Monday, October 31, 2011

Heat Transfer Vinyl T-Shirt

All month, I've wanted to make a Halloween shirt using heat transfer vinyl. But, of course, I waited until the very end to actually do it So, here is one very last minute project to wrap up the Halloween season.
For this shirt, I used two colors of vinyl.
I ironed on the first color and removed the backing.
Then, added the second color.
The shirt I used was pretty much ruined on the front. It had a bunch of tiny holes and some paint from another project. So, I cut out a big star and a few smaller star busts to cover everything up.
And made one little girl very happy this morning!
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Candy Corn Mug

Here is a cute and easy last minute Halloween project. It was so quick, I was able to put it together this afternoon during an extra short naptime!
 I started with a cute mug from Dollar Tree and added my vinyl. Since it was a 3-color design, I used registration marks (x's) to line everything up (click here for the full tutorial).
 Then, I gave it a few coats of frosted glass spray.
 And, of course, I added some yummy candy corn.
 Wrap it up in some cellophane.
 and snap a few pictures just before the kiddies get home from school and wake the sleeping baby!

This would make a great gift for a friend, neighbor, teacher, anyone. Happy Halloween!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Hammered Copper Witch Hat (sort-of)

One day, when I have extra time (ha) and lots of extra money (ha, ha), I would love to learn how to do metal work. But, until that day comes, I thought I'd get creative and "make" my own metal work!

I started by tracing my templates in reverse on cardstock. It doesn't matter if it is printed or solid, it's going to be painted.
 I found this tool with a ball on top (it's actually for fondant) and started making indents all over the paper. It is best to put the paper on something soft like a towel or carpet. I did this to try and create a hammered look.
I cut out my shapes and painted several light coats of Krylon Fusion for Plastic Hammered Copper Finish. Paint on the opposite side of the trace marks. See all my indents hammer marks?
Then, I shaped the paper and added some cording that I painted in the same color. I did not attach the cone of the hat to the brim because I wanted to add some candles. Since it is paper, I obviously could not use the real thing. Instead, I used some battery operated candles to light it up.
 
I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt. I've already got lots of ideas for other things to try with this paint. Plus, it comes in four different finishes...oh, the possibilites!
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Easy Fuzzy Spider

Last week, I was out looking at some Halloween costumes and accessories. I found a small black boa and thought it would make a perfect fuzzy spider.

I made two balls out of tin foil (one was smaller than the other). I wrapped the boa around each ball and glued it in place with hot glue. 
 I attached some legs I made out of black pipe cleaners.
 I trimmed the feathers of the smaller ball and glued on some eyes. Then, I glued the two balls together and he was done. I thought he looked cute sitting on top of a little pumpkin.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hooded Towel

I'm taking a break from all of this Halloween crafting to show you a gift I made recently for a friend. She had her 6th baby last month and I wanted to give her something other than clothes or toys (and by number 6, what do you really need, anyway?). I had pinned this darling hooded towel tutorial and thought it would make a great gift.

I love these towels and since both of my girls asked if it was for them, I might be making several more.

The tutorial is easy to follow and the process is pretty simple. She even gives step-by-step folding instructions. So cute!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Charger

I've said it before and I'll say it again (and probably again), I love vinyl! There are so many things you can do with it. Here is another fast and easy project I made with vinyl and a plastic charger.

I got the charger from Michaels. It was on sale and I'm thinking I should probably get some more.

In my vinyl software program, I drew a circle and then copied, pasted, mirrored, and rotated these ghosts until they were all around the circle.
 I did the same thing with tiny little bats. I also added the Happy Halloween in the center. And that's it.
These would be cute hanging on the wall, on a plate stand, or filled up with some yummy treats to share!
So quick and simple and can be done for any holiday, season, or occasion.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween Road Sign

I finished up this project a few days ago and I am lovin' the way it turned out. Plus, it was made from pallet wood, so it was free!
I brainstormed and searched online to come up with the street names (aren't they clever?). I cut my pallet wood in half and cut an arrow shape on one end. I didn't mark or measure because I wanted them to all look different. I painted one coat on the front and left the edges to finish later.  
I made some stencils with my vinyl cutter,
painted,
removed,
and lightly sanded.
I laid out them out on a painted 2" x 4", until I got them spaced and angled the way I liked. I nailed them on with some old rusty nails. I then took some very watered down black paint and quickly painted over the front and edges and wiped most of it off with a wet paper towel. I took it outside, stuck it in the dirt, and piled some rocks around it.
 

 
I love the colors and the fun Halloween fonts. This project was fun and so easy, when Halloween is over, I'm gonna make one for fall!

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