Posted in Christmas Crafts, Cookie Plate, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store Crafting, Hand Painted

Personalized Cookie/Carrot Plate for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve 

 

We had our first snow day of the season, which is rather early for Western Washington which gave me time for a little crafting.  I thought about using my Cricut, but I really love to paint – it’s really relaxing.

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DIY Grinch Sculpted Ornament 

I’ve been collecting ornaments for each year that my husband and I have been married for the last 13 years, but this year I decided to make one of my own.  I started out with Rudolph in my mind and then suddenly I turned it into the Grinch.  He looks much harder than he is to make.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • 3 small Styrofoam floral balls found in $ store variety pack
  • Metal wire
  • Air Drying Clay loo9
  • Limerick green Acrylic Paint
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Yellow Acrylic Paint
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Cricut weeding tool
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  1. Cover one Styrofoam ball adding slightly more on one end, slowly sculpting a pear/curled tear drop shape.
  2. Using the Cricut weeding tool, work in rounded snout/muzzle section working back in layers the creases in his face for his smile.
  3. Tear a small amount of clay and shape it like a tear drop and then use the weeding tool to sculpt his evil eyes using the curved side to shape the eyes.
  4. With the weeding tool create an my shape to make his nose.
  5. Cut a loop of wire and  secure through the head after adding spear shaped hair on the tip of his head.
  6. Cover to more Styrofoam balls with clay connect then together creating the torso shape.
  7. Shape arms and legs working the dough together until it is well connecting it.
  8. Set aside the pieces and allow to dry overnight or use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
  9. Hot glue head onto the torso once dried completely.
  10. Mix lime green and white paint together to get your grinchy color and paint him.
  11. Paint the eyes yellow.  Remember that if you mess up your lines you can always fix with more green paint.
  12. Once the eyes are died, outline them with a thin layer of black and draw his lashes and eyelashes.  Contour his facial lines in black and while slightly wet go over the facial lines in green making them less severe.
  13. Draw a stubby u in each eye for his pupils.
  14. Finish with an acrylic spray.

I hope that you have fun making these too.  Merry Christmas!

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Tick Tock the Piñata Build: Part 4

So after much contemplation I have shifted the direction of my dear friend Tick Tock and have gone with this head.  I jumped down the Pinterest rabbit hole one more time to see how others sculpted more difficult paper mache sculptures and the answer is this – or so I think. 

His body should be much simpler than this head, but we’ll see…I am still completely nervous about this project.  However,  if it turns out great then this will surely lend help to someone else’s creative process since Pinterest shows many amazing piñatas without tutorials for the more difficult or extravagant ones.

I’m off to work on my dear friend some more, so please continue to stop by and check out my progress!  

Posted in Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store Crafting, Halloween, Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas, Oogie Boogie, Spooky, Trick or Treat, Trunk or Treat

Nightmare Before Christmas Trunk or Treat 

After frantically working to finish this project at last the big day has come and gone .   For those of you interested in learning how to make all of these crafts, check out the series for instructions  on how to create each of these characters for yourself . These range in size from 6 inches to 12 and could easily make a great centerpiece for any Nightmare Before Christmas themed party . 

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Nightmare Before Christmas Trunk or Treat: Part 4

Have you ever wondered if you could speed up the air drying Clay’s drying time?  Well, wonder no more! 5 minutes in the microwave and done!  So, now all I need to do is glue hands and feet on and paint them!


I’m almost finished with my project.  I only have to complete the Mayor,  paint my tree, hill, make tombstones and paint the background.  I will definitely be finished by next weekend and once finished step by step tutorials for this build will quickly follow.

This project has taught to me to experiment and keep an open mind when it comes to materials. Don’t be afraid to use things you’d typically recycle or discard in your crafts.  If I had inmy Zero would not be finished nor would my Shock sculpture.
I’m currently waiting for my paper mache tree and hill to dry, but tomorrow I will post another update!

Happy Halloween and remember it’s all for the love of craft!