Altered SPOOKY Letters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a one-of-a-kind Halloween home décor piece by altering wooden letters embellished with die cuts, paper flowers, floral picks, glitter, pearls, and much more. It’s perfect for displaying on a mantle, bookshelf, or any other place in your home during the Halloween season.

Materials

  • Wooden or papier-mâché letters, 4”x5″: S, P, O, O, K, Y
  • Bazzill Basics Cardstock: Black, Orange, White, Green
  • My Mind’s Eye Wicked Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad or Halloween-themed paper of choice
  • Prima Marketing Paper Flowers & Pearl Flourish
  • Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinket Pins
  • Green chipboard letter stickers: m, a, g, i, c
  • Foam bats
  • Skull jewelry charm
  • Halloween floral picks: spider, witch’s broomstick
  • The Twinery Red/White Baker’s Twine
  • Jute twine or string: ivory, black
  • My Craft Spot Gray Seam Binding
  • Black plastic-coated wire
  • Wooden dowel, 3”

Tools

  • Xyron 5″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive
  • Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron
  • Xyron Glue Stick For Corners
  • Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Glue Gun
  • Provo Craft Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine: Spider Web, Circle, Clouds, 31
  • Dies: Sizzix Tim Holtz Sizzlits Decorative Strip Paper Rosette; My Craft Spot Tiny Banners and Toppers Metal Dies, Tiny Doilies Metal Dies, Ticket Metal Dies
  • My Craft Spot Halloween-themed Stamp Sets
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Tangelo
  • Martha Stewart High Gloss Beetle Black Acrylic Paint
  • Sakura White Gel Pen
  • Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter: Crystal , Onyx

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, pencil, sanding block, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), tiny hole punch, black marker

Directions

Size

24″x5″

SPOOKY Letters

1. On covered work surface, paint wooden letters Beetle Black. Apply two or three coats on letters for opaque coverage. Let dry completely.

2. Trace wooden letters onto desired combination of Wicked papers; cut out letters using sharp craft scissors.

3. Run traced letter cutouts through Xyron 5″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive with desired patterned paper facing up. Peel off clear film and apply traced letter cutouts to wooden letters. Use sanding block to remove any excess patterned paper from edges of wooden letters if needed.

4. Cut spider web from Black cardstock using Cricut machine. Adhere web to wooden letter “S” as shown using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots on web tips. Tie seam binding into small bow; trim ends. Using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere bow and Prima Flower to center of web. Insert Pearl Trinket Pin behind bow. Adhere spider floral pick to web as shown with Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron.

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using photo as guide, create paper rosette from Green, Black, and White cardstock and Halloween-themed paper; stamp around outer edge of White cardstock rosette center with Black Halloween-themed sentiments. Tie black jute string into bow. Adhere bow and Prima Flower to rosette center using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots. Adhere paper rosette to wooden letter “P” using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Die cut flag pennant from White cardstock; stamp “boo!” with Tangelo ink. Insert two Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinket Pins and flag pennant behind rosette.

6. Die cut five small banners from mottled patterned paper and five slightly larger banners from black cardstock; mat together using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Adhere green letter stickers to banners to spell “magic”; highlight letters with White gel pen. Punch two holes at top of each banner and thread onto red/white twine. Hang banner across top of the first wooden letter “O” using Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Die cut two tickets from Orange cardstock; stamp Tangelo border and Black Halloween sentiments. Cut number “31” from Black cardstock; highlight with White gel pen. Let dry. Embellish bottom of letter “O” with two ticket stubs and number “31” using tape runner and foam tape from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Adhere witch’s broomstick using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots on top of number “31”.

7. Tie ivory jute string to spider floral pick and apply Xyron Glue Stick for Corners to string. (Note: Applying Glue Stick for Corners to jute string will help stiffen it, letting it adhere into looped shape.) Hang spider over top of second wooden letter “O”. Add Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron if needed. Using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots and Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots, create flower cluster on bottom edge of letter. Curl black plastic-coated wire around wooden dowel; remove dowel. Insert wire curls behind flower cluster using Xyron 3/16″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

8. Cut 1-1/2” circle from yellow paper and two small clouds from White cardstock. Highlight moon with White gel pen and clouds with black marker as shown. Run two small black foam bats and yellow circle through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker with Permanent Adhesive. Peel off clear film strip and sprinkle yellow circle with Crystal glitter and foam bats with Onyx glitter. Adhere circle to upper left side of wooden letter “K” with Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape and adhere two small clouds using foam tape from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron over moon. Behind clouds, add foam bats adhered to curled black plastic-coated wire using glue gun.

9. Adhere Pearl Flourish and black rose to bottom of wooden letter “Y” using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots. Cut two small fishtail flag pennants from same patterned paper as used for letter “P” using scissors. Tuck pennants behind black rose as shown and adhere using Xyron 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Cut fishtail flag strip from mottled patterned paper; stamp black sentiment. Insert Pearl Trinket Pin embellished with flag sentiment strip and skull jewelry charm behind flower.

Tip

  • Apply the Xyron Glue Stick for Corners to a piece of jute or twine to stiffen the jute or twine, letting it take the shape you want.

by Marlene Gomez for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Walkway Lights

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a spooky entrance for trick-or-treaters while safely lighting the pathway to your door. It’s quick, simple, and can be ready in time for Halloween night!

Materials

  • Orange game cones, four (purchased at dollar store)
  • Battery-operated tea lights, four

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Black marker

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Trace around pattern pieces to transfer designs onto cones using black marker.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint designs black. For pumpkin, paint outline and details only. Let dry.

STEP 3

Insert battery-operated tea light under cone.

Tips

  • Use glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint to add details or paint in designs!
  • Create fun “witch hats” by painting cones black and adding glow-in-the-dark highlights!

by Pam Sicely

Haunted Halloween Birdhouse

Hello crafty friends, Alice here today sharing a fun project created for Me & My BIG Ideas using some of their new Halloween products. This started out as an inexpensive, unfinished wooden birdhouse from the craft store. After sanding down the rough spots, the top edges were painted lime green and the base was painted black. Since the sides and roof are covered with paper, only the edges need to be painted.

This particular style of birdhouse came with lots of windows (or maybe they are doors?) and I thought it would be interesting to figure out a way to add a light inside to up the spooky factor. Turned out a strand of Christmas lights was just the thing.

I drilled holes in the bottom of each section and pushed part of the string of lights inside. Then I attached the house to a cardboard box lid from the recycle bin, which covers up the extra cord. The box lid was painted black and a small opening was cut in the back to accommodate the plug.

A piece of vellum was layered over each window, which keeps the strand of lights from showing and also allows the mini bat (sticker) to look like it is flying out of the window.

One of the best parts about designing for a company is that you get to see new products before they hit the stores. One of the downsides is that you are often working with prototypes where each piece needs to be cut out by hand. So please don’t pay attention to my messy cutting job… this cute banner sticker is cut much more precisely in the final product!

The final version of this chipboard bat sticker is covered with black glitter (which I didn’t realize when I attached the plain black prototype… so picture this guy all blinged out). A craft knife can be used to cut a small slit in the perch for the bat to rest on.

It looks so much better all lit up, don’t you think?

Here is a peek at another side. Love the candy… one of my favorite things about Halloween, too.

And here’s a look at the back of the house. All of these papers are from a single paper pad.

This is one of the stickers in the new collection… I thought it made a fun “Welcome” sign to hang on the house.

Supplies

  • Me & My BIG Ideas Halloween 6″x6″ Paper Pad and assorted embellishments
  • Therm O Web: Permanent Tape Runner, SuperStik Glue Stick
  • Vellum
  • Acrylic craft paints: lime green, black
  • Strand of white lights

Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Witch Wall Hanging

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble – it’s time to make this wall hanging, on the double! Put a spell on all of your Halloween guests with this bewitching decoration.

Materials

  • Natural osnaburg, 1⁄4 yard
  • Cotton fabrics, 45” wide: black/brown plaid, 1⁄2 yard; orange solid, 1⁄8 yard
  • Black felt, 6” square
  • Wooden items: split eggs, 2-1⁄2” long (witch head), 7⁄8” long (bat body); ball (witch nose), 3⁄8” diameter; split ball (spider body), 1” diameter; holly leaves (bat wings), medium, two
  • Black grosgrain ribbon, 5⁄8” wide, 16” length
  • Black buttons, 1” diameter, two
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Quilting thread: ecru, black
  • Low-loft batting, 11-1⁄2” square
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pumpkin curly raffia doll hair
  • Plastic wiggle eyes: 3mm, two; 4mm, two
  • Plastic spider ring, 2” across
  • Pull-apart spider web (or fiberfill stuffing)
  • Forked branch, 16” long
  • Wire: black, 19-gauge, 14” length; black floral, 6” length

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: flesh, black, white, red
  • Paintbrush
  • Embroidery and quilting needles
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sewing machine and matching threads
  • Powdered blush
  • Air-soluble pen
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, tracing paper, straight pins, sandpaper, toothpick, cotton-tip swab

Directions

Size

11” square (not including hanger)

Center Panel

1. With pencil, mark a 6” square on osnaburg fabric. Do not cut out. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Set hat patterns aside.

2. Using lettering pattern and air-soluble pen, line up pattern with pencil lines on fabric so spider line is 3⁄4” from left edge. Trace letters and spider line onto center panel. (Note: For easier tracing, tape pattern to window during daylight hours. Position and tape fabric over pattern; trace letters.)

3. Place panel in embroidery hoop. With two strands of black floss, backstitch letters and spider lines. Make French knots as indicated by dots on pattern. Cut out center panel 1⁄4” beyond pencil lines.

Wall Hanging

1. (Note: Sew with right sides facing in 1⁄4” seams. Press seams away from center panel. Use photo as placement guide throughout.) Cut a 1”x28” strip from orange solid fabric. Sew strip to one side of panel; trim even. In same way, sew strip to other side, then top and bottom, of panel. Top and bottom strips will cross over side strips.

2. For plaid border, cut one 2-1⁄4”x44” strip from black and brown plaid fabric. Sew to center panel in same way as orange strip.

3. For backing, cut an 11-1⁄2” square from plaid fabric. Place batting on flat work surface; smooth away bumps. Place backing, right side up, on top of batting. Lay center panel, right side down, on top of backing fabric. Pin layers together. Sew edges, leaving a 5” opening at bottom edge. Trim batting close to stitching; clip corners. Turn right side out; press. Fold in excess seam allowance at opening; whipstitch opening closed.

4. Using ecru quilting thread, stitch as close to seam as possible (stitch in the ditch) between the center panel and orange border. To make quilting easier, pin through center of border edges. Use black quilting thread to stitch in the ditch between orange border and plaid border. (Note: To save time, quilting may be done by machine.)

Witch

1. For nose, sand one side of ball flat. Paint nose and head flesh. (Note: To keep the nose from rolling while painting, use double-sided tape to hold it in place.)

2. For eyes, dip handle end of paintbrush into black paint and dot on face. (Note: Wide end of egg becomes forehead and narrow end becomes chin.) With white and toothpick, add a highlight dot to each eye.

3. For mouth, use handle end of paintbrush and red to paint two dots side-by-side about 3⁄4” below eyes. Use toothpick to pull dots to a point, making a heart; make lip lines on each side. Use cotton-tip swab to apply blush to cheeks and tip of nose. Adhere nose to face.

4. For hat, use pattern to cut materials as indicated. Sew hat pieces together, leaving bottom open. Clip curves and turn right side out. Stuff lightly with fiberfill.

5. For brim, cut slit in center as noted. Insert top of head through slit in brim so 3⁄8” of head is exposed above brim; adhere to secure. Fold back of brim to back of head. Adhere head to lower right corner of wall hanging. Adhere top of hat to brim.

6. For hair, cut four 4” pieces of raffia; gently pull curls apart. Fold each length in half and adhere folded end to head under hat. For bangs, adhere a small piece across forehead.

Finishing

1. Paint remaining wooden items and floral wire black. Set floral wire and spider body aside.

2. For bat, adhere 3mm eyes to narrow end of body. Adhere wings to back of body. Wrap black wire around pencil to curl; pull curls apart. Place one end of wire behind top of witch’s hat; sew in place with matching thread. In same way, tack top spiral to wall hanging. Adhere back of bat to wire end.

3. For spider, cut floral wire into three 2” lengths for legs. Adhere center of each length, evenly spaced, to back of body; bend ends of wires to curve. Adhere 4mm eyes to center top of body. Adhere spider to end of line, next to “for”.

4. For hanger, cut ribbon length in half. Fold one piece in half and place folded end 1” from top and 3⁄4” from right edge of wall hanging. Place button over fold and sew through both layers to secure. In same way, sew ribbon and button to left side.

5. Set wall hanging on a flat work surface; place branch 1⁄2” above top of hanging. Spot glue sides of ribbon to branch; knot ends of ribbon on top of branch. Trim ribbon ends into a “v”.

6. Stretch small amount of spider web across branch. Adhere plastic spider to left side of branch.

Tip

  • If you don’t sew, try making just the witch to put on a door hanger or plant poke.

by Chris Malone

Raven Feather Witch’s Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create this eerie and elegant accent to decorate your home or your Halloween costume.

Materials

  • Burlap drawstring bag, 4”x6”
  • Vellum
  • Black netting
  • Ivory lace trim
  • Black feathers
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Jeweled spider earrings, one pair
  • Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Symphony Tissue Tape

Tools

  • Stampendous! Cling Raven Background Stamp (CRR152-R)
  • Ink pads: Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMark; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo
  • Stampendous! Embossing Powders: Fran-táge Aged Gold Embossing Enamel, Black Detail Embossing Powder
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Black Magic, Sunshine Yellow
  • Adhesives: clear dots, liquid glue, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, heat tool, sponges, non-stick craft mat

Directions

Size

4″x6″

Purse

1. Using watermark ink, stamp raven image onto vellum. Heat emboss with black embossing powder. Tear vellum around image edges.

2. Sponge torn vellum edges with watermark ink; heat emboss with gold embossing enamel.

3. Sponge vellum with Distress Inks to create aged effect.

4. Layer black netting over burlap bag; adhere with liquid glue. Let dry.

5. Tear and adhere tape strips to upper right and lower left corners of vellum.

6. Cut 2-1/2” lace length. Place lace on non-stick craft mat and spray with yellow and black Glimmer Mist; let dry. (Note: Swipe ivory or white cardstock scraps through leftover Glimmer Mist to create unique backgrounds for a future project.)

7. Adhere raven image to netting and burlap bag using liquid glue; let dry.

8. Use black floss to tie several feathers together. Adhere bundle to bag using liquid glue; let dry.

9. Using Scor-Tape, adhere lace to bag as shown. If using pierced earrings, insert earrings through front of burlap bag and replace backs inside bag. If using clip-on earrings, adhere earrings to bag using several clear adhesive dots.

10. Spray edges of burlap bag and drawstrings with black Glimmer Mist; let dry.

Tip

  • Discount stores are a great resource for inexpensive costume jewelry like the spider earrings shown here.

by Suzanne Czosek (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Trick-or-Treat Banner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Halloween will be here before you know it! This fun acrylic banner was created with a non-traditional floral look to reduce the scare factor for the little ones this Halloween.

Materials

  • Clear Scraps 5-Piece Acrylic Banner
  • Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection Paper Pad, 8”x8”
  • Gold adhesive pearls
  • Orange glitter alphabet stickers
  • Sheer black ribbon, 5/8” wide

Tools

  • Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting System and Samantha Walker SVG Digital Cutting Files: Flowers, Flourishes
  • Xyron 5” Creative Station
  • Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Viva Décor Bronze Pearl Pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

24” long

Trick-or-Treat Banner

1. Using Cameo Cutting System and digital cutting file, cut 45 flowers in three graduating sizes from assorted patterned papers.

2. Cut desired number of flourishes from green paper.

3. To give flowers dimension, bend and shape petal edges using fingers.

4. To assemble flowers, use Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere one small, one medium, and one large flower layer together.

5. Adhere pearl to center of each flower using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

6. Peel protective film from both sides of each acrylic banner piece.

7. Cut five 3″x4″ rectangles from desired patterned papers. Run each rectangle through Xyron 5″ Creative Station; adhere patterned papers to banner as shown in photo. Trim excess paper using scissors.

8. Place small square of Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape where flourishes are desired on banner pieces. Press flourishes over tape squares.

9. Using photo as guide, adhere assembled flowers to banner using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

10. Adhere “TRICK OR TREAT” alphabet stickers to banner as shown.

11. Tie banner pieces together with sheer ribbon. Tie additional ribbon lengths to banner ends for hanger.

12. Add decorative pearl dots where desired using pearl pen; let dry.

Tip

  • For a brighter version of this banner, cut flowers and flourishes from purple, lime, and orange papers. Tie banner pieces together using playful Halloween ribbon or baker’s twine.

by Cristal (Pinky) Hobbs for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Halloween Window Hanger

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Try as they might, these playful pumpkins are just too cute to cause a scare this Halloween season. Paint this quick-and-simple trio to add some fun to your Halloween décor.

Materials

  • Wooden items: triangles, 1⁄4” thick, 2-1⁄2” tall, three; “BOO” letters, 3⁄16” thick, 1-1⁄2” tall
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: White, Tangerine, Black, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow, Pink Quartz
  • Black craft wire, 20-gauge, 3” length
  • Eye screws, 1⁄4” long, three
  • Suction cups, three
  • Green raffia
  • Black thread
  • Fishing line

Tools

  • Royal & Langnickel Aqualon Paintbrushes: Flat Wash, Series 2700, 1⁄2”; Angular Shaders, Series 2160, 1⁄4”, 3⁄8”; Stencil, Series 1111, 1⁄4”; Liners, #1, 10/0
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, tracing paper, pencil, pliers

Directions

STEP 1

Drill shallow holes in top of letters and triangles. (Note: The “O’s” in “BOO” are placed at an angle.) Basecoat letters White and triangles (pumpkins) Tangerine. Apply random Black dots to letters using different size brush handles.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide and Red Iron Oxide, shade pumpkin segments and outside edges; highlight Yellow.

STEP 3

Print and cut out patterns; transfer faces. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Dot eyes and paint details Black. Lightly shade bottom of noses with Red Iron Oxide. Add dot to each eye and highlight nose White. Drybrush cheeks with Pink Quartz.

STEP 4

Cut three 1” lengths from wire; bend each in half. Cut fifteen 2” lengths from raffia. Cut three 12” lengths from thread; fold each in half.

STEP 5

Holding one folded thread length and five raffia lengths together, insert centers between bent wire. Using pliers, twist wire to secure. Apply glue to wire ends and insert into top of pumpkin; let dry. Arrange and trim raffia as desired.

STEP 6

Insert eye screws in tops of letters. Tie pumpkins to letters with thread as shown. Attach suction cups to glass surface; tie fishing line to suction cups and eye screws to hang.

by Loretta Mateik

Scarecrow Hot Cocoa Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fill this whimsical scarecrow jar with hot cocoa or apple cider mix as a great autumn gift for a teacher or friend.

Materials

  • Recycled quart jar with lid
  • White cardstock
  • Men’s socks: brown, white
  • Felt scraps: light orange, red, white, purple, brown, green
  • Brown burlap, 6” circle
  • Buttons: two each, yellow, black, orange; one each, purple, green, brown, red
  • Black rickrack, 5” length
  • Orange polka dot ribbon, 18” length
  • Embroidery floss: black, white
  • Polyester stuffing

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Hole punch, 1/4”
  • Pinking shears
  • Bright yellow fabric spray paint
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, black marker, newspaper or plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Measure and cut 4-1/2” section from straight area on white sock. On covered work surface, spray sock bright yellow. Let dry. Position yellow sock around jar.

STEP 2

To create hat brim, cut out circle slightly smaller than jar lid in center of 6” burlap circle; set center cutout aside for future project. Apply glue to jar lid sides. Position hat brim over jar lid and pull down over edge to adhere to sides; let dry.

STEP 3

For hat, cut 5” section from straight area of brown sock. Wrap orange ribbon around one end of brown sock and tie into bow as shown. Lightly stuff hat with polyester stuffing. Roll bottom edge of hat and adhere around jar lid, covering burlap edge.

STEP 4

Using pinking shears, cut the following from felt: 1-1/2” triangle (nose) from red, two 1-1/2” circles (cheeks) from orange, two 1” circles (eyes) from white, and one 1” squares (patches) each from purple, green, and brown.

STEP 5

(Note: Use three strands white floss to sew buttons onto felt pieces; tie knot on front of buttons.) Sew coordinating-color buttons onto patches. For mouth, adhere ends of rickrack length onto centers of cheeks. Sew orange buttons over rickrack ends. For eyes, sew yellow and black buttons to white circles as shown. For nose, sew red button onto center of triangle.

STEP 6

Adhere patches onto hat. Adhere eyes, cheeks, mouth, and nose onto yellow sock on jar.

STEP 7

For tag, use marker to write “Happy Fall” on paper. Trim cardstock into tag shape around words; punch 1/4” hole in tag as shown. Insert six strands black floss through hole and orange bow; knot ends.

by Mary Ayres

“If the Shoe Fits” Plaque

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple clay embellishments and paint turn a wooden plaque into a fun décor piece for your home!

Materials

  • Wooden plaque, 9”x7″
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Black, Green, Orange, Purple
  • Black ribbon, 1/4” wide, 8” length
  • Felt, scraps

Tools

  • Scrub sponge or scruffy pad
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Olive Green, Canyon Orange, Saffron Yellow, Lamp Black; StarLite Varnish
  • Jacquard Products Powdered Pigments: Orange, Green, Purple
  • Dimensional paints: black, yellow
  • Gesso
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, paint palette, soft cloth, wax paper and newspaper (to cover work surface), fine sandpaper, transfer paper, pencil, cardstock, copy paper, paintbrush, craft knife, stylus

Directions

Size

9”x7″

Plaque

1. Print shoe patterns onto cardstock and saying pattern onto copy paper. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.)

2. Condition clay separately in hands until soft and pliable. On wax paper-covered work surface, roll Black clay to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge or scruffy pad onto surface to make texture. Trace and cut out shoe patterns from textured clay using craft knife. Position shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet.

3. Roll Green, Orange, and Purple clays separately on work surface to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge on surface of each clay to make texture. Use craft knife to cut out 1/4”-1/2”-thick strips of clay for each shoe. Follow color combinations as shown in photo.

4. Roll and flatten four 3/8”-diameter Orange balls (pumpkins) for left shoe. Use toothpick to make eye holes and smile on each flattened pumpkin. Press pumpkins, evenly spaced, along Green strip. Press strip onto left shoe.

5. Cut Purple clay strip and scallop one edge using craft knife. Gently curve and press Purple scalloped edge onto Green strip; blend edges. Press onto center shoe. Add tiny Green clay balls onto Purple scalloped edge; use toothpick to dot centers. Repeat process to add Purple/Green scalloped trim onto top of shoe.

6. Cut two Orange clay strips; press onto right shoe. Cut small diamond shape from Purple clay and smaller diamond shape from Orange clay. Press Orange diamond onto Purple diamond; press onto front of shoe. Roll skinny snake of Purple clay; form into bow and press onto back of shoe.

7. Use paintbrush to apply coordinating-color pigment powders onto each clay embellishment. Bake shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven at 275º for 10 minutes. Let cool.

8. On newspaper-covered work surface, apply gesso onto front of plaque. Let dry. Lightly sand and remove dust with soft cloth. Paint edges of plaque Canyon Orange; apply second coat if needed. Let dry. Measure 1” in from orange edge; paint front 6” rectangle on plaque Olive Green. Let dry. Measure and mark off center 6-1/2”x4-1/4” rectangle on front of plaque. Paint center rectangle Saffron Yellow. Apply two or three coats for opaque coverage if needed; let dry.

9. Use transfer paper and pencil to transfer saying on top of center rectangle. Trace over saying using Lamp Black paint and paintbrush. Let dry.

10. Add alternating black and yellow dots around center rectangle and edges of plaque using handle end of paintbrush or stylus (if available). Let dry.

11. Apply varnish over entire plaque using paintbrush. Let dry.

12. Adhere shoes on plaque as shown. Let dry. Spot glue clay embellishments if needed. Let dry.

13. Turn plaque over on work surface. Adhere black ribbon ends to corners of plaque to hang. Adhere felt scraps over ribbon ends to reinforce. Let dry overnight before hanging.

by Sandy Rollinger

Front Porch Witch

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Scrap wood, paint, and simple embellishments come together perfectly to create this Halloween porch greeter!

Materials

  • Scrap wood, 1/8” thick, 5-1/2”x13”
  • Wooden items: alphabet letter “A”, 6” tall; paint stick; jumbo craft sticks, six; teardrop, 2-1/2”; teardrops, 1/2”, two; mini craft stick; circles, 1/4”, 1/2”
  • Wiggle eyes, two each: 1/4”, 1”
  • DMC Black Memory Thread
  • Ribbon, 18” lengths: black, 2” wide; orange/black polka dot, 3/8” wide

Tools

  • Saws: hand, band
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Citron Green, Plum, Lamp Black, Snow White, Pumpkin Spice
  • Beacon Adhesives Premium Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, sanding block, cutting surface, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

Approximately 17”x9”

Witch

1. Use band saw to cut scrap wood into 13” length. Sand edges and surface. Use hand saw to cut paint stick to 9” length. Sand cut edge on paint stick.

2. On covered work surface, paint as follows: 13” scrap wood (face) and 1/4” circle (nose wart) Citron Green; jumbo craft sticks (hair), mini craft stick (mouth), 2-1/2” teardrop shape (nose) Lamp Black; paint stick (hat brim), wooden letter “A” (hat top) Plum; two small teardrops (teeth) Snow White; 1/2” circle (spider’s body) Pumpkin Spice. Let dry. Paint top 2” edge on face Plum. Let dry.

3. Refer to photograph to adhere hat top and hat brim on top of face using tacky glue. Adhere three craft sticks, on each side of face, onto back edge of hat brim for hair. Let dry. Adhere large wiggle eyes, nose, mouth, and teeth on face. Adhere wart on nose. Let dry.

4. Measure and cut eight 2” thread lengths (for spider legs). Adhere legs on back side of spider’s body. Adhere spider onto hat. Bend legs and spot glue to secure. Adhere small wiggle eyes on spider. Let dry.

5. Layer orange ribbon on top of black ribbon on work surface. Wrap ribbon lengths around bottom of face and tie into bow. Spot glue ribbon on face to secure. Let dry.

by Melony Miller Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)