Thursday, September 17, 2009

Scaredy Cat

Halloween cut out can be used in some many ways ! Many of the vintage ones were made in Germany in the 1940's and can be quite expensive to buy. these were German and made in the 1940's. Cheeky Magpie found this wonderful scaredy cat at a garage share and has been kind enough to trace it giving us all a pattern Cheeky Magpie.

You could make these out of all different kinds of papers- plain cardstock, halloween print scrapbooking paper or even old book pages. I can see lots of them strung together to make a garland to hang above a window or door.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Witches Hats

Jo Janes lives on the coast of Oregon and with Dylan they make up a team called the Cart Before the Horse. I recently found them through facebook and am so excited to share their work with you if you havent seen it before. They make the most delightful and wonderful art work- dont you just love the face above...shes so sweet. Jo has also been kind enough to share a great picture tutorial on her blog on making witch hats- she makes it so easy to follow and do. Heres the link Cart Before the Horse

Monday, September 14, 2009

Making Your Own Labels

Taking old bottles and jars or just various empty bottles and bottles you have around the house will give you some great Halloween spooky decorations- kids especially love these ! Spooks Shows shares an entire page of poison labels you can download and use. If you look a bit around the internet you will find many more. For a simple inexpensive way to turn these print outs into stickable labels all you need is some packaging tape. Cut out the image you want and press it face down on to the sticky side of the tape. Then cut out the image leaving a little edge all the way around the image....there you have it a sticker ! No you cant make anything huge this way but you can make a sticker out of anything that is less than two inches and its so inexpensive you can make tons of them.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Witches Potion Bottles

Angie on her blog Aranamuerta shares her dark art and Halloween related work. She calls herself aka Dead Spider and her Halloween kitchen scene is enough to make you want to visit her blog. I love these bottles she makes and fills with all sorts of disgusting things. Angie shares how she makes bottles she gathers from her own kitchen, her friends and flea markets into these little works of art. I cant wait to try making a few !

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Making Glitter At Home

A while back I put out the tease that I was going to teach you to make glitter at home. Now this is not like high priced German glitter its cheap glitter and you want to remember that when using it on projects but it did work perfectly last year on some large paper silhouettes that I really didnt want or have the place to store. What it is SALT !
Food coloring
In a large bowl mix a large amount of salt and the food coloring in the color you wish your glitter to be. You can mix the colors together to get different colors and vary the amount of color to get different shades of a color. Just be sure to get all the salt completely covered
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spread the salt out evenly over a old cookie sheet
(do not try this with sugar - sugar will melt salt wont)
Bake for 10 minutes and the cool......Homemade Glitter
This is great glitter for little kids because if they eat it it really cant hurt them !