August 22

Is it Too Early To Start Decorating For Halloween?

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It’s probably too early to break out the Halloween decorations (it’s August when I’m writing this), but I honestly LOVE Halloween, and I CAN’T WAIT.  So, I thought I’d share this cool Ping Pong Ball Ghost Light Tutorial from Meredith at unOriginalMom.com.  It’s a bit of a riff on the traditional cheesecloth ghost decoration (I made these every year growing up as a kid).  Meredith uses ModPodge instead of Fabric Stiffiner, but I imagine either would work for this project.  You’ll find step-by-step instructions with great photographs on her website.  It may be too early to start decorating for Halloween, but it can’t be too early to start making the decorations, can it?!

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March 28

Did you ever read the Bunnicula books?

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Just this weekend my younger brother tagged me on FB with an article about the children’s book series Bunnicula, including the news that a new cartoon is coming out.  Since the Bunnicula series was one of my favorite books as a kid, I wondered if there were any crafters out there that had shared their love of the vegetable sucking vampire bunny. I found this cute little plushie by username road_baby on Craftgrrl – Where Crafters Unite! Adorable.

There’s no tutorial that goes along with this photo, but on Urban Threads I did find a bunny plushie pattern that could be adapted (or made as is, it’s delightfully cute and evil) to more resemble Bunnicula.

Urban Threads has a cute, free printable plushie pattern for a vampire bunny.

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December 20

Progress on a Homemade Statue

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ValkyrieII recently posted a statue he/she updated (sorry, based on the information and comments available, I don’t know if ValkyrieII is male or female). Anyway, on the left is the original version of the statue, either made for a college class or Halloween (doesn’t it look like an awesome headstone piece for a cemetery?). The right side shows the updates ValkyrieII has made to it.

The other pictures that accompany the post really show some nice detail work. Tt’s originally made out of chicken wire, paper maché, hardened fabric, and Styrofoam pieces. It has a Styrofoam head from Michael’s before, but the facial features weren’t great so this year, ValkyrieII bought some clay and built up some parts to make the face look a little more human.

The base is a microwave box with some 99¢ store decorations and paint on it. ValkyrieII said s/he tried to make it as weather proof as possible, but with the weight of the statue and the morning dew, the top has started to sag. Eventually, angel wings will be added to the statue’s body.

October 31

Lady Skellington for Halloween

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Just in time for Halloween, Darkspectre Custom Couture of Newberry, FL, posted this image of a gender bent Jack Skellington dress on Imgur.

It is a one of a kind commission piece, and the store do not have any more in stock, as all of their items are hand crafted and made to order. Their garments are not costumes, but rather, they are actual clothing quality pieces and meant for wear. This dress was in the works for four months.

October 18

Now For A Different Kind of Halloween Costume

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I love this costume for its simplicity, it’s relevance and it’s creativity. A year ago, Hangintough (also on Reddit and Twitter, where he’s known as Lord_Nugget) posted his Halloween costume on imgur: a life size CVS Pharmacy receipt.

All he said about it was that he got a three foot long receipt for buying Tic Tacs. The comical costume was printed on about 20 pieces of 11″ x 17″ paper that were taped together on poster board. He then put wire on the back to hold it up and covered the entire costume in packing tape so it wouldn’t rip. The brilliant costume cost about $15.

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October 5

These Are Definitely The Pumpkins You’re Looking For

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Halloween is coming and to get you ready I found some fun pumpkin carving templates and ideas! StarWars.com has got some free templates featuring some of your favorite characters, like Yoda and R2-D2. There’s a Chewbacca one that I think looks a bit impossible, but my pumpkins tend to look like a second grader carved them, so . . .

There are so many fun pumpkin carving (and decorating) ideas out there. Do you have some favorites?

Looking for a little more Halloween inspiration? Check out my Halloween Pinterest Board!

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