Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Crafts

With the Halloween holiday quickly approaching, I thought I'd share some crafts for those last minute decorators (like me!). I found these ideas on DIY--lots of great ideas on their site. Here are a few that I thought would be great to share:

The instructions are too long to post here, so you can go HERE and read them.
Here's another favorite of mine!

Materials and Tools:

old glass jars
black spray paint
wax metallic finishes
rubber or plastic toys, stuffed animals, knick knacks, etc.
food coloring
measuring cup
stir stick
ink pad
twine or string


1. Wash the jars and lids thoroughly. Spray paint the lids and, once dry, apply wax metallic finishes to them for an aged look.
2. Fill a measuring cup with water. Add a drop of food coloring and stir. Add more food coloring or more water to get the intensity of color that you want.
3. Place a toy or knick-knack into the jar and fill the jar with water. Screw the lid on tightly.
4. Using the tags, write out a label for each jar. To antique the tags, gently pat or rub them on an ink pad.
5. Tie the labels onto the jars with twine.

And I'll leave you with one last decorating idea:
Glitzy Candles:

Materials and Tools:

pillar or taper candles
Candle DecoPaint (by Marvy Uchida)
ultra-fine glitter
manila folder


1. Use the Candle DecoPaint to add Halloween-themed drawings to the pillar candles. Crazy stripes also look spooky.
2. While the candle DecoPaint is still wet, sprinkle ultra-fine glitter over areas that you wish to highlight.
3. Work over a manila folder so that you can easily funnel any stray glitter back into its canister.

Allow the candle to dry for 24 hours.

Spooky Candles
Materials and Tools:

three tall glass enclosed candles
4" wooden letters, spelling "E-E-K," or "B-O-O"
craft paint
Perfect Pearls embellishing pigment kit (by Ranger Ink)
spray bottle filled with water
8-mm jump rings
E6000 glue
needle-nosed jewelry pliers


1. Paint the wooden letters with craft paint and allow them to dry. An eerie mix of green and black paint or a ghostly white works well.
2. Rub the pad of Pearlizing Perfect medium on each letter.
3. Use a paintbrush to dust the patina powders included in the kit on each letter. Spray with water from the spray bottle to set the pigments, and allow them to dry.
4. Use E6000 glue to attach an 8-mm jump ring to the back of each letter in the center and at the top. Position the jump ring so that approximately half of the ring is exposed at the top of the letter.
Note: Allow the glue to dry for at least 8 hours.
5. Wrap chain around the lip of the candle glass. Link the chain together to form a loop of chain around the top of the candle with a tail of chain.

These projects I downloaded from the DIY site. They have lots and lots of great ideas!

Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I've had a busy month

It's been nearly a month since posting here. I'm working on my doll for the challenge at CDA as well as creating for the DT at SCF (Scrapbooking and Crafting Friends). I also had a procedure done last week and felt crappy for a few days afterwards. I've also spent the last two days creating buttons for my various blogs. Look to the right and scroll down to where it says: You Can Find Me At. Click on a button to my other blog(s).