This is craft ideas for Halloween that I have been collecting! I will be adding them in the replies :)


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MamaM...
Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

SPIDER SACK DECOR

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easy enough for kids of all ages to get in on the action and the finished product is a decidedly stylish take on traditional Halloween decor.  And did I mention how inexpensive it is?

 

The basic materials include a pack of water balloons ($1.99), yarn ($3.79), and standard craft glue (already had it but glue should be on back-to-school sale right now). That’s it for the essentials. To really get the full effect, it’s nice to add a few plastic spiders which are on sale pretty much everywhere. Also, to make my sacks glisten like the real thing I opted for white yarn laced with silver strands.

 

 

To make the sacks, I simply adapted this yarn ball tutorial.  The first step is to create a mixture of water and glue.  The perfect glue to water ratio is somewhat of a mystery but you want to err on the side of more glue versus less.

 

 

Next, approximate how much yarn you’ll need to cover your balloon and wrap it around you hand to create a loop (this helps prevent tangles).

 

Then dunk it.

 

Now comes the really hard part, blowing up the water balloons.  I like how the shape of these balloon aren’t perfectly round, like a spider sack, but they’re tough little buggars to inflate.  I’d highly suggest using some kind of a pump or air compressor if at all possible. At the very least, stretch the balloons out as much as your can first (I even filled a few with water and drained them before blowing them up).

 

You probably think I’m exaggerating – I’m not! These suckers are strong and MUCH harder to inflate than regular balloons. Seriously, I was seeing stars with my head between my knees after each tiny balloon. After five I decided I had to quite for fear of passing out and leaving my rug rats to fend for themselves.

 

 

Once you (somehow by the grace of God) have your balloons inflated, squeeze the excess moisture from the yarn and start wrapping.

 

How dense you want to make your spider sack is completely up to you but the finished product should look something kind of like this.

 

When you’re happy with your coverage, give the balloon one last roll in the mixture for good measure. (In case you’re wondering, I did do this project with C and he had one messy good time.  I didn’t include any photos of him because I put the camera away after documenting the first balloon.  I think he appreciates it when I occasionally let him do a craft without sticking a camera in his face.)

 

 

Now comes the second hardest part, waiting around. These little guys take at least overnight to dry and possibly a lot longer. I didn’t practice what I preached on this one and forgot to wring out the yarn before wrapping. As a result it took three full days for the yarn to dry out.

 

 

When the yarn is finally dry, all it takes is a needle or pin and – POP! – you have a spider sack.  After popping the balloon, remove it and throw it away.  Now it’s time to decorate and hang.  I found these sparkly spiders at my local Ben Franklin Craft store, aren’t they fun?

 

 

You only need a very small amount of fishing wire tied around one leg to secure them.

 

 

I also tied a strand of fishing wire to the top of each spider sack for hanging purposes.

 

 

This is how they look suspended from the light fixture above our table.  The fishing wire does a nice job of mimicking the silky thread of a spider in the light.

 

That’s it – pretty spooky right? I really hope you try this one!

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MamaM...
Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Eerie Eyeball Wreath

To create this eerie embellishment, you'll need about eight dozen glow-in-the-dark rubber eyeballs ($7.99 for 12; amazon.com) and a 12-inch foam wreath form ($2.59 for three; createforless.com). Wrap the form in black crepe streamers and secure with straight pins. Poke a hole in the back of one eyeball with the sharp end of a flatheaded pin; then insert the pin's flat end into the hole. Using a thimble to protect your finger, press the pin halfway in. Push the sharp end of the pin into the form. Repeat until the wreath is full and hang as desired.

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MamaM...
Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Mummies!

 


Want to make your own?  They are soooooo easy and super cheap!


Here's what you need:
- some empty boxes...go dig into your recycling, you'll probably find lots
- white fabric or a cheap white sheet (I used an old sheet that I already had)
- glue gun
- scissors
-googly eyes

and here's what you do:
- Start by putting your boxes back into box form - mine were collapsed for recycling.  Then set aside.
- Tear sheet or fabric into strips.  You can cut them but the torn edges look more mummy-ish (yes, I made that word up!)  You won't need the full sheet but tear a pretty good sized pile just for good measure.



- Now it's time to start wrapping the box.  Simply add a dot of glue to the place you want to start, then adhere the fabric in place and wrap.  Once you are at the end of that fabric strip add another glue dot to hold it in place and then start the process over until the box is completely wrapped.
- Once the box is wrapped, add your googly eyes.
- and now the next step is to display them.  

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MamaM...
Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Head-Waiter Tray

Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004http://www.marthastewart.com/267891/head-waiter-tray


Sometimes you need more than a hand serving guests -- you need a head. Create a helping head to entertain your captive dining companions.

Head-Waiter How-To

1. Two days before your party, crumple 10 paper towels and several swaths of gauze (enough to cover the display surface). Dip each in brewed coffee, and set to dry, in their crumpled state, where they won't be disturbed. This will give the towels and gauze a wrinkled, veiny appearance.

2. Prepare the head: Mix a solution of 2 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon corn syrup (or use Mod Podge glue), and 1 tablespoon coffee. Stir with a craft stick, and then use it to apply a thin layer to one section of a Styrofoam head. Uncrumple paper towels, and spread over that section; repeat until surface is covered. Place the gauze on a tray and the head waiter in the center, or display him on a sideboard or buffet.

Click here to find out more!

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MamaM...
Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I love to use custom drink wraps for water bottles at parties. They are an easy way to carry the theme into your food and drink. Once you have your custom labels, there are several ways to to adhere them to the water bottle – and after some trial and error I’ve found that a simple two-sided tape is the easiest way to do it! Below are my instructions for applying bottle labels – try it out this Halloween with my FREE Halloween Water Bottle Labels {click here to begin download}. Perfect for those of you throwing a Halloween Party this weekend!



To start you’ll need water bottles, water bottle labels {download my Free Halloween labels here}, Tape Runner XL or double-sided tape, and Fiskars Paper Trimmer or scissors.




And here are some of my learning experiences from previous trial & error:

  • Applying just double sided tape to the ends keeps the label smooth around the bottle. Avoid putting adhesive on the entire label, as it adheres to all the rivets in the bottle.
  • Printing on standard bright white text paper works best, when paper is too heavy it won’t stay. I like to print color-heavy items on a laser printer, if you don’t have one at home check out your local Office Max or Staples. They offer color document printing for under $1 sheet.
  • Use a paper trimmer that shows exactly where you’ll be cutting. This is a case where you need your cut to be exact. Fiskars makes some paper trimmers for around $15 that offer this “precision” feature (a fine wire guide shows exactly where the blade will cut) available on Amazon or your local craft store.
  • It’s best to remove the original bottle label before applying the new label.
  • Serve waters at room temperature (do not set in a bucket of ice).
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    MamaM...
    Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    {Free Printable} Out of Candy Halloween Door Sign 8×10

    Have you seen some of the cute (free) Halloween printables popping up in blogland? Well, I’m about to throw another one in the mix! This one is a little bit unconventional, but maybe you’ve been there… you know, when you run out of candy on Halloween night and have to shut off all the lights, stay quiet and pretend you’re not home?

    No Candy

    Have you ever run out of candy?

    Even though we often spend a small fortune in Halloween candy, it never fails that we fret about running out – and some years we HAVE run out! We’ve done the shutting-off-the-lights-thing, but it never fails that some little ghosties will still ring the freakin’ doorbell! UM. Hello? Doesn’t it look like no one’s home? (Uh yeah, that plan definitely doesn’t always work!)

    So… I used the pirate guy from my Candy Corn Gang illustrations to make a “Sorry Mateys, We’re Out of Candy!” sign. If you have to be the bearer of bad news, might as well make that message look cute right?

    Free printable

    Free printable

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    I put mine in a black IKEA frame, to put on a small table outside by the front door. But you could laminate this baby and tape it to the front door as well. You know, just in case you DO run out of candy! We’re in a new neighborhood this year, so it’ll be interesting to see how many trick-or-treaters we get.

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    MamaM...
    Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    How to Halloween Decoration Using Printable Candy Corn

    Corny Candy Folks Garland Craft

    Materials Needed:

    Instructions:
    Note: Younger kids will need help putting the pattern pieces together. Let them practice writing their names on scrap paper and then write it on the candy corn.

    To make the candy corn folks:

    Print out the Candy Corn Folks Template. Cut out the templates #1, 2, and 3. The shaded areas are where the pieces will overlap. Cut out the following colors from each template:

    #1 = yellow construction paper
    #2 = orange construction paper
    #3 = white construction paper

    Place glue on the top edge of the yellow piece and lay the orange piece on top, lining up the sides and press down. Flip over. Add glue to the top edge of the orange piece and place the white piece on top, lining up the sides and pressing down. Flip to front.Trim any pieces on the side that do not line up.

    Glue the eyes to the top part of the orange piece. Add a mouth with the red glitter. Add the name to the yellow part. If you want, after printing the name add, dots to the letters as shown above and eye lashes to the eyes.

    To make the candy corn pets:

    Print out the Candy Corn Folks Template. Cut out the templates #1, 2, and 3. The shaded areas are where the pieces will overlap. Cut out the following colors from each candy corn template:

    #1 = yellow construction paper
    #2 = orange construction paper
    #3 = white construction paper

    Place glue on the top edge of the yellow piece and lay the orange piece on top, lining up the sides and press down. Flip over. Add glue to the top edge of the orange piece and place the white piece on top, lining up the sides and pressing down. Flip to front.Trim any pieces on the side that do not line up.

    Glue the eyes to the top part of the orange piece. Add the name to the yellow part. If you want, after printing the name add, dots to the letters as shown.

    For the dog, cut out the templates Ear #1, 2 and 3. Cut out the following colors from each template:

    #1 = white construction paper
    #2 = orange construction paper
    #3 = yellow construction paper

    For the cat cut out the template Cat (ear) #1, 2 and 3. Cut out the following colors from each template:

    #1 = white construction paper
    #2 = orange construction paper
    #3 = yellow construction paper

    Glue the ears to the white part of the candy corn. With the silver glitter, add an upside down triangle for the nose and the mouth. For the dog, add a red tongue to one side of the mouth. For the cat, add whiskers to each side of the face. Let dry.

    Assemble the garland:

    Lay each corny candy folk/pet on the table, front side down and about 2" apart. Lay a piece of yarn across the back of all of the Corny Candy Folks, about 1" from their tops. The piece of yarn should be about 8" longer than the length of your folks (4" past each end).

    Lay a piece of tape over the yarn on the back of each of your folks. Hang your garland from 2 tacks and admire your hard work!

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    MamaM...
    Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

     

    Hand Print Spider Craft

    Materials Needed:

    Instructions:
    Start out by stapling both ends of the toilet tissue roll closed. Paint the toilet tissue roll black or whatever color you want your bug to be as this will be the bug's body.

    While the paint is drying, trace both hands onto construction paper. Cut out the hand prints, cutting off the thumbs so there will be just the four fingers. These will be the spider's legs.

    Glue each hand to the back of the toilet paper roll so there are four legs on each side of the body. Curl the bug's legs under a little bit to give them a little bit of shape.

    You can now glue on wiggle eyes and also use scraps of construction paper to make a mouth, teeth or fangs, and any other details you want!

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    MamaM...
    Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Add black construction paper features to white tissue paper wedding bells and drape with tulle. I LOVE these guys!

    Add black construction paper features to white tissue paper wedding bells and drape with tulle.

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    MamaM...
    Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Tutorial:  ping pong balls stuck on top of battery powered tea lights!

    ping pong balls stuck on top of battery powered tea lights!

    I have seen plastic eyeballs in the dollar store that would work just as good even better!

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