Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Crafts: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Our week of Haunted Mansion makeovers continues! I took some cheese cloth to our ghost lamps (instructions on how to make your own are here) and placed a cute haunted house/tea light holder I found at Marshall's years and years back on the dresser below, along with another bird. I swear, black cheese cloth is the best find for halloween decorating!
Besides cheese clothing every light fixture in sight we decided to get creative and attempt some crafting.
Warning: Keep in mind that we didn't find these crafts in magazines or online, and purely came up with them as we went along. Which you will see can turn out badly! But with some trial and error you can always come out with something unique.

All right, let's get going.

Our first craft is Creepy Crawly Bug PlatesPhotobucket
I originally wanted to find some plates to spray paint black (purely for decorative purposes, not to eat off!). So obviously it didn't matter if there was an ugly design on the plates, and if you've been thrift shopping you already know that the ugliest plates have the tiniest price tags. So here's what I dug up for a couple bucks.
Photobucket After digging through all the stamp and halloween aisles at Michaels I decided to use transfers on the plates. It seemed much easier and faster than printing anything and decoupaging it to the plates like I originally planned.
But obviously black transfers would hardly appear on black paint.... so I improvised and painted some areas white, others black. And it pretty much went downhill from there.
Photobucket As evidenced here in exhibit a.
Never one to back down from a challenge, I went back to the drawing board and sprayed the remaining plates in glossy white.
Photobucket After playing around with the placement of the bugs, then transferring them on to the plates here is what we ended up with.
Much better, right? Maybe even cute? I got a few plates out of it and have tons of transfers left over for future projects, but would estimate the total cost to be in the $7 range. Time invested? let's not dwell on that...
Our second attempt at Halloween crafting originated with an idea I had to make mini-graveyards in our house plants.
Photobucket I started with grey construction paper, and folded it in half to trace our my gravestones.
With some stamps and rubbing ink on the edges the graves look old, then we mounted them to popsicle sticks with hot glue. *keep in mind I have lost the N stamp and had to resort to using a sideways z*
I still really like the idea, but mine totally bombed. With a bit more effort and without a 21 month old tugging at your leg to play with the stamps it may just turn out!
But I decided to give it another shot and just make a cute little sign for another plant with antique colored paper, some pleated crepe paper glued around the edge and again mounted on a popsicle stick.
I think it is cuter, but still not a home run... maybe next year when I can dig up an N.
My third and final craft for the night was a banner to place in one of the Raven's mouths.
This one was SUPER fast and easy, requiring only a little paper, some crepe paper I crimped up and glued on and then a utility knife to make a slit in the birds plastic mouth.
So as you can see, we all have our good projects as well as our bad ones. But I wanted to share in the event you can take the concept and make it fabulous ( I know the potential is there people!!), especially if you want to get your kids involved~
Hope you're having a perfectly haunted day!


Living It At Home said...

These are wonderful creations! I am so impressed. I love the bug plates! You could sell those! Enjoy your spooky house!

Amber's Notebook said...

CUTE!! I love how the plates turned out! I am totally stealing some of these ideas for my party.

...love Maegan said...

I LOVE the bug plates ....I would use them daily!!!! Fantastic.

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

I think they rocked! I LOVE the first photo...looks like a magazine. Great job and I agree that black cheese cloth is about the cheapest and easiest Halloween decoration out there. Loved the gravestones the best. Great job. BTW, I rarely comment, but I read every post and sure do love your blog!

sharon said...

Just LOVE the bug plates and the black cheesecloth - all ideas I think I will be using if you don't mind!
My French Country Home

Torri said...

EWW! You told me my face wasn't going to be in that photo...

Anyways, I still think Frank N. Stein would have been a more appropriate name! LOL

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Holly, did you buy those initial balls from Michaels? I think I bought the same exact ones there last night from the dollar bins. They also had $1 door knobs with words, skeleton keys and a chandelier on them. For a BUCK! Crazy good deal.

Holly and Sean said...

Good eye Liz!! I picked up the knobs too!!!

Thanks so much ladies, glad that some folks weren't as disappointed in the graves as I was LOL.

Lolo said...

Very cool Holly! Its always nice to see the hiccups from perfect crafters :D And I actually like the sideways "N" ("Z"). It is just the right amount of quirky for Frankenstein!

Panda said...

Ooooh great ideas!!! I cant wait to decorate for halloween. its one of my favorite Holidays

Stephanie said...

You are going all out, what fun for you! It looks so spooky good.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Such great and clever ideas! I love the bug plates...actually I love everything you did!

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Aw, your crafts are cute. I love the look of stamps!

April said...

These are my kind of crafts...cheap, simple , and to the point. I like them all..even the sideways 2.

Lucky Girl said...

I actually think the sideways N actually adds to the spooky appeal.

Krystal Wight Armstrong said...

Were you counting the gravestones as one of your mishaps? Because I thought they came out really well! Very cute, with just the right amount of dark stain on the edges & stuff. And I really liked the raven's banner. Very cute! Are the birds from Michael's? I'd love to know where to find them.

And just curious- I was trying to figure out what your initials were for. There's not one for each of you, so... Wren & Holly B.?

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