Friday, October 22, 2010

Acorns, Acorns ACORNS!

Acorns...we have 'em!

Apparently if you have a ginormous Oak tree in your yard, you get plenty of these:

 We have acorns everywhere. Three wheelbarrows full went into the compost bin and I used a bunch for crafts, including some Halloween decorations, but the ground is covered again!

I tried using some as weights or as filler in various projects, but the "nut" portion of the acorn breaks down and gets rotten. The cap is fine, though. I ended up making some cute felted acorns (the girls helped). You could pile a bunch of these in a bowl or basket, use them to accent gifts or use them for jewelry. If the kids hadn't helped put them together, I would have sprinkled them on the ground and let them discover the rainbow colored acorns on their own.

Quick, poor quality photo here for now, better pix and directions up tomorrow:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween Craft Roundup: Face Painting

Working on a Halloween costume? Don't forget the face paint! Face paint is specifically designed to stick around for a while (the look shown here lingered into the next day, when I pounced on our little pirate and removed it with cold cream.

Our face painting was done at Disney World, but if you are crafty, you can create fun, costume enhancing images of your own with face paints. A few tips:
  • Unless you already paint well, get the face paints that look like a crayon--they are easier to control, and cover large areas of design well. 
  • Use a regular eyebrow or liner pencil to outline your design, again, it is easier to control than a brush, and gives a nice, fine line for details.
  • Only use paint that is skin safe--regular artist paints may irritate and stain skin.
Do a test run before Halloween to make sure you are happy with the look you have chosen, then give yourself as much time as you need to get ready on the big day. Paining under pressure is no fun--and not necessary, as your design will last for hours 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Wreath Directions

Easy Cupcake Wreath Directions

Time to complete: 60-90 minutes 
  1. Hold the cut ends of the yarn together and tie into a loop.
  2.  Attach the loop of yarn to the straw wreath using a lark's head knot
  3. Use the glue gun to attach the cupcake wrappers all over the wreath. Place the cupcake wrappers with the right sides against the wreath. Vary the color placement so you don't have big clumps of a single color.
Allow the wreath to cool, then hang by the yarn loop. 

Project notes: You don't have to make a Halloween can use whatever wrappers appeal to you to get the look you want. 

Halloween Craft Roundup .....12h days til Halloween!

Halloween Decorating Ideas

This is our foyer--the table is always here and makes a great spot for seasonal displays. I switched it over to Halloween by adding some of our Halloween books, a pumpkin Madeline made in school and a few crafty things.

The "tree" is some twisty branches from the yard, spray painted matte black and "planted" in a crock filled with acorns from our Oak tree out back.. My original plan was to hang some pumpkins on the branches, but I kind of like how stark it looks plain.It took about 20 minutes to pick out branches, spray paint them and fill the container with acorns.

The mice and spiders are cut from felt, and can be reused--the templates can be found here.

The wreath is made from Halloween cupcake wrappers, and took under an hour. I am terribly lazy when it comes to wreath-making, so this was a good, fast way to make one. I like the colors, and may eventually add a bow. Directions up later today for making your own cupcake wreath for any holiday or season.

Happy crafting!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Craft Roundup .....13 days til Halloween!

 What is red and green and a perfect Halloween craft for the kid who has everything?

Exploding frog soap!

These are from Howard's Home on; and I must have some of them at once!


Because they explode into a gooey mess!

These would be perfect Halloween favors, or as a gift for a Harry Potter fan (it just seems like something Fred & George would have come up with for the shop). 

I am not giving away any secrets to say that these are made from handmade peppermint scented soap, and have a red bathbomb secreted away inside. Once the soap wears thin, out come the cherry scented "guts" for creepy bathtime fun!

These are available in various package sizes, so get one or get a bunch...friends who know me (and love handmade as much as I do) may find one of these guys in their stocking come Christmas time!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween Craft Roundup .....14 days til Halloween!

From Martha Stewart, a great way to decorate Halloween lollipops for a class party . While her website gives directions for making the stickers, crafters that are short on time can buy her pre-made medallion stickers from any craft store. Add a pretty ribbon, and you're done!

You can also use this idea to package homemade Halloween treats or any small gifts you want to share. 

14 days left for Halloween crafting!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Halloween Craft Roundup .....15 days til Halloween!

I was browsing online for some fun craft ideas, and since I can't do them all (though I would love to), I will share them here instead! Happy crafting!

 This one is from the awesome folks over at Family Fun--salt dough mini Mickey pumpkins! They have complete directions, including a salt dough recipe on the blog...if you are too busy to make salt dough, these could be completed with black and orange polymer clay as well.