All posts tagged: halloween

hallo- and goodbye-ween.

My coworker Sam’s last day of work was yesterday and he requested a Halloween themed goodbye party complete with Halloween crafts. I must have rubbed off on him over the past almost five years for him to request a craft party. I’m on it! We ordered pizza (per celebrant’s request) and cake, and people brought extra snacks to share. I helped decorate mandarin oranges to look like jack-o-lanterns and created a platter with marshmallows, chocolates, and fruits. For decor I brought out all the fun Halloween crafts I had been working on, including my Make & Play DIY samples, bat mobile, and decor from Halloweens past. We drew tombstones on the white board, too, with “It Was Nice Knowing You,” ” Creep it Real,” “See You Never,” and “Boy, bye.” We’re not bitter. 😉 We also brought back the famous Sam face masks (we used them at his wedding shower a few years ago). They were everyone’s pre-Halloween costume! And for crafts: pumpkin decorating, Halloween embroidery, and sticker coloring. Here are the how-tos! Boy Bye …

trick or treat yo’self.

Treat box time! Here’s a fun Halloween care package to gift to your favorite people. Treats and Halloween gifts. I found BOO chips shaped like ghosts (from Whole Foods) and Halloween Junior Mints (from Paper Source). I also made a black, white, and orange heart garland – not quite spooky, but still festive! Box and filler. I like using photo boxes from craft stores. They look nice and they make perfect shipping boxes. For filler I used kraft paper and added polyfil to look like cobwebs or fog. Dangly things. I like to add things that will dangle or pop out when the recipients lift the box lid. These metallic feathers worked well for this box; I taped them to the lid. Cord and other wrap. I secured the box with baker’s twine. I also found a mummy wrap at Daiso and wrapped it around the box. Also from Daiso, Halloween food picks; they worked really well for securing the mummy wrap. Packaging. If you’re shipping your treats, my still favorite wrap of choice is …

bat mobile.

A Halloween inspired pomtass chandelier! For this project you will need: 2″ ring 8″ hoop Nylon cord 10 paper straws cut into 28 -2 1/2 inch pieces Card stock (1 – 12×12 sheet is plenty) 1-2″ hole punch 1/4″ hole punch Yarn in orange, black, and white Pom pon / tassel tool Black felt Paper scissors Fabric scissors Tray Hot glue Googly eyes Binder clips Prep all the pieces: Cut 28 pieces of straw. Punch 20 card stock circles and punch a 1/4″ hole in the middle of each circle. Make 1 orange pompon for the pumpkin. Cut out a Jack-O-Lantern face; attach with hot glue. Make 4 white tassel ghosts. I opted out of a ghost face, but you can add googly eyes or a felt face with hot glue. Make 4 black pompons for bats. Cut four sets of felt bat wings. Sew on bat wings by attaching to the pompon’s tight center cord. Add googly eyes with hot glue. Cut 4 5-foot strands of cord. Assemble: Fold all cord strands in half. …

make and play diy: halloween edition.

Kellie from Make and Play DIY took my himmeli pomtass workshop at Craftcation 2019 and was inspired to create a Halloween themed kit for her subscribers. She asked me to help with the project, so I got my nails done and started filming! I had recently purchased a camera holder so I was excited for this opportunity to film a DIY. Kellie sent over lots of materials for me to play and experiment with before finalizing the project details: yarn, straws, felt, markers, a sewing kit, … I created two himmeli pomtass project variations. Here’s the first: Howl at the Moon. For this project I used yarn, a pom pom and tassel maker, paper scissors, fabric scissors, embroidery floss, a craft needle, a sewing needle, a tray, a ruler, four paper straws, and four wolf die cuts. My second variation: Caged Bird. For this project I used yarn, a pom pom and tassel maker, paper scissors, fabric scissors, embroidery floss, a craft needle, a sewing needle, a tray, a ruler, twelve paper straws, and one …

only treats.

Hey, Boo. It’s treat bag time! Here are a couple of ways to dress up your treat bags for Halloween. Materials: Bags (found these at Target) Twine (also Target) Envelopes (found at a Japanese ‘dollar’ store) Card stock (I shop at Scrapbook Expo!) Food picks (found at Daiso) Washi tape (from my stash…) Create a tassel on the bag. Loop the twine at least six times, cut the loops, then place the cut loops around one of the bag handles. Cut another piece of twine and tie the cut loops together to form a tassel. Trim as needed. Style a Halloween note. For the Halloween note, I cut card stock to fit the envelopes. A simple “Boo!” seemed appropriate. Then, I decorated with pumpkin, cat, and ghost food picks and assorted washi tape. Fill with delights! I filled my treat bags with the note, confetti, and chocolates. Really, anything goes. Fill your treat bags with seasonal fruit – like baby apples! Or with some tricks – plastic spiders, anyone? Ready for gifting! Happy almost Halloween! …

eye see you.

Current obsession: making my own confetti! Here’s a quick recipe for a Halloween-inspired mix. Gather: paper in oranges and black – I use 65 lb paper sequins – I chose a variety pack of purple shapes. googly eyes – I also found little bat stickers with googly eyes in my sticker stash. sparkly confetti – Whenever I see these little vials at Target I grab my favorites. This time, gold stars and hexagons. a container for your finished confetti mix – Also Target! twine First, shred your paper using a super magical crafter tool: a cross-cut paper shredder! (Seriously though, I told my Hubby it’s the crafting shredder…) Add sequins, gold sparkle, google eyes…and whatever else you want to add (except glitter – Don’t do it!!). Mix. Make sure all your sequins are separated; they tend to stick to each other. And remove any paper chunks from the mix. Package up the confetti. I made sure some googly eyes made it to the very top of my containers. O_O I added the bat friends to …

hallo-WEAVINGS!

Happy Halloween! Nothing spooky to share here, just another craft workshop inspired by a Halloween pun! This past weekend I debuted a mini weavings workshop at Makers Workspace and since Halloween was just around the corner: Hallo-WEAVINGS! I set up the tables with baskets of yarn in Halloween colors, sticks and dowels, and treat bags (of course!). Weaving progression… These lovelies made such lovely lovelies! Check out all the mini weavings! Some of them look like dresses (for Barbie!). Whether you’re out trick or treating or staying cozy indoors, have a safe and fun holiday, everyone!

magical makers.

Super magical making happened last week at Rare Bird to gear up for Halloween dress up and celebrations! We had three crafting booths plus a fairy hair station and all-you-can-eat candy! I was invited to host a drop-in felt flower crown craft. I might have woken up at 4:30AM that morning to finish up my flower display, but it was totally worth it. Check out the lovely crowns! I was so excited to use my flower pot display again, too. Ruby and Erica of Rare Bird used natural branches, colorful ribbons, yarn and beads, and so much more for the magical wand craft. And for the candle station, there were endless scents to choose from and to mix and match. Fairy hair by Fairy Manda was a super big hit. I got in on these colorful hair extensions, too. Each session came with a sound bath and fairy blessings. So fun! And now I leave you with this super fancy slo-mo hair video… Yes! I wanna do this again! What have you been crafting up for Halloween? …

googly.

I love packaging cute little treats for my niece and nephews. This one from a couple of Halloween’s ago is still one of my favorites. By the power of the googly eye, you, too, can make these fun gift tags for Halloween favors! All you need are: gift tags (I like black tags for this project) lots of googly eyes hot glue pen (use white or metallic for black tags) treat bags + treats coordinating ribbon Lay out the googly eyes however you wish. Then glue. Personalize it and add a message to the back. Package your treats. Wrap the package with ribbon; then attach your googly tag. I feel like I’m being watched now…. Happy creating!

TERRORiums

Local Take invited me to teach a Halloween-themed craft station as part of the Castro Art Walk. Twas the perfect time to make TERRORiums, terror-ifying air plant terrariums! This was my first time teaching a workshop with living plants. I had to do a bit of research so I could pass on plant care knowledge to all the crafters. I even made a care sheet! I set up rocks and pebbles, marbles, moss, glow-in-the-dark filler, mini pumpkins (to make jack-o-lanterns), skull beads, plastic spiders, mini chalkboards (to make tombstones), and the cutest Halloween food picks for people to use to decorate their terrarium. Everyone got super crafty! Clever tombstone sayings, skull towers…!! Check out all the TERRORiums! Real talk: I don’t think I can make any other kind of air plant terrarium. It must always be Halloween themed.