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)

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)   

Spooky Directional Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A directional sign in your entryway guides you to a ghoulishly good time. Cut and paint foam sheets to look like weathered road signs – it’s spine-chillingly simple with FloraCraft® foam!

Materials

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam: Sheet, 1”x12”x36”; Cube, 5”x5″
  • Spanish moss
  • Spider webbing
  • Spiders, two
  • Large container or basket

Tools

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam Cutter or serrated knife
  • Acrylic paints: black, green, orange, purple
  • Fabric paints: white, orange, purple
  • Low-temp glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

fine-tip black marker, ruler, paintbrush, wooden craft sticks, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

36”x20” (without container)

Sign

1. Use foam cutter or serrated knife to cut foam sheet into four 3”x36” boards. Set aside one board for signpost. From remaining boards, cut one each of following lengths: 20”, 18”, 17”, 16”, 13”. Cuts need not be straight; crookedness adds to rustic look. Cut one end of each board into point. Cut grooves into opposite end of each board for weathered, broken appearance. Use knife to randomly shave away crisp foam edges so boards appear smooth and worn in some areas.

2. Paint all boards black; let dry. Using photo as guide, paint 20”, 17”, and 13” boards orange, green, and purple respectively, letting some black show through. Let dry.

3. Arrange boards smallest to largest as shown, pointing ends in desired directions. Use fabric paints to write road names onto boards; let dry.

4. Use glue gun to adhere boards to signpost at irregular angles.

5. Use glue gun to adhere foam cube into bottom of container. Apply glue to ends of wooden craft sticks and push halfway into bottom of signpost. Apply glue to opposite ends of craft sticks and push into foam cube. Apply additional glue along seam between foam pieces.

6. Cover top of container with Spanish moss to conceal foam. Stretch spider webs over sign and container; add spiders as shown.

Tip

  • If cutting foam with serrated knife, wax blade with bar soap or old candle for easier cutting.

by Dondi Richardson for FloraCraft® (www.makeitfuncrafts.com)

Candy Coffin Favor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Spooktacular fun awaits all when you decorate your table at any Halloween gathering with this mini coffin favor.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, Bazzill Basics Butterfly, Blackbird
  • Black thread
  • Black mini brad

Tools

  • Penny Black Stamps: Halloween Night, Halloween Rap
  • Tsukineko VersaFine Black Onyx Ink Pad
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls Perfect Gold Pigment
  • Yellow decorator chalk
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Markers: black; Tombow USA N79
  • Yasutomo Niji Water Brush
  • LuminArte Twinkling H2Os Pewter Watercolor Cake
  • Heat gun
  • Adhesives: foam dots; US ArtQuest Duo Adhesive; Ranger Stickles Orange Peel Glitter Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, cotton ball

Directions

Size:

7/8”x2”x3-3/4”

Coffin

1. Print and cut out pattern. Trace hinged coffin pattern onto black cardstock; cut out on solid lines. Fold piece along dashed lines indicated on pattern and assemble; adhere tabs to secure.

2. Cut coffin top from orange cardstock. Insert mini brad near center top. Cut short thread length and fold over brad; tape or adhere ends to secure. Adhere piece to top of coffin. Outline edges with Orange Peel glitter glue.

3. Stamp black sentiment onto white cardstock; emboss with clear powder. Trim sentiment and line edges with black marker. Use cotton ball to pounce yellow chalk over sentiment; repeat with Perfect Gold pigment. Adhere to coffin top over thread ends.

4. Stamp black mummy onto white cardstock; emboss with clear powder. Cut out image and color with marker. Blend color with water brush; let dry. Apply thin wash of Pewter watercolor over image; let dry. Adhere to coffin with foam dots. Fill as desired.

Tip

A handful of candy corn is just the right size for this mini coffin favor.

by Elizabeth Allan for Penny Black

 

A Haunting We Will Go Candy Pockets

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

There is no “trick” here when it comes to making these cute candy pockets! They are definitely a “treat” for the witches, vampires, and goblins that come ringing your doorbell!

Materials

  • Wool felt: 1⁄8 yard each: black, tan, beige, rust
  • Homespun fabric scraps
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: Black (310), Tan (738)
  • White buttons, two each: 1⁄4”, 1⁄2”
  • Black wire, 20-gauge

Tools

  • Freezer paper
  • Embroidery needle
  • Wire cutter
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to prepare felt. (Note: Washing and drying will soften and give felt “aged” texture.) Cut out pattern. Transfer to freezer paper; cut out, allowing 1⁄4” borders. Iron freezer paper to felt; cut pockets and face patterns from felt as indicated. Remove freezer paper. Arrange faces on pockets; spot glue.

STEP 2

Blanket stitch pockets together using Black for ghost and pumpkin, and Tan for cat. Stitch ghost’s eyes and mouth, and pumpkin’s eyes, nose, and mouth Tan. Stitch cat’s nose Black and backstitch whiskers and mouth Tan.

STEP 3

Fold top edge of pockets down 1” to form cuff. Blanket stitch cuff with contrasting floss color. For eyes, attach buttons to cat and pumpkin.

STEP 4

For hanger, cut three 10” wire lengths. Poke wire length through pocket; twist inside to secure. Curl length around pencil; poke through remaining side and twist inside to secure. Cut three 8” lengths from fabric scraps. Tie fabric into bow on hanger.

by Sue Allemand

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