I especially like the D.I.Y. bean bag toy pet costume because it can be made to fit ANY size pet, and is worn with minimal disruption to the animal. It's great for animals to don't particularly like to get 'dressed up,' as most pets normally wear a collar everyday anyway, and you can choose the size tag that will suit your pet best. These also can be worn for special events, or even every day in October to turn heads while on walks, or just to add a little extra adorable to those Instagram pet shots!
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
Truffles is the ham of the family, but she really doesn't like being told she has to take a photo- she much prefers to just strike a pose and wait for me to grab the camera. She didn't mind her 'costume' much but she wasn't keen to hanging out on the bed for me to take these shots- apparently it was play time and I was interrupting. You'll have to catch all the fun outtakes on our social feeds over the next week. There is one with a TIE Fighter that is absolutely adorable!
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
While I do own Truffles' bean bag counterpart, Boots the Cat, I couldn't find it in time for this post- but I did find Nora's bean bag doppelganger, Duster the dog! While we do brush and groom the dog for her photo shoots she really does look more like a dust bunny when she has her druthers! Duster's even hanging around in Nora's bed cabinet for the remainder of the month- there's just something a bit spooky playful about about having a silent stuffed dog on hand! Plus, Duster will guard all of the delicious Hershey's candy until we can pass it out at league and on Halloween night!
D.I.Y. Bean Bag Toy Pet Costume Tutorial! Grab all of your supplies and LARGE Hershey's variety candy bags at Walmart! #TrickOrSweet (ad)
No matter who is celebrating this Halloween, the fur kids- the actual little ghouls and goblins, or just you and your significant zombie other don't get caught without candy. Nothing wrecks the party quicker than a vegetarian zombie without tofu brains like an empty candy bucket and a door bell! Stock up on all of your favorite Hershey's treats with large variety bags of Hershey's candy from Walmart. And be sure to grab all of your other Halloween D.I.Y. supplies and decorations while you're there- we can never get out without a trip down the seasonal aisle! P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for some fun Orange Reese's treats in the candy aisle, just for Halloween!  Now, tell me, what are your plans this Halloween? Do you have any particular memories of running our of candy at a bad time?

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18 comments:

  1. That is the cutest thing ever. I totally want to make one for my dog!!

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  2. I love this! We always talk about how cuddly our pets are. Now I can use one simple trick to make them a Beanie Baby for Halloween.

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  3. What a cute idea! Easy and fun and will not inhabit the pet at all! I will have to do this when I have a pet again.

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  4. Love it, love it, love it! I've got to do this for my cats. It's such a cute idea!

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  5. Okay, how adorable are these!!?!? PLUS, I TOTALLY couldn't find Nora either and can't believe you have a doppleganger just like that! What a cute idea and love how you snacked along the way. ;) I'm ALSO a huge fan of the pink lemonade as well - YUM! #client

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  6. One thing I really love about Halloween is seeing all the kids' costumes and how enthusiastic they are! It's such a rare event that they get to dress up!

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  7. What a cute pet costume! My kids are already mapping out their route for Halloween night.

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  8. That's super cool! This would be perfect for my kitties! They'd make super cute little TY toys! - Jeanine

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  9. Okay, that is an adorable pet costume. HA! I love it... oh and I lam like you, I love snacking on some yummies when crafting

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  10. Oh this sure brings back memories. I used to collect those like crazy. I want to make one for our cat!

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  11. This would be an amazing costume for my cats this Halloween. My kids are going to love it. My cats are so chunky they will look like toys for sure.

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  12. This is such a unique idea for a pet costume! I love seeing cute animals in costumes, but this is the perfect "costume" for those pets who don't like to keep bulky stuff on.

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  13. This is a fantastic costume idea. Last year i dressed my friends cat like a bumble bee. The cat was so relaxed he just sat there and purred. I will have to share this with my friend for this year.

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  14. My dog has a skunk costume for this year and it is so cute. If i had a cat i would make this costume for them. It is such a simple way to get the pets in on the Halloween fun.

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  15. girl this is the cutest post and you always wear the best nail polish. i love forward to visiting your blog to see the new colors. #NailGameIsTight

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  16. Oh my goodness! That pet costume is just too cute! I am loving your mask, too!

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  17. Everything is so pretty. I just love the pet costume.

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  18. I am pretty sure you win for best in store photo everrrr! Girl, you are so creative with your shops!

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