Frank ’n Friends Treat Bags

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create frighteningly fun treat boxes using Die-namics dies. My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com) is offering a 10% savings site-wide for all Crafts ’n things fans who use code CNTINTRO at checkout. Hurry! Offer expires September 7, 2013.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Sour Apple, Steel Grey, Steel Blue, Black Licorice
  • Wiggle eyes

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Paper Bag Treat Box, Grassy Edges, Big Numbers, Blueprints 3
  • My Favorite Things Plaid Background Builder Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • My Favorite Things MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist
  • Strong paper adhesive

Directions

To Complete Frank

1. Die cut two Paper Bag Treat Boxes from Sour Apple cardstock, one of longer-bladed Grassy Edges from Black Licorice cardstock, two Big Numbers number ones from Steel Blue cardstock, and one Blueprints 3 bow tie from Steel Grey cardstock.

2. Cover work surface with newspaper. Mist Frank’s hair with MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist; let dry.

3. Align top edge of Frank’s hair with top edge of Paper Bag Treat Box die and trim sides even.

4. Adhere Frank’s hair to front panel of the treat box. Adhere bolts behind front panel of treat box to allow the top portion of the “1” to be hidden.

5. Assemble box using the directions for Basic Box Assembly; see below.

6. Stamp Black Licorice Plaid Background Builder design onto Steel Grey bow tie; adhere to treat box as shown. Attach two wiggle eyes.

Basic Box Assembly

1. Cut two Paper Bag Treat Boxes from cardstock of choice.

2. Pre-fold along all score lines on two box panels.

3. Apply strong adhesive to both flaps on both panels and on bottom rectangle of only one panel.

4. Assemble individual panels by adhering one flap to interior of front panel.

5. Form box by adhering panel with adhesive on bottom to inside of other panel. Adhere all remaining flaps to the inside of front and back panels of the paper bag treat box.

Tip

  • My Favorite Things makes it fun and easy to create a jovial jack-o’-lantern, mesmerizing mummy, bewitching bat, and spine-chilling spider web with products available on their website at www.mftstamps.com.

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)   

Candy Corn Garland

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Paint this Candy Corn Garland to brighten a porch, decorate a classroom, or create a fun and festive atmosphere for your Halloween party. This quick-and-easy clay pot activity is a fun way for kids to help with the Halloween decorations!

 

Materials

  • Terra cotta pots, 2″, four
  • Plaid Enterprises Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: Harvest Orange, Yellow, White, Black
  • Toner Plastics Marshmallow Fun Wire, 18-gauge, 40” length

Tools

  • Black permanent fine-line marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip All Purpose Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, paintbrush, stencil brush, paper towel, paper plate (for palette), newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Using photo as guide, paint rim of pots Harvest Orange, paint a 7/8” section above rim Yellow, and remaining area White. Let dry. See Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4. Use marker to draw a face on one side of each yellow section; outline edges as shown. For nose, dip handle end of paintbrush into Harvest Orange and touch to face; drybrush cheeks. (Note: To drybrush, dip stencil brush into paint, stroke on paper towel until almost dry, and brush surface in a circular motion.)

Figures 1-4

STEP 2

To assemble the garland, bend and curl wire randomly. Position pots along wire, spacing each approximately 8” apart. Insert 1-1/2” length of wire into top of pots; curl up wire on inside and adhere in place. Form a 1” long loop at each end of wire and twist to secure.

by Paula Bales

Crocheted Pumpkin Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Using bright orange and green fabric, crochet this pumpkin as a treat bag for all the little ghosts and goblins in your life or as a fun tote to carry during the Halloween season.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric: orange, 4 yards; green, 1 yard
  • Felt scraps: yellow, black

Tools

  • Q crochet hook
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, measuring tape or ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Tear orange and green fabric into 1”-wide strips.

STEP 2

Knot same-color fabric strips together on one end. Roll same-color strips into balls (like yarn).

STEP 3

Using crochet hook and orange fabric, chain 18. Row 1: Single crochet into second chain from hook, single crochet in each chain across, turn. Row 2: Continue single crochet across each row until it measures 18” in length. Fasten off. Fold in half lengthwise and use fabric strip to weave between stitches, closing each side of bag. Tie off ends.

STEP 4

Tie green fabric strip onto top edge at one side of bag; single crochet into top row of bag. Repeat for one additional row. Fasten off. Tie end of fabric strip through crochet stitches at one side of bag. Chain 38, securing final chain through crocheted stitches at opposite edge of bag. Single crochet into second chain from hook, crochet in each chain, turn and repeat for total of two rows. Fasten off.

STEP 5

Print and cut out pattern. Adhere felt pieces onto front of bag. Let dry.

STEP 6

To finish, weave knotted ends of fabric strips in between crocheted stitches, trimming ends.

STEP 7

Measure and cut 18”-long strip of green fabric. Tie strip into bow and glue onto top of bag.

by Lorine Mason

Crafts ‘n things: The Newest (And Best) Blog For Fun And Easy Crafts

Welcome! To the first Crafts ’n things Blog post! I am honored to be the first team member to share a post with you. My name is Gloria Stengel and I come to you from sunny southern California. I have been paper crafting for 22 years and have seen crafts and craft trends come and go, and come back again. I am excited to share projects and tips with you twice a month.

The new Crafts ’n things Blog Team hopes to bring you the latest news and the best tips and techniques; we will share the fun of crafting with you as we share projects, product reviews, and even peeks into our creative spaces.

I want to share a cute Halloween card that I made for the Crafts ’n things 30-minute cards section.

I purchase the pre-made mini bingo cards in every theme and style I can find. I also have a number of bingo-themed stamps. You just cannot have too many bingo cards!

Add a few buttons, some die cut shapes, a bit of trim, and you have a cute (and not very spooky) Halloween card!

And don’t forget to decorate the inside of your cards. I like to line my cards with a light-colored paper or cardstock, stamp a sentiment, and maybe put a small strip of printed paper at the bottom.

For instructions on making the Halloween Bingo card and a complete supply list, visit the 30-Minute Cards section.

 Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)