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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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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