Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Noise Makers

Turn concentrated juice cans into noise makers for the little ghouls this Halloween. These noise makers  are a great craft to do with kids before Halloween. 
*Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
*For each: 6-oz. juice can with lid, washed and dried
*Drill with 3/8” bit
*10” length 3/8” diameter dowel
*Assorted nuts and bolts
*Paintbrushes – ¼” flat, fine-tip
*Acrylic paints: orange, black, yellow, green, white
*1 yard each 1/8” wide satin ribbon: white, orange, black
* Patterns
For cat noisemaker:
*small star rubber stamp (or see designer tip below to make your own)
*Waxed paper
*Cosmetic sponge
For each, center and drill hole for dowel through 1 side of can. Dip 1 end of dowel into glue and push into hole until end of dowel touches opposite side of can. Apply additional glue to dowel on outside of can. Let dry.
Put handful of assorted nuts and bolts inside can. Glue lid onto can. Cut or tear newspaper into 1” squares. Glue newspaper pieces to cover entire can, overlapping pieces slightly. Let dry. Using photo as guide, paint entire can and dowel desired base color.
For cat noisemaker: transfer pattern to can and paint 1 cat on each side of can. Let dry. Pour small puddle of yellow paint onto waxed paper. Dip sponge into paint, dabbing excess off onto waxed paper. Dab sponge onto star stamp and press onto can. Repeat to stamp stars on can where desired. Let dry. Use toothpick to outline each star with dots of white paint. Let dry.
For ghost noisemaker: transfer patterns to can and paint 1 ghost on each side of can and 1 jack-o-lantern on each end of can. Let dry. Use toothpick to outline each ghost with dots of orange paint. Let dry. Use end of paintbrush to paint dots around each end of can with yellow. Let dry.
For each, handling all ribbon lengths as 1, tie ribbons in bow around dowel just below can. Tie knots in streamers.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: Whenever I can’t find a simple rubber stamp design that I like, I simply make one from a scrap of craft foam cut into the shape I desire and glue it onto a pencil eraser. If you are making a larger stamp design, just cut from craft foam and glue onto a piece of foamboard. This makes a quick and easy custom stamp that you can use over and over.

Happy Halloween Ribbon Wreath

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Wreath, Round Face, 12" x 2-1/2" x 1"
  • Black ultra-fine glitter
  • Black; orange pony beads, one package each
  • Foam-safe black spray paint
  • Ribbon, 1-1/4" wide: black grosgrain, 1 yd.; sheer orange, gold, black wire-edged, 5 yds. each
  • Wire or thin black ribbon, 6" length
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewer
  • Ruler
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Large cardboard box
  1. If desired, place foam wreath inside large cardboard box outdoors or in well-ventilated area. Spray paint wreath black; sprinkle with glitter while wet. Let dry completely.
  2. Tie grosgrain ribbon into a bow with tails; set aside. Cut approximately twenty 4" lengths from each sheer ribbon color; cut more as needed to fill out wreath shape.
  3. Apply dot of glue to opening of a black pony bead; immediately insert one end of a sheer black ribbon length through hole until tight. Let dry; trim excess ribbon above bead. Repeat to bead all black and gold ribbons black; bead all orange ribbons orange. Let dry.
  4. Refer to photo to join beaded ribbon lengths to wreath. Beginning just inside wreath opening, dot wreath with glue and use wooden skewer to push free end of one ribbon length into foam. Continue adding ribbons in concentric circles around wreath, cutting and beading more ribbons as needed. Offset ribbons slightly from circle to circle.
  5. Use fingers to bend ribbon lengths toward outside edge of wreath as shown. Twist wire ends, or knot thin ribbon ends, together to create hanging loop. Glue ends into center top back of wreath.

Halloween Crochet Wreath (craft)

Crochet a Halloween wreath with witch hats, pumpkins and spooky spiders. A crochet web and a hanging spider are nice touches in this Halloween wreath crochet pattern.
  • Yarn:  1 ball each of A, B and C makes 7 Witches. 1 ball makes 10 Webs. 1 ball makes 8 Spiders. 1 ball makes 14 Small Pumpkins or 10 Large Pumpkins.
Lily® Sugar’n Cream Cotton (Solids: 70.9 g / 2.5 oz)
Contrast A (01712 Hot Green) 1 ball
Contrast B (00082 Jute) 1 ball
Contrast C (00002 Black) 1 ball
Contrast D (00001 White) 1 ball
Contrast E (01628 Hot Orange) 1 ball
  • Size 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Grape Vine wreath 13 ins [33 cm] in diameter
  • Fabric stiffener
  • 6 glue-on eyes
  • Stuffing
  • Twigs for decoration.
Gauge: 16 sc and 16 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].

WITCH (make 2)
Cape: With C, ch 17.
1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Turn. 16 sc.
2nd row: Ch 1. Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh and draw a loop through all loops on hook - Sc2tog made.
1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc. Sc2tog. Turn.
3rd to 7th rows: Rep 2nd row. 4 sc at end of 7th row. Fasten off.
Hat: With C, ch 10. Sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around.
Join with sl st to first st. 10 sc.
2nd to 8th rnds: Ch 1. Sc2tog. 1 sc in each sc to end of rnd. Join with sl st to first st.
9th rnd: Ch 1. Draw up a loop in each of next 3 sc. Yoh and draw a loop through all loops on hook – Sc3tog made. Fasten off.
Brim: Join C with sl st to foundation ch of Hat.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each ch around. 20 sc. Join with ss to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next sc) 10 times. Join with ss to first sc. Fasten off.
Hair: Cut 30, 6 ins [15 cm] lengths of A and tie securely in the middle.
Broom: Cut 12, 4 ins [10 cm] lengths of B and tie securely in the middle.
Fold in half and tie tog 1 inch [2.5 cm] down from fold. Glue to end of twig.
WEB (make 2)
With D, ch 8. Join with sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 8. (Yoh) 3 times. Insert hook into ring. Yoh and draw up a loop through ring only. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times – Spoke made. Ch 4. (Work Spoke in ring. Ch 4) 6 times. Sl st in 4th ch of ch-8.
2nd rnd: Ch 12. (Miss next 4 ch. Work Spoke in top of next Spoke. Ch 8) 7 times. Sl st in 4th ch of ch-12.
3rd rnd: Ch 16. (Miss next 8 ch. Work Spoke in top of next Spoke. Ch 12) 7 times. Sl st in 4th ch of ch-16. Fasten off.
Finishing: Stiffen Web with fabric stiffener.
SPIDER (make 3)
Body: With C, ch 3.
1st rnd: 8 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st in first hdc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each hdc around. Sl st in first sc. 16 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in back loop only of each sc around. Sl st in first sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 8 times. 8 sts.
Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread yarn through needle and draw tightly through 8 sts. Fasten off.
Legs: Join yarn in front loop of any st in 3rd row with sl st.
*Ch 12.
Miss first ch. Sl st in each of next 11 ch.
Sl st in same loop as initial join.
Sl st in each of next 2 loops of 3rd rnd.
Rep from * 7 times more. Fasten off.
Finishing: Glue 2 eyes on each Spider.
PUMPKINS (make 5 small and 1 large)
Small Pumpkin: With E, ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 8 sc in ring. Sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Sl st to first sc. 16 sc.
3rd and 4th rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Sl st to first sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc) 4 times. Sl st in first st. 12 sc.
Stuff with small amount of stuffing.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 6 times. Sl st in first st. 6 sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 3 times. Fasten off (bottom of Pumpkin).
Large Pumpkin: With E, ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 8 sc in ring. Sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Sl st in first sc. 16 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next sc) 8 times. Sl st in first sc. 24 sc.
4th and 5th rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Sl st in first sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc) 6 times. Sl st in first st. 18 sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc) 6 times. Sl st in first st. 12 sc.
Stuff with small amount of stuffing.
8th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 6 times. Sl st in first st. 6 sc.
9th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog) 3 times. Fasten off (bottom of Pumpkin).
Stem: (make 1 for each Pumpkin) With B, ch 3. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in last ch. Fasten off.
With E, sew through center of Pumpkin 5 times, each time bringing yarn around the body at evenly spaced intervals. Draw tightly and fasten securely. Sew Stem in place to foundation ch at top of Pumpkin.
Using photo as a guide, glue stiffened Web to each side of Wreath. Glue one Spider to each Web, making sure each Leg is glued in place to appear as if the Spider is walking.
Glue the Witches on either side of the Wreath, by layering first the Cape, then the Hair and then the Hat. Glue the Broom to the side of the Witch. Glue twigs and Pumpkins as shown in picture. Glue a small length of white yarn to 3rd Spider and hang from top center of Wreath.

Brown Bag Halloween Wreath

Recycle a brown bag to create the shapes for this fun Halloween wreath . A bit of paint, raffia and a straw wreath make this a quick, easy and inexpensive Halloween craft. This quick and easy Halloween craft is a welcoming, festive sight on the door. Your visitors will love how this Halloween wreath craft looks (and the witches and goblins will love it, too).

  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Brown grocery bags
  • 3” square cardboard (or plastic) squeegee
  • Acrylic paint: black, orange, white, yellow, green
  • Paintbrushes – 1/2” flat, 1/2” flat, fine-tip
  • Natural raffia
  • Scissors
  • 12” diameter straw wreath
  • Halloween Patterns
  1. For each shape, cut 2 pieces of brown bag, ½” larger all around than pattern. With edges aligned, glue bag layers together, using squeegee to apply glue. Transfer desired pattern to layered bag and cut out. Shape cutout as desired to give dimension. Let dry.
  2. Referring to photo for colors and details, paint each shape, letting dry between colors. To paint dots for eyes, dip wooden end of brush into desired color of paint and dot paint on design.
  3. Cut several 11” lengths of raffia. Handling all lengths as 1, tie into bow. Repeat to make 8 bows. Cut several 60” lengths of raffia. Handling all lengths as 1, tie into bow. Wrap wreath with remaining raffia as desired. Glue large bow at bottom of wreath. Glue 1 bat to streamers of large bow. Cut 1 (10”) length of raffia. Glue spider shape to 1 end of raffia length. Tie free end of raffia to wreath at top so that spider hangs inside wreath. Glue remaining painted shapes and small bows to wreath where desired. Let dry.
  • I love working with brown bag to create all sorts of shapes for my crafting projects. It’s plentiful and inexpensive and a great way to recycle. After you cut out your shapes, as the glue is starting to dry, just gently shape the pieces to give them some dimension. The glue softens the brown bag just enough to make it bendable while still holding the layers together while you give it some shape. 

Ghostly Halloween Luminaries

  • Krylon Frosted Glass Finish - White (#9040)
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint - Bright White (#53517)
  • Krylon Glowz® - Glow-in-the-Dark (#3150)
  • Krylon Short Cuts® Hobby/Craft Paint Pens - Black (#SCP914)
  • Round glass votives
  • Newspaper
  1. Set up a spray area by covering a table or other work surface with newspaper. It helps to place an extra smaller piece of newspaper under each individual votive that you can use to rotate the individual votive while you spray. This is particularly useful if you are unable to move around your work surface freely.
  2. Begin spraying several light coats of Frosted Glass Finish on the lip of each votive. This area is the opening of the votive that will be resting on the newspaper. It is not necessary to saturate the lip as the idea is to create a “disappearing” gradation of white to add to the ghostly illusion. Let dry completely.
  3. Spray several light coats of Bright White on the bottoms of the votives until coverage is solid while concentrating on blending the white seamlessly with the frosted glass. Let dry completely.
  4. Spray entire exterior of all the vases with Glowz so that when your votives are not lit, they will still glow-in-the-dark, welcoming dusk. Let dry completely.
  5. Finally, freehand facial features (eyes and mouths) with a Black Paint Pen to give each ghost a personality!

Halloween Pumpkin Treat Holder

  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Craft foam sheets in orange, yellow, green & brown
  • 3/8” green grosgrain ribbon, 10” length
  • 5/8” black check ribbon, 13-1/2” length
  • Two 18mm moveable eyes
  • Black permanent fine tip marker
  • Three 1/2” green buttons
  • Two 5/8” green buttons
  • Scissors, sponge, ruler
  • Pattern

  1. Print pattern and cut out each section. Trace each onto craft foam as follows: brown for the stem, green for the leaves, yellow for the eyes, nose & mouth, and orange for pumpkin and pocket.
  2. Using a damp sponge, sponge paint the front and back of the pumpkin and one side of the pocket with the orange paint. Let dry.
  3. Draw lines around both sides of the pumpkin, pocket, eyes, nose, mouth, leaves & stem with the fine tip marker.
  4. Glue the pocket to back of the pumpkin leaving the top of the pocket unglued. Following the directions for CRAFTFOAM GLUE, glue on the eyes, nose, mouth, stem & leaves as in the photo.
  5. Glue on the moveable eyes with GEM-TAC and the 5/8” green buttons at the corners of the mouth and the ½” green buttons on the leaves as in the photo.
  6. Glue black checked ribbon to the back of the pumpkin and the black buttons onto the ends of the ribbon with GEM-TAC.
  7. Make a bow with the green ribbon, cutting the ends at an angle and glue bow onto the leaves with GEM-TAC as in photo.

Fall Leaf Ornament

  • PiƱata Color: Calabaza Orange, Sunbright Yellow
  • Lumiere: Old Brass, Metallic Rust
  • Square glass ornament
  • Small leaves - dried or silk
  • Craft wire
  • Ribbon
  • Paintbrush
  1. Carefully remove the metal cap from the ornament. Squirt the Pinata Colors inside. Touch the tip of the bottle to the glass while your squeezing so that the color runs down the inside of the ornament. Not too much—you want the paint to drip down the sides without puddling up too much on the bottom. When you are happy with how it looks, set it aside and let dry.
  2. Paint the small leaves with Lumiere and let dry.
  3. Wrap short pieces of craft wire around the stems of the leaves. If you are using dried leaves, the stems may be brittle so use a bit of craft glue to secure them to the wire.
  4. Wind the wire ends around a pencil or the end of your paintbrush to give them a bit of curl.
  5. Put the leaves inside the ornament one at a time. Thread the non-leafy ends of the wires through the metal cap and adjust the lengths so that the leaves hang at different levels and don’t touch the bottom of the ornament too much. (This part may be kinda tricky, mostly if you are using real leaves. Handle them gently so as not to crush them.) When you are happy with the way the leaves hang inside the ornament wind the wire ends together and wrap them around the top of the hanger.
  6. Finish off by tying a little accent ribbon at the top—or personalize it with an ExtravOrganza ribbon!