How-To Tuesday Halloween pipe cleaner friends

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These little pipe cleaner pals are super easy to make, and even easier to customize based on what you have on hand. The only things you will need are pipe cleaners, the paper faces, and some glue. Otherwise you can add little Halloween toys, scraps of fun paper, streamers, etc.
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Here are the supplies:
Halloween paper heads
-hot glue gun
-pipe cleaners
-streamers (I found the cute printed ones here)
-halloween trinkets

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1. Cut your pipe cleaner at the 2/3 mark, it doesn’t need to be exact.
2. take the longer of the two pieces and bend it in half twisting a circle in the middle (this is where the head will be glued)
3. Add the smaller pipe cleaner behind and twist it across the front, so one arm sticks out on either side.
4. You can bend the feet upward.
5. Glue head in place and if you want to make a dress from crepe paper gather up the top edge in your hands, put a drop of hot glue on your figure and align the front of the pleated dress on the glue.

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6. Wrap the rest of the skirt around back, add some glue and press in place.
7. Now you can add a small loop of pipe cleaner and glue it to the back of the head if you’d like a loop, you can leave it off too if you don’t plan to hang it.
8. Now you can glue little things into the hands, add some ribbons, etc.
Have fun and I’d love to see if you make some!

How To Tuesday – Halloween Party Toothpicks

craft yourself some halloween party toothpicks
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 ;)

How To Tuesday – Skeleton Shoes

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I had seen a pair of skeleton costume shoes online, and thought they were really cool. However they were mens and came in size medium or large. For me, those kind of shoe sizes just don’t cut it. It’s a problem I’ve seen with a lot of costume shoes, they don’t come in traditional shoe sizes. Anyhow when I spotted a pair of cheap black shoes in my size at the thrift shop, I thought I’d just make myself a pair.
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Here are a few things to keep in mind…#1 these shoes are clearly not medically accurate, but I didn’t want to stress over getting bone structure correct. Instead I just wanted something easy enough that would still clearly be skeleton feet. #2 I made this project using white contact paper that I already had on hand. This would not be permanent and if you want this to last through many wears you’ll need to seal the shoes when you are finished. and #3 the template I made is going to just be a guide because all shoe sizes (and shape of shoes) are going to be different, but I think it will work as a guide!
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-Print out the bone guide here (or you can free hand cut your own by looking at the photos or you can scale the page % if you need it to be smaller/larger)
-Cut out the bones, I recommend cutting them out one by one and then tracing them onto your contact paper and peeling/sticking them to the shoe as you go)
-Seal shoes is desired. I haven’t sealed mine and have already worn them twice with out any trouble, but remember that shoes will vary depending on the materials.