Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bat Necklace DIY - Halloween Resin Craft

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Halloween is tomorrow.  There is still time to make this cute bat necklace!

You will need:
-  Silicone bat mold - I found mine at Walmart
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Black glitter
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite will work just as well.  You can find more info about them at www.eti-usa.com and you can also find where it is sold internationally).
-  Eye screws
-  Drill or rotary tool
-  Ribbon

Here is the video tutorial:






Here are some of the items I used, available through Amazon:



Directions:
1.   Paint the eyes and mouth of the bat, with red acrylic paint.  Allow to dry.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
3.  Mix in black glitter.
4.  Pour into mold.  Remove bubbles as necessary, with a lighter or a straw.
5.  Allow to cure - a minimum of 12 hours.
6.  Unmold and drill two small holes into the top of the wings.
7.  Insert eye screw.
8.  Tie on ribbons. 

That's it!  Now you have a cute necklace.  Perfect for party favors!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

Mona



Monday, October 27, 2014

Golf Ball Witch Halloween Recycling Craft DIY

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I decided to throw one more golf ball craft into the Halloween mix this year.  I made a Golf Ball Witch!


You will need:

-  Golf ball
-  Green acrylic paint
-  Black craft foam
-  Glue - I used hot glue, but you could use other glue - especially if kids are helping
-  Black glitter (I used chunky)
-  Copper or orange glitter (I used fine)
-  Black trim, yarn, rope, or ribbons for hair - I used some old trim I had on hand
-  Sticks and twigs from yard
-  Rope, twine, yarn, or ribbon for the broom
-  White glue
-  Two small googly eyes
-  Red or pink permanent marker
-  Black ribbon
-  Piece of wire (optional)
-  Sticker or resin cat (optional)
-  Eye screw (optional - only if you want to hang it)


Here  is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Cut a nose out of craft foam and glue it onto the golf ball.
2.  Paint the golf ball, including the nose, green.  This will take a minimum of two coats.  Allow to dry
3.  If you want to hang her, or only want to make the head, then drill a small hole into the top of the golf ball and insert an eye screw.  Remember, if you are planning on hanging it, make sure you tie some string or fishing line to the eye screw before you attach the hat and make sure you thread it through the top of the hat before you glue the hat in place).
4.  Glue on the eyes.
5.  Cut two small strips for eyebrows and glue them into place.
6.  Draw a frown for the mouth, with a permanent marker.
7.  Glue on the hair.  I used some trim I had on hand.
8.  Take a pencil and tie a string to it.  Put the string into the corner of the craft foam and draw a small arch.  This is for the hat, so keep that in mind when you are deciding how big to make it.
9.  Cut it out.
10.  Have the two long ends meet and you will see it will create a cone.  Glue those together.  It will probably be messy, but don't worry.  We will cover all that up!
11.  Cut a circle to form the base of the hat.  Cut it out.
12.  Fold the circle in half and in half again.  Cut a small piece of the corner out and that will give you a hole right in the middle.  The hole helps the hat sit more securely on the head and also allows the eye screw to fit through.
13.  Glue the hat together.
14.  Glue the hat on the golf ball.
15.  Create a larger cone, using the same method we used above and cut it out.  
16.  Glue it together.
17.  Snip off the pointy part, so the head has somewhere to sit.
18.  Glue the head on the top of the body.  You want the glue seam to be in front.
19.  Cut out two arms.  Mine looked like little socks.  I painted the ends green for hands.
20.  Glue the black ribbon over the seam.
21.  Now it is time to glitter!  This is when you get to cover all your mistakes and excess glue. I did stripes and polka dots on the hat.  I put dots on the ribbon to make it look like buttons. I added glue to the base and the brim of the hat.  I added glitter to the sleeves and the bottom of the dress.  Do patterns, don't do patterns, it is all up to you!
22.  Now it's time to make the broom.  Find some twigs - a bigger one and a bunch small thin ones.  Break the larger twig to the size of the broom stick and break the smaller ones to the size of the bristles.  Glue the smaller ones to one end and put a ribbon or twine around them.  
23.  I added a little resin cat I had leftover, but you could add a sticker instead.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

Mona




Friday, October 24, 2014

Frankenstein Coaster DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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We are working with a classic today.  Who doesn't relate Frankenstein to Halloween?  I remember when I was a kid and had to turn off all the lights in the basement before coming upstairs.  I was sure Frankenstein was one of those monsters that lived down there, and would come out the moment the lights went out.  I remember hitting the lights and running as fast as a I could up the stairs to safety.  I knew it was all in my head, but I also had visions of someone grabbing my ankles when I was about halfway up.....tripping me....and pulling me back into the darkness.  Frankenstein never showed himself and no one ever grabbed my ankles....PHEW!  It's possible I watched too many scary movies!

Here is my take on the classic.



You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Acrylic paint - green, white, plack, silver
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite works just as well.  For more info about either, or where you can find them internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Fine point permanent marker - black

**Just a quick word on the coaster mold.  The original seller I was linking to hiked the price, so if it looks like the price is unusually high always do an Amazon search to see if you can find one cheaper.  I started linking a different seller, so the price is under $20.  There is a similar mold available from Freshware.  It, however, has a matte finish.  I linked that one below too.  The bottoms of your coasters will be matte, rather than glossy.  If that doesn't bother you, than go with that one.  I like the gloss finish incase I have parts that I want to have clear, otherwise it doesn't matter to me either.  Mold release is optional to use.  It is not necessary, but it will help your mold last longer.


Here are some of the items available on Amazon:





Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Pour a thin layer of resin into your mold.  This does not need to be a thick layer.  Allow to cure - a minimum of 12 hours.
3.  Paint the whole thing green.  This will take two or three coats, for full coverage.  Allow to dry.
4.  Paint the hair line.  Make one line straight across and then do triangles.  The triangles on either end will need to have straight sides, on the end, to give the illusion of a square head.
5.  Paint on the nose, the eyes, the mouth and the bolts.
6.  I filled the whites of the eyes and I used a fine point permanent marker to give the bolts definition. Everything took two coats and I touched up with the green to clean up any messy edges.
7.  Once everything is dry, pour one more layer of resin, to sandwich it right in there.

This is a great craft to do with the kids.  Think about the resin and being a small canvas.  It doesn't have to be Frankenstein it could be ANYTHING you want!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Skull Wreath DIY

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I went to Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree and found some stuff to make a Halloween wreath.  I didn't start out thinking a skull wreath, but that's where I ended up!


You will need:
-  A wreath form - I went with a wire one, but you can easily use a foam form instead!
-  Black feather boas (3 or 4)
-  Plastic skull
-  Little plastic skeletons
-  Silk red roses
-  Silver tulle
-  Skull and cross bone necklace (I had them on hand - probably from a party store)
-  Skull resin pieces 
-  Black raven
-  Hot glue

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Wrap the feather boas around the wreath form.  You can wire them on, or use hot glue.
2.  Wrap the silver tulle around, but space it further apart.
3.  Cut plastic necklaces and glue them around the tulle areas.
4.  Add the large plastic skull to the base of the wreath.
5.  Glue on other embellishments.
6.  Add the raven to the top.

That's it!  Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Monday, October 20, 2014

Walking Dead Inspired Zombie Halloween Wall Hanging

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I saw this mold online and thought it would be cool to do a project with it, so I ordered it!  Now, I thought it was going to be silicone, but it's not.  It is plastic.  Instead of doing a resin project, I changed gears and went for a plaster project.  


In the past, I have had trouble when trying to mix plaster.  It hardens too fast and it clumps up on me.  I knew I was doing something wrong, but I didn't know what.  I decided to research and I found this video, which I found to be very helpful:



With my new knowledge in hand, I was ready to start and the plaster of paris mixed up like a charm!!

You will need:

-  Plaster of Paris
-  Acrylic paint (suggested:  greens, black, blues, grays, red, dark purple, white, off white)
-  Zombie mold
-  Triple Thick or a high gloss finish
-  Paint brushes
-  Paper towels
-  Water
-  Container to mix plaster
-  Drop of dish soap 
-  Wire to insert in the back - I used 16 gauge


Here is the video tutorial:








Here is the mold from Amazon, as well as some Plaster of Paris:




Directions:
1.  Mix your plaster, according to the package directions.
2.  In a spray bottle, mix water with one drop of dish soap.  Spray your mold, let excess run out.
3.  Pour in plaster.  Tap the mold on the table gently, to help bubbles rise and help it level off.  I took and old towel and made a little stand for the mold, since it is not flat on the bottom.  It allowed it to sit level, while hardening.  Give it a minute or so to set just a little before inserting the wire.  You want the looped part of the wire sticking out and being near the top of the head, so you can hang it.
4.  Allow to harden and then carefully remove it from the mold.  FYI:  I let mine dry for a while after I removed it from the mold, because it still felt cold and wet.
5.  Now it is time to paint.  I mixed a light gray, a green and a blue together  (By mix, I mean I had them all on the brush at the same time, but I didn't actually mix them together to create a new color.  All the colors existed separately, but also blended together.).  Allow to dry.
6.  I took red, dark purple and black and used them together to paint the mouth and any other sores I wanted to highlight.  Allow to dry.
7.  I used white and off white to paint the eyes and teeth.
8.  I took black and dark gray to paint the eyebrows.
9.  I took red and a toothpick and created blood vessels on the whites of the eyes.
10.  I took a light gray, on the end of a paint brush to created the color of the eye.
11.  Once everything dried, I gave it a wash.  I took watered down gray and black paints and painted it all over the head - one section at a time.  I immediately wiped it off with a paper towel.  That leaves dark in the cracks and crevices and makes it look more realistic and weathered.
12.  Once dry, I used red, black and purple on a brush and painted on the edged of the bloody sores.  I immediately took a paper towel and smeared it, so the edges of the sores would not be so harsh.
13.  I added Triple Thick to parts of the bloody areas, to give it a fresh, wet look.  I also added the Triple Thick to the eyes.


Let it dry and that is it!!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona







Friday, October 17, 2014

Werewolf Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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I was asked to try my hand at making a werewolf coaster and this what I came up with!

You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin
-  Pigment dyes (optional)
-  Acrylic paint - flesh, black and two different browns
-  Red and black craft foam
-  Eyes and nose
-  Inexpensive vampire teeth - the thinner the better
-  Dimensional paint - two different browns

Here is the coaster mold and the resin I used:



Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  You can use pigment to make it brown, or skip it and just use acrylic paint in the next step.  Pour into mold.
2.  Once the first layer of resin has cured, paint on the face portion and the ears (see video above).  Allow to dry.
3.  Take two different colors of brown paint and paint on the hair.  Allow to dry.  Paint black accents on the ears and the snout.
4.  In the meantime, cut the teeth from the vampire fangs and cut the posts off the back of the eyes and nose.
5.  Glue the eyes and nose into place.
6.  Cut a piece of red craft foam to fit behind the teeth.
7.  Cut two thin strips of black craft foam.  Glue mouth together as shown in picture above.
8.  Put layers of the dimensional paint on top to the original brown paint.  Allow to dry.
9.  Prepare enough resin to cover everything.  Allow to cure. 

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Haunted Zombie House - DIY Craft for Halloween

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I wanted to show that you can use mold for different things than their original intended uses.  I used the gingerbread house mold that I used last Christmas to create a one of a kind Halloween decoration that will last for years to come!


You will need:
-  Silicone gingerbread house mold
-  Resin - I used Envirotex Lite (For more info on Envirotex Lite, go to www.eti-usa.com.)
-  Pigment dyes for resin (You can color your resin any way you prefer, but I used the pigment dyes.)
-  Acrylic paint - I used gray, brown, red and black
-  Sheet moss and Spanish moss
-  Zombie figurines - I found unexpectedly found them at Michaels
-  Base - I used a basswood base
-  Brown sand 
-  Glue - I used E6000, Elmers, Ultimate and hot glue
-  Various decorations (I used skull beads, resin tombstones, fence, fall picks, plastic spiders, skull sticker, etc.)

*I made the resin tombstones from a mold I found.  I'll have everything I can find on Amazon linked at the end, incase you want to give it a shot!

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
(I will try to be as complete as I can be here, but if you have additional questions, you should definitely watch the video for clarification.)

1.  Paint the walls with streaky brown and gray.  The roof I used the brown gray and black.  The front door I used the brown, the gray and the black.  I did two coats, but I made sure that I did not cover everything.  I wanted it to look like a run down house, with paint peeling.  Allow the paint to dry.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I worked with four ounces at a time because I did not know how much I was going to need.  The first batch I mixed white opaque dye with black, a little bit of brown and a little bit of green.  I wanted a washed out wood look.  
3.  Pour into the walls of the mold.  Be careful that you don't cover or drip on the windows.  You do want the resin to run into the frames of the windows, so you might need to carefully help it with your stir stick.  I didn't want the mold to be fully covered with this color resin because I wanted a darker color behind it, so it would be peeking out in areas.  Any excess was put into the door mold and very little was put on the roof.
4.  Run your lighter over the resin, to pop any bubbles and let cure.  
5.  Mix more resin and add black, brown and green pigments.  
6.  Pour it into the mold - again be careful about the windows.  You want to pour very slowly and help move it around with your stir stick.  Pour the rest into the roof mold.  Allow to cure.
7.  Mix some more resin.  Leave this batch clear because it is for the windows.  Pour into the mold, making sure the windows are covered and pour the rest into the roof mold.  Let it cure.
8.  Once cured, you can remove them from the mold and it is time to put them together.  I used a combination of E6000 glue and hot glue.  I applied the E6000 to the ends of the walls and then put them together(see video above).  The E6000 takes a while to fully cure and stick, so I ran a bead of hot glue on the inside of the connecting corners, so the hot glue would hold it in place, while the E6000 finished drying.  I did the same with the roof panels.
9.  The house won't be attached to the basswood base because I want to be able to pick it up and put a battery operated tea light or something inside of it, to light it up (Do Not Use Real Candles!).  The next thing to do is find the placement on the base and mark a pencil line around it.  Drill holes in the base where you want to add picks for landscaping.
10.  Mix glue and sand (you can mix the sand and resin if you would rather).  I wanted to do multiple layers, so I decided to go with the sand.  The resin is a more durable solution.
11.  Put the Crafter's Pick Ulimate glue on the base (except where the house will go).  Then spread it around.  Mix Elmers Glue and brown sand into a chunky mixture.  Apply it to the base, where the Ultimate glue was applied.  I did a thin layer.  Let it dry.
12.  Start figuring out the placement of everything.  Glue on the figurines.  Glue in the picks.  Glue on the gravestones.  
13.  The zombies I had were set on bases.  If you have similar zombies, you don't want the bases to show.  I mixed more sand and glue and applied it carefully to the bases.  I used a stir stick, a toothpick and a skewer stick to get it all done!  Blend in the sand and make the yard uneven.  
14.  If you are using a fence, now is a good time to add it.  I hot glued mine in place.
15.  Now it's time to start the real decorating.  I did red paint smear and spray to make it look like blood smears and blood spray, on the inside of the windows.  When that dried, I watered down light gray paint and painted that on the inside of the windows, so they look dirty and so no one can see inside (nothing is going on inside).
16.  Add moss.... a lot of moss.  I added moss to the framing of the house.  Along the roof, the corners and the bottom.  I added little pumpkins I cut off of floral picks.  I added two plastic spiders to the roof.  The front door has a skull sticker.  I added moss to the roof peak and plastic skull beads along the top.  I added moss in various places around the yard, to cover up hot glue by the fence, around the gravestones.  Add whatever you can find or think would  be appropriate or fun!  It should have your personal touches, whether the paint colors or the accessories!  
17.  Lastly, it needs something to light up the inside.  There are many options.  You could drill a hole into the base and add a light kit, like I did with the cupcake.  You do want to use a low wattage bulb if you go that route.  You will also want to add some feet to the bottom of the base, to raise it up, so the cord doesn't get in the way of sitting flat.  Since this is a holiday decoration, I wanted to have the freedom to put it wherever I wanted.  I was originally thinking of using a flickering battery tea light.  I happened across a small strobe light that runs on batteries and actually makes spooky sounds.  PERFECT!!!  Place that under the house and now you have a super spooky Halloween decoration!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!!

Mona


In case you missed it last year, here is a the Gingerbread Christmas House video:






Here are Amazon links to some of the products I used
 (or similar - I couldn't find the exact zombies and I would get a large or extra large base - most everything else is the same or very similar):





Halloween Bride & Groom Ghouls Yard Decoration Halloween Bride & Groom Ghouls Yard Decoration
SOLD SEPARATELY. This gruesome twosome greets Halloween visitors with eyes shining a bloody, red glow and the horror of ghoulish howls. Bride and groom zombies have built-in motion detectors and can stand on any flat surface or be staked into the ground. Bride Wears a gauze wedding gown, black faux pearls and carries a bouquet of black flowers. Measures 13"W x 7 1/2"D x 48 1/2"H. Groom Wears a black gauze cape over his shirt and bow tie and a top hat. Measures 12"W x 9 1/2"D x 50"H. Each requires 3 AA batteries (not included); constructed of plastic and polyester. For display in a covered area. Bride and groom sold separately. Novelty item not a toy.