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!

Posted in DIY, Halloween, Hand Painted, Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas, Oogie Boogie, Spooky, Trick or Treat, Uncategorized

Nightmare Before Christmas Lock, Stock, and Barrel on a Oogie Boogie Hill

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 😎🐊!

Materials Needed:

  • 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
  • Pencil
  • Wooden Shish Kabob Skewers
  • EZ Bow Maker
  1. 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.
  2. On the foam core board trace your wreath so you can cut out the swirled hill for your background using your X-acto Knife.
  3. Place hill silhouette on top of foam core board to draw a moon for the background.
  4. Peel both sides of the paper off of the foam core board hill and moon.
  5. Paint the swirled hill using the black paint.
  6. 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.
  7. Draw each characters mask and/or hat and body on the foam core board and cut out with your X-acto Knife.
  8. 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.
  9. Use your blow dryer to dry out the sculptures and then paint them.
  10. I mixed black, white, and purple paint for faces and hands.
  11. Mix black and purple with a touch of white, painting the color of her dress adding less white than for the face and hands.
  12. Paint each character according to its color scheme.
  13. Cut the Shish Kabob Skewers to the right size for the witches legs and paint black.
  14. Glue together characters and paint using its coordinating colors.
  15. Glue swirled hill onto the back of the black and white wreath.
  16. Paint “trick or treat” in black on the moon as shown in pictures.
  17. Glue moon to the back of the swirled hill.
  18. Glue each character in place.
  19. 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!

 

Posted in Candy Corn, Crafting, DIY, Dollar Store Crafting, Halloween, Hand Painted, Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas, Spooky, Trick or Treat, Upcyclig, Whimsical Halloween Decorations, Wine bottle craft

Cast Your Vote: Is This a DIY “All Hail” or “DIY Fail”? Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie Battery Operated Candle

 

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”

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How to Paint DIY the Grinch Who Stole Christmas Candy Dish featuring Cindy Lou Who and his Dog Max

 

After making the Grinch cookie tin/bath bomb containers that I showed you last week I really had an itch to make another one that featured Cindy Lou Who. Continue reading “How to Paint DIY the Grinch Who Stole Christmas Candy Dish featuring Cindy Lou Who and his Dog Max”

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

DIY Jack Skellington Candy Dish for Halloween

Earlier this year after my mother-in-law surprised myself, my two sister-in-laws and my niece with a trip to Disneyland my niece requested a Jack Skellington themed party for her birthday in April.  Since my birthday happens to be Halloween and I love the Nightmare Before Christmas I was naturally very thrilled about this choice!

I knew that since it would be nearly impossible to find Halloween seasonal items that this would provide me with the perfect excuse to create some amazing decorations that could serve double duty for Halloween later that year too! Continue reading “DIY Jack Skellington Candy Dish for Halloween”

Posted in Christmas Crafts, Crafting, DIY, Hand Painted, Tin Can Crafts, Upcycling

DIY Upcycled Tin/Formula Cans as Cookie Tins for Christmas

 

I am always looking for ways to craft on a budget and often think about the various uses for most items for decreasing the cost of my crafting projects.  I love the dollar store because you can literally find most anything and with a little imagination turn them from junky to classy with a little effort.  I know that it is hardly September already and the idea of Christmas is a little soon, but I have learned from several past Christmas’s that it never pays to try to cram it all in starting in November.

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