Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fall Chalkboard Sign

Don't you just love it when a project turns out even better than you anticipated? This one sure did! I'd had this picture in my mind of a chalkboard sign with a pumpkin on it for quite some time and I found the perfect plastic platter at Dollar Tree for the base.


Not too bad for a couple of bucks and some supplies I already had on hand.


The platter is just a large plastic party platter from Dollar Tree that I spray painted with chalkboard paint. The pumpkin also came from Dollar Tree. We cut it in half with a sharp kitchen knife, painted the stem gold and then Mod Podged strips of torn book pages over it. Add a few fall leaves (also from Dollar Tree) and hot glue it to the platter.



When you are Mod Podging the book strips you will need to trim the overlapping edges with scissors.



You could write any fall sentiment on the platter - Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Fall, Count Your Blessings, Autumn Blessings or anything you can think of. Don't forget to prime your chalkboard by running a piece of chalk (on it's side) over the flat part of the platter, then wipe off the chalk. I also ran the chalk around the outside edge of the platter to accent the edge.

I also used one of my favorite DIY tricks on the back of the platter - use a soda can pop tab for a hanger - just hot glue it on to the platter with a generous dot of hot glue and place a small piece of paper over it to cover the glue.




 

Such an easy craft for fall and Halloween and I love how it turned out.  Two of our favorite things - chalkboards and book page crafts.

Wishing everyone a Happy Fall Y'all!



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nevermore Tree and Printable

Last year, Leigh and I created a Nevermore tree and printable, but things got so crazy that I totally forgot to share it on the blog. And we almost let it get away from us again! The tree was inspired by by a pin we saw by The DIYShowOff and we created the printable in PicMonkey

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Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven, Halloween Printable, spooky, Easy Halloween DIY, Nevermore Quoth the Raven


We cut the printable to fit in the oval frame that was already hanging in that spot, but it would also look great in a rectangular frame. Couldn't fit the entire poem on it but it has the beginning stanzas.


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This is the label on the tin bucket holding the tree. You can print it out and cut around the label to use it on your container.

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Last year, we also used some creepy cloth over the tops of the pictures and I had forgotten all about it until I was writing this post. Have to remember that for next year! The photo at the top is my In-Law's and we spookified them in PicMonkey. They only look like this for Halloween, then this photo moves behind the real photo, although we might just leave it that way this year! Teeheehee!!!


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Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven, Halloween Printable, spooky, Easy Halloween DIY, Nevermore Quoth the Raven

Might be too late to make your own Nevermore Tree, but there's always next year! Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Easy Halloween Photo Booth Frame

Each year, we try to change up our Halloween Photo Booth and create an easy DIY frame. Last year's Polaroid frame was a big hit so we decided to try another foam core board frame.

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It was so easy to make and cost all of about $5. You will need a 22 x 48 piece of foam core and 2 felt spider webs from Dollar Tree. We free handed the frame design with a pencil - Leigh designed it for me since I couldn't seem to come up with anything - and then cut it out with our hot knife from Michaels.  We used a bowl to make the round shapes in the corners for the spider webs.

After we cut out the frame, we painted it with gray craft paint and highlighted it with black and lighter grey. I used a small foam roller to paint the base coat and then just used the tip of the roller to slap on the highlights.

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Here's a shot of the spider webs before we glued them to the frame - 


Then just hot glue a web in each corner and trim the edges even with the frame. After the paint dried, the frame warped slightly so we  used two wood dowels taped to the back of the frame with packing tape to keep it flat. That's all there is to it. It took us all of about 45 minutes to design, cut, paint and decorate our frame and everyone loved it!

Including the Zombie Star Wars Crew - 

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And our Knight in Shining Armour and his crew!

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Our photo booth has quickly become a Halloween Holiday tradition. Everyone loves to strike a pose and our Spider Web frame was the perfect prop for this year's party.

Wishing everyone a Happy Haunted Halloween!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Creepy Pumpkin Scarecrow

We have definitely moved out of the "cute" Halloween decorations and over to the "Super Creepy Spooky" decor this year. While looking for decorations to make, we ran across a version of the "Pumpkin King" by the great Tim Burton and decided that we just had to have one of our own.

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It was very easy to make. The body is just tree limbs that we cut and screwed/wired together in a basic t shape. Then we wired the frame onto a metal stake that we had already pounded into the ground. The fabric is a set of sheers that we picked up for $2 at our local thrift shop.  They are just draped over the frame and then raggedy strips were cut out of the front.

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We found a great tutorial by Kloey on Halloween Forum for the head 

Before you start following the tutorial, you will need to carve your pumpkin. We also wanted a light inside of it and used one of the pumpkin lights that you can buy at most discount stores. I think ours came from Walgreens.  Mr. Crafty came up with the idea of putting it in a baggy to protect it from the elements - that's why we keep him around - 'cause he comes up with great ideas like this!



The light is a push light - meaning you push down on the top dome to activate it, so we needed to be able to take it out to turn it on. Here's what we did - 


So far it has worked really well and is pretty easy to pull out the light to turn it off and on.  I did spray paint the back of the bag black so that it would blend in better once the head was done

The only thing that we did differently from Kloey's tutorial is that once the cotton balls were  adhered with Mod Podge, I just spray painted it black instead of putting another coat of Mod Podge on it.  After the black paint dried I painted the orange on with a brush and used a coppery brown to highlight the creases.  Then I spray painted the whole head with acrylic sealer.

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It looks really creepy at night with the orange lights on the bush behind it shining through the cloth and the light in the pumpkin.

Sorry for the poor quality of this photo - took it in the dark with my Iphone - but you can tell what I mean about it looking creepy. Plus you can see the ribs that we put on the frame too.  The chain and the cemetery sign came from the dollar store and add the perfect finishing touch!

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It looks creepy at night and in the daytime too!

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He's right by the front door to greet all our Halloween party guests and Trick-or-Treaters. I think he will be just scary enough for the little ones and grown ups alike.

We hope to be posting pictures of the Halloween party on Sunday along with this year's photo booth frame, so stop back by and check it out.

Happy Haunting!

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