These Nightmare Before Christmas costumes are so cool I let out a string of expletives when I saw them on Craftster. Suzhy made these Jack Skellington and Sally costumes for her sister and herself to wear to the Elf Fantasy Fair in The Netherlands. Definitely click through to see more photos and read all about how she made these. The only part she didn’t make herself was Jack’s gloves!
Designer Blair Stocker (who you might know from her fun and colorful blog, Wise Craft) has just posted a fantastic series of free craft project tutorials for Value Village — yes, that Value Village. Her projects take regular old thrift-store finds and upcycle them into striking, spooky Halloween decorations for your house, or for throwing a party!
Blair says: I wanted to use items that could be found any time of year at Value Village or other thrift store, not just during the Halloween season, so I resisted buying Halloween things, that just seemed too easy. The other thing I really wanted to do was to create projects that were “low sew” or even “no sew”, the idea being that anybody should be able to jump in and do these projects with materials they find for very little money.
The most effortlessly geeky project of the whole collection has to be these Dolls of the Living Dead. I’ve seen so many neglected Barbies at thrift stores and yard sales and this is a brilliant — and super-easy — zombie makeover to the rescue!
Blair mentioned that her personal favorite was the Sinister Ceramics — tchotkes painted black with sparkly rhinestone eyes glowing red. I love the grouping as a table centerpiece, very Edgar Allen Poe!
There are a dozen more projects to download from the site, from Peculiar Picture Frames (goth-inspired silhouettes) to Perfect Pumpkin Ornaments (which have a charming Nightmare Before Christmas feel to me). And of course you could put a very geeky spin on any of Blair’s ideas!
What are you thinking of making for Halloween parties this year?
You could easily adapt this to an adult size, or make a whole flock of them in different colors for you and your friends — and how cute would a toddler be Lego-ized?
For more Halloween costume ideas for kids, check out CRAFT:’s other tutorials for pirate, bee, sushi, and monkey costumes. I made the monkey one with my nephew in mind, and it’s one of my favorite projects ever!
Halloween is inching nearer and that can only mean one thing: I will be happily posting all the horror related stuff I can find! I found this Friday The 13th Metal Sculpture by inaBAG while playing with the “pounce” feature on etsy and I have to say, jut the picture was so super cool, I couldn’t just pass it by. If this rendition of Jason isn’t enough on his own, his mask and axe are removable, opening you and your friends up to all sorts of minature axe attack fun.
- Friday The 13th Metal Sculpture
In honor of my movie-geekness (and love of all things Tarantino) I am featuring this amazing Kill Bill Halloween Costume I found on Flickr because it’s awesome and a little too soon for any good Inglourious Basterds costumes. FlemingBonaparte made this GoGo Yubari costume a couple years ago for Halloween. It appears doable with some decent thrift store finds, some tinfoil and enough creativity to get a wooden plank to stick to the side of your head. I love it!