Easy Glass Ornaments for Halloween or Christmas (or Both!)

Last December, I picked up a four-pack of clear glass ornaments at Michaels, thinking I’d do something with them for the holidays.  As it turned out, “do something with” meant “put in a bin and forget about.”  Whoops.  The good news is that I stumbled across them this week and got very excited about the prospect of making simple, elegant Halloween ornaments using paint and alcohol inks.  If you don’t have the notoriously pricey name brand alcohol inks, you can make your own using rubbing alcohol and liquid dye.  (There are recipes and videos online.)  Whether you spend money or time to get your alcohol inks, the results are worth your while, because these ornaments look all kinds of crazy cool!

 

 

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Gothic Bride Garland

Ah June.  It’s the time of increasingly sweltering temperatures, long days, bored children with cabin fever, and, for some unknown reason, weddings.  If you need some quick and easy decorations for your 14th wedding or just for a Wednesday, this papel picado-based garland is fun and easy to make.  With Read more…

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Grim Reaper Mirror: Variation #2 on Sarah’s Bone Cathedral Chalkboard

Two weeks ago, Sarah floored us with a jaw-droppingly remarkable bone cathedral chalkboard made from a frame and skeleton garland. The rest of you were, no doubt, awed and inspired. Me too. Then Ann rolls in with a corkboard and the awe and inspiration grew to gargantuan proportions, similar to their talents.

Inspired by their awesomeness (and also required by Wonderstrange Law)  I dug around for a frame, some garlands, and an idea. I finally settled on trying out a product I have looked at several times with interest but never actually used, Krylon Looking Glass . This is a spray paint that can be applied to an ordinary piece of glass (like in a picture frame)  to transform it in to a mirror.

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Candy Corn Halloween Party: Adorable Felt Monsters to Make Your Life Complete

I get ridiculously excited when Halloween comes around. Of course I love the costumes and the skulls everywhere and old ladies dressing like Elvira, but what I really love is candy corn. I specifically love indian corn, the ones with the brown butts, but any candy corn will do. So, for this most corny of holidays, I’m offering a candy corn stuffy/feltie pattern. You can use the pattern to make boring candy corn or you can use the pattern to make yourself a pair of party-goers, a devil and an angel. Maybe they can sit on your shoulder and whisper virtues and vices into your ears! (more…)

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The Brains of the Operation: Using Clay to Create a Killer Halloween Decoration

Let me say up front that I am not the world’s foremost expert in the polymer clay arts.   Where clay is concerned, I may, in fact, be the world’s hindmost ignoramus – but that’s not altogether bad, because at the back of the line, we do things quick and dirty!  This project requires no special tools, no experience, and absolutely no expertise, so grab some clay, and let’s go!

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