Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Part Three

Third Halloween post is going to be my first tutorial post. Yay! Today I'm going to show you how to make two easy Halloween crafts: a Pumpkin Pin, and a Creative Casket treat box. Mostly text based for now, pics coming tomorrow since something came up with this storm. Also be sure to read all the instructions before getting your materials ready if you want to make these, since there are optional items you may or may not want to use.

Pumpkin Pins
Materials needed :
1 bag Jumbo Walnuts
Orange and black paints
Green felt
Safety pins or pin backs
Butter knife
Cutting board
optional - polymer clay in green or brown.
optional - cardstock

Once you have all the materials you need, we'll start off with the walnuts. This is perhaps the hardest part. Placing the walnut on the cutting board and taking the butter knife, you're going to stick it in the bottom of the walnut where the two sides meet. Then, wiggling it back and forth along the join and pushing downwards, the knife will start to open the walnut. Due to the texture on the walnut though, you'll only get it to seperate perfectly with both sides being usable about half the time. If you fail at it the first time, just try again, that's why we bought a whole bag, plus walnuts are delicious.

When you finally get the walnut split in half, you're going to pick out the walnut meat inside and rub off the papery bits inside the walnut to make it as clean as you can. We don't need any of that rolling around your pin later.

Before we get to the painting, you're going to trace the walnut onto the green felt and cut it out. Put it aside for now, you'll be using it later.

Now that your walnut is all cleaned out, time to break out your paints! Starting with the orange, cover the outside of the walnut. It may take several coats before you gets the color you want. Once the orange has completely dried, you use the black to make a jack-o-lantern face on your pumpkin, or you can skip the black for a more natural fall harvest pumpkin.

Time for the stem. I like to use polymer clay to make my stem, in green to match the felt backing we'll use in a later step. You could also use brown for the harvest time pumpkin, or using a bit of the felt, roll it and cut it into a pointy fringe. The fringe lets you glue it down to both the inside and outside of the shell securely.

At this point we're going back to the felt tracing from earlier, and gluing it to the back of the shell. I like to also sandwich cardstock between the shell and felt to make it a bit more sturdy. Finally you're going to glue the pinback to the felt, or wait for the glue to dry from the previous step and use the safety pin to pin it up.

Creative Casket
Materials :
Paper Mache or wooden casket. I got mine from A.C. Moore
Chalkboard paint
Paint of your choice for the inside color

After prepping your area like before, you're going to start with the chalkboard paint. Be sure to follow the instructions on the paint you bought, mine at least 2 coats, first one way horizontally/vertically, then a second coat the other direction with an hour dry time between coats. Also it has a 24 hour curing time before you can use chalk on it.

Once the paint has dried, but not cured, you'll be painting the inside of the coffin with your secondary paint. I used orange to make it Halloween-y, but you can use any color you want. Once you're done painting the inside, it should look like this with orange paint.

When the chalkboard paint has finally cured, it's time for the fun part. Using the chalk, draw decorative patterns or messages on it, then fill it with treats and you can give it as a gift.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Part Two

The Halloween fun continues with a roundup of awesome craft ideas found around the web and humorous last minute costumes.

CollegeHumor gets the first spot today with their hilarious ideas for last minute costumes, 2012 edition. The list has some pretty awesome ideas, from Jesus Painting to Apple Maps.

Ideas for Haunted Birdhouses, Signs and Ghostly Pumpkins are found here: http://blog.athomearkansas.com/2012/10/spooktacular-last-minute-halloween-crafts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spooktacular-last-minute-halloween-crafts

Craftfoxes.com has a neat list of 5 last-minute Halloween crafts here. I know I'll be making candy corn jewelry tomorrow.

Another craft I'll be making tomorrow are these adorable scrapbook paper pumpkins.

Found here - http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/halloween-paper-pumpkins

A Selection of 31 Awesome Halloween Crafts are saved for you here - http://crunchyfrugalista.com/2012/09/31-awesome-halloween-crafts/

Last roundup is a list of 50 Halloween Crafts, Recipes, Printables and More! by SlapDashMom.com
I just love the Hanging Vellum Halloween Lanterns, and the Terrifying Tortilla Chips.
Hope you all enjoy making some of these crafts!

Halloween Part One

It's that time of the year again, one of my favorite holidays, Halloween! So many good things I've found to share with you all, going to split it into different posts, to make it easier.
Topic of this first post: Videos!

First up is Lindsey Stirling's latest video, Moon Trance.

Still running on the zombie theme is Your Favorite Martian with Zombie Love Song.

Changing it up a bit, we're heading over to the Squirrel Nut Zippers video, Hell.

Scaryweentime appears with The Slender Man Song by Brentalfloss.

Reposting since this is the best video I've seen for this song. Shia LaBeouf(Actual Cannibal).

Finally we get to one of the best songs I've heard in a while about our favorite Sparkly Vampires.