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!

    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 Crafting, Halloween, Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas, Oogie Boogie, Spooky, Trick or Treat, Trunk or Treat

    Nightmare Before Christmas Trunk or Treat 

    After frantically working to finish this project at last the big day has come and gone .   For those of you interested in learning how to make all of these crafts, check out the series for instructions  on how to create each of these characters for yourself . These range in size from 6 inches to 12 and could easily make a great centerpiece for any Nightmare Before Christmas themed party . 

    Posted in Crafting, DIY, Halloween, Jack Skellington, Nightmare before Christmas

    Nightmare Before Christmas Trunk or Treat Part 6: In This Town We Call Home, Everyone Hail to the Pumpkin Song

    So the time has come for me to teach you how to make your own 12″ Jack Skellington for either a really cool window decoration, table decoration or Trunk or Treat display. Continue reading “Nightmare Before Christmas Trunk or Treat Part 6: In This Town We Call Home, Everyone Hail to the Pumpkin Song”

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    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!