Showing posts with label halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label halloween. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Drippy Pumpkin Craft {Craft Project}

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I have been crafting my whole life, and as much as I don't like to admit it, I sometimes have craft fails.  This craft project was one of them.  I decided to share it because I have come up with some solutions for the problems that we faced, and hope that you, my beloved reader, might be able to complete this project and make it look better than I managed to.

Drippy Pumpkin Craft:

Materials:

Fake pumpkin
Crayons (crayola brand seem to melt better)
Sandpaper
Hair Dryer
Tape

Instructions:


I started with a white fake pumpkin that I had bought at Michael's, some broken crayons, tape and a hair dryer.


I picked my crayons, laid them out on the top, taped them down and then started to melt them!


Whoa!  Slow down!!!!  Don't do what I did!  First, make sure you're using good crayons.  ie, Crayola.  They melt better!  In all of my experience with melty crayon crafts, they work much better.  Second, I would recommend sanding the pumpkin down just a little bit, especially in the tracks that you want to use for the drips, perhaps even all over it, with some fine paper.  It makes it easier for the crayon to stick to the surface, which was one of my downfalls (which you'll see later)


Also, use much smaller crayons.  And low heat.  High heat makes the crayon melt in funny ways, too drippy, too fast!  



As you can see from the pictures here, the crayons up top are hardly melted, but the drips have come down pretty far.





As you can see from the side, the pumpkin actually looks pretty cool.  The top, however, is a totally different story.






The top was a mess!!!!  In retrospect, I would have melted more crayons on the top, perhaps with shavings, to make it not look so thin and gross.


It was a fun craft, my kids enjoyed watching the crayons melt, but none of us were too appreciative of the final result.  I think that sanding, smaller crayons and lower heat would have been the solution to our crafting problems!  

Have you tried a drippy crayon craft?  If so, I would love to see how yours turned out!  If you have any secrets to share, please leave me a comment!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Scouting Sunday #4: Halloween Edition Week 2

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Welcome back to Scouting Sunday!  This month, I'll be scouting blogs for Halloween craft ideas!  I'm going to try to make scouting Sunday a regular feature here at This Crafting Life, so please help me out!  If you're scouted, snag a button and feature it on your post proudly!





I love dramatic props, and this DIY Spell Book is no exception!  Check out Through My Looking Glass for their tutorial on how to make your own!













My kids love magnets, and also bugs.  What a perfect combination! I think I'm going to have to make these to go all over my house!  Head over to delia creates to see her tutorial!

 Snowy Bliss is my first featured Halloween Food Post, with her adorable polka dot spider cake tutorial!  Yum and so cute too!





Well, now this sounds like a great way to use all those broken crayon pieces I've been saving!  Find out how to create this great drip pumpkin on The Swell  Life.

I know that I featured DIY jars last week, but these are filled with such creative items that I had to share them too!  Head over to A Fanciful Twist for their tutorial today!



Number 6 this week is from Vixen Made for her felt pumpkin activity tutorial.  What a great idea for little hands, and there's hours of endless play and no mess!  Great idea!

This one is really simple, so simple in fact that you could probably figure it out from the picture, but I highly urge you to check out the entire post! This blogger has such a cute foyer design that I might have to steal half of it! :)  Check out Thrifty Decor Chick!
This Monster Wreath Tutorial from babyrabies.com is just too cute!  I think if I made the wreath that my kiddo would love making the finishing touches!  Can't wait to try this!




There's my top 8 handpicked craft tutorials from blogs!   If you were mentioned, grab a button and put it on your blog or post!





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Have you posted a Halloween Tutorial on your blog?  If so, share it below and you could be featured on next weeks Scouting Sunday!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Halloween Look Book 2012

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It's September, and in my world, that means it's almost holiday season!  It's time to start planning what crafts we'll be doing, when we'll fit them into our busy schedules and for me to judge how much energy I have for making Halloween costumes and Christmas gifts.  Last year, for Halloween, we made Shrunken Apple Heads and Decoupage Jar Candles.  For Christmas, we went all out and made a ton of "Food in a Jar", along with a Naughty and Nice themed Christmas that featured said food in a jar, a homemade washcloth or potholder (crochet) and some had some nice bath items, like Sugar Scrubs.

This year, I've already got a strong start on Christmas presents, with a list of 13 "Must Craft For" people, 11 "potential simple project" people, and 8 "would like to craft for" children.  (I know I have a funny list, but when I'm thinking about crafting for this many people, I have to have some point where I can say, no, I'm too stressed out and this part I can drop and just pick them up something they'll enjoy equally)

I already have three projects for the "Must Craft For" people started, and ideas for another 7 of those, and just three people who I don't know what I'm making for yet.  I'm sure it will come to me during my planning.

As for crafts, I've been pinning like mad, finding great treats and ideas to implement when the time comes.  Here's a few of my favorites that I've found (not that I'm doing all or any of these, but a girl can look, can't she?):

For Halloween:

While this first one isn't something that I would actually wear, I do find it incredibly witty.  First, it's crocheted.  Second, you're a burger! It's now got me thinking... what else could I crochet to be a wonderful halloween costume, something that would make everyone say "Wow!  You made that?"
More to come on this thought later, I'm sure.

For the girls, I am LOVING the look of these long tulle dresses.  They're adorable!



And why couldn't mom have a big fancy skirt too?  I could play the evil queen or something :)


 
 I love crafting for these holidays.  I always try to involve my children so that the crafts have more meaning, and I add something new and homemade and fun to our collection every year.  These are just a few of the things that I've been dreaming of for Halloween decor. :)


 For treats, I found some spookilicious ones!





For the kids, Brain Cakes in a jar, or apples, peanut butter and marshmallows as a snack.



Who says mommy can't have something fun too?  Vampire Blood Cocktail :)

Oh and love love love this window display.




I think that's all for now.  What sort of things are you dreaming of for the upcoming holidays?  I'd love to hear about things you've done or dream about!


Link up your projects, past or future for all to enjoy!