I’m having a Halloween crafternoon this weekend, and I wanted to make some toothpicks for spearing finger food that would be easy to make, but still have a great spooky vibe. Even if you are not having a Halloween party this year I think these picks would be great for packed lunches, a spooky snack, or you can use the bugs as cupcake toppers.
Here is what you need to make “brooms” & “bugs”
-long bamboo skewers
-assorted plastic bugs or spider rings
-hot glue (the red “blood” glue is optional of course I found mine on ebay)
The brooms are very easy and work up really fast! Cut some raffia about the length of your skewer. Fold in half, and insert your skewer. Then use a piece of raffia to tie it all closed. Cut the ends of your broom and you are done.
For the bugs you want to cut off the “ring” part of the spider rings (I also cut the one side of tips off of the toothpicks), add some hot glue to the back of your bug and hold the toothpick in place until glue sets up.
When your toothpicks are dry and you want to add the blood push your picks into something hard to hold them in place. Since I was using mine the same day I used an apple, but if your making them a few days in advance push them into a piece of Styrofoam or something else that will not leave a bit of juice on the tips.
Then just heat up your glue gun like normal with a red stick and add drips to the top.
Serve them on a tray with some veggies, dip, and you can even turn those little babybelle cheeses into little jack-o-lanterns with a paring knife.
**yes, this is a day late—let’s just pretend it posted yesterday ;)
Today’s DIY is super simple, and I think would actually make a great project for a Crafternoon. Everyone could bring fabric scraps and once you have one of the Button Kits,you can buy a few of the refills. This project is also really easy to make with kids!
The supplies are easy too..
–fabric button covering kit (they sell these at stores like Michael’s and Joannes too so you can use a coupon)
-plain hairband (the kind without the metal connector work best, but this is what I had on hand)
The button covering kit comes with this little circle tool that helps you to line up your design. You put the tool on the fabric and the opening in the middle shows you what will show on the actual finished button. This makes it great for picking cute elements from your fabric to feature. Then trace around the outer edge with a pencil for your cut line, and cut out the circle.
Lay your fabric face down into the plastic button maker that comes with the kit. Then push the flat circle disc into the circle (smooth side down) This forms the front of your button. Tuck all your ends of the fabric in.
Put on the button back with the hook facing up, and use the blue tool to push it down into the button front. You will feel a snap as it locks into place. You can then remove your button from the button maker and your button is done! It’s so easy and fast!
Now insert your hairband into the loop on the back, and bring the loop over the entire button to secure. If you have trouble feeding the hair band into the loop you can use tweezers to grab it, but mine went through pretty easily. You can leave your hairband this way for just one decorative band. Or you can add a second button.
You add the second button the same way, and bring the hair band around the button to secure. Now when you go to tie your hair up, you just hook one button around another to secure.