I’m not crazy about the paint I used for the stem so I may look for a different kind and do it with a little more detail!
The pair will be for sale at my first show in Malone, this Saturday October 15th for the All You Harvest Festival at Davis Elementary!
If you have never seen the move Trick r’ Treat I totally suggest it. It is one of the scariest movies I have seen in recent memory. One of the scariest little guys is Sammy, here is my recycled version:
Now he is not completely finished, but I thought I would share my progress so far. His body is made from a children’s feety pjs that one of my co-workers brought in for me. That I dyed orange. His body is made from old fence wire, so he is positionable and he is stuffed with plastic bags. The portion holding his head up is a paper towel roll and again his head is burlap stuffed with plastic bags. I hand stitched his mouth on with twine and stitched on 2 old black buttons I already had.
I love Halloween and all things scary. I have been working on decorations for the BF and my upcoming Halloween party and here is a great one I came up with. This is super easy and I think really really scary.
Basically, I took a bottle of white elmer’s glue and add a few knife tips of the red gel food coloring (found in the cake decorating stuff). I did an entire bottle b/c I’m making a bunch of these, you could also mix it in smaller batches. Stirred it around with a wooden skewer and took my clean recycled jar, placed it on wax paper. Took the glue bottle, with my now red glue and filled just the threaded rim of the jar with glue and let it drip down the jar. Let it dry and it will have a nice bloody look!
So last week I posted about how to make your own wood mounted stamps. I finally got all my letters finished which I would say total in only took me about an hour to cut them all out. I had all the blocks pre-cut and then i just had to stick them on. They are working out great, check out what I made with them this week:
Stamped on triangles cut out of old sheet music. It would be perfect at a rustic wedding!
Here are the stamps I used! Only problem I’ve found is I need to make sure I am stamping on a flat level surface to get an even amount of ink on the stamp and then an even imprint on the paper.
For this banner, to make it a little heavier I cut out the same size triangles from a cereal box and glued them to the letters. Using a whole punch, I punched holes evenly across the top through both the paper and cereal box layers and then threaded through a red gingham ribbon. I got the entire roll of red gingham ribbon for 50 cents at the flea market
If you were planning on hanging this banner somewhere the back would show as well, you could easily cut sheet music out and put it on the back. You could even re-stamp something on the back of it as well, so it would be 2 sided :).
Another great Pinterest find, created using any jar with a lid. I made two of these this past weekend. One for the kitchen with refreshing eucalyptus oil and another for the bathroom with lavendar oil.
|Photo Credit: The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking|
I have been trying to figure out how to make my own stamps for a long time. There have been several trial and error versions. I have done several of the carving type, similar to block printing which work well but are way to time consuming for me to make. I created this “Wicked” Banner with stamps I created and mounted myself. Check it out:
1. A print off on regular paper of the letters (or shapes) you would like to make into stamps.
2. Stencil (Sign) Tape (it is about an 1/8 inch thick rubbery material, mine was given to me for free, but I think I found it on dickblick.com)
3. Wood blocks bigger than the stencil. The BF cut mine up for me out of a planed pine board and they are a perfect weight.
4. Glue Stick
6. Exacto Knife (Optional)
7. Cutting Matt (Optional)
9. Ink Pads & A dog that won’t leave you alone when you are playng with permanent ink! I swear he almost ended up with orange paws (optional). P.S. I like StazOn ink pads they are pricey but work the best.
Step 1 –
Here is my print out. My letters are about 2.5 inches tall, printed on regular paper.
A close up of the stencil tape. It has like a thin white paper backing that has adhesive to stick to the actual stencil material. You are going to want to have the paper side up, the stencil material down.
Step 2 –
Cut out each letter with scissors or if necessary the exacto knife and cutting pad. For my letters I only needed the scissors but for more intricate stuff you may need the knife. It should look something like this!
Step 3 –
Carefully peel off the paper backing leaving the adhesive backed stencil tape letter. Stick it to the center of your wooden block. Adjust it wear necessary b/c the material is a little stretchy. (All of mine have held fine, but down the road may need some glue). Don’t throw out the paper backing with the letter print out b/c you can use this to label your stamp 🙂
|Sorry I was so excited to stamp I didn’t take a photo before I did!|
Step 4 –
I cut out pennants from an old book and stamped my letters on it. I didn’t press down too hard so that my letters have a distressed look. Punch some holes and string it on ribbon or string and you have a easy banner!
If you haven’t guessed yet Halloween is my favorite holiday and fall is my favorite season. I love making decorations for this time of year and I love carving Jack O’ Lanterns but they only last such a short time. I made these jars so I could enjoy Jack O’ Lanterns for the entire month of October. If you remember I explained how to to tint jars with mod podge before all you do is mix food coloring and a little mod podge, brush it on and let it dry. Then I just added a face with black craft paint (I used enamel).
|Recycled Ragu and Polnar Preserves Jar Jack O’ Lanterns|
Martha Stewart offers tons of ideas for faces to carve on Jack O’Lanterns. I also added a wire handle to the jar and if using a battery powered tea light, it could be safely carried as a lantern while trick or treating!
This creepy pair will be for sale at the Local Living Festival this weekend at the Cornell Co-Operative Extension Farm in Canton!
It makes a much nicer cork board than the typical store bought version.
It is also very easy to make, I cut out a piece of heavy cardboard in the shape of a heart with the center cut out leaving about a 2 inch outline of the heart and then glued the corks to the bottom of the corks to the heart as well as too each other. I found using a craft glue like LockTight Crafters glue works best. Hot glue didn’t really work at all. I think b/c the corks are so porous. The little roses are from scrapbooking supplies that I just attached thumbtacks to the tops. I am going to make a set of recycled soda can rose ones for the show this weekend!
Enjoy! Check back tomorrow for an interesting wedding wednesday post!