Sunday, October 19, 2014

Easy Painted Pumpkins

If you live in the Texas Gulf Coast area like we do, you know that you can't carve a pumpkin until maybe the day before Halloween. That makes it tough to have a Jack-O-Lantern for our party which is always the Saturday before Halloween.

But you have to have a Jack-O-Lantern for a Halloween Party......So we painted on Jack's face!


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We will just turn him around and use the back side to turn him in to a Turkey for Thanksgiving - that is if the hot Texas sun doesn't bake him before then!

Here's a link to the templates that we copied  - Pumpkin Template


We used a Sharpie to trace the face on, then filled it inwith 2 coats of black craft paint. 
Quick and easy and very cute!


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It's starting to look like Halloween at our house! How about yours?

Wishing everyone Happy Haunting this week! 



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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Easy DIY Tomato Cage Ghost

This year, Leigh and I decided to make our Halloween decorations a little bit creepier and scary. So we changed up the plant shelf that overlooks the living room and added a tomato cage ghost. It was incredibly easy to make and I love how spooky it looks.

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I didn't take enough pictures as I was putting it together, so I'll try to explain it step by step. 

Here's what you will need to make your own - 

1. Tomato Cage (I used the small one)
2. White Fabric ( I used 2 pieces about 4'x4' that I cut from a twin sheet)
3. White Christmas Lights (I had a string of icicle lights that worked well, but a regular string 
     would work too)
4. Small piece of quilt batting
5. Dollar Tree Skull and 2 Skeleton Hand Yard Stakes
6. Chicken wire or some type of stiff wire to make the arms
7. Thin wire to attach the arms
8. Safety pins to attach the fabric

Start by cutting a hole in the bottom of the skull.  We used our handy dandy hot knife from Michaels. If you don't have one, you need to get one immediately! This thing is the bomb! It cuts plastic, foam core board and pumpkins like cutting butter. It is fast becoming my favorite crafting tool.

Use the hot knife to cut small holes in the eye sockets and a hole in the back of the skull so that you can insert the lights.

Gather the three spikes on the tomato cage, twist them together and poke them into the skull. Then make small tubes of chicken wire for the arms. We actually used decorative garden fencing to make the arms for our ghost.  Wire the skeleton hand stakes to the arms. I also put a bit of hot glue on the stake where it is inserted into the hand to make sure that it won't come off. 


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Twine the lights onto the cage and insert individual lights into the eye holes. Wrap the skull with quilt batting to give it a larger head. This also helps the fabric drape nicely.  Wrap one piece of the white fabric around the body and arms of the ghost and secure with safety pins in the back. Then wrap the other piece over the head and safety pin under the chin. We also tattered the edges of this piece.

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This took all of about 30 minutes to throw together and it looks super creepy
 with it's shining eyes and skeleton hands.

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Only 2 weeks until our Halloween party and just 3 weeks until Halloween - can you believe it? Hope that I can get everything on our to do list done by then, but if not, there's always next year!

Happy Haunting!


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Party Invitation 2014

We will be hosting our annual Halloween Party on the 25th this year and are finally getting the invitations in the mail. I know that in this day of Facebook and email, it is rather old fashioned to send an invitation via the mail, but isn't it nice to actually have something besides junk and bills in your mail box?

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This year's invitation has an original poem that I wrote late one night last month.  I searched and searched for something on the web, but I couldn't find anything that worked, so I sat down and wrote this up. I did borrow the first line from the Bard - hopefully he won't mind!

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

By the moon we gather here,
To celebrate this time of year.

When witches fly and the dead arise,
The zombies moan with glowing eyes.

We gather round the pumpkin’s light,
And party long into the night.

Witches brew and bat wing stew,
Come taste our punch and cupcakes too.

So disguise yourself and your better half,
Come around about 7 for many a laugh.

We will party long into the night,
‘Till all are blessed with second sight.

I think it works perfectly for a Halloween invitation - what about you?

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Here is a template for you to use - just save it to your computer, open it up in PicMonkey and add your own information.  We inserted ours into a Word Doc and printed them 3 to a page.  You might need to adjust the size a bit, but 3 should fit on it as long as you use narrow margins. After we printed and cut the invitations, we glued them down to a piece of black card stock and added a piece of orange ribbon.

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Here is the sample so that you can see how we laid everything out - 


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PicMonkey has lots of Halloween fonts to use, so just pick out one you like and add your info for your very own custom invitation.

Halloween is fast approaching and only 28 days to go until our favorite Holiday! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Take Dollar Tree Skulls from Cheapy to Creepy in Less than 5 Minutes

Any of you that have seen any of our other posts know that we love Halloween and Dollar Tree at Crafty in Crosby.  Hopefully, you haven't gotten tired of all our Halloween/DT posts yet 'cause here's another quick an easy way to take those cheap looking plastic skulls from cheapy to creepy in about 5 minutes!
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 I'm sure you've seen these skulls at Dollar Tree - they look pretty fake all by themselves - 


But, string 3 of them on twine and hang them up and they are instantly turned into something creepy and cool - reminds me of shrunken heads.  In fact, I think that I'll add some Spanish moss to them for a little more creep factor!

All we did was cut a small hole in the top and enlarge the hole on the bottom, use a piece of wire to pull the twine through and tie three of them together! Bam! Quick and Cheap!


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Stop back by in a few days to see one more way to use a 
DT skull for another creepy Halloween decoration!

Woot Woot - Tomorrow is Hump Day! Hope your week is flying by!


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