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)

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

Come to My Table

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Set your holiday table with customized, handmade place settings. Your guests will feast their eyes on your clever craftiness, putting them in the mood to dine on your lovingly prepared meal.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Hot Fudge, Kraft, Lemon Drop, Grape Jelly, Whip Cream
  • My Favorite Things Grape Jelly Grosgrain Ribbon
  • My Favorite Things Hot Fudge Felt
  • My Favorite Things Grapesicle Buttons
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Yellow embroidery floss
  • Burlap

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Place Setting, Napkin Ring and Place Card, Fall Foliage, Pierced Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Large Metal Adapter Plate for Die-namics
  • My Favorite Things Stamp Sets: Fall Foliage, All Occasion Place Setting
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Ink Pads: Hot Fudge, Kraft, Lemon Drop, Grape Jelly, Whip Cream
  • White pencil
  • Adhesives: X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets, 8-1/2”x11”; adhesive runner; clear dots; foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, embroidery needle

Directions

Sizes

napkin ring, 6”x1-3/4”; place card, 3”x2”

Place Setting

1. Die cut napkin ring from Napkin Ring and Place Card Die-namics set from Hot Fudge cardstock; stamp Whip Cream napkin ring image from All Occasion Place Setting set.

2. Using photo as guide, die cut three small Fall Foliage Die-namics pieces from Kraft, Hot Fudge, and Lemon Drop cardstocks. Stamp coordinating Fall Foliage images onto die-cut shapes as follows: Hot Fudge image onto Kraft die cut; Whip Cream image onto Hot Fudge die cut; Lemon Drop image onto Lemon Drop die cut.

3. Die cut small plate from Place Setting Die-namics set from Grape Jelly cardstock; die cut charger plate from Lemon Drop cardstock. Ink edges of charger plate with Kraft ink. Set aside plates.

4. Adhere double-sided adhesive sheet to burlap fabric.

5. Die cut Place Setting Die-namics pieces from burlap. This will cut cleanly, as adhesive sheet keeps burlap from fraying.

6. Remove the liner from the back of the burlap charger plate, secure the Fall Foliage elements behind the plate, and then adhere to Hot Fudge napkin ring. Cut center section from Lemon Drop charger plate. Adhere Lemon Drop strip, Grape Jelly plate, and burlap silverware to front of napkin ring.

7. Die cut place card from Napkin Ring and Place Card Die-namics set from Kraft cardstock. Stamp borders Grape Jelly, place setting Hot Fudge, and sprig of foliage Lemon Drop. Die cut Fall Foliage Die-namics acorn from Grape Jelly cardstock and stamp Hot Fudge. Tie hemp cord into bow around stem of acorn; adhere acorn to front of place card with foam square.

8. For candlestick decoration, die cut Place Setting Die-namics from both Hot Fudge cardstock and adhesive-backed burlap. Die-cut Fall Foliage Die-namics sprig from Lemon Drop cardstock; stamp with Kraft ink. Peel backing from burlap and adhere to cardstock circle. Adhere sprig to circle as shown in photo. Thread hemp cord through button; tie into bow. Adhere button to sprig with clear dot.

9. Die cut menu card from Whip Cream cardstock using Pierced Rectangle STAX Die-namics; use Hot Fudge ink to stamp sentiment at top right.

10. Die cut Fall Foliage Die-namics leaf from Hot Fudge felt. Freehand mark intended stitch lines using white pencil.

11. Straight stitch over marks using embroidery floss.

12. Wrap Grape Jelly ribbon around menu card and tie into bow on top front as shown in photo. Thread hemp cord through Grapesicle button and tie to felt leaf at back; adhere to bow as shown. Write menu items on card.

Tip

  • To use this same idea for winter holidays, simply die cut shapes from bleached muslin and cream felt; embellish with neutral buttons , ribbon, floss, and ink colors.

by Sherrie Siemens for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Fall Banner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Welcome fall with a festive banner made using Die-namics dies and richly colored cardstock from My Favorite Things.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Hot Fudge, Sour Apple, Kraft, Tangy Orange
  • My Favorite Things Sour Apple Buttons, seven
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Green glitter cardstock
  • Paper: corrugated, patterned
  • Heavy jute cord (for hanging)

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Jumbo Fishtail Flags STAX, 1/4″ Rosette, High-Rise Alphabet, Lisa Johnson Designs Fall Foliage, Mix & Match Banners, Open Simply Scallops Trio, Mini Doily Circles, Circle STAX
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink Pad
  • Scor-Pal Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Adhesives: tape runner, foam tape, glue gun and sticks, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

32″x4-1/2”

Fall Banner

(Note: Use photos as guides throughout.)

1. For each pennant, die cut largest Jumbo Fishtail Flag STAX die from corrugated paper, next smaller die from Hot Fudge cardstock, and next smaller die from patterned paper. Die cut smallest Open Simply Scallops Trio die and Mini Doily Circle die from corrugated paper. Die cut fourth smallest die from Circle STAX large set from scrap paper. Die cut two 1/4″ Rosettes from contrasting patterned paper.

2. Die cut letters to spell FALL from green glitter cardstock using High-Rise Alphabet dies.

3. Die cut seven Mix & Match Banners pennants from corrugated paper.

4. Die cut two each of three leaves from Lisa Johnson Designs Fall Foliage die set.

5. Sponge edges of die cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, except Hot Fudge cardstock layer and scrap circles.

6. Trim 1/4″ from long edge of both 1/4″ Rosette die cuts and accordion fold on scored lines.

7. Continue until both strips are folded.

8. Apply two pieces of Scor-Tape to both ends of one strip.

9. Adhere two strips together, overlapping ends. (Note: Strips should now form circle.)

10. Flatten circle and apply heavy bead of hot glue around center opening, approximately 1/2″ from center.

11. Working quickly, adhere scrap circle over hot glue, keeping it centered and smooth. Allow glue to set and cool completely.

12. When set, flip medallion over and apply hot glue in same manner to front, approximately 1/4″ from center.

13. Working quickly, adhere Mini Doily Circle die cut to center of medallion and smooth with fingers.

14. To assemble pennant, adhere patterned paper, Hot Fudge cardstock, and corrugated layers together with tape runner. Trim Open Simply Scallops Trio die cut to width of largest Jumbo Fishtail Flag STAX layer and adhere with foam tape. Adhere medallion to pennant with hot glue. Repeat for all six pennants.

15. Score leaves through center and shape with fingers. Using photo as guide, arrange two sets of leaves and adhere together with hot glue; tie hemp cord into bow around stems. Adhere one set to each outer pennant. Adhere letters to four inner pennants with foam tape. Tie buttons with hemp cord and adhere to Mix & Match Banners. Arrange in correct order, starting with small pennant, then alternating large and small.

16. Flip banner over, face down, maintaining correct order.

17. Make 1″ loop from heavy jute cord and secure with tape; apply heavy bead of hot glue to back of first mini pennant.

 

18. Quickly adhere jute cord in hot glue; allow to set and cool.

19. Run heavy bead of hot glue on first large pennant and quickly adhere jute cord. Leave approximately 1/4″ between pennants to allow for draping when hanging.

20. Adhere jute cord to rest of pennants in same manner until complete.

Tip

  • If score lines on 1/4″ Rosette die cuts are not deep enough, try shimming with a sheet of cardstock.

by Barbara Anders for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Under The Big Top

It’s hard to pinpoint just what I love most about the circus. Is it the color of the big top, the wonderful animals or the clowns and their antics? The circus itself is a minor miracle – it has survived the internet, the iPhone and Netflix. And while drive-in cinemas are no longer to be found, there are still circuses performing around the globe entertaining a new generation of kids.

To celebrate the circus, I have a project that you can make yourself or make with the kids. The clown and circus tent are made in AMACO Cloud Clay which is an air-dry clay that has a lovely suede-like finish and which comes in a heap of colors just perfect for this circus project. The wet clay sticks to itself so the pieces are easily assembled, and when dry, the pieces are astonishingly robust.

To complete the project you will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay: Green, Orange, White, Blue, Yellow, Black, Purple, Red, Orange
  • Recycled toilet roll or cardboard cylinder
  • Aluminum foil
  • Acrylic roller
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors
  • Scallop scissors (optional)
  • Non-stick work surface

To condition the Cloud Clay, pull off a piece of clay large enough for the element you are making and knead it and pull and fold it until it is pliable and soft. Keep the remainder of the clay sealed in an airtight container. I double-bag mine, wrapping first in cling wrap, and then storing it in zip-lock bags. Start with the clown’s feet, shape some Red Cloud Clay to make his shoes. Break a toothpick in two and push one half into each shoe – you will use these to anchor his body.

Scrunch up some aluminum foil to make a sphere for his body. Cover the bottom of the sphere with an overlarge piece of Blue clay; pull some clay away from the body and cut it in two with scissors. Shape the clay to make his trouser legs. Cover the top of the sphere with a large piece of Orange Cloud Clay for his shirt. Press the completed body onto the toothpicks in his shoes, pressing everything firmly together and ensuring that everything is angled correctly so he stands upright.

Make two flattened teardrop shapes using White Cloud Clay for his hands – use scissors to cut the thumb and then curve the shapes to make one left and one right hand. Add some Orange Cloud Clay to his wrists to make sleeves and press the sleeves onto his shirt.

Roll a small egg shape from White Cloud Clay for the clown’s head. Add small pieces of Orange Cloud Clay for the nose and mouth and pieces of Yellow, White, and Black Cloud Clay for his eyes. The image shows how these pieces should be assembled. Press a toothpick into the eyes to make pupils.

Flatten pieces of Green Cloud Clay with your fingers for his ears. Cut around the ears with scallop-edge decorative scissors and press the ears onto the head. Press the head onto the body, ensuring that the clown still stands upright.

Press some Purple clay flat with your fingers to make a bow tie shape. Cut the edges with decorative scissors. Press the bow tie on the clown’s shirt. Finish his trousers with some buttons made from tiny flattened balls of Purple Cloud Clay.

To make the circus tent, roll a piece of Orange Cloud Clay flat using an acrylic roller. Cover a recycled toilet roll with the Orange Cloud Clay and trim away any excess clay. Roll some White Cloud Clay to a similar thickness and cut it into long flat strips. Press the strips of White Cloud Clay onto the Orange clay to make the stripes in the circus tent.

Roll some Orange clay flat and cut a half-circle of clay from it. Press into a cone shape, pull out the bottom edge of the cone to flute it, and sit it on the striped tent base. Make a small flag from Orange clay – roll it around a toothpick and press it into the top of the tent.

Set all the pieces aside to dry.

by Helen Bradley (www.amaco.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)   

Americana Serving Tray

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Serve your favorite beverage on this Americana tray to bring a little patriotism to your Labor Day celebration.

Materials

  • Walnut Hollow Wooden Tray (3580), 11”x15”
  • Delta CeramCoat Acrylic Paints: Ivory, Blue Velvet, Black, Brown Iron Oxide, Tomato Spice

Tools

  • Royal Langnickel Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: glaze/wash, Series 700, 3⁄4”, 1”; script liner, Series 585, #1
  • Delta CeramCoat Crackle Medium
  • Delta CeramCoat Satin Varnish
  • Delta CeramCoat All-Purpose Sealer
  • Compressed sponge
  • Transfer paper: black, white

Basic Supplies

pencil, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply sealer to entire tray; let dry. (Note: Flag design will be painted first, then remainder of tray.)

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer star field (“union”) only. Basecoat union and outside bottom of tray Ivory. Basecoat rest of inside tray bottom and edge trim Brown Iron Oxide. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply crackle medium to entire inside bottom of tray.

STEP 3

Use white transfer paper to transfer stripes only. (Note: To paint over crackle medium, work quickly and apply brush strokes in same direction. Do not apply excessive amount of paint.) Paint union Blue Velvet; let dry.

STEP 4

Paint stripes, alternating Tomato Spice and Ivory; let dry. Use black transfer paper to transfer lettering; use liner to paint Black. Add Tomato Spice hearts. Freehand cut star from sponge and sponge paint Ivory stars in star field; let dry.

STEP 5

Apply crackle medium to remainder of tray, except outside bottom. Paint Ivory. (Note: Outside bottom will be solid, not crackled.)

STEP 6

Apply two to three coats of varnish to entire tray, letting dry completely between coats. If using tray for food, line with plastic wrap before use.

by Linda Staton for Delta Creative

Floral Favor Boxes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use a Lifestyle Crafts basket die set to make darling favor boxes perfect for every occasion; simply change paper and embellishments to suit the event theme.

Materials

  • Cardstock, scraps
  • Papers: Close To My Heart Chantilly Paper Packet, Anna Griffin Silver Damask Paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Eyelet Outlet Brads: Aqua Sparkle, Pearl

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Lifestyle Crafts Basket, Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creations
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Brilliance Silver Ink Pad
  • Ranger Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat, sponge dauber

Directions

size

2-1/2”x2-1/2”

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to die cut box and lid from desired paper. Fold and assemble box, adhering tabs with paper glue. Let dry.

STEP 2

To create paper rosette, cut 1”x8-1/2” paper strip. Score strip every 1/4”. Accordion fold strip, adhere ends together, and push shape flat. Weight with book.

STEP 3

Punch two 1/2″ circles from cardstock scraps. Use glue gun to adhere one circle to back of rosette. Pierce hole through center of second circle and insert brad. Adhere circle to front of rosette, and rosette to box, using glue gun. Highlight rosette edges with glitter glue; let dry.

STEP 4

To create tissue flower, die cut multiple blossom layers from six to eight layers of tissue paper. Separate tissue layers and carefully sponge edges with silver ink.

STEP 5

Layer blossoms onto pearl brad, working from smallest to largest sizes. Reverse direction of some blossoms to create fuller flower. (Note: Die creates hole in center of each layer; if hole is not visible, pierce with piercing tool.)

STEP 6

Gently ruffle petal edges with fingers. Adhere blossom to box using glue gun.

Tip

  • For playful kids’ party favors, use bright papers and swap dimensional stickers for floral embellishments.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.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)