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Friday, September 28, 2012

Zombie Craft Tutorial - Great for Halloween Craft for Kids

Here's an ugly zombie to bring out the creepy in you Halloween decor.

You will need:

-  Styrofoam ball
-  Acrylic paint (color suggestions:  sage green, flesh, red, black)
-  Fabric or yarn for hair
-  Two small glass stones (eyes)
-  Piece of black paper (scrap paper is good)
-  Red permanent marker
-  Mod Podge or white glue
-  White felt
-  Wire or paper clip
-  Paper cement or rubber cement (optional)

-  Wire cutter
-  Small paint brush
-  Hot glue gun
-  Wood skewer
-  Exacto knife
-  Hole punch

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Cut mouth out of styrofoam ball, with Exacto knife.  Cut at an inward angle.
2.  Squish the styrofoam ball into the shape of a head.  Take your thumbs and make an depression for the eyes.  Take you marker, thumbs, whatever you have on hand and make the mouth deeper.  (See video to see how I did it).
3.  Paint in zombie flesh colors  - acrylic paint - let dry
4.  Paint the eyes and mouth black
6.  Cut teeth out of felt
7.  Cut chunks of hair out of fabric
8.  Make eyes -  To make the eyes, take small glass stones and put Mod Podge on the flat side.  Punch out two black circles from black paper and put into Mod Podge.  Put another layer of Mod Podge over the black circles and let dry.  Once dry (clear), take a permanent maker, in red and make squiggles on the flat side, for bloodshot eyes.  Take acrylic paint, in white or yellow (yellow because zombies probably have liver problems) and paint a layer on the flat side of the glass stone.  Let dry.  One more layer of Mod Podge.  Let dry.  They are done!
9.  Hot glue eyes into place.
10.  Hot glue teeth into place - I use the wooden skewer to help get them into the right place in the mouth, since I can't fit my glue gun in there!
11.  Insert wire into top of head and put a little hot glue in the hole to keep it in place.
12.  Hot glue hair and eyebrows.
13.  Put red paint in areas where there would be blood.
14.  Add the paper cement (because it looks gooey) as drool, snot or infection - wherever you think that would be on your zombie!

Tip:  I use a water bottle cap to set it on while working, so it doesn't roll away!

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cheese Cloth Ghost Craft Tutorial

Here is a fun craft, though somewhat messy, that can dress up your Halloween!

You will need:

-  A package of cheese cloth
-  Black felt
-  Empty water bottle
-  Aluminum foil
-  Wooden skewer
-  Styrofoam ball
-  Liquid starch
-  Wire hanger
-  Wire cutters
-  Paint brush

I also used a pan and wax paper - a freezer paper, aluminum foil or cling wrap might even work better than the wax paper - even a silicone pad would probably work really well.

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Line baking sheet/pan with wax paper (or whichever product you decided to go with).
2.  Put starch in a bowl
3.  Empty water bottle, styrofoam ball, skewer, wire hanger and aluminum foil build an armature/model to drape your cheese cloth over and create your ghost
4.  Cut cheese cloth into 6 or 7 strips - the length needed to cover your armature - you should still have one large piece leftover and that you will keep until the end.
5.  Cover styrofoam head and the end of wire (hands) with aluminum foil to insure the head will be released and the hands won't poke through the cheese cloth
6.  Lay strips (one at a time) over your armature and with a paint brush, brush starch over cheese cloth and make sure it is saturated - warning - the cheese cloth with shrink up and curl together - do your best to keep it separated, but don't sweat it - the strips are kind of a base and give it additional strength.
7.  Continue as above with all of the strips.
8.  When you have all of the strips on, it will still look pretty skimpy.
9.  With the large remaining piece of cheese cloth, put it over your skimpy ghost and put another layer of start over the whole thing.  The cheese cloth again will shrink up, but it will form to some of the strips you already starched.
10.  There will be quite a bit of starch pooling on your pan, I suggest you take paper towel or rags and soak up a bunch of the excess (in the pan) because otherwise it will take FOREVER to dry.  Figure a day... day and a half (depending on the amount of starch).
11.  Carefully peel your ghost off of the paper/pan/cling wrap/foil and carefully remove the armature.  I found that when I pulled the one arm out, it was better to cut the hanger with the wire cutters for the other one, or it started bending the other side.  It is surprisingly durable, so be careful, but give it a tug here and there if you need to.
12.  Cut out felt ovals and glue on as eyes.

It will stand by itself.  It is an indoor decoration.  You can put a battery operated tea light underneath to make it glow at night!

Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Halloween Glitter Spider Craft Tutorial

Who says a spider can't be cute?  Add a little sparkle to your Halloween festivities with this glitter spider!

It's easy and fun!

Here's the video tutorial:

You will need:

- Styrofoam ball
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Black glitter
-  Google eyes
-  Eight, black pipe cleaners
-  White glue
-  Wooden skewer
-  Red felt


1.  Paint styrofoam ball black with acrylic paint and let dry
2.  Paint white glue on painted ball and dip into black glitter let dry
3.  With a wooden skewer poke four holes on each side of the ball 
4.  Insert pipe cleaners and bend legs
5.  Glue on google eyes
6.  Cut shape of lips from felt and glue on
Optional:  If you want to hang the spider, poke the skewer through the spider and feed a fishing line through.  Hot glue in place - cover any visible glue with glitter.  Hang and enjoy!


Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Fall Scarecrow Ornament Craft Tutorial

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I had one of my YouTube subscribers ask me if I could make a scarecrow ornament.  I had never thought about it, but I was up to the challenge!  Thanks CookieBend for the request!

Here is what I came up with and I hope you all like it.

Here is the video tutorial:

You will need:

-  Paper mache ornament:
-  Parchment colored acrylic paint:
-  Raffia:
-  Felt in Fall colors (I used green, brown and pumpkin colors):
-  2 Black buttons (I didn't have any, so I found two of the same buttons and spray painted them black):
-  Rope:
-  Black permanent marker:
-  Hot glue:


1.  Paint the paper mache ornament a parchment or straw color and let dry.

2.  Cut felt into a circle and a rectangle for the hat - estimate it - there's no right or wrong.

3.  Cut two circles out of the  felt in two different colors for the collar - fringe the edges.

4.  Glue the hat onto the top of the ornament (first the circle and then the rectangular piece - see video to see how I did it).

5.  Glue on the top piece of felt for the collar.

6.  Glue on triangle piece for the nose, followed by the button eyes.

7.  Take permanent marker and draw on a stitched mouth.

8.  Glue pieces of raffia under the collar and coming out of the at on the top and the bottom - make it look random.

9.  Glue on bottom piece of felt for the collar.

10.  Take piece of rope and glue around the hat.

11.  Cut two squares of felt (small) of different colors and glue onto the hat like patches.  Also glue some raffia into the top of the hat.

Hang up and enjoy!  I hope you enjoy it and try it.  I'd love for you to share any project you try on my Facebook page!

Happy Fall!  Stay warm and of course Happy Crafting!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks again CookieBend for the challenge!



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The Halloween season is approaching and now is the time to get started!  This may be the easiest Halloween craft EVER!  It's a fun decorative accessory to have strewn around.  It's fast and easy to make and the kids can help!

You will need:
-  Hot glue
-  Parchment paper
-  Glitter

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Lay out parchment paper on a heat safe surface.
2.  Make sure  hot glue is - HOT!  (always be careful with hot glue)
3.  Draw a spider web on the parchment paper with the hot glue
(Tip:  You can have a spider web drawn on a piece of paper, under the parchment paper, to use as a guide, or just wing it!)
4.  As soon as you have the hot glue on the paper, sprinkle glitter (any color works!) on to the glue.
5.  Allow to completely cool and then peel off the parchment paper.
6.  Snip off any stray glue strings with scissors.
7.  Accessorize, Accessorize.  Accessorize!

Have fun!  Happy Crafting!
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 17, 2012

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Sunday, September 16, 2012


Here's another golf ball craft!

This cute little spider is made of a golf ball and I am considering making several to hang from my dining room light fixture for Halloween!  If I hang them, I need to insert a small eye hook at the top and hang with fishing line.  I'll keep you posted!

Here is the video tutorial:

You will need:
-  Golf ball (not a good expensive one)
-  2 google eyes
-  Wire hanger
-  Glue
-  Black spray paint
-  Wire cutters and needle nose pliers
-  Drill or rotary tool


1.  Cut pieces from wire hanger to approximately 2 inch lengths - you will need eight pieces - end bend on each end to create an "S" shape
2.  Drill holes (four on each side) of the golf ball
3.  Dip one end of each leg into glue and insert into ball
4.  Position and adjust the legs so he/she stands as you would like and let glue dry
5.  Spray paint the whole thing black and let dry
6.  Add google eyes and you are done!  Enjoy the cute spider!

Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!


Saturday, September 15, 2012


Here's a fun craft for Halloween.  It's a Mummy Ornament!  

You will need:

-  Paper mache ornament - painted black
-  Cheese cloth
-  Liquid starch
-  2 google eyes

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Paint paper mache ornament black and let dry.
2.  Cut strips of cheese cloth
3.  Dip cheese cloth into starch and begin to wrap the paper mache ornament - make sure you keep an idea of where the eyes are going to go, so you don't cover that area.
4.  Once covered, squish the cheese cloth a bit to drain out excess starch.
5.  Hang to dry (overnight) and make sure you have something underneath it to catch excess starch drips.
6.  Glue on google eyes and you have a FUN Halloween ornament!

Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Candy Corn Vase Craft Tutorial

I decided to get a head start on Halloween and thought I'd kick it off with a candy corn vase.  For me, the hardest thing was not eating the candy corn, so I bought an extra bag! (No really... I did).

You will need:

-  Candy corn
-  Can - clean, dried and spray painted black
-  Hot glue
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)
-  Bottle to elevate the can
-  Cling wrap
-  Wax paper - to protect your work surface
-  Large bucket to put over vase, while drying

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Clean, dry and spray paint can black
2.  Hot glue candy corn, in a random pattern, on the can
3.  This will take time and patience:  Slowly drip the resin all over the candy corn and make sure it is entirely covered.  I also did a resin layer after it dried, on the inside to further protect it.
4.  Leave overnight to dry.  I covered mine with a bucket to keep dust from settling on it.
5.  Put out as a decoration, or fill with fresh, or dead flowers for Halloween!

I didn't have any fall or dead flowers on hand.  It's still September and things are still blooming here.  

Happy Crafting!  I hope you enjoy it!  


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