Archive | September, 2011

Ghost Halloween Party Invitation

19 Sep

Another Halloween Party Invitation for you.  I used vellum for the ghost and basic card stock for the coffin envelopes.  The scrolls are free hand and I think  white sticker letters for the text would have worked better. My handwriting isn’t very attractive.


Halloween Party Invitations

13 Sep

Halloween is my favorite holiday followed closely by Christmas. I absolutely love the silly fun that comes with Halloween, plus any holiday that lets me dress up is a winner in my book. Sometimes being an adult is just too heavy.

I made these invitations for a past Halloween party, they were a smashing success! I folded the black wings in on themselves when I put them in the envelopes.

Thread Pumpkins

12 Sep

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Fall is here! The leaves are turning, the breeze is crisp, and autumn decorations are already up in the stores.  All the beautiful decorations inspired me to create these tabletop pumpkins! The base idea was inspired by

Materials Used:

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Baby Powder
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Water
  • Balloons
  • Tin loaf baking container
  • Yarn, string, or cross stitch floss (I used two shades of brown and an antique yellow, plus green for the stem)
  • Large “C” clamps (this will make sense later in the directions)
Preparation – I punched one hole on both sides of the tin container about 1″ up from the bottom. Run the floss through the hole on one side, into the mixture, and out the other hole. This helped me save some time and streamline the process. Also, this craft project is messy, I worked on a large piece of cardboard, a tarp would work nicely to. Work on anything that isn’t going to be ruined if you get glue on it.
Step 1 – Rub the petroleum jelly over the entire surface of the blown up balloon. This is done so that glue soaked string does not stick to the balloon.
Step 2 – Mix the glue, water, and corn starch together in the tin container until the mixture is smooth. No clumps. I didn’t measure the amounts, but I used about 1/4 water, 1/4 corn starch, 1/2 glue for my mixture.  I used an empty tomato paste aluminum can to hold the floss in the mixture. See the image for clarification.
Step 3 – Run the string  through the mixture and begin wrapping the  around the balloon.  Keep wrapping until you have a desired amount of coverage across the balloon.
Step 4 – Apply some petroleum jelly to the clamp ends of the “C” clamp. Do this so the glue soaked string doesn’t stick to the “C” clamp.  Insert the thread wrapped balloon into the “C” clamp, use the “C” clamp to achieve the squatty rotund shape of a pumpkin.  I used two “C” clamps, one to form a base for the second, so the second one would stand upright.  See image.
Step 5 – Allow the thread to dry and harden overnight.
Step 6 – Pop the  balloon! I had a dense coverage of thread so I had to fish the popped balloon remains out from between the hardened string.
To Make the green pumpkin stem, I used clear tape to shape a curved cone, covered it in petroleum jelly, and used green floss following the above steps. Once dried, glue the stem to the pumpkin.
You now have some new decor to add to your living space! Happy Crafting!
Below is a video showing the wrapping of the balloon and putting the wrapped balloon into the “C” clamp. My apologies as I’m not so good with shooting video yet.
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