Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Super Easy Paper Towel Roll Halloween Candles

If you saw our Halloween 2014 Pinterest Picks a few weeks back, you saw the Halloween Candles by Thrifty Crafty Girl. Our candles were inspired by her's and House of Dewberry's.

These are probably some of the most frugal and creepy Halloween decorations we have made.

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Here's the list of supplies you will need - 

1. Paper Towel Cardboard Tubes
2. Masking tape
3. Battery operated tea lights (Dollar Tree has black ones in 2 packs for Halloween)
4. Glue gun and plenty of glue sticks
5. Black paint - I used spray paint but craft paint would work too.
6. Silver paint - I used glitter nail polish because it was easy!
7. Glass pebble or small pebbles to weigh down the candle
8. Exacto knife if you are going to cut out a face.

And here's a quick Picture Tutorial to show you how to make them - 

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A couple of tips that I learned along the way - 

1. As soon as the drips on the bottom of the candle are dry to the touch, remove the wax paper.
2. If you have drips on the bottom that aren't in the shape you want (hot glue can leave strings and little points) just cut them off with scissors.
3. If you are going to cut a face into the candle, don't tape the rock in the bottom as you will just sit the candlestick over a tea light.
4. After you cut out the face and paint the candle, slide a small strip of white paper into the candlestick and affix it with tape.  This will help the light from the candle reflect better and give you brighter glowing eyes.
5. If you can't find the black tea lights, just put a piece of masking tape over the tea light flame and spray paint it.

And last but not least - have fun and make lots of candles!

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Halloween Candles, Spooky Candles, Tea Light Halloween Candles, Dollar Tree


Halloween Candles, Spooky Candles, Tea Light Halloween Candles, Dollar Tree

We are going to make as MANY of these as we can for Halloween this year.  They will look awesome in all the nooks and crannies around the house.  And since I promised Mr. Crafty that we wouldn't spend a ton of money decorating for Halloween this year and these basically cost about $2 for a set of 3, we can make lots!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Grandinroad Halloween Wreath Knock Off

Every year my Mother-in-law gives me her Grandinroad Halloween catalog and every year, I drool over the beautiful decorations, especially the wreaths.  Along with all my other obsessions, Halloween and wreaths are my top two! So when I saw their beautiful "Happy Hauntings" wreath, I decided that we just had to have one.  Unfortunately, Grandinroad's is way over our budget, so I set out to see if we could come up with a less expensive version.

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Here is Grandinroad's wreath - 


There are a few differences - theirs has only a skull, while ours has a torso and theirs has more detailed hands, but all in all, I think it's a pretty good copy.

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The biggest difference is that our version cost $12 to make and almost all the supplies came from the .99 Store and Dollar Tree! Not bad for $12 bucks!

Here's a list by store - 

.99 Store

1 - Skeleton torso 
2 - feather boas
Dollar Tree

3 - rolls Halloween Ribbon
2 - Halloween glitter stems (1-orange, 1-purple)
2 - Willow wreaths

Hobby Lobby

2 - Fun Foam glitter sheets 

Tools & Misc. Supplies

Glue Gun
Heat Gun
Wire
Small piece of orange ribbon for top hat
black cardstock for top hat
Small piece of black foam core board
Purple paint
Sharpie
Coat hanger

Instructions

1. The base of the wreath started with a wire coat hanger that was opened up and formed into a circle. 

2. Cut one wreath and wire to the coat hanger circle.  The wreath won't be large enough to cover the entire circle, so cut a piece out of the remaining wreath and wire it to the hanger to complete the circle.  The wreath is only a base and will not be seen after you have glued the feather boas to it.

Here's a view of the wreaths before their surgery - 


And here is a view of the back of the wreath, after they have been wired to the hanger - 


I sprayed the coat hanger with black spray paint, but that's just my craft OCD kicking in - it's really not necessary.

3. Hot glue the two boas to the top of the wreath.  One boa will just go around the wreath once, so use both to make it fuller.



4.  Now let's work on the skeleton.  Here's what he looked like before he was posed - notice his straight stiff arms.


To make him look more life like, I used a heat gun to heat up his elbows and bend the arms into a more natural position.  You can see how much more natural he looks here - enjoying a nice tropical drink!


His arms have a small button on them that attaches them to the torso - you can see that here - 


Pull his left arm out of his torso and cut off the button flush with the bone. Then hot glue the bone into the torso like this - you can see the difference between the shoulders in this shot - 

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I also used the heat gun to tilt his left wrist forward just a bit.

5. Now the skeleton can be wired on to the wreath. Cut small holes in his back on either side of the back bone and run floral wire through, then wire on to the wreath.  Place one set of holes high and the torso and one set low.  You will also want to hot glue the skull on to the neck so that it doesn't wobble.

6. Cut a jagged "board" out of a piece of foam core board (or cardboard), paint purple and write
 Happy Haunting on it with a sharpie. Hot glue a piece of wire on the back and wire the board to the wreath.  I also used a dab of glue to affix the "board" to the skeleton hand.

7. Top Hat - I didn't take any photos when I was making the hat - sorry!!! But here's the basic how to - cut 2 circles of glitter foam for the brim, cut out inner portion so that it will sit on his head - Cut a strip of black card stock to make the main part of the hat - form into a tube and glue - gut tabs into one end (all the way around) - tabs should be about 1/2" - slip tabs under one brim and hot glue tabs to brim - glue other brim upside down so that glitter shows underneath - cut strip of glitter foam to cover cardstock tube - cut glitter circle for the top.  Trim hat with ribbon and a bit of glitter stem

8.  Make loops of ribbon and wire around the torso. Then cut the glitter stems apart and use them to fill in around the torso.

And TA DA!!! You will have a Grandinroad Happy Hauntings Wreath KNOCK OFF!!!

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Dollar Tree, .99 Store, Halloween DIY, Knock Off Decor, skeleton, skull, feather boa

Dollar Tree, .99 Store, Halloween DIY, Knock Off Decor, skeleton, skull, feather boa
Elegant and Cheap too!!! Maybe not as elegant as Grandinroad's version, but it works for me!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Leave us a line and tell us what you are working on for Halloween - we would love to see your creations!


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Free Printable Halloween Bingo Game

This year, we've decided  (Ok, I decided - Leigh just winced when I said it) to play games at our Halloween party and one of those games is Bingo.  I searched high and lo for a printable game, because I'm lazy like that, but couldn't find one........... So, PicMonkey to the rescue and Ta Da!!! Here is our Halloween version of traditional Bingo Cards - 

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We printed them as 5 x 7's (can print 2 on a page) on Kraft colored cardstock that came from Michaels with candy corn to use for the markers. So simple and cute, plus 
everyone loves Bingo - don't they? Especially when you can eat the markers!

We also designed call letters and a call sheet to keep track of the numbers you call.

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The call sheet and call number pages were printed out as 8 x 10's. I plan on using a plastic pumpkin pail to hold all the call numbers.

Here are all the downloads - just right click on the jpg's and save to your computer.  Then print and cut and you will have your own Halloween Bingo game.

 Call sheet - print as 8 x 10 


Call Numbers - print and cut out each one




Here are all 30 of the cards.  We printed them as 5 x 7's so that you 
can print 2 on each page.

Card 1


Card 2


Card 3


Card 4


Card 5


Card 6


Card 7


Card 8


Card 9


Card 10


Card 11


Card 12


Card 13


Card 14


Card 15


Card 16


Card 17


Card 18


Card 19


Card 20


Card 21


Card 22


Card 23


Card 24


Card 25


Card 26


Card 27


Card 28


Card 29


Card 30


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I have to say that this was a lot of work, but I LOVE how they turned out.  We really hope that you all can use this set too.  Wouldn't this be great for fall parties and carnivals? 
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We just LOVE Halloween and would love to see photos of you using our cards. Email photos to jeanette@craftyincrosby.com 

Halloween Party games, Vintage Bingo, candy corn, fall carnival games

Hope everyone is having as much fun with their Halloween crafts as we are this year!


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