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! 🎃😁

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Nightmare Before Christmas Trunk or Treat Lock, Shock and Barrel Figurines:  Instructions for Shock

I love the Nightmare Before Christmas and I feel like Lock, Shock and Barrel embody the spirit of ‘trick’ in trick or treat so I decided that for my Trunk or Treat display I needed all three.  In this installment I will teach you how to make your very own Shock. Continue reading “Nightmare Before Christmas Trunk or Treat Lock, Shock and Barrel Figurines:  Instructions for Shock”

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!

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

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!

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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!