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.


DIY: Halloween Costume Hangers

Happy first day of Fall! Since it’s finally Fall I thought I’d start breaking out the Halloween posts to celebrate!! Today I have a little DIY for ya.
I love decorating for Halloween, and I have a few cute little vintage costumes I like to hang up for decorations (maybe you have some too?) Every year I would hang them up on plain hangers and kept meaning to make a fun Halloween hanger, and finally made sure to get it done in time for Halloween this year, in fact I actually made this over a month ago! I created the images inspired by my love for vintage Halloween cut outs. Even if you don’t have vintage Halloween costumes to hang, you could make hangers to hang up the costume you are going to wear this year.
With this project you have a lot of options, from making the actual hanger, or buying a wooden hanger and customizing it. If you don’t have some of the tools I mention, keep reading for ways you can customize an existing hanger.
Here’s what you’ll need…
-wooden panel (I went with a hardwood 1/4 inch thick)
-scroll saw (you could use a jigsaw as well)
-acrylic paint
-wire or top hook area of an existing wire hanger
-spray glue or Xyron sticker maker
1. First you’ll need to create your hanger. If you don’t have a scroll saw or any experience cutting out wood you can always find a wooden hanger to use instead. If you need to you can shrink the images to fit, or look for a hanger with a nice space near the top for adding the image. If you will be cutting your hanger from wood with a scroll saw, please follow all safety precautions that came with your saw. I used a 1/4inch thick maple plank that I picked up at Lowes. Print out the PDF and cut out the hanger template. I like to cut both my hangers at once by stacking both boards, taping the paper template to the top with packing tape (which you then just cut through) but you can trace the image onto your boards if you prefer.
2. Once hangers are cut out you can sand any rough areas and clean them up. Then paint whatever color you’d like them to be. Allow to dry fully.
3. Now its time to add the “hook” to the top of your hanger. I thought about creating one from wire, and you certainly could but I happened to be buying some clothing that came on one of those plastic hangers with a metal hook, these were pretty easy to get off and had a end piece that could screw in. I drilled a small hole in the top of each hanger base, and then simply screwed the wire hooks into the top of each. Since the costumes are super light I didn’t worry about adding glue. If your wire hook does not screw in, you can secure it in place with glue or epoxy.

4. I had my images printed on standard paper at a copy center. I like Staples because you can upload the images online and then they print them with the laser printer, which I think looks really nice.
5. Cut your images out and either spray the backs with spray glue, or run through a sticker maker equipped with permanent adhesive. I love the xyron, and could never go back to the mess that comes with spray glue!
6. Stick your images to your hangers, and enjoy! If you want you can add a coat of sealant, but I didn’t since they will be used indoors.

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