DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Skeleton Treat Bucket! with Scotch® Duct Tape

Glow-in-the-Dark Duct Tape Skeleton Treat Bucket | mer mag

You can probably tell that we’re crazy about Halloween! And we’re crazy about about duct tape! So when Scotch® Duct Tape (one of the fabulous sponsors of my PLAYFUL book launch party!) asked me to create something from their fun new line of tapes (such as a glow-in-the-dark one!! so cool and spooky!) I said yes, of course! I immediately went to work and came up with a simple DIY skeleton trick-or-treat bucket (that glows in the dark!), complete with silly dangling arms and legs.


Glow-in-the-Dark Duct Tape Skeleton Treat Bucket | mer mag

To make this glow-in-the-dark skeleton trick-or-treat bucket you will need:


Make these simple Halloween Costumes with Kids 21


We love it when a great costume uses clothing your child will wear again and has wow elements that are simple, affordable and easy to make (did someone say cardboard?). This little clown, baby bat and garden fairy costume do just that! Head over to kids fashion site Kids21 for our ideas on to put these together in no time! They even share ideas for clothing pairings making it super simple.



Whether he’s a happy clown or a grumpy one…he’s still so darn adorable. These giant pompoms make me so happy. We’re obsessed with these Mabo Kids leggings too. He want’s one in every style they offer. And these Bisgaard silver boots I mean c’mon….



I’m dying over how sweet Miss M looks as this baby bat. She’s a candy monster whenever it’s in her sights. We’ll have to watch out come tricks-or-treats!



My little niece made the most perfect garden fairy. I love how this idea could work for any age.

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Prettiest garden fairy frock from Mabo Kids (I want everything from Emily’s fall line! SOOO good).

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For ideas on how to make put these together see more on Kids 21


photography by Trisha Zemp

Our Little Owl Hat/Puppet in Good Housekeeping


I’m so excited to be sharing a little owl craft in the Novemeber 2014 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine! It doubles as a puppet and party hat. You decide! And you can personalize it with your kiddos traced handprints if you like. Find more info and the DIY in Good Housekeeping (on stands now)!


We had a blast at the shoot with photographer Trisha Zemp (I love working with her!).

On Little O: Noonie Nacho Hoodie Vest, Zanzibach linen harem shorts (our favorite!), and our very loved Bisgaard boots (he wants to wear these EVERY day). Alice in Wonderland print from Land of Nod.



photos by Trisha Zemp

DIY silly Halloween Face Balloons over on Julep today

silly Halloween balloon faces DIY on Julep | mer mag

We love using our paper scraps to make new and fun creation such as these silly face Halloween balloons. We share how how you can make these too over on Minted’s blog Julep today.

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And how about the fact that Halloween is just about one week away?! Any Halloween parties you planning/going to this weekend? I still have to make some of our costumes (the kids tell me something different every day!). What about you? Are you ready?little witchy and fun balloon faces | mer mag

Get your Signed copies of PLAYFUL at a discount over at Brickyard Buffalo this week!

Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For KidsPlayfulSignedCopyI think for once I know just what I’m giving to friends and family for Christmas this year (an amazing feat really). Signed copies of my book PLAYFUL!! And if you want to do the same I’m selling a bunch of signed books, for a limited time, at a discount!, over at Brickyard Buffalo this week. I’m so excited to be one of Susan’s, of Freshly Picked, curated choices. Super cool! Seriously this book would be the best holiday gift.PlayfulSignedCopy

I also have a selection of unique prints being sold for a discounted price this week too. Hurry as I know these and the books will go fast! Artist Prints by Merrilee Liddiard

Thanks again Brickyard Buffalo and Susan for having me!

Colorize your Halloween Bash!

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You’ve still got time to plan a great Halloween party! And with all your decor made out of beautiful paper it’ll be simple and affordable. I’ve teamed up with Astrobright Paper to bring you super fun and simple ideas, like these paper strip hanging ghosts!, to colorize your spooky bash.

Paper Strip Hanging Ghost| Mer Mag + Astrobright Paper

Aj and I worked on making these cute owl invites with wings that open and shut. You can download the template for them here. Use a white colored pencil to draw on feathered wings and simply write what you want to say to guests or use as thank yous!

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Duct Tape Bird Costume from my book PLAYFUL: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids

Playful Bird Costume | mer mag

It’s the weekend of creating costumes! Oh how I love this time of year! Some of you have already made this duct tape bird costume from my book Playful and shared on Instagram. Soo soo cool. Check #playfultoysandcrafts to see more.

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My book Playful has templates for each piece of the costume making it super easy to recreate – and then add your own touches. Cute little Lydia is wearing it here but I originally made with little O helping. He looked super cute it too so it’s perfect for either a girl or a boy.

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And how sweet is Lydia and Creed here? These two little love birds are the best of friends. I hope their friendship continues forever. You have to see the hashtag #creedandlydia on instagram as well. Your heart will melt. And you probably recognize them from my latest paper plate cat and pumpkin masks for Oh Happy Day. Can you believe how big they are just a year later?!! not fair. ;).


photography by Nicole Gerulat

Vintage Rocking Elephant


A little while ago my designer friend Meta and I went antique shopping (one of my favorite things to do with her! I love the hunt and that girl can find hidden wonders most people miss) and she spotted this fabulous vintage rocking elephant. We talked about how it was perfectly Playful French Industrial and that I couldn’t live with out it. I agreed. But decided I would let it sit and see if it was still there the next time I came back.

Well not two days later Meta shows up at my door with this perfectly weathered wooden pachyderm! Best friend ever! And she was right. It was meant to find a home with us.


And we love this guy. You can tell a lot of love went into making him. His trunk actually moves back and forth with a hinge too. So cool! I love finding toys made by hand. They are so special and rare these days. It used to be almost common place for parents to build toys for their kids. I love it when we can bring a bit of that magic – that history – back into our homes today.

This guys a bit hefty but we’ve come to love that aspect of him too. The boys can actually comfortably sit on him as well and will often perch here while watching a movie. It’s pretty cute.

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And I love that Miss M adores Mr Elephant and her new birthday rag doll Maggie. We made a felt ball necklace for her and have a number of outfits in mind. We also made a little sleeping bag that she goes into right next to Miss M each night. She calls her “baby” and its super adorable. Pretty much a bowl full of doll playing dreams coming true over here. And I’m not going to lie…I’m loving it.


Win a copy of PLAYFUL and make these masks on Oh Happy Day!

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Today Jordan Ferney is giving away two copies of my book Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids over on Oh Happy Day! Woo hoo! Head on over there and mention why you would like to add this book to your library for a chance to win! Crossing my fingers for you!

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I’m also offering templates and a DIY on Oh Happy Day! for these silly little Halloween paper plate cat and pumpkin masks, inspired by my projects in Playful. They are perfect for an afternoon Halloween crafting bash with little friends (you totally still have time to put one together! Especially with how simple these are). Add a few of our past spooky crafty creations from the past and you’re more than set!

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I asked some of my favorite Playful models, Creed and Lydia to help me with these masks. I can’t believe how much they’ve grown in a year! These best friends modeled for my duct tape bird costume. Creed is also in my paper plate animal mask shoot as well so he’s a pro at this. I’m crazy about his scarecrow stance above! I’m also crazy about these amazing hand sewn pants from one of my favorite sources for great kids wear, Zanzibach. I want all the pants she makes. Perfect for my boys.

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Photography by Trisha Zemp

A DIY Halloween Craft Bonanza!!

MerMagHalloweenCraftRoundUpIf  you know me you know that I’ve been a HUGE fan of Halloween for all my life. I love autumn, the crisp air, the falling leaves, dressing up and a slight bit of the spooky. So we’ve done quite number of Halloween crafts over the years. This 10+ round up are some of my favorites.  (you might notice a slight obsession with bats…I guess I’m sort of into them).

To get going on your spooky projects click on the following:

  1. Downloadable Halloween Party Pack in my shop! Stocked full of banners, paper cut out trick-or-treators to play with!, a super cute bat party invite and more!
  2. Duct tape bat and pumpkin trick-or-treat buckets
  3. Simple Bat and Drac costumes
  4. Paper Stip Pumpkin Art
  5. My sister’s Origami Paper boxes for your Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
  6. Cat and Pumpkin Paper Mache Puppets (still a favorite of my kids! They love it when I bring these out.)
  7. Easy Paper Cat Mask
  8. Monster Treat Box out of a sandwich bag carton
  9. Paper Tube Bat Cany Holders with wings recycled from paper shopping bags
  10. Security Envelope Bats
  11. And a fan favorite, our Haunted House! made with cardboard and duct tape.

Some others from the archives you might also enjoy: Our well loved (and probably most popular Halloween craft of all time) Jon’s Snowflake Paper Pumpkins; fun and easy Felt Halloween Pumpkin FacesMix-x-Match Up Monster Paper Paper Puppets party; Check our Monster Photo Booth Back Drop complete with spooky signage; Host your own kids Halloween Crafternoon party with all these easy crafts!

And here are some favorite costume links: Juice Box CostumeBandit Wolf costume and Baby Octopus Costume DIY, and more from our 2009-2011 costume round up


Stay tuned for even more spooky Halloween ideas this month. And I can’t promise I’m done with bats yet! EEEEEK!