DIY: Paper Spiderwebs to Decorate Everything

Step by step this house is getting properly October spooky. I’m a big fan of decorating with the things I have around, and this collection of tarnished silver and moody ornaments needed one little touch, so I decided to make a spiderweb table runner out of scrap paper and a piece of ribbon.

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SUPPLIES

  • A few sheets of paper, any color you fancy. I used card stock, which was a bit trickier to cut but more durable in the long run.
  • Small clips or tape
  • Your favorite craft knife
  • A hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • The spiderweb templateaim_paperspiderweb

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Once you have printed the spiderweb template, use tape or the clips to secure it to a sheet or two of paper, and cut the spiderweb shape out with a craft knife. You will also punch holes where each X is.

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Cutting Tips

Start trimming the small center pieces out first and move to the large pieces. I actually cut all the inner pieces, then moved on the the next sheet of paper until I have enough pieces. Then I cut the outer shape out of several pieces at once using scissors.

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When you’ve cut out and punched all your pieces, weave a piece of ribbon in and out of the holes to connect several spiderwebs.

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I overlapped the corners of each spiderweb piece to make my table runner…

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and hung them all on one ribbon for a creepy spiderweb banner.

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The possibilities are, as they say, endless! I’m even thinking of creepy spiders to add to them.

The motionless, paper kind.

 

What’re you decorating with?

DIY: Spookily Free and Easy Ghosts

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When I was a kid my mom came up with all sorts of awesome crafts for us to do, and being a typical goth-in-the-making I loved the halloween crafts most of all. One year we made cheesecloth ghosts with balloons and glue and it’s a project that has haunted me to this day.

I decided that I really wanted some ghost friends, but lacking balloons and cheesecloth I decided to make some up, Alison style. (IE: Free, Quick, and Fun.)

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SUPPLIES

  • At least a couple of feet of sheer or thin fabric – old sheets or window sheers work great!
  • All-purpose flour
  • Bottles: Soda, water, or wine. Glass or plastic.
  • Wire or wire coat hangers
  • Plastic bags
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • A bucket or bin to mix your flour paste in

Step 1: The Form

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To begin will make a simple armature out of wire (or out of a wire hanger). Cut a piece about 24″ long, and twist it together to form one big loop.

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Slip the loop over the neck of your bottle, and twist the arms slightly so that they sit securely on the bottle and point slightly upwards. Using a scrap piece of fabric or paper, form a ball shaped head over the neck of the bottle and secure it with a rubber band.

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To make the armature (form of the ghost) easier to remove, cover it with a plastic grocery bag, and secure it with a rubber band.

Measure the height of your ghost form from the base, across the head, and to the base on the back side. Cut a square of fabric this size to cover your form. (This is a great time to tear your fabric instead of cutting, if you want. Frayed edges are a bonus!)

 

Step 2: Stiffening and Forming the Fabric

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Although flour may not last forever when used as a paste, it works perfectly for a ghost that will only haunt your house for a year or two. Combine 4 parts water with 1 part all-purpose flour in a large container and mix well with your fingers. Soak your ghost fabric, and wring it gently.

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Spread the fabric over the ghost form, with a corner of the fabric pointing forwards.

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Using your creativity (and maybe a clip or two) shape the cloth as creepily as you want! (I loved adding a fold along the “hair line” so that it looked like my ghost was in a cloak.)

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If you’d like, remove some of the excess fabric from the “arms” of your ghost. (Make sure to leave fabric puddled at the front and back; this will ensure that your ghost will sit up when it’s all dry.)

Leave your new little friend to dry overnight, with a fan blowing if you can. When it’s completely dry, gently pull the bottle form out of the stiff fabric. (If it’s not firm enough to stand, you can mix up some more of the flour and water and paint it onto your fabric while it’s still on the form. You may want to use a higher ratio of flour to water.)

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Boo!

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If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can paint right on your ghosts with watercolor or acrylic paints. I have some scary plans for one of mine.

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Use What You’ve Got!

If you don’t have scraps of fabric lying around, this project is also fun with thin paper, tissue paper, or even paper towels. Just make one adjustment: instead of soaking the paper in your paste, lay the paper across your form and paint the paste on with your fingers or a craft paint brush. Saturate the paper slowly and let it fall again the form. You can add multiple layers of paper for more texture (like the tissue paper ghost above) and even cut out a mouth and eyes!

Stick an LED “candle” in it, and things get even creepier!

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Scary Ghost Sound!

What’s frightening you this season?

CRAFTY COMIC #2: Halloween Cats + GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Every year for Halloween I daydream about dressing my cats up in costumes. I know they’d HATE it, so instead I decided to draw up my favorites for this issue of Crafty Comic (#2)! Which one is your favorite?

Halloween Cats #comic #illustration #catlover

Also, check Crafty Comic #1

The Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in the October giveaway. We loved hearing about your favorite fall traditions.

Now without further ado, the winner is…. RACHEL KNIGHT!! Congrats Rachel!

RECIPE: 7 Recipes for a Halloween Feast

Every year for Halloween, my boyfriend James and I like to make a special dinner to celebrate. We’ve had small dinner parties with friends and even an intimately spooky dinner with just the two of us. We choose flavors of the fall season and get creative with presentation. Here are 6 recipes from around the web that we just love.

1. Black Magic Cocktail

We like to begin any dinner party with a delicious cocktail to relax and set the mood for the evening. This Black Magic cocktail looks wickedly delicious! Recipe from HGTV.

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2. Mummy Veggie Dip

While you enjoy your cocktails, snack on a Mummy veggie dip tray. I love having different green veggies surrounding the cheesy mummy dip. Recipe from Hostess with the Mostess.

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3. Pretzel Broomstick Party Snacks

Impress your dinner guests with these Pretzel Broomsticks made from pretzel sticks and shredded phyllo dough. Serve them with your favorite dips. Recipe from Heather Baird.

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4. Pumpkin Chestnut Soup

Sit down and begin your Halloween feast with a bowl of delicious Pumpkin-Chestnut Soup. Recipe from Martha Stewart.

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5. Wild Rice Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Next serve everyone their own mini pumpkins stuffed with wild rice. Recipe from Whole Foods Market.

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6. Scary Candy Apples

These Scary Apples are the perfect dessert, and the presentation is freakishly fantastic! Recipe from Matt Bites.

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7. Mulled Cider

Sip on hot mulled cider and get cozy with a Halloween movie. Recipe by Evermine.

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What plans to do you in store for All Hallow’s Eve?

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall
Last year for Halloween, my mom hung a big pumpkin from a vintage macrame plant hanger on her front porch. I loved the idea so much that I thought it would be fun to make my own with mini pumpkins to display in my apartment window.

Supplies Needed

• Black yarn or string
• Metal ring
• Wooden beads
• Scissors

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall

Cut 4 strands of yarn that are about 3x the length that you want the finished hanger to be. Fold the strands in half and loop through the metal hoop.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall

Next, separate the yarn strands into groups of two.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall

Tie each group into a knot.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall

String a wooden bead onto each strand, then tie another knot just below the bead.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall
DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall

A few inches down, tie another row of knots.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall

Next, tie two adjacent strings together and repeat with each string. Then tie the last string together with the first. Repeat this process and tie another row of strings together.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall
DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall
DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall

Finally, tie all the strings together in one large knot.

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall

Place your mini pumpkins into your macrame hanger and display!

DIY: Mini Pumpkin Macrame Hanger #halloween #decor #fall

DIY: Magic Potion Bottles

DIY: Magic Potion Bottles #halloween #witch #lavalamp
Halloween is my favorite time of year. There are so many ways to get creative and make something spooky and fun. I decided to try making my own ‘lava lamps’ but instead label them as a magic potions!

If you’ve never tried making a lava lamp before, it’s very easy and requires only a few ingredients. This would be a great project to make or give to your kids and teach them about how water and oil do not mix!

DIY: Magic Potion Bottles #halloween #witch #lavalamp

Supplies Needed:

• Vegetable oil
• Food coloring
• Water
• Alka-Seltzer
• A tall bottle (with a cap or cork)
• Funnel

The first step is to use a funnel to fill your bottle ¾ way full with vegetable oil. Then fill it the rest of the way up with water, leaving about an inch of room at the top.

DIY: Magic Potion Bottles #halloween #witch #lavalamp

Then add in drops of food coloring (I chose purple and green). And that’s it!

DIY: Magic Potion Bottles #halloween #witch #lavalamp

DIY: Magic Potion Bottles #halloween #witch #lavalamp

Custom labels and tags courtesy of Evermine.com

To make your magic potion bubble, simply break an Alka-Seltzer tablet into quarters and drop it into the bottle. Your potion will brew and bubble just like magic!

DIY: Magic Potion Bottles #halloween #witch #lavalamp
DIY: Magic Potion Bottles #halloween #witch #lavalamp

DIY: 10 Halloween Spider Projects

I love making my own Halloween decorations every year. This year, I want to create some sort of amazing spiderweb decoration. Here are 10 of my favorite spiderweb Halloween DIY Projects from across the web!

DIY: 10 Halloween Spider Projects

1. Straw Spiderweb Door Wreath by Shft Ctrl Art
2. Spider Web Cupcakes by Pizzazzerie
3. Trash Bag Spiderweb Decorations by How About Orange
4. Glitter Spiderweb by Redbook Magazine
5. Halloween Terrarium by DIY Network
6. Doily Spiderweb Corbels by My So Called Crafty Life
7. Spiderweb Cape by Delia Creates
8. God’s Eye Spiderwebs by Small For Big
9. DIY Painted Candles by Madigan Made
10. Circle Weave Halloween Spiders by eighteen25

RECIPE: Halloween Truffles

RECIPE: Halloween Truffles #treat #chocolate
I’ve wanted to try my hand at making chocolate truffles for a while now. I remember a friend making them for a craft night and they were so good! I finally spent an afternoon making these Halloween inspired chocolate truffles. They turned out perfect- rich, creamy, and bittersweet chocolate. I love the look of the colored sprinkles and think these would make a great Halloween gift to any chocolate-lover!

RECIPE: Halloween Truffles #treat #chocolate

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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Halloween
Ingredients
  • 12 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Halloween sprinkles or sugars
Instructions
  1. Place chocolate and butter in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat whipping cream in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate mixture in bowl; let stand 2 minutes. Stir mixture with whisk until smooth. Pour into an 8 or 9 inch baking pan. Refrigerate at least one hour, until firm enough to shape.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle powdered sugar over clean hands; shape level tablespoons of chocolate mixture into balls. Place onto prepared baking sheet.
  4. Place sprinkles or sugars into bowls; set aside. Roll each truffle in desired coating. Place truffles in container with tight-fitting lid; refrigerate about 1 hour until firm. Store refrigerated.
  5. *Substitute 10- to 12-ounce bag of bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips for the chopped chocolate.

RECIPE: Halloween Truffles #treat #chocolate

RECIPE: Eyeball Cupcakes

RECIPE: Eyeball Cupcakes #halloween #treat

‘Tis the season for all things Halloween! I look forward to Halloween every year. I love the fun costumes, scary movies, and of course, the parties. I love getting creative with my cooking this time of year too. I decided to whip up a batch of Eyeball Cupcakes to serve at my annual Halloween party.

RECIPE: Eyeball Cupcakes #halloween #treat

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This recipe is perfect to make with kids! Let them help you decorate each cupcake.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Halloween
Ingredients
  • • Your favorite cupcake recipe
  • • Your favorite vanilla frosting
  • • Red gel frosting
  • • Gummy lifesavers
  • • Chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Bake your favorite cupcakes! I used Betty Crocker's chocolate fudge cake mix and made both normal and mini size cupcakes. Let cool completely.
  2. Frost each cupcake with vanilla frosting. Place one gummy lifesaver at the center of each cupcake and then a chocolate chip into the center of the gummy.
  3. Use red gel frosting to draw veins around the center of the eyeball.

RECIPE: Eyeball Cupcakes #halloween #treat