Monday, October 6, 2014

Polka dot Witch Hat

Is is feeling like Autumn yet where you live? Well we got a big dose of it here this weekend. It was chilly, and the leaves are starting to change. So in the spirit of Halloween and Autumn, today I have a cute, and not so scary, witch hat project for you to complete. I actually worked on this project at a recent family craft night, we had so much fun! Here are the supplies that you will need.
A cardboard witch hat (I found mine at Michaels Craft Store)
Paint
Sponge brushes
Circle sponge brush (found at Michaels Craft Store)
Crepe paper
Halloween clip art and embellishments
Glue gun
A paper punch

The first step is to paint your witches hat. We used black paint from Plaster Paints, but you can use any black paint that you have.

While the black paint is drying you can plan out your embellishments.
I used some fringed crepe paper that I found at Target to line the base of the hat.

Then I decided it would be fun to add some polka dots to the hat, so I got out the orange paint, and dotted the hat!
Finished it off with the remainder of the embellishments that I had selected. I used vintage inspired stickers that I found at Vintage Style and Designs along with some fun scrapbook paper, and vintage book paper. This is where you can get really creative and personalize it to your liking. :)
Here is the one my aunt made for my Granny. I think she loves it! 
This is a great project to get a group of friends together and get creative! I placed my hat on my Halloween mantel, on a stack of vintage books. I like the way it turned out. 
You can see my completed Halloween mantel here.
Hope you feel inspired to make a witch hat for your Halloween decorations! 
Until next time...
XO~Gretchen

Monday, September 29, 2014

Light up BOO letters

I have another fun Halloween project for you today. I am going to show you how to create a light up BOO for your nest.
Here is a list of the supplies that you will need:
Cardboard letters (I found mine at Joann Craft Store)
Orange lights (Found at Michaels Craft Store)
Black paint
Paint brush
Plastic Spider (found at Michaels Craft Store)
String
Drill
Tape
Box cutter


The first step is to paint the letters. I painted them black, and decided to go with the traditional black and orange theme for Halloween.
It took two coats of the black paint.
After I allowed the paint to dry, I then cut the backs of the letters out. I did this so that it would be easier to poke the holes through, and I would have a place to hide the lights in the back.
Next, grab your drill to make the holes for the lights. I goofed and made my holes a little too big, however, I was able to fix it with a glue gun. I added a dab of glue around each hole so that the lights would sit securely. Problem solved, after sweating it out for 30 minutes ;)
Once you feed the lights into each hole, and make sure they sit securely in there, then you can put the extra lights and wires hidden in the back of each letter. I used 2 boxes of 50 count orange lights. The trick is to make sure that the letters sit really close together so that you don't see the string of lights in between.

I also added a spider's web to the middle O. I simply taped the twine on the back of the letter into a web pattern, and hung the spider.
There you have it! I created these same letters, on a much larger scale last year spelling out the word LOVE. You can find that blog post here
So here is what my Halloween mantel looks like with the light up BOO letters. 
A lot of the mantel decor I already had. I'm a big fan of using what you have, when you can. :) I purchased the banner last year at Target. They have some other great ones this year too, and if not then get out your cutting machine and make up your own! I used my handy dandy chalkboard. The inspiration for the drawing came from here.
I used some of my old vintage books that I collect to add some height. The owl and the trick or treat sign came from good ol' TJ Maxx a few years back. I made the cut out pumpkin with my Cameo Silhouette. Here is the pattern.
I added the yarn pom poms to my banner. The shutters I've have, and they worked out to be a great place to hang some spooky spiders from. And lastly, I made the witches hat, and I have an easy tutorial coming soon, so you can make one too!


There you have it! Hope you feel inspired to add a little Halloween to your nest. Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time...
XO~Gretchen

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Coffee Filter Halloween Wreath

Welcome, and I can't believe that it is officially Fall. The leaves are slowly starting to change in color, and there are pumpkins for sale everywhere. Time to start decorating your nest for the season. Today's project is a DIY wreath made out of coffee filters. I would only recommend putting this wreath on a front door that has a covered porch area over it. This wreath would also be lovely indoors too! You can even hang it from an open frame.
Here are the supplies that you will need for this project:
Coffee filters  I actually bought mine in bulk at Costco :)
Vintage book pages
Plastic spiders
Wire wreath
Glue gun
Glitter
Scrapbook paper
Twine
Washi tape
Circle punch
Scissors
The first step is to glue the coffee filters along the wire wreath.
I just crinkle the filters and then glue them to the wire using my glue gun. You eventually get a look like this...

Once I finished the layering of the coffee filters, I punched out the scalloped circles using my circle punch. I used vintage book paper, but you could also use scrapbook paper.
I then added some Miss Mustard Seed glass glitter. I recently purchased the glass glitter from Vintage Style and Designs. If you have never used glass glitter before, then you are missing out. It is extra sparkly, and makes any project extra special!
You simply glue around the edges, and then sprinkle the glitter. I always sprinkle my glitter over an extra piece of paper, that way I can just pour the extra glitter that doesn't stick back into the container. Waste not, want not.
Once you have glittered the edges, you can glue the spider to the paper, and then glue the paper to your wreath.
Next I created the triangle banner. I simply cut triangle shapes out of scrapbook paper and then glued them to twine. I attached them to the back of the wreath by tying them to the wire on the back.
Now time to decide what you want your wreath to say! I chose BOO, because I loved the design from my Silhouette Cameo. You can find the design here. Cutting something out by hand is another option, or looking for Halloween chipboard and clip art would work as well. I accented the cut out with some wahsi tape.
The final step was just adding some ribbon on the back so that I could hang it, and there you have it!



So, it's a start to getting our front porch transitioned to fall. I'll be adding some pumpkins and other spooky things the closer we get to Halloween. Hope you feel inspired to make this wreath. I think it will be a great addition to your nest this Fall.
Until next time....
XO~Gretchen

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Polka Dot Pumpkin

It's not officially Fall yet, but now is the perfect time to start working on those fall craft projects, and start decorating your home. I have several projects that I will be sharing with you this Fall. They are all easy DIY craft projects. The first project is a burlap polka pumpkin that I created. You can first watch the easy video tutorial posted on WLKY, and then follow along with these easy steps. :)
Here are the supplies you will need for this project:
Burlap
Wooden loom (I found mine at Michaels Craft Store)
Black felt
Orange thread
Needle
Scissors
Orange crepe paper
Orange craft paint
A sponge brush in a circle shape (I also found this at Michaels Craft Store)
Scrapbook paper
Tickets (Found at a party supply store)
Double sided tape, and glue

The first step is to take the burlap and secure it in the wooden loom.
One you have it secured, you will add the orange polka dots simply by using the circle sponge and paint.

Next I added the face for my pumpkin. I chose a traditional face, but you can get as creative as you want and personalize your pumpkin's face. I cut the pieces of the face out of black felt.

I glued the felt pieces on to secure them to the burlap.

I then added a stem. I cut a simple stem design out of scrapbook paper, and left it to be further embellished later. I wanted to add a little more detail to the face, so I used some orange thread and completed a simple stitch detail around the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Once I finished that, I trimmed all the excess burlap from around the loom.
I thought the stem needed a little more embellishment so I added a few more pieces just for fun. I love using these old tickets I found antiquing, but you can use any tickets or ribbons you want.
 The last step is to add the crepe paper border. For this step you will use the double sided tape, and work in 3 to 4 inch strips. I applied the tape, then carefully pleated the crepe paper along the tape.
Once you have made your way around the loom, then you can go around and trim the crepe paper.
And voila' you are finished!

You can hang this pumpkin on your front door, or a wall in your home. I think it would be really great to hang in from an open frame and put it on your mantel. 
Thanks for stopping by, looking forward to showing you more fall projects soon!
Until next time, XO~Gretchen