Sunday, October 19, 2014

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

  • Piñata 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!

Spooky Spider Halloween Ornament

Nothing says scary quite like a spider, and nothing says Halloween quite like this great spooky spider Halloween ornament. Add a festive, colorful and homemade touch to your Halloween decorations with this fun decoration . Use ornaments for more than Christmas!
  • Piñata Color: Calabaza Orange, Mantilla Black
  • Piñata Claro Extender (optional)
  • Lumiere: Burnt Orange
  • Pearl Ex Stamp Pad: Copper
  • Pearl Ex Stamp Pad Reinker: Black
  • Square glass ornament
  • Small spider stamps
  • Flat paintbrush
  • Orange jellybeans
  1. Hold the ornament by the metal hanger and drip Pinata Calabaza Orange on the top. Be generous. Roll the ornament around so the whole outside gets coated with color. While the Orange is still wet, add a few drops of Mantilla Black so the colors mix together. Adding some Colorless Extender at this point can help the blending process. Gently dab off the excess with a paper towel or sponge and let dry.
  2. Stamp the ornament with the small spider stamps using the Copper Pearl Ex Stamp Pad.
  3. Making the ExtravOrganza ribbon: Set the page layout to "landscape" (for the longest ribbon) and choose printer settings for thicker paper and maximum ink flow. Layout several ribbons on one sheet, leaving enough space for fringing if desired. Test on plain paper first to check the text size and general spacing. Load one sheet of ExtravOrganza into the printer and print on the fabric side of the sheet. Cut the ribbons, peel off the paper back and fringe.
  4. Paint the fringe with Lumiere using a flat brush. The paint dries fairly quickly and will stick to the paper, so lift your ribbon off before this happens.
  5. Add polka dots to the ribbon with the Black Re-inker. I squirted a bit out into a plastic palette and used a tiny round sponge (Q-tips or make-up applicators work well) to make my dots.
  6. Carefully remove the metal cap from the ornament and fill with jelly beans or treat of your choice.
  7. Replace the cap and tie on the ExtravOrganza ribbons.


Candy Corn Decoration Ornament

Here’s a quick and easy way to make fun treats for your Halloween party. Make a whole bowl full or hang them on a dried branch! Personalize the ribbons!

  • Piñata Color: Calabaza Orange
  • ExtravOrganza
  • Lumiere: Burnt Orange
  • Pearl Ex Stamp Pad Reinker: Black
  • Square glass ornament
  • Paintbrush
  • Candy Corn
  1. Paint the ornament by squirting some Calabaza Orange Pinata into a plastic palette and use a small sponge brush to dab it on the outside of the ornament (when filling with candy it’s best to leave the inside un-painted). Paint the metal cap as well. Work quickly, the Pinata Color dries fast.
  2. When the ornament is completely dry, squirt some Pearl Ex Black from the Re-inker into your palette and paint the Jack-o-Lantern face.
  3. Print the ExtravOrganza. Lay out a bunch of ribbons at the same time to make the best use of the ExtravOrganza sheet. It’s a good idea to print a test sheet using plain paper to check text size and spacing. Set the page layout to ‘landscape’ to create the longest length of ribbon then choose print settings for thicker paper and maximum flow of ink. I like to pump up the color saturation, especially if I’m printing colored text. Leave enough room at margins and between lines of text to allow for cutting and fringing. Load ExtravOrganza into your printer one sheet at a time, making sure to print on the fabric side of the sheet, and print. Cut the text ribbon, peel off the paper back and fringe the edges.
  4. Lay the text ribbon on a sheet of scrap paper and paint with Lumiere—Burnt Orange using a flat brush. It will dry fairly quickly and stick to the paper so lift your ribbon off before this happens.
  5. Add black polka dots to the ribbon with the Black Pearl-Ex Stamp Pad Re-inker. I squirted a bit out into a plastic palette and used a tiny round sponge to make my dots.
  6. Assemble the favor by carefully removing the metal cap from the ornament and filling with Candy Corn (or other yummy treat that will fit through the top).
  7. Replace cap.
  8. Tie ExtravOrganza ribbons to the top. Ta Da!!!! Cute little treats for your Halloween bash!

Plump Pretty Pumpkins (craft)

  • STYROFOAM Brand Products:
    • 1- 6" ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • 1- 10" x 18" sheet dark green corrugated paper
  • 1- 1/4 yd. quilt batting
  • 6- 12" x 5" calico scraps
  • Florist wire
  • Old candle
  • 3 rubber bands
  • Glue gun and glue sticks or craft glue
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Pencil
  • Serrated knife
  • Felt tip marker
  • Pattern
  1. Mark off 6 equal sections on ball of STYROFOAM. Mark center of top and bottom of ball; place 3 rubber bands around ball, crossing bands at the top and bottom, and positioning them so they form 6 equal sections. Draw lines around ball next to rubber bands.
  2. Cut off a 1/2" slice from bottom and top of ball with knife. Remark center of top and bottom; using tip of pencil, create hole at each end that is 3/4" wide and deep. Redraw section lines that were sliced off. Using sharp pencil, trace over vertical lines, creating 1/4" deep grooves
  3. Enlarge patterns to actual size: A is 8-1/4" x 2-1/2", B is 9-1/4" x 3" and C is 10-3/4" x 4-3/4".
  4. Cut 6 pieces of batting from Patterns A and B. Center and glue batting piece A to each section of the ball. Center and glue batting piece B on top of smaller pieces, staying within section lines.
  5. Cut 6 pieces of fabric from Pattern C.
  6. Beginning with one section and working around the pumpkin, center a fabric piece over scored lines. Position knife on lines and push seam allowances into foam. For a clean, crisp "seam," hold knife straight up and down. Push excess fabric into the holes at top and bottom of the ball; carefully trim excess fabric.
  7. Cut a 1-1/2" x 10" strip of corrugated paper. Roll tightly to create stem, gluing end to hold. Cover one end in glue and push into top of pumpkin. Cut leaves from remaining paper. Coat one tip of leaf in glue and push into top of pumpkin beside stem.
  8. Wind florist wire around pencil to make tendrils and glue into hole next to stem.

Halloween Clay Pot Bat Wind-chimes (craft)

  • Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
  • Drill with 1/8” drill bit
  • 2” diameter wooden ball
  • 4-1/4” diameter clay pot
  • Acrylic paint: black, orange, lime
  • Paintbrush
  • Pop-up craft sponge
  • Waxed paper
  • Dimensional paint: white, black, pink, green, orange
  • Small wind chimes
  • Black craft foam
  • 9” (5/8” wide) orange ribbon
  • Pattern


Drill hole through wooden ball. Paint ball and clay pot black. Let dry. Transfer triangle pattern to pop-up sponge and cut 2. Dip each into water to expand and wring out excess water. Pour separate puddles of orange and lime paints onto waxed paper. Dip each sponge into 1 color of paint and blot excess paint on side of waxed paper. Continue to blot until color is evenly distributed on sponge. Do not oversaturate the sponge. Press sponge on rim of pot and lift. Alternate colors. Let design dry. Wash sponge throughly and store for future use.
Paint facial features on wooden ball with dimensional paints. Let dry.
Apply glue to top of windchimes. Working from inside pot, thread wind chimes hanger through hole in bottom of pot. Pull wind chimes up to pot and glue in place. Let dry. Thread wind chimes hanger through hole in wooden ball head, working from bottom to top and pushing head down onto pot bottom. Glue head in place on pot. Let dry.
Transfer patterns to foam and cut 1 wings and 2 ears. Trim bottom edge of each ears to fit curve of head. Glue ears in place on head. Let dry. Referring to photo, paint inner ears and details on wings with orange dimensional paint. Let dry. Glue wings to back of pot. Tie ribbon into bow. Glue bow to front of pot, just below head. Let dry.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Spider crafts.

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We’re crawling with spider crafts today – but they’re really not all that creepy. These spiders glitter, sparkle, and even smile. First up is a cute, Daddy Long Leg Spider Kathleen George made with a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and clothes hangers. (A tangled mess of clothes hangers? I find that scarier than a mess of spiders!) Don’t miss the colorful Itsy Bitsy Spiders Kathleen shared yesterday, too.
DIY this cute spider and use up old hangers, too. Easy tutorial on
Daddy Long Leg Spider by Kathleen George.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 2-1/2” ball
    • Four, 1-1/2” balls
    • Scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Felt, a scrap of orange
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/8″, two
  • Clothes hangers, eight; or 16-gage black wire
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or plastic knife*; ruler; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; yardstick; knippers; needle nose pliers
*Note: If you’re working with kids, please have them use a plastic knife, and closely supervise them while they’re cutting.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider:

1. Cut the four, 1-1/2″ foam balls in half.
2. Insert the skewers into the 2-1/2” ball and the half balls, and use the skewers as handles while painting the foam shapes. Paint the balls and half balls black. Insert the skewers into a scrap of foam to hold the shapes upright while the paint dries.
3. Measure and cut each hanger into a 16” length, including the elbow. Position the cut so that there’s 4″ on one side of the elbow and 12″ on the other side. If the hangers are not black, paint black and insert into the foam scrap while paint dries. If you’re using 16-gage wire, cut the wire into eight, 16” lengths.
4. If needed, use the pliers to help shape the elbow into a knee, about 4″ from one end. Insert the 4″ ends into the 2-1/2” foam ball, four on each side. Remove the legs, add a dab of glue, and insert the legs again.
5. Glue and insert the end of each leg into a half-ball. Adjust as needed so the spider will stand.
6. Glue on the eyes. Cut the eyebrows and mouth from the orange felt, and glue in place.
Do you remember the purple Tarantula in a Cloche Kathleen shared a while back? This is fun one!
Repurpose an old plastic soda bottle and make a Tarantula in a cloche. Fun idea! for tutorial. cloche
Halloween Tarantula in a Cloche by Kathleen George
I’ve rounded up a few more spider crafts for this Halloween season. Kim from 733 blog has this super-sized spider nesting in her bushes.Eek!
Kim at 733 blog has the tutorial to make this super-sized Halloween Spider.
Crystal made this dazzling spider with sequins. She shares her tutorial for making Sparkling Spiders on her blog Make It Easy Crafts.
Go to Make It Easy Crafts for the tutorial to make this Sparkling Spider. Really cute!
We have more sparkling spiders over on Momnivore’s Dilemma, where Nicolette made Glittering Spiders.
Cute, glittered spiders from Momnivore's Dilemma. DIY tutorial on Momnivore's Dilemma.
If you’d like a video tutorial for making Glittered Spiders, then tune in over on Kraft Clatch. Mona’s helpful tutorial will walk you through it.
Watch the video tutorial on Craft Klatch with Mona to make this glamorous, Glittered Spider.
Eyelashes, ruby red lips and glitter make this one glamorous spider!
I love the spider webs Liz made to display her Spooky Spiders. You can see more over at her blog Say Yes.
Fun Halloween spider tutorial from Liz at Say Yes.
You can almost cuddle with this Furry Spider, and Shatzi from Love and Laundry shares her tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts.
He looks so cuddly! Go see the tutorial for this Furry Spider over on Sugar Bee Crafts.
Furry eyelash yarn makes this one huggable! It’s over on Sugar Bee Crafts.
I hope today’s spider crafts haven’t given anyone the heebie jeebies. Are there any Arachnaphobes out there?
Have a great weekend, and happy crafting.