Secondly, while there are numerous books dedicated to Christmas decor and crafts there are far fewer that cover Fall, and many of those seem to be specifically Halloween or Thanksgiving oriented. You can find many books and magazines that concentrate on costumes, pumpkin carving or food. I am not going to do that...except to share with you one of my father's pumpkin creations. My dad doesn't tend to go into all that fancy carving that you see these days yet, somehow, I prefer the zany characters he creates. They always tickle my fancy. Here is one from a year past.
I didn't want to do just turkey or ghost and spider projects. Also, because I had just finished a sewing project, I didn't want to use sewing as the method this time around (although I did find some really cute Halloween and Autumn themed fabrics...hmmmm). This is not so easy when you can't start by looking up a specific craft and then figure out what to make following instructions for it. A Craftster's mind almost never stops thinking or envisioning possibilities, except when it comes to a deadline. Then it can all go dry. I was really wracking my brain - did I want to use clay, papier-mache, paints? A project for Halloween , Thanksgiving, or just Fall in general?
Since Halloween is fast approaching and you may be up a creek regarding ideas for little Halloween projects, I have decided to post some relatively quick and easy Halloween projects for now. In a few days I will continue with my Fall themed projects.
Here is a group shot of some of the things I created for this blog
Some of the crafts I discuss here were inspired by projects found in various Halloween books we own at our library, while others are either from my head or from free projects sheets I found at our local Michaels store. When trying to come up with quick and easy projects your local craft store is a great place to explore. Not only are there often free project sheets, there are so many types of products available that allow you to create any of the projects you've seen in the Halloween books in many different ways. That's the fun of crafting - nothing is finite. Use whatever you have, experiment, and enjoy yourself.
Creepy Crawler from Styrofoam ball - Use toothpicks or craft stick to connect two balls for a head and body. Cover with craft clue and small pieces of tissue paper. Once dry, paint it black. Cut four pipe cleaners in half for legs and insert 4 legs into each side of the body. Thread 1 bead for each eye onto a large head straight pin and press into the spider.
Let me interject here: whatever you do, when you are gluing tissue paper onto something, or using plaster cloth, DO NOT ANSWER THE PHONE. My next blog may well be titled, "Decoupage your phone - What a great idea!"
Candy Corn Earrings - Paint purchased unfinished wood shapes and paint them to look like candy corns. Glue pierced earring posts to back. Ta da!
That is all I have for you this Halloween season. I hope you feel inspired. Flip through some books or magazines. Go to your craft store. Let your mind ponder the possibilities. If you have any questions about these crafts please feel free to email me (the address is in the About Me section). I'd love to hear from you! Comments are also welcome - just click on "comment" below.
Some of the books I utilized for this post were as follows (as always, clicking on the titles will link you directly to our catalogue):
Halloween Celebrations 2 separate books from the Woman's Day Special Interest Publications series:
vol. XVII, 2007 - inspired my polymer clay ghosts, pumpkins and witches hats
vol. XVIII, 2008 - inspired my glue gun spider web
Gooseberry Patch Halloween, 2010 - inspired my Styrofoam spiders