Paper Pumpkin DIY

Today I wanted to share a DIY with you that was inspired by a vintage die cut cardboard jack o’ lantern from 1940, that I loved, but it sold for $67. So I decided to sit down and try and recreate my own. As you can see my jacks are two different colors. I had the files printed two different days at Staples, with over a month of time in between, so it’s kind of funny how different the oranges are.
Please feel free to make a pumpkin or two for your holiday decorating. Just please remember this DIY is for your own personal use and may not be sold, or changed in any way.
1. First print out the jack o’ lantern there will be two pages.
2. I used my Xyron XM1255 to create a permanent adhesive on the backs, you can also use spray glue. Then attach your pumpkin sheets to card stock.
3. Use an x-acto knife to cut your pumpkin out. For the side pieces leave them as long as possible for now, it makes it easier to assemble.

4. Next attach the face pieces behind, my favorite kind of glue to use on paper projects is 3m Scotch Quick-dry Tacky Adhesive it really dries quick but gives you a lot more hold then something like a glue stick.

5. Once dry you are going to feed your side pieces through. The longest part sits against the bottom, and then you just carefully pull each long strip through the cut holes.
6. Next one by one you will trim the strip and glue it down to the pumpkin. Hold each strip end down until it dries (it will be quick with the scotch glue)

You can punch little holes near the top and add a string or wire handle, fill it with some tricks & treats and you are good to go! If you make one, please post a link-I’d love to see!

Jo-Ann Spooky Spaces

The folks at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores are at it again. They challenged bloggers to create holiday DIY’s using supplies from Jo-Ann, and based on a secret theme that would be shipped to us in the mail. Halloween is my favorite, so of course I was in!
I was really excited and surprised when a big box of mixed supplies from Jo-Ann arrived with my theme. I’m still thinking about projects for all the goodies they sent-so more DIY’s to come. The theme for this DIY was “spooky spaces”. I tried to think about spaces that can some times be over looked when decorating because you might already have a lot going on in those areas (like the kitchen or bathrooms) and some times knick-knacks might get in the way. I finally settled on kitchen and decided to create a spooky paper towel holder. Both Halloween decor & functional.
My first stop was Jo-Ann for the supplies….
Paint-I went with Martha Stewart brand because I really like how it actual goes on with one coat of paint. I chose black, white, and orange.
Crackle-I haven’t used a crackle medium since I was a kid and I remembered it being kind of messy and involving two products, but this stuff (also by Martha Stewart) is one product and really easy to use. It is also so much fun for kids (yep adults too) to watch the paint crackle.
paintbrush-you could use small foam brushes too
dowel rod– I purchased the largest circumference rod that my Jo-ann had, and cut it to about 11.5 inches high. Most paper towel rolls are 11 inches tall.
Wood wheel– This came in a bag set of 4, and works as the base for our pumpkin head.
Paper Mache Pumpkin-these were on sale right now and also come in a set of four, found in the Halloween area.
Glue-I used a basic all purpose glue, but you could use wood glue, or epoxy.
2 screws-length doesn’t need to be exact but they need to be at least 1.5 inches long
saw– or some other way to cut your dowel rod
1. Drill a hole into either end of your dowel rod, and into the center of your base. Insert one screw up through the bottom side of the base and into dowel rod. Tighten screw so the dowel rod is nice and secure to the base. This will not need to come off again, so I suggest adding glue into the hole with screw to help keep it secure.
2. Now you want to insert the second screw through the hole in the wooden wheel. Add a bit of glue near the top and hold until dry and the screw is secured in place.
3. Paint the wooden wheel, paper towel holder, and pumpkin black, and allow to dry.
4. Once dry brush a layer of crackle onto all three pieces, a generous layer with as few brush strokes as possible. Let dry completely.
5. Now for the most exciting part, brush on your paint layer. For the paper towel holder and wheel I used white, and for the pumpkin orange. As the layer of paint dries you will see the cracks appear. Allow these to dry fully. Then if you want to add an extra layer of protection against wear you can coat all the pieces with a clear coat spray. If you do this allow it to dry overnight.
6. Once dry cut a small hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, so it can be glued to the top of the wheel.

7. Once all the glue and paints are dry you can use your paper towel holder. The top screw slides down into the hole in the dowel rod and does not need to be tightened. It stays in place and then you simple pull up your pumpkin when you want to change the roll.

You can check out even more Halloween DIY’s over here on Jo-Ann’s website and you can print out a 50% off coupon to use at Jo-Ann’s here

DIY Halloween shrink necklace

To kick of the fabulous month of October here is a DIY that you can make super easy & simply, or fancy it up by adding beads and loads of images.
Here’s what you need:
Inkjet Shrink Plastic
-jump rings (in a color that matches your chain..I went with blacks)
-general jewelry tools for opening jump rings
-hole punch
-clear spray sealant
-Halloween images sheet 1 and sheet 2

1. Print out each sheet onto your inkjet shrink plastic. You’ll notice that the images look washed out, this is because during shrinking the images become darker.
2. Use your scissors to cut out each image, and play around with layout for your necklace. Before you punch any holes you want to decide if your image is going to hang from the top, sides, etc.

3. Use hole punch to punch holes. I know they look big, but they shrink a lot.
4. Follow the instructions on your inkjet shrink paper to shrink your images. Allow to cool.
5. Spray each image with clear coat and allow to dry, otherwise water can make the colors run even after shrinking.
6. Attach jump rings and chain, you can get really fancy connecting multiple images with jumps rings, or just add one jump ring to the top, slide it on a chain and you’ve got a necklace.