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!
I broke one of my water globes recently and I am terrible about watering my potted plants. I saw an old wine bottle and tested it to see if it could do the same thing abd voila an idea was born.
I’ve been really into sculting and I love fairy gardens, so I thought what a great way to disguise the bottle for it’s new use. This isn’t a tutorial, but I’ll list the materials that I used to make this.
- Wine bottle
- Modeling Clay (sculpey)
- Modeling Clay Tools for adding texture/shape
- Acrylic paint
- Glow in the dark paint
I painted the windows and underside of the mushrooms with glow in the dark paint so it will light up in the dark.
- Wine glass
- Acrylic Paint for Multi Surfaces in Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange, and Lite Green
- Clear Acrylic Spray Finish
- Fine Tip Artist Brushes
- Table Salt
- FloraCraft Diamond Dust
- Stars Shaped Cookie Cutter
- Wallet Sized Photo
- Bottle of Wine
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Red and white striped string
- Mix equal parts flour and salt, then add half of the amount of water. (1 cup flour, salt and 1/2 cup water).
- Roll out dough into a 1/4″ thickness and then use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut a star shape.
- Use a tooth pick to create a hole in one of the tips of the star to hang the ornament.
- Once you have cut out the desired amount bake in the oven at 210 degrees for three hours.
- While baking, paint a wine glass in a up and down pattern of Christmas lights alternating colors.
- Once dried, paint in the blank areas “let’s lite it up!” in alternating colors.
- Once the ornaments have come out of the oven and cooled, spare with clear acrylic spray and then sprinkle the diamond dust on top and scary a second coat to help secure the diamond dust.
- Scary a even layer of clear acrylic spray onto the wine glass.
- Cut out the head from a wallet sized photo and hot glue into place.
- Cut a small piece of string to secure the ornament onto the wine bottle.
I think the best gifts are the ones hand crafted with love. They just really seem to show the recipient how much you care about them to put in the time and effort to create a special gift for them. Merry Christmas! Five more days to go wild, happy crafting!
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.
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.
- 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
- Cover one Styrofoam ball adding slightly more on one end, slowly sculpting a pear/curled tear drop shape.
- Using the Cricut weeding tool, work in rounded snout/muzzle section working back in layers the creases in his face for his smile.
- 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.
- With the weeding tool create an my shape to make his nose.
- Cut a loop of wire and secure through the head after adding spear shaped hair on the tip of his head.
- Cover to more Styrofoam balls with clay connect then together creating the torso shape.
- Shape arms and legs working the dough together until it is well connecting it.
- Set aside the pieces and allow to dry overnight or use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
- Hot glue head onto the torso once dried completely.
- Mix lime green and white paint together to get your grinchy color and paint him.
- Paint the eyes yellow. Remember that if you mess up your lines you can always fix with more green paint.
- 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.
- Draw a stubby u in each eye for his pupils.
- Finish with an acrylic spray.
I hope that you have fun making these too. Merry Christmas!
After re-blogging Crafts ‘n Coffee’s blog about her Halloween Polka Dot Ghost wreath it made me want to finish the one I started last year! I was so excited that I stayed up until 11 PM and then worked all morning and afternoon to complete it finally after only a mere 1o hours later! I guess I’ll do anything to avoid working on dear old Tick Tock 😎🐊!
- Styrofoam Ring (sold at craft stores)
- Black Yarn
- White Yarn
- Foam Core Poster Board
- Air Drying Clay
- Floral Wire
- Black and White Polka Dotted Wire Ribbon
- Yellow Acrylic Paint
- Light Yellow Acrylic Paint
- Orange Acrylic Paint
- White Acrylic Paint
- Red Acrylic Paint
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Purple Acrylic Paint
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- X-acto Knife
- Wooden Shish Kabob Skewers
- EZ Bow Maker
- Wrap in alternating colors of black in white in 2-3 inch strips until your Styrofoam Ring in completely covered. Start and finish each strand with a dab of hot glue smoothed out so it’s unnoticeable.
- On the foam core board trace your wreath so you can cut out the swirled hill for your background using your X-acto Knife.
- Place hill silhouette on top of foam core board to draw a moon for the background.
- Peel both sides of the paper off of the foam core board hill and moon.
- Paint the swirled hill using the black paint.
- Paint the moon starting with the yellow paint, using a blow dryer to dry slightly and then layering in a light brushing/blending of light yellow paint for contouring.
- Draw each characters mask and/or hat and body on the foam core board and cut out with your X-acto Knife.
- Use the air clay to coat the foam core board pieces and make them look 3D by making exaggerated noses and 3D arms and hands. (See photo gallery for examples). Make feet that you will add on afterwards with hot glue.
- Use your blow dryer to dry out the sculptures and then paint them.
- I mixed black, white, and purple paint for faces and hands.
- Mix black and purple with a touch of white, painting the color of her dress adding less white than for the face and hands.
- Paint each character according to its color scheme.
- Cut the Shish Kabob Skewers to the right size for the witches legs and paint black.
- Glue together characters and paint using its coordinating colors.
- Glue swirled hill onto the back of the black and white wreath.
- Paint “trick or treat” in black on the moon as shown in pictures.
- Glue moon to the back of the swirled hill.
- Glue each character in place.
- Using the EZ Bow Maker to make a wreath bow using the black and white Polka Dotted Wire Ribbon to make a bow for your wreath.
Try this out if you love Nightmare Before Christmas too! This looks harder than it is! Happy Halloween and remember it’s all for the love of craft!
As I was painting this I had to keep myself from trashing the project, but I just kept on trying until I came up with this. If you like it and want to learn how to make one for yourself Continue reading “Cast Your Vote: Is This a DIY “All Hail” or “DIY Fail”? Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie Battery Operated Candle”