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Thursday, October 26, 2017

DIY Halloween Spell Books



These DIY Spell Books are absolutely Creeptastic!
Be sure to watch the full Video Tutorial below!
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You'll need: 
Books 
Cardboard 
School glue (Dollar Tree) $1 
Hot glue gun (Wal-Mart) 
Hot glue sticks (Wal-Mart) 
Assorted mini Halloween creepy crawlies (Dollar Tree) $1 
Mod Podge (Dollar Tree) $1 
Paper towel or tissue paper (Dollar Tree) $1 
Paint brushes
Black paint 
Brown craft paint 
Gold metallic craft paint 
Tea bag
Hot water



To start this project you'll need some books. Although it doesn't matter what the book is really about, I chose to be a little authentic and used some actual "witchy" books. You can use whatever old books you have lying around or you can get some old books at the thrift store.





Two of the books I chose to use are soft covers, but I want them to be hard covers. So, I'm going to start with turning my soft cover books into hardcover books by using some cardboard and school glue.

I'm going to take my cardboard and tuck it inside the front cover of the book, then with a pencil or marker trace around the edge of the book cover marking where to cut your cardboard. With your scissors or rotary cutter cut the cardboard to size. I used a craft roller to flatten out one side of the cardboard that would be tucked inside along the spine, this step is optional. I then covered one side of the cardboard with school glue and glued it inside the front cover of my book; I then repeated this step with the back cover of the book. Set aside to dry.



Next we're going to take our hot glue gun and we're going to embellish the covers of our books by using the glue gun for writing and drawing designs, also to glue on our creepy crawlies. This is where you can get really creative. After our hot glue has dried we can start working on covering our books. You can cover them with paper towel, single ply is best. However after trying the paper towel method, I can definitely say I prefer using the tissue paper.




So to cover our books we're going to take a paintbrush and our Mod Podge and paint over the cover and everything that we glued on. 


We're then going to take our single ply paper towel (if using paper towel you'll need to dampen it first) or tissue paper, crumple it up (I personally didn't like the effect of the paper towel so, I ended up only using the tissue paper), then open it back up and gently lay it down over your Mod Podge cover and pat it down. When using the paper towel you'll need to use a paintbrush or foam brush to really get into all the nooks and crannies of your design. With the tissue paper, just pressing firmly with the palm of your hand seems to be all it took for me. Now we're going to set our book aside to dry for a couple of hours.


After the Mod Podge on our newly covered book is fully dried, we're going to trim the excess paper towel/tissue paper, however leaving enough to wrap just inside our covers.

Now we can take our black craft paint and paint the entire book Black, again set aside to dry. 


After the black paint has fully dried we can then go in with a dry brush and some of our brown craft paint and stipple the brown paint onto the book to give it an aged look and /or use our gold metallic paint to dry brush the raised bits of our creepy crawlies and our hot glue gun designs to add dimension. 


Now to finish our cover by folding the extra paper towel/tissue paper over and glue it to the inside of your cover. Then take a plain piece of paper and cut to size to cover the inside of our covers and glue in place. Then, set aside to fully dry.




After our painted books are dry we can move on to the final step to really give our books an authentic aged and creepy look. For this last step you need a tea bag, hot water and a paint brush. Steep your tea bag in a small amount of hot water until the water reaches your desired color. Then dip your paint brush in the tea and gently bush the edges of your book's pages. This really gives a nice aged look to your books and in my opinion really completes the overall look and feel of this project. 


Saturday, October 21, 2017

DIY Spooky Halloween Candles Tutorial

I'm really loving these DIY Spooky Halloween Candles!
Be sure to watch the full Video Tutorial below!
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~Creepy Craft roll candles~


You'll need:
Toilet paper and paper towel rolls (Free)
Hot glue gun (Wal-Mart)
Glue sticks (Wal-Mart)
Platter (Dollar Tree) $1 
Black spray paint (Wal-Mart) $0.99 I used what I had on hand
White/off-white craft paint (Wal-Mart)
LED tea lights (Dollar Tree) $1 each for a 2 pack 
Optional: Embellishments (Dollar Tree) $1 School glue (Dollar Tree) $1 




First I wanted to add some Halloween embellishments to my platter before painting it. So I took some skull and bat rings that I got from the Dollar Tree and cut off the ring part and hot glued them to my platter. I used one of my LED tea lights as a spacer tool.


Then I spray painted the platter black. In the how to video one of the skulls decided it didn't want to be on the platter anymore... So, I continued painting the platter even spraying the skull that jumped off, so when they both are dry I will simply glue him back on. You can always use E6000 glue for a more secure hold. Once painted set aside to dry.


Next we're going to start putting together our craft roll candles and adding the "dripping wax" with hot glue.When applying the hot glue I alternated with varying lengths of messy glue. I repeated this step with a second row of glue lines again of varying lengths that were a little shorter than the first row. Then I added a heavy line of hot glue around the top and allowed it to naturally drip down. Note: having your hot glue gun set on high, heats up the glue enough for it to run. After the outer glue drips were dry, I then ran a bead of glue around the inside of each roll to give a ledge for the LED tea light to sit on.


I then mixed my paint colors to my desired color and added school glue to the paint. Adding the school glue is optional, I like to add it to my craft paint as a cheap medium to thicken it up a bit. I also feel like it helps the paint last longer and adhere a little better. Then grab your paintbrush and paint away. 


I also painted the tops of my LED tea lights.


After your candles are dry, it's time to glue them to your platter base, add you're LED tea lights and find it, it's new home amongst your Halloween decor!






~LED "Blood" Candles~

LED candles (Dollar Tree) $1 each for a 2 pack
Batteries (Dollar Tree) $1
Hot glue gun (Wal-Mart)
Hot glue sticks red or clear (I couldn't find red...)
Red craft paint (if you're like me and you couldn't find red glue sticks) (Wal-Mart)


The LED candles I used comes with a convenient holder so they stand upright which I thought was pretty clever! So we're going to put our LED candle into its holder and start adding our "dripping wax" with our hot glue gun.


When applying the hot glue I like to alternate with varying lengths of messy glue. I repeated this step with a second row of glue lines again of varying lengths that were a little shorter than the first row. Then I added a heavy line of hot glue around the top and allowed it to naturally drip down. Note: having your hot glue gun set on high, heats up the glue enough for it to run. On the top run of hot glue I went a little heavy on one side then flipped the candle upside down to give it an uneven melted effect.


If like me you couldn't find red glue sticks once the hot glue is fully dry it's time to paint the "dripping wax" red. Once dry they are ready to use.






~"Blood" Candles~

You'll need:
Cardboard egg crate to set the candles in (Free)
White tapered candles (Dollar Tree) $1 each 2 pack 
Red candle (Dollar Tree) $1 
Lighter (Dollar Tree)

For this simple project, I lit my tapered candle and allowed it to burn a bit. While I was letting it burn I let the wax drip into the egg crate to create a secure base for my candle later. 
After I was done letting the candle burn down a bit I flipped it right side up and set it in the wax I was dripping into the egg crate. I then blew out the candle and with a wet paintbrush I put a drop of water on the smoking Wick to stop it from smoking (Didn't want to set off the smoke alarm above my head...).


 I then took my lit red candle and proceeded to drip the melted red wax onto the white tapered candle. Once you've achieved your desired effect, just let the wax dry and you're done!






Saturday, October 14, 2017

3 DIY Halloween Arrangements Tutorial

These DIY Halloween arrangements are just spooktacular!
Be sure to watch the full Video Tutorial below!
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~Skull and Moss vase~



You'll need :

One or more clear vases

(Dollar Tree) $1 each

Bag of moss (Dollar Tree)$1
Mini skulls (Walmart)$3.98

For this project you simply layer your moss and skulls in your clear vase till you reach the top of your vase. Then you just have to find its new home in your Halloween decor and you are done!

For this Project I spent $6.98 for two vases










~Upcycled glitter pumpkin arrangement~



You'll need:

Glitter pumpkin arrangement (Walmart) $5.84

1 glass pillar candle plate (Dollar Tree) $1 

1 4" glass taper candle holder (Dollar Tree) $1 

1 round tea light candle holder these come in packs of 2 (Dollar Tree) $1 
E6000 glue (Walmart) $2.97 
black gloss spray paint (Walmart) $1.66 
optional: Halloween floral

Without adding the optional floral for this project I spent $13.47

I got the Styrofoam pumpkin at Walmart and although it's cute the way it is, I wanted to bump it's wow factor up a notch. Also, it's top heavy and a little wobbly.


So for this project you're going to take your E6000 glue and glue your taper candle holder to the pillar plate. I chose to flip my pillar plate upside down for this project. Then you're going to glue your round tea light holder to the top of the taper candle holder and set aside to dry fully.

After your glued base is dry, it's time to paint it with your spray paint, I did two coats. While waiting for your painted base to dry if you have chosen to add some additional Halloween floral, now would be a good time to do this. After the painted base has fully dried it's time to grab your E6000 glue again and glue the glitter pumpkin to the top of its new base. Allow to fully dry before finding its new home in your Halloween decor. (You can also use some hot glue to secure in place till your E6000 glue dries fully, like I did in the video)




~Skull "urn" floral arrangement~

I also needed a Dremel-Not Pictured
You'll need:
Plastic skull (Walmart) $3.84
1 glass pillar candle plate (Dollar Tree) $1 
1 4in glass taper candle holder (Dollar Tree) $1 
1 round tea light candle holder these come in a pack of two (Dollar Tree) $1 
5 black and or purple rose bunches (Dollar Tree) $5
1 floral bunch to create height (Hobby Lobby) 40% off $4.19
1 floral foam (Dollar Tree) $1 
                                               E6000 glue (Walmart) $2.97
1 can black spray paint flat (Walmart) $3.96
Optional: 1 cascading floral bunch (I got mine a year ago and I cannot remember where...) 
Without adding the optional floral 
for this project I spent 
$23.96




So for this project you're going to take your E6000 glue and glue your taper candle holder to the pillar plate. I chose to flip my pillar plate upside down for this project. Then you're going to glue your round tea light holder to the top of the taper candle holder and set aside to dry fully.

Now you're going to need to cut the top portion of the skull off so you can insert the Floral foam. I used my floral foam as my measurement tool and traced around with a marker. Then I needed to decide how I was going to cut it...? The plastic on the skull I used was too thick to cut with an exacto knife or a box-cutter. So I asked my husband Craig what I should use and he suggested I use my Dremel. Because I had never use my Dremel as a cutting tool before he did this part for me while he was showing me how to do it. I then went in with my Dremel to clean up all the rough edges and smooth it out. Now we can insert the floral foam., 

After your glued base is dry, it's time to paint it with your spray paint. I did two coats. After the base has fully dried it's time to grab your E6000 glue and glue the skull to the base and set aside to fully dry. Once dry we can then start adding the Roses/flowers. I like to start with the Roses first, then the cascading pieces and finally add the height element. Now to find its new home among your Halloween decor and admire your new masterpiece!