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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! 🎃😁

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Toy Story Pizza Planet Rocket – DIY

I made this as a decoration for my son’s 2nd birthday party which was of course a Toy Story theme, but this would also make a great smash piñata too. Since it has gotten a lot of repins on Pinterest I thought it was time to give instructions on making it since I hate it when I stumble upon add great pin with no instructions.

Materials Needed:

  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic Paint- white
  • Acrylic Paint- red
  • Acrylic Paint- black
  • Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Glue stick
  • Cardboard
  • Balloon
  • Plastic lid (mine was from an apple sauce container)
  • Air Drying Clay
  • Clear acrylic spray

  1. Blow up your balloon as big as possible  (do not overinflate or it will pop during the crafting,  mine did twice 😯) and tie the end.
  2. Paper mache the balloon with a couple of layers allowing it to dry between each, do not make it too thick yet.
  3. Make a cardboard tube for the end securing it to the end with the masking tape once the paper mache has dried completely  (about 24 hours later depending on the humidity in your state).
  4. Extend the masking tape down all the sides as seen in the picture and them cover with more paper mache.  This would probably work well if you replace the masking tape either cardboard cut into thin strips and hot glued on for a flatter finish. Allow to dry completely again.
  5. Cut four equal rocket fins as best as you can and hot glue to the end leaving fins.   They will have a gap in areas between the body and fins, don’t worry about it you can fill it in with air drying clay.
  6. Paint the body white and the rocket fins red.
  7. Print out the Pizza Planet image from here for both sides of the rocket and using the glue stick glue onto the sides.
  8. Paint the plastic lid black and once dried hot glue to the end of the rocket.
  9. Finish with a light coating of clear acrylic spray to add a glossy finish.
  10. Cut holes in both ends and run fishing line through the ends and tie off to make a hook to hang your decoration or piñata.

Paper Mache Paste:

  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup boiling water

To make the glue, bring 1 cup of water to a boil.  Then mix all the dry ingredients together.  Add the cold water to the dry ingredients to make a runny paste.  Whisk the runny paste into the boiling water and stir constantly until you get the first bubbles of boiling.  Immediately remove from the heat and set aside to cool – about 15 minutes.

If you are using this as a piñata I would cut a hole in the end before gluing the lid on and fill it with the candy/toys and then glue on the lid.

Easy and way too funny! Remember it’s all for the love of craft!

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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!


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Pirates Party Theme

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Toy Story Aliens DIY Style for a Party Decoration

cropped-fb_img_1457811993725-e14732822401171.jpgWhen my son was turning two we watched a lot of Toy Story 1 through 3.   He was obsessed with those movies, so of course I thought it would be the perfect theme for his second birthday party. Continue reading “Toy Story Aliens DIY Style for a Party Decoration”