Tuesday, October 23, 2012

DIY Halloween crafts for fun!

Last weekend we had our Halloween extravaganza, which we do every year. WE had it early due to calendar clashes! This year was a little difference in that I didn't go over board with decorations. I made it more about dressing up and party games and my guests have all told me they had a great time, so I am more than happy with that.

I wanted to share with you some of the crafts that I did this year by hand, because I had the time. In previous years I have been working, but this year, with less work I enjoyed the crafts I took on.

This is the wreath I put on our front door. The wreath is Styrofoam which was painted orange. I then wrapped a black feather boa around it and add the styrofoam eyes with pins. So easy and I think the most expensive item was the feather boa at $4 from the Hot Dollar shop.

On Pinterest I came across these pumpkins that had a mirror finish. The explanation was the it took Krylon Looking Glass spray paint to achieve this finish. I later discovered that the picture was of items from Pottery Barn and not actually a DIY, however I already tracked down some Looking Glass spray paint on Ebay and $35 later (including postage), I was spray painting my paper mache pumpkin and it in no way resembled the Pottery Barn pumpkins, sadness. However, I did come across an empty rum bottle at my St Vinnies store and I painted that instead and it came out pretty well, but I would heed to the instructions of spray painting on the inside of the glass, which I couldn't do with my bottle. The paint comes off quite easily and the dribbles are obvious.  The googly eye picture was super easy too. I purchased some black picture frames from IKEA, and stuck, with super glue (hot glue gun could work too) the googly eyes on that I got at Hot Dollar. Took less than 10 minutes.

Even though I knew at this stage that the Krylong Looking Glass paint was best for glass, I decided to experiment anyway. For ages now I have wanted to make my own cake stand using a candle stick holder and a plate. At St Vinnies ( I love that store) I found an awesome silver candle holder for $4 and a wooden plate for 50c. I stuck the plate to the candle holder and sprayed both with the Krylon Looking Glass paint and this is how it turned out.  I was pretty happy, as it had a nice chrome look to it. Granted its not a mirror finish, that would have be amazing, but still it came up nicely and look great for one of my Halloween displays.

I have also recently discovered Reverse Garbage. I love this place and can't wait to go back again soon. I found these awesome brown plastic medicine style bottles. After a wash in the dishwasher, I printed off some free poison labels I scored off Pinterest, but I also made the one in the middle that says Zombie Tonic on PicMonkey.com.  I added the labels with Mod Podge and they turned out really well. You can also see my silver cake/display stand again in this picture too, as well as the pumpkin one.

This next picture is not a craft, but I wanted you to see one of our games. It was called , 'eye balls and brains'!! I made up a story about a monster with 20 eyes wants his eyes back and the witch brewed them up with brains. The kids each had to put their hand in and get an eye ball, which was a marble, out for a treat. They loved it!!

I also came across a picture on Pinterest of Jelly - Jello worms and had to give them ago. I discovered this recipe from the Idea room. Unfortunately, they didn't work out quite the way I had hoped, but it was my first try and I didn't add cream, as the recipe I followed did. That being said, they look yuck and I had them on a tasting menu as rat's intestines, and I think they fitted the description beautifully.

His a picture of me and my man in what we dressed up as, can you guess who were?

My hubby used the Iphone app I put in my last post of the beating heart for his costume and deemed himself zombie Homer!!

All in all, we had a great day and I enjoyed yet another Halloween! Looking forward to Christmas!!


Emma Kaufmann said...

Love all your fantastic halloween ideas! I crocheted a hello kitty witch over at my blog - although she's not at all scary!

Grace said...

Your costumes look amazing! And that brains and eyeballs game is sheer genius! Happy Halloween! :)

Kylie Purtell said...

I love that wreath, it's fantastic! Such a cool idea, and so cheap.

My husband and I dressed and Marge and Homer for a 1st birthday party a few years ago. You guys look great!

Sophie Allen said...

Looks like alot of fun. Love tte rats guts..

Karen Williamson said...

I love your outfits!! I really enjoy dressing up for Halloween, or anything really. Love the decorations too!! So fun!

Felicity said...

You did such a great job with the party Courtney :) and the games were awesome! Zahn's favourite was the eye ball one :) We'll be sad that we won't be here next year for it (or maybe we'll have to come down just for Halloween :)

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