Our Fairy-Inspired Favorites

By PBK Editors

Add some extra sparkle to your next party or play date with dash of fairy dust and a little magic! Whether they’re engaged in dress-up or ready for a whimsical celebration, we’ve fallen for all things fairy-inspired this season.

For a cozy winter wonderland of magic and delight, we love this Magical Tea Party that’s filled with great recipes like hot cocoa and sparkling cupcakes.

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One of our favorite ways to add a touch of magic to a day of play is with fairy-inspired outfits, accessories and toys. Here are a few of our favorite picks:

Ready to sprinkle some more magic into the season? RSVP for the Very Fairy Tea Party at your local store where your little one can create their own magical fairy wand! Visit our Store Events page to learn more.

Let The Wild Rumpus Start!

By PBK Editors

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We’re counting down the days for next week’s costume-filled festivities and couldn’t help but share the adorable photos captured by Monika Hibbs. This little wild thing looks like he’s having quite the rumpus in this plush Halloween costume!

Visit potterybarnkids.com to see our entire Halloween collection. Better hurry — our most popular costumes (like the one pictured above) are going fast!

Set A Spooky Scene: A DIY Halloween Puppet Theater

By Joel Henriques

Written by Joel Henriques of Made by Joel for Building Blocks.

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Finger puppets have always been a favorite craft with my family. The kids love using their creativity to design new puppets, but they also get to continue using their imaginations as they act out stories with each character. We can spend hours around the table crafting, acting and entertaining each other for some fun family time!

For this set of puppets, we also created a Halloween puppet theater out of a used cereal box. It turned out to be quite an inspiring prop for some hilarious impromptu Halloween skits.

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Follow the simple instructions below to create your own Halloween puppets and theater!

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You will need:

  • Empty Cereal Box
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Scissors or Craft Knife
  • Black Paint and a Paintbrush
  • Coloring Supplies (optional)

Step 1: Cut an empty cereal box down the side so it opens flat.

Step 2: Draw a haunted house using your own design (kids can draw it too!), or use the template.

Step 3: Cut the house out using scissors and or craft knife.

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Step 4: Paint or color the house any color you’d like. I used black paint, but you could also just use pens or crayons.

Step 5: Once it’s finished, you can stand up the house by folding it slightly along the folds that were in the cereal box.

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Halloween Finger Puppets

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Coloring Supplies (optional)

Step 1: On a piece of paper, draw puppets using your own design or print out the template. (You can use colored or white paper, then let the kids color them with pens or crayons too.)

Step 2: Cut the puppets out with scissors.

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Step 3: Roll the paper back until it overlaps a little, then secure it with tape. (I like to use double sided clear tape, but any tape will work.)

Step 4: Start the show!

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

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A Pumpkin Treat Packed With Veggies

By PBK Editors

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‘Tis the season for comforting baked goods and lots and lots of decadent pumpkin treats. To satisfy that fall sweet tooth, we love this Healthy Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread from Ambitious Kitchen — it has the perfect combination of chocolate chips and pumpkin spice, but packs in a good dose of veggies and whole grains for your little ones!

Ready to start baking? See our other great recipe ideas for fall on Design Studio.

A Dream Nursery Giveaway

By PBK Editors

Welcoming a new addition to the family is always a special milestone and for LaurenConrad.com editor Ilana, our Design Service Specialists were determined to make her dream nursery come to life. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes planning of Ilana’s nursery plus the big reveal on LaurenConrad.com!

We were so inspired by her gorgeous new space that we’ve decided to spread the love to our Building Blocks readers! Enter below for your chance to win a $1,000 Pottery Barn Kids gift card to start designing a dream room in your home! Plus, see some of our favorite photos from baby Eden’s nursery below.

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Tips for Creating Walls That Wow!

By PBK Editors

With just a brush, paint and some creative inspiration, you can completely transform your child’s room into a space packed with style. Add extra dimension to their space with these three tips that are ready to wow.

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1. Transform your walls into a canvas. With the help of some chalkboard paint or hanging rolls of craft paper, your walls can become a mini gallery for your little ones. One of our favorite tricks is to draw unique frames around their artwork to give each piece character.

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2. Use painted effects. Use painters’ tape to create unique designs on the walls. Whether you’re painting a zig-zag pattern or tonal stripes, these painted effects help give depth and whimsy to the space.

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3. Play with prints. We love using a soft decal to make a little one’s space come to life — plus, they peel off just as easily as they went on!

For more great ideas on decorating your home, read our decorating articles in Design Studio.

A Happy Halloween in Black and White

By PBK Editors

For something stark, simple and a little bit spooky this Halloween, try a fun craft in black and white. Whether you’re decorating your front porch or building your own haunted dollhouse, here are three crafts that are made creepier without color.

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From spiderwebs to friendly ghosts, a dollhouse filled with frights is a fun way to celebrate this spooky season. We love this DIY Haunted Dollhouse from Mr Printables as a new environment for existing toys.

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Welcome guests with a skeleton friend like this DIY Trick-or-Treater Greeter from Handmade Charlotte. For a hilarious treat, strike your skeleton greeter in a funny pose like a disco dance move!

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Ditch the cotton ball and pipe cleaner mess with an elevated take on your classic haunted decor. This Spiderweb Wreath uses striped straws in a sunburst pattern for a black and white touch that is beautiful and fun.

For more great Halloween crafting ideas, visit our Design Studio or browse other DIYs on the blog.

Spotted! A Picture Perfect Costume Party With 100 Layer Cakelet

By PBK Editors

What makes a fun Halloween craft party even more memorable? Costumes, of course! Little ones love an excuse to dress up and you can definitely tell from the Halloween Craft Party on 100 Layer Cakelet. Hosted by Beijos Events and shot by Lovechild Photo, we love how these moments of fun and celebration were captured. Here’s a peek at some of our favorite looks that were spotted at this spooktacular celebration:

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Love one of the costumes you see above? Check out our entire Halloween costume collection at potterybarnkids.com.

A Spooky and Sweet Treat

By Megan Bailey

Written by Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut for Building Blocks.

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With fall comes pie baking and with Halloween comes jack-o-lanterns, so it’s only natural that we would want to combine the two! These fun hand pies are perfect for tiny hands and also a great fall baking activity you can do with your little peanuts. They’re almost too cute to eat plus they’re simple to put together– we call that an instant Halloween hit!

We set up a fun Halloween table for entertaining kids using our favorite Halloween tabletop items including spooky (and cute!) character plates with spiderweb placemats.

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To make our little party guests feel extra special, we created these simple personalized pumpkins at each place setting using a bit of black and white paint. With these freshly baked jack-o-lantern pies, we were all set for one spooktacular celebration!

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Jack-O-Lantern Hand Pies

  • Ingredients
  • 2 package pie dough for a double crust
  • 1 1/3 cups roasted or canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup regular cream cheese, softened and slightly warm
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs {1 beaten together for egg wash}
  • Raw sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together the granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, salt, cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, and vanilla extract until smooth. Scrap down the sides as needed. Set aside.

4. Gently roll out the pie dough just until smooth between two pieces of wax paper. Using a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter (we used this pumpkin cookie cutter from Williams-Sonoma), go around the pie dough in a circle and cut out pumpkin shapes. Using the tip of a sharp knife gently cut out triangle eyes and mouth. Feel free to have fun making different jack-o-lantern faces.

5. Place the pumpkins without faces on the cookie sheet. Brush the edges lightly with egg wash. Take 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of filling and spread it around the pumpkin leaving the edges clear. Too much filling will ooze out so be careful here.

6. Press the faces gently on top of the puree and seal the edges with a fork. Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle the top with a little raw sugar.

7. Bake for 12-15 minutes on the middle rack. Serve warm or cold.

Makes about 12 hand pies.

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