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Fun Fur Spiders!

18 Oct

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With all of the beautiful pipe cleaners and fun fur available today, it’s easy to make cute spiders for your pumpkin patch (or anywhere)!

 

Materials for each spider:

4 pipe cleaners

1 pom pom

2 wiggly eyes

Fun Fur

Hot Glue

 

Directions:

1. Cross the four pipe cleaners over each other like the spokes of a wheel and twist at the center to keep them together.

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2. Allow one end of  Fun Fur to drop down below the middle, then start weaving the yarn in and out of the pipe cleaner “legs.”

3. When you think the body is the right size, cut yarn, and tie end to loose end at bottom of spider. Trim extra yarn.

4. Have an adult help you hot glue a pompom to the front of the spider for a head.

5. Add (at least) two wiggly eyes.

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Hints:

*If you would like a spider to be more puffy in the middle, glue an extra pompom to center of pipe cleaners before wrapping with yarn. Wrap yarn around it a few times before weaving through the legs. We did this for the orange spider.

*Add a piece of fishing line and let your spider dangle!

Inspiration:

This craft was inspired by a craft my mom made in girl scouts. This spider used to have a paper head. It doesn’t look so good anymore!

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Halloween Craft Round-Up

28 Oct

We thought it would be fun to gather up all of our Halloween crafts into one post. If you like what you see, click on it. It will take you to the post that gives instructions on how to do the craft.

Classy Glassy Halloween Pendants

 

 

Halloween Table Tree

 

 

Painted Treat Jars.

Mummy Pencil

Easy Costume!

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Halloween Wreathes

6 Oct

Use these fun wreathes to make your house festive for Halloween. We found a bunch of cool Halloween cupcake liners, brads, and cardboard shapes at T.J. Maxx and we couldn’t resist making wreathes again.

Supplies:

1. Vine Wreath (We found these at the Dollar Tree.)

2. Cupcake Liners

3. Embellishments (We used tag board shapes, brads, and cupcake liners purchased from T.J. Maxx.)

4. Hot Glue

 Directions:

1. Fold and twist cupcake liners into desired shapes.

2. Thread liners through cracks between the vines in the vine wreaths.

4. Using hot glue (with adult help) glue on embellishments.

5. You can also glue smaller cupcake liners on top of wreath.

To see our other version of cupcake liner wreathes click HERE.

Happy Monster Pins

24 Oct

We started making monster pins using a recycled pin method we found in Recycled Crafts. But this method was a bit complicated for kids. So we ended up trying a few other things. Here are the directions for the much easier to make Glamourous Monster pins above.

 

Materials

Used button pins

Polly Pocket Shoes

Wiggle Eyes

Fake Fur

Hot Glue

Large Sequins

Trim (lace, sequins, ribbon, shapes)

Rubber cording (you can use rubber necklace cord. We cut up broken headphone cords for the legs above.)

Felt

Directions

1. Cut a square of fake fur.

2. Glue to button pin.

3. Cut a crescent from the bottom of a large sequin.

4. Glue to pin as monster’s mouth.

5. Glue on wiggly eye.

6. Cut rubber cording for legs.

7. Add dot of glue to bottom of cording and stick into small shoe. Repeat.

8. Glue legs to back side bottom edge of fake fur.

9. Cut a small piece of felt and place it over glue and legs to secure.

10. Glue on trim like ribbon for decoration.

Tip: If you run out of button pins, you can use a piece of stiff felt for back and glue on pinback.

 

Other ways to make Monster Pins:

These Pins were made by covering large recycled button pins with Modge Podge, placing fabric over button, then coating with Modge Podge again. Details were glued on when Modge Podge was drying. Hot Glue had to be used to secure buttons with heavy felt (like Cookie Monster). These were harder to make, but we still had fun making them.

This monster was made using the modge podge method.This pin was made by coiling a pipe cleaner and gluing it to a button pin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Pumpkin Earrings and Pendant

21 Oct

 

This Jewelry is super easy to make and fun to wear.  C made the witch’s finger out of a stick, green marker, and red nail polish.

 

Materials:

1. Beads

2. Headpins

3. Hooks for Earrings

4. Coated Wire for Pendant

5. Needle Nose pliars. (If you do not have these, you can make loops around the end of a small paintbrush.)

Earring Directions

1. Put round bead on headpin. (We used 2 orange fire polished beads we purchased from Shipwreck Beads.)

2. Add small green bead. (These came from Fire Mountain Beads.)

3. Add a small loop in wire. See the link for directions. 

http://tinyurl.com/3fuws29

4. Add Earring hoops.

Pendant Directions

1. Add large orange bead to headpin. (Fire Mountain)

2. Twist a piece of green coated wire around a toothpick, leaving a closed loop on one end.

3. Put wire on headpin.

4. Add green bead. (Fire Mountain)

5. Add loop to headpin. See link for directions.

http://tinyurl.com/3fuws29

Stamped and Painted Treat Jars

17 Oct

 

 

For Painted Jars

 Materials:

 1. Empty glass jars

2. Acrylic paint

3. Paint brushes

 

 Directions:

 1. Paint the jars and lids any way you want!

 

For Stamped Jars

Materials

 1. StazOn ink pad

2. Foam stamps

3. Empty Glass Jars

 

Directions

 1. Apply ink to stamp pad and stamp on jar!

(Note: think of this as “wrapping paper” for your jar. The ink will wipe off of jars, so use as a quick and cute decoration, but don’t expect it to last a long time. Painted images will last longer. Handwash the interiors gently if you want to reuse.)

 

Add candy and a battery operated candle for a cute Halloween light!

 

Classy Glassy Halloween Pendants

9 Oct

Materials:

Large Glass Beads

Smaller clear and black beads

StazOn Black Ink Pad

Headpin

Glaze (We used Glassy Accents.)

Foam Stamps (We purchased ours at Dollar General.)

 Directions:

1. Select a foam stamp and place it in StazOn ink.

2. Gently but firmly apply stamp to bead and allow to dry.

3. Use Glaze to cover inked area and allow to dry.

4. Thread small bead onto head pin, add stamped bead, and another small bead.

5. Create a loop in headpin.

The glaze gives the ink a raised look.

Tips:

StazOn ink pads have permanent ink, so they will dry beautifully on glass.  But the stamps will wipe off! So you must coat the ink with something. Glassy Accents or similar products have a glass-like sheen. If you coat just the inked areas it will look like raised glass. Very Cool.

We were surprised by how well the foam stamps worked. We tried our rubber ones, but they didn’t conform to curves in the glass as well as the foam stamps did.

If you do not know how to create a loop in a headpin, this site gives excellent advice and photos!

http://tinyurl.com/3fuws29

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Halloween Table Tree

1 Oct

We were inspired to create this tabletop decoration after seeing similar ones in stores.  For the first ones we created, we transformed leftover yellow and white store bought “Easter Trees”. Then we created one from scratch, using an oak branch and an old flower pot.

Materials

 1. Dried tree branch

2. Flower pot

3. Cardboard

4. Scissors

5. Glue

6. Black Acrylic Paint

last year's spider rings, bracelets, and whistles

7. Paint brushes

8. Rocks

9. Glitter

10. Assorted Small Halloween items (We used leftover favors and jewelry from other years.)          

 

 Directions

 1. Find a dead tree branch (we cut ours off of the deadened part of a tree)

2. Paint the branch black

3. Brush a small amount of glitter onto wet paint

4. Turn flower pot over onto cardboard and trace a circle

5. Cut out circle slightly smaller than the one you traced onto the cardboard. (Eventually, it will need to fit into the pot slightly below the top.)

6. Punch hole in middle of cardboard circle (to insert branch into later)

7. Spread glue onto circle and cover with glitter

8. Paint flower pot black

9. Sprinkle glitter onto wet pot if desired

10.When glue and glitter and glue is dry, assemble tree by adding rocks to the flower pot to keep it stable, then putting bottom of branch into cardboard circle and inserting into the flower pot. Use hot glue if to keep branch and circle in place if needed.

11. Now tie or glue items onto the tree.  Add glitter to desired items, like we did with the spiders!

RIP beneath the eyeball tree

ghosts and pumpkins with spangled spider

 

 

Hippie Vest

31 Oct

I decided to be a hippie for Halloween this year but I couldn’t find a vest with fringe.  My mom and I made this one out of a fleece throw.  They were two for six dollars and there was enough fabric in one to make two vests.  Now we have an extra throw to play around with too.

Materials:

Fleece fabric

Iron on transfers

Needle and thread

Scissors

 

Directions

1. Fold fleece in half and lay on flat surface.

2. Lay a vest that fits you (or a tee-shirt with the arms tucked in) on top of the fleece with shoulders at the fold of the vest.

3. Trace around neck arms and sides of garment with a piece of chalk. We did not trace around the bottom because we wanted to leave it long for fringe.

4. Cut out neck of garment.

5. Cut out sleeves and down the sides.  Do not cut shoulders.

6. Cut a straight line down front of garment, leaving the back uncut.

7. Stitch from bottom of armhole to where you would like the fringe to begin on both sides.

7. Lay fabric on flat surface with front and back aligned.

8. Cut strips through both layers of fabric from bottom to where you would like the fringe to stop.

9. Create a V neckline in front by alligning front panels and cutting diagonally through both layers from top of neck downward.

10. If desired, apply iron-on transfers to the back.

11. Decorate front with pins!

 

 

back view

                                   

Eight-legged Hat

15 Oct

This bear's big head made him the perfect model for our creepy hat!

 

Materials:

 

  1. 8 wiggly eyes.
  2. Felt.
  3. Fabric Glue.
  4. Black knit cap. (We found this one at Target for a buck fifty!)
  5. Scissors.

 

Directions:

 

  1. Using fabric glue, secure wiggly eyes to black cap.
  2. Cut eight legs from felt.
  3. Glue legs around the edge of cap, as pictured below.
  4. Add black widow detail in red felt to back of hat if desired.

Place legs on hat as pictured with a dot of glue on the bottom of each one. This way they will flop over and bounce when you walk instead of just hanging.

 

Add a red hour glass on back, if desired. Hmm... this one might be a tad big....

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