Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Wreath

Here is a really cute fall wreath that my sister Mande made for her first home! So cute. Love the fall colors against her black door. She's the best and smartest and most creative big sis ever! p.s. sorry about the sideways pictures.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Greeting Card (Beware, the witching hour is upon us!)

This is our family Halloween greeting card that we are sending out this year. I love all the altered art ideas I have seen lately and thought they would be cute applied to our Halloween card. I took a picture of my daughter and had it printed in sepia tone. Then I took old book pages, paper, and stickers to create a cute, bewitching theme.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Glass Slippers

An old, worn out pair of my daughter's summer sandals...BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOO!

Glass Slippers!

I wanted to make use of what we had (recycling, saving the environment and all that jazz!) and I didn't want to spend more money. So I painted her shoes silver and added some sequins I had and tada! glass slippers to go with her Cinderella costume. She loves them! That's what really matters.

Gone Batty!

I took a page from Martha Stewart's book and made these bat cutouts to decorate my front door. At some point I will add spiders and spiderweb silhouettes. It's just something fun to look at as we are coming and going.

Scared Stiff! (starched ghost)

Here is another fast, no cost Halloween craft. I used a cloth diaper (I had them laying around-they are great dusting rags) but other materials such as cheese cloth or old sheet would work too.

Step 1: mix 1 cup cold water and 1/4 cup corn starch in a small sauce pan.

Step 2: bring to boil and stir until a thick jelly-like paste forms.

Step 3: soak cloth in water and squeeze out excess water (the water will help the cloth to absorb the starch)

Step 4: in a bowl add the starch solution and cloth, cover cloth well with starch solution and remove excess

Step 5: lay fabric over object to shape (I used a vase with a bowl turned upside down) and allow to dry over night

Step 6: add on face with paint or permanent marker.

I think with would look great with a battery tea light underneath or hanging from the ceiling.

Witches Jars

Here's a no cost idea for Halloween decor. I took jars and vases that I had and added "witches ingredients". I used pulled apart cotton balls for "cobwebs", green yarn for "poison seaweed", and black paper cut in the shape of bat wings for "wing of bat". I printed out the labels on computer paper with a spooky font. I used brown watercolor paints (the kind my two year old uses) to age the paper and then tore out the labels to give them a frayed look. I attached the labels with scotch tape. It was simple and quick and required no purchase. You could use all kinds of things around the house to double as "witches ingredients" and add them to any container.