Krazy Deal Daze: October 2018

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

DIY Styrofoam Headstones

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DIY Styrofoam Headstones

About 15 years ago I decided I wanted to add a graveyard to my Halloween display. However, money was extremely tight and we couldn't afford to buy any foam headstones.... Where my husband was working at the time, he had access to Styrofoam scraps which gave me the idea to try and make my own! So I asked him if he would be allowed to bring home some of the scrapped Styrofoam? Thankfully he was able to get me quite a bit of Styrofoam scraps! The rest of the materials I used we already had laying around our garage and shed so, in the end, I made 15 headstones and spent zero money!

To this day we still have all 15 of those headstones and I'm ready to add to our collection. So, I'm going to share with you how I made mine all those years ago. Unfortunately, this time they will not be completely free because I do have to buy the Styrofoam and the green camo paint. But they will still be much cheaper and more original than the store bought ones!!

You'll Need:
Styrofoam (Your Local Home Improvement Store)
Serrated knife

Ruler
Marker
Exacto knife
Gorilla Glue

Spray Bottle with water to activate the Gorilla Glue
Medium gauge wire fencing or tomato cage (I've used both)
Light Gray primer

Dark Gray primer
Green Camo Paint
Black craft paint

Optional:
Brown and green craft paint
Moss

First, we're going to need to decide on the size and shape of our headstone. Either by freehanding a design from your imagination or you can google headstone shapes to get some ideas. 



You can use your maker to draw out your headstone onto your sheet of Styrofoam.




Then with the serrated knife, carefully cut it out. 


Now, what's your headstone going to say? We had a lot of fun coming up with phases and saying for our headstones! You can also google funny headstone sayings for some great ideas as well. After you've decided what your headstone is going to say and how you want it to look, draw it out on your headstone. 



Then using your Exacto knife carve out your design and writing.



On some of my headstones, I added bases using the extra Styrofoam I had left after cutting out all my shapes. 


I cut the extra pieces to size and glued them to the bottom of my headstones using water-activated Gorilla glue and adding pieces of wire fencing or a tomato cage for extra support, this time around we had an old tomato cage we used. 



We then took the tomato cage and cut out an "H". I then pushed the top part of the "H" into the bottom of the headstones all the way to the middle part of the "H" and then I pulled it back out. Next, I put some water-activated Gorilla glue into both the holes I just made and also ran a line of glue connecting the two holes, then I reinserted the "H" into the newly glued holes and set aside to dry.




After they are fully dried, I put the headstones into the ground by pushing the bottom part of the "H" into the ground so that each headstone was standing upright. 




Then I started lightly spraying them with the first coat of gray primer.


I also used two different shades of gray primer and green camo paint to give an uneven color effect. 



After the final coat of primer was dry I went in with my black craft paint and a paint brush and darkened all the carved out areas. 


You can stop here and enjoy your new headstones or you can move on to the next optional step to add a bit more character to your headstones.



Last year while I was touching up the paint on my headstones (1st time needing to do this after like 15yrs!) I decided I wanted to add a little "something" to spruce them up a bit. So I gave some of them a little aged and dirty effect with some brown and green paint (think algae and runny dirt), I also got some moss from the dollar store and glued it on a few using Gorilla glue.



Have fun and let your creativity run wild!!


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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Corpsing Dollar Tree Halloween Décor

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Corpsing Dollar Tree Halloween Décor


So recently I was at a local Halloween Shop and saw some skulls of various sizes that looked mummified. I immediately picked one up to see it's price and was taken aback… These skulls range in price from about $13 to about $20 depending on their size. As I was looking them over and examining them I thought to myself "you know I could probably make these for much cheaper." And that's how the idea to corpse some Dollar Tree Halloween decorations was born.

Items Needed:
Gift Tissue Paper - Dollar Tree
Craft Paints - Walmart
Plastic Skeleton Arms - Dollar Tree
Plastic Skull - Dollar Tree
Water
Paper Towel
Styrofoam Block (Optional)




Plastic Skeleton Arms


First, we'll start off with the plastic skeleton arms and attaching the ground stake. After attaching the ground stake to the plastic skeleton arm, I took the tissue paper and tore it into strips.  Next, I stuck the stake into the Styrofoam block using the Styrofoam block as a stand for the skeleton arm. 



Next, I mixed my red craft paint with some of the wood glue and start painting the skeleton arm.



Then I took the tissue paper strips and crumpled them in my hands before placing them on the skeleton arm and pressing them into the painted/glued areas.



Then I painted over the tissue paper with wood glue. I repeated those last two steps until the parts of the arm that I wanted to be covered with the tissue paper were covered.



Then I started mixing my other chosen colors with the waterproof wood glue and started painting the tissue paper.


I'm using waterproof wood glue because I plan on using these outside and need them to hole up to the humidity here in Florida. To get the color effect for "rotting, mummified skin" I used burnt umber, flesh tint, dark green, and black. Then I put a final coat of wood glue over the entire tissue paper covered plastic skeleton arm to blend all the colors used and to seal it. Finally, I set it off to the side to dry overnight.



Plastic Skull


First I painted the eye holes and nose hole with my flat black craft paint.


I then used the black craft paint to fill in the crevices in and around the teeth and filled in some of the cracks throughout the skulls.


Then I mixed the burnt amber with a smidge of red and painted the area around the mouth the teeth and areas around the cracks that I had painted black. These areas I will not be adding tissue paper.


Once I was finished painting those areas I took a piece of paper towel and dabbed the paint before it dried to remove the brush strokes. Blotting with the paper towel really gave it an authentic effect. I then rubbed some of the paint of the raised parts of the teeth.



Next, I took torn up bits of tissue paper and crumpled them up. Then after painting on some wood glue I pressed and painted the tissue paper into the glued areas using a glue/paint mixture. 


I repeated those last two steps until the parts of the Skull that I wanted to be covered with the tissue paper were covered. Then I put a final coat of wood glue over the entire skull to seal it. Finally, I set it off to the side to dry overnight.



Check out our video tutorial on Corpsing Dollar Tree Halloween Décor

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October Shopping Guide 2018

Check out all the Krazy deals we found for October 2018.
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It's FINALLY Spooky Time!!

🎶Deck the halls with ghost and goblins🎶


With the change of seasons and the drop in temperatures, there will be plenty of deals in October to cash in on.

Outdoor furniture for one! People tend to spend less time outdoors when the temperatures drop unless you live in Florida like we do than you spend more time outside enjoying the cooler weather! Expect deals on patio furniture and outdoor living products in the Fall as retailers make room for the upcoming Christmas decor.

Fall inventory generally starts arriving in stores around August and September, however, you’ll pay top dollar unless you wait just a few weeks. October is an excellent time to buy a new pair of jeans or a cozy cardigan.

Also the closer you get to Oct. 31, the more your chances increase of snagging a discounted deal on a bag or two of candy for all your trick-or-treaters.

Please be sure to pay attention to the Good Through Dates that have been included with each deal posted. If no Good Through Date is included that means this is an ongoing promotion with no end date listed. Some of these dates and deals aren’t here yet and are coming up this month or depending on when you’re reading this, those dates may have already passed… Also, you may want to bookmark this page so you can check back regularly as we will be updating this guide as we find more deals throughout the month. Here are some of the deals we have found for October 2018. So let the deal hunting begin!!


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Walmart

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Macy’s

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Best Buy

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Dollar Tree

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Thank you for stopping by and checking out our 2018 October Shopping Guide! Which Krazy Deal are you most excited about this month? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! 

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