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

Pumpkin Sweatshirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

When the crisp autumn wind starts to whirl, this Jack -O’-Laughter sweatshirt will keep you warm and let everyone know you’re ready for a little Halloween fun! Use this same design to create a trick-or-treat bag or decorative door banner.

Materials

  • Sweatshirt, adult size
  • Cotton fabrics: burnt orange, 1⁄4 yard; gold, 6” square; brown, 3” square
  • Black pearl cotton
  • Brown four-hole buttons, 5/8” diameter, two

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Red fabric paint
  • Large stencil brush
  • Thermo O Web HeatnBond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, tracing paper, pencil, ruler, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Note

Wash and dry all fabrics before beginning. Use photo and pumpkin pattern as placement and stitching guides throughout.

Pumpkin Sweatshirt

1. Cut 3” square, 6” square, and 10”x12” rectangle from iron-on adhesive. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse squares to wrong sides of gold and brown fabrics. Fuse rectangle to burnt orange fabric.

2. Print and cut out patterns along dashed lines; transfer nose to gold fused fabric, stem to brown, and pumpkin outline to burnt orange. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.)

3. Position pumpkin and stem on sweatshirt with top of stem 2-3⁄4” below top edge of collar; fuse pumpkin and stem to sweatshirt. Fuse nose to pumpkin.

4. Use tracing paper and pumpkin pattern to transfer eyes, mouth, and line below stem to pumpkin. Drybrush cheeks red.

5. Using one strand pearl cotton, blanket stitch around pumpkin, stem, nose, and mouth. For eyes, sew buttons to pumpkin, crossing thread to make an “X” in each eye.

Tip

  • The secret to a professionally crafted look is the quality of fabric you choose for your pumpkin. Skip the sale table and opt instead for a textured print or heavyweight solid fabric for best results.

by Mary Ayres

Rustic Pumpkins

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Turn your front porch into the envy of the neighborhood with this trio of quick-and-simple rustic pumpkins.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Sheets: 1″x12″x18″, 1⁄2″x12″x12″
  • Modern Options Paints: Metallic Surfacer, Iron; Antiquing Solution, Rust
  • Brown acrylic paint (optional)

Tools

  • Paintbrush, 1″
  • Utility knife or serrated kitchen knife
  • Teaspoon

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, soap, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Sizes

9-1⁄2″, 14-1⁄4″, 17-1⁄2″ tall

Pumpkins

1. Print and cut out pattern. Transfer design. Use knife to cut materials from plastic-foam as indicated. (Note: Rub blade with bar soap to help blade glide through foam easily.) Make 1⁄4″-deep, “V”-shaped cuts along section lines. Use edge of spoon to smooth cut edges and tip of spoon to press central vein line on each leaf.

2. Adhere leaves to pumpkins.

3. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to paint pumpkins and leaves two coats Iron. Paint backs Iron or Brown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and use disposable brush to paint pumpkins and leaves Rust.

by Kathleen George for The Dow Chemical Co.

Fall Fleece Pumpkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Decorate your home with this quick-and-easy pumpkin – make in various sizes and shades to create your own unique pumpkin patch!

Materials

  • Orange fleece, 12” x 24”
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Jute twine, 2-ply
  • Natural raffia
  • Brown paper lunch bag

Tools

  • Sewing needle with orange thread
  • Glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Note

Adult supervision for kids is needed when using a glue gun.

Pumpkin

1. With right sides together, use a running stitch to sew short ends of fleece together in a 1/2” seam. Use long running stitches to sew along one long edge, pull up threads to gather, knot and clip threads. Turn fleece right side out. Stuff with fiberfill. Gather stitch at top of pumpkin; knot and clip threads.

2. To make the grooved sections, cut a 22” length from twine. Center twine at bottom of pumpkin, and pull up ends to make slight indent; tie ends together in a knot at top. Repeat two more times so grooved sections are approximately 4” apart. Trim twine ends.

3. For stem, measure 5” from top of bag and cut; discard bottom. Leaving bottom of stem flared out, twist remaining portion of bag forming a stem. Adhere stem to top of pumpkin. Tie several strands of raffia in a bow around stem.

Tip

For larger or smaller pumpkins, follow above instructions, cutting different size pieces of fleece. Use various shades of orange if desired.

by Sharon Cindrich

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