Posted in Christmas Crafts, Crafting, DIY, DIY Christmas Gifts, Dollar Store Crafting, Halloween, Halloween Crafts, Hand Painted, Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas, Painting

Jack Skellington and Sally Christmas Ornaments – Simply Meant to Be

OMy sister in-law is as crazed about the Nightmare Before Christmas as I am and loves Jack and Sally, So this year I made her a couple of ornaments for her tree.  These were particularly fun to make and I think really turned out cute.  I’m hoping they can brighten her spirits this year since she recently experienced the loss of her mother and is having a hard time year.
MATERIAL NEEDED:

  • Blue and champagne colored glitter
  • Black, white, and red acrylic paint
  • Red yarn
  • Clear jewelery making plastic string
  • Sculpey
  • Sculpey Bake and Bond
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Sculpting tools 
  • Plastic ornament bulbs

Follow the instructions from my article for the Grinch Glitter Ornament.

Sally:

  1. Paint almond shaped eyes horizontally using the white paint. Painting 2-3 coats until you can no longer see the blue coming through.
  2. Trace the eyes in black paint and draw a small arch over each eye making her eye lids, then carefully add her eyelashes and under eye circles.
  3. Add the black pupils to her eyes and once dry add a few white dots of paint for a sparkle in the eyes.
  4. Add a round up turned half circle for her nose in black paint.
  5. Draw her small heart shaped lips mixing a little red and black together for her lips.
  6. Draw aine going over her left eye and the add horizontal lines running through it to make her stitches. 
  7. Run a second line underneath that same eye running towards the back of the ornament adding stitch lines horizontally.
  8. Add a line through her mouth running through the one under her eye and add the horizontal stitch marks.
  9. Cut yarn to desired length and hot glue to the top of the ornament using a low temperature glue gun.
  10. Put the ornament cap back on and hang up to enjoy!

Jack:

  1. Paint his face in your desired look using black paint.
  2. Using sculpey modeling clay, smooth out the shape of his bow tie on a flat surface adding each branch and smoothing it out. Add a small hole with the needle tool to the top of the head to run the string through.
  3. Shape a small pointy heart for the bat head and using a ball tip tool press into the head to create eye sockets secure to the tie with sculpey Bake and bond and bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
  4. While baking, use your needle tip sculpting tool to poke a hole in the bottom of the ornament to run the string through.
  5. Paint the bow tie black front to back and then add white lines.
  6. Once dry, tie an end of the plastic string through the tie and knot it 2-3 times cutting off the extra end.  Run other end through the hole pushing it as far up as desired and then add a bit of hot glue to keep it in place.

These are fun and easy to make and are sure to be enjoyed by any Nightmare Before Christmas fan! I hope they’ve inspired you to make your very own!  Happy crafting and merry Christmas!

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    Posted in Crafting, DIY, Halloween Crafts, Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas, Painting, Upcycling

    Mayor of Halloween Town Upcycled Oil Lamp

    This has to be one of my favorite upcycles that I have done.  I Originally created this Mayor of Halloween Town as a decoration for my niece’s 8th birthday party.  I got the idea from something I saw on Pinterest and I had this old Glade oil burning lamp that I always kept because I thought looked cute, but you couldn’t get the oil cartridges for it anymore.  I was so glad that I never tossed it out after I created this guy!

    Materials Needed:

    • Ceramic lamp with round base and lamp shade shaped top
    • Acrylic paint:  Black, white, gray, light pink, orange, teal blue, red, yellow, purple, and golden brown
    • Artists paint brushes
    • Clear acrylic spray paint
    • Painters tape
    • PVC pipe 12-14 inches long
    • Plastic 24 ounce yogurt lid
    • Black spray paint
    • Gray spray paint
    1. Tape a line down the middle of each  side of the lamp shade.  Mix the golden brown paint with the light pink paint and paint half of the lamp shade for the side of his face that is flesh colored.
    2. Paint the body gray.
    3. Then the shirt, his badge, the other side of his face and teath white.
    4. Paint the outside of the badge in a cog shape using the orange paint.
    5. I originally used paint markers, but DO NOT do it if you plan on using the acrylic sorry paint to set the paint.  I did this and it made the paint bleed and I had to redo this entire step in acrylic paint. Paint his suit collar, buttons, spider tie, outline the badge, draw his eyes, teeth, brow lines, and write Mayor in black paint.  
    6. Paint his lips red and add a small white circle to his eye.
    7. Paint oval shaped eyes using purple paint and once dry paint smaller ovals in the center using yellow paint.  Outline the yellow in black paint and add black dots for the pupils making him looking up to the right.
    8. Draw his nose in an upside down arrow shape in black paint.
    9. In teal blue, draw a frowning mouth and paint a jagged black line through the center for his teeth.
    10. Spray paint the PVC pipe and the lid black.
    11. Glue the PVC pipe to the lid with hot glue and then tape off the top of the hat and paint the gray line on the hat.
    12. Spray the Mayor with a clear acrylic paint and allow to dry.

    Posted in Crafting, Dollar Store Crafting, Halloween, Halloween Crafts, Trunk or Treat

    It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Trunk or Treat

    Happy Halloween! This year we chose to do It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown for our Trunk or Treat theme.  It was super easy and cheap! 😁

    I was able to get two large pieces of cardboard from a bathroom renovation project at work to spray paint for the sky and grass areas.  I hand drew cardboard cutouts made on a large sheet of craft board from the dollar store and painted them with acrylic paint that I had on hand.

    The Snoopy pumpkin was made by spray painting a tall skinny pumpkin and a butternut squash white.  The scarf was made by cutting up an old red sweatshirt and his nose was fashioned out of black modeling clay.  I used real and fake pumpkins purchased at the dollar store.  

    The trick or treating ghost kids were made from round plastic table cloths purchased at the dollar store with eye holes drawn on with a Sharpie.  I made the witch mask from green, white, and black felt.  I used cotton batting and rolled the nose, securing it with hot glue.  The witch hat was also purchased at the dollar store.

    We stood the ghosts up by using 5 gallon water jugs with wooden dowels in the middle with duct tape.  For the heads I used some paper mache balloons and a styrofoam craft head I had left over from other projects.  I put white modeling clay at the bottom of the table cloths to prevent them from blowing off in the wind.

    It was qiuck, easy, and lots of fun to make! 

    Posted in Crafting, DIY, Halloween, Halloween Crafts, Hand Painted, Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas, Uncategorized

    This is Halloween, This is Halloween!

    Happy Halloween everyone only 23 more days until the fun begins! I made this Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkin diaroma for a contest at my son’s school. First prize is discounted tuition of $150.00 and 2nd is $100.00.  My fingers are crossed for a win!

    This was made from a hallow carvable craft pumpkin, sculpy modeling clay, air dying clay, acrylic paint, etc.

    UPDATE:  The results are in and I’m proud to report that this bad boy tied for 1st place in the contest!  Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make one for yourself! 🎃😁

    Posted in Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store, Halloween, Halloween Crafts, Spooky, Trick or Treat

    The Halloween Spirit 

    As you may know, Halloween happens to be my birthday and therefore one of my favorite Holidays next to Christmas so I thought I would share with you my decorations this year.  I have been slowly collecting and crafting decorations for years.

    This is actually not even close to the amount that I own, but my husband already has his patients tested with just this amount.  Next year I want to start working on my graveyard fence in late July to early August so that I can make my lawn look like a proper graveyard the way it’s begging to be.

    Well, I hope that you are a little bit inspired and get outside to decorate your house for this spooktacular holiday!  Happy Halloween and happy crafting!