It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Monster Rings

I have a large stash of toilet paper tubes.

Now it’s a little bit smaller!

I’ll leave you to figure out how these were made; it isn’t difficult. And what are they, besides the obvious?

Why, napkin rings, of course!

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October 25, 2012 Posted by | crafts, holidays | , , | Leave a comment

Halloween Craft

Here’s what we did yesterday. You could use popsicle sticks, but these are tongue depressors. (Well, the label on the package says they’re “craft sticks”, but they sure look like tongue depressors.) First you paint them orange… which for us meant that we had to mix our own paint. Turns out it takes about 8 parts yellow to one part red (or thereabouts — I was NOT measuring) to make this shade of orange.

Let the paint dry, tape the sticks together. (I used an X of masking tape.) Draw the pumpkin face using a black permanent marker. Ta-dah!! Pumpkin Puzzle!

It could be just me, but I found that the horizonal (side-to-side) sticks were easier to draw on than the vertical (up and down).

Oh, and the idea? Mix the sticks up and see if you can arrange them back into the pumpkin face!

October 21, 2011 Posted by | crafts, holidays | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Whoo-whoooooo…

Happy Halloween Craft, inspired by Frugal Family Fun blog, cheerfully crafted by Tyler and Emily.

I just love their sweet, lop-sided charm!

October 26, 2010 Posted by | crafts | , , | 5 Comments

Halloween … hangy thingy

Hallowe’en is coming! I’ll be hosting a party for the tots and their families at the end of the month, and that calls for some decorating! (This is also called “any excuse for crafting”.) 😀

I’ve seen these banner things for any and all events, made of any and all materials, scattered liberally throughout all the craft blogs I frequent. (Which are MANY. I love you, One Pretty Thing!)

They’re not called banners, mind you. Nor are they called pennants, though that’s certainly what they look like to me. A series of pennants strung on a ribbon to make a banner is called…

damn my recalcitrant memory anyway…

is called…

BUNTING!

Yup. That’s it. Halloween bunting. The triangles are card stock: equal numbers of orange and black, glued one on top of the other to make a contrasting edge. The ghosts are craft foam, with faces drawn with a permanent black marker.

Right now the triangles are taped to the ribbon. Eventually, the plan is to put a hole in the top of each triangle and attach them to the black ribbon with alternating orange and black ribbons. Of course, that will mean putting letters on the other side, since the triangles will be able to turn. And then, because I like it so well and want it to last without fading, I intend to laminate the whole thing, either with a laminator, if I can be bothered to take my lazy self down to the far reaches of the back of beyond where the laminator is, or with my much-beloved Con-tact, which is in the kitchen.

(Three guesses which is more likely, even though proper laminating will be much more durable?)

October 18, 2010 Posted by | crafts | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment