Thursday, October 7, 2010

Halloween Glass Jar Candles! (HOW TO)


These were so fun and easy to make!
They are my favorite Halloween craft so far.

::All You Need Is::
Glue (Mod Podge is a best friend of mine)
Clear Jar (I always save glass spaghetti jars for times like these)
Gift/ Tissue Paper (I used Orange, Green & Silver)
Black Permanent Marker
Scissors
Paint Brush
Candle

::And Here's How You Do It::

Measure the tissue paper to fit your jar.
Without applying any glue, first make sure the amount you cut fits your jar.
Use your paint brush to apply your glue- a light (even) coat will work just fine.
(apply it to where ever you will be putting the paper.)
Wrap your paper around the jar, while smoothing it down.
Be careful not to tear the tissue paper- when it gets wet it rips easy.
(It's alright to have some lines- I think it builds character.)
If any of the tissue paper is not secure,
use the glue and your paint brush to lightly go back over the area.
Once it's dry, you can start drawing with your marker.
You could do faces, words, pictures whatever you like.
Place the candle inside,
and you're all done! :D


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Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Monday! - Pumpkin Wreath


Here's How:
Find a wire hanger- bend it into a circle, as much as you can.
(I mean who uses wire hangers anymore anyway- unless they are making smores?)
And some large paper clips.
Use a hot glue gun to glue the paper clips all around the circle.
My circle was a bit lazy,
but it won't matter in the end.
And, obviously there are easier ways to do this.
They probably have a whole isle at Michael's dedicated to wreath making...
BUT, I'm not at Michael's and this is a low budget project...So on we go...
You will need some type of twig like material.
I had this leftover from Christmas.
(You could even go outside, collect branches and use those...)
Whatever you decide to use - the more bendable it is, the better.
(Do you see the pumpkin stem? Cute right?)
Using the paper clips as gluing points, start gluing the twigs around the circle.
Work like a clock, and just keep going around and around,
adding more twigs wherever it looks empty.
It's okay if some stick out. It will give it character.
Just make sure it looks even and circle- like.
Once you are satisfied with the fullness of the wreath,
You can paint it orange. I used acrylic.
(I'll talk about the beads soon.)
Next, you'll take a paper bag.
I used a Whole Foods "Keep It Cool" bag.
It was nice because it already had stripes on it.
You can use a plain brown bag or paint that too, it's really up to you.
Cut the bag in half  (shown above) so it's flat.
Turn your wreath over,
placing the paper bag on the backside of the wreath,
trace out the circle you need for your backdrop.
Make sure it's a bit larger than what you really need.
You can always trim it later.
Once you cut out your circle
Use your hot glue gun to secure it to the backside of your wreath.
Next, I used a beaded necklace to make the pumpkin's face.
Again, using the hot glue gun to secure it.
Then, I glued all the leftover orange beads to the wreath part.
I used these spooky letter beads from an old bracelet I had to write Halloween.
And because it's already a hanger, you don't need to use anything to hang it!
Have A Great Week!!


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Friday, October 1, 2010

Paper Bag Pumpkin!


Isn't this Paper Bag Pumpkin adorable?
And It was FREE & Easy to make.
All you do is...
Take a big paper bag- I used an old olive garden take out bag I had.
.Pull out the bottom inside corners a little, to make it look more round.
You stuff it full of newspaper.
Tie the top with a rubber band
Make sure some of the paper bag is sticking out of the top.
Paint it orange.
And then paint on a face.
You could even tie some cornstalk stuff around the rubber band
I didn't have any that,
so I used some materials leftover from another project.
The first night we had it sitting outside someone pumpkin-napped it!
(Probably kids? I'm hoping...)
It was thankfully returned, unharmed.
If you are looking for an easy, low cost project, perfect for kids.
This is it. :)

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