For this month’s awesome Power Tool Challenge, my fellow bloggers and I are making something “frightful”. Halloween is my absolute favorite day of the year and I decided to make DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs using a scrap board, a jigsaw (or a bandsaw), and spray paint. The design is created by using a reverse stencil technique where a vinyl design is positioned over the base coat of paint before the final coat of paint is applied. Plus, the design glows in the dark! These gravestones are so super simple, you can turn your yard into a cemetery in no time!
1×10 board at 4′
Glow in the Dark Paint
Textured metallic spray paint
Sawtooth hanger or soda can tab with a screw and a washer
Cut the board into 18″ lengths. Draw an arc on the top, then cut with a jigsaw. I used a circle cutting jig on my bandsaw and cut the arc.
Paint the front of the board with the white paint. The white paint is necessary to create a base for the glow in the dark paint and also so that the design will be visible. Once the white paint is dry, apply the glow in the dark paint. I used three coats but only because my paint was fairly old.
Once the glow in the dark paint is dry, apply the vinyl design. I cut the designs using my vinyl and paper cutter. If you do not have one of these machines, skip this step and keep reading for an alternative!
Spray the boards with the textured metallic paint. The textured paint adds dimension so that the boards feel more like gravestones. I used three light coats. While the final coat is still wet, remove the vinyl pieces, then let the paint fully dry.
Now, if you do not have a machine that cuts vinyl designs, I have an easy alternative… Paint the boards with the textured metallic paint and let it dry. Then stencil (or freehand) any design desired using white paint first and finishing with a few coats of glow in the dark paint. Super-easy, right?
Add the hanger to the back. Expose the gravestone to bright light in order to activate the glow paint. I tried to photograph this step but it couldn’t pick it up – it really does work!
Here are the inspiring projects from my fellow bloggers:
The DIY Textured Wood Gravestone Signs can also be placed in a flower bed or along a walkway making it extra frightful for visitors! Have any questions? Leave a comment below!
How to Make Halloween Lanterns
Last week, my cousin posted a picture on Facebook of Halloween lanterns made by her girls. I thought they were really cute and asked them to send the instructions to me so I could share them.
This also gave me the opportunity to interview them and ask them about their craftiness… We are part of a very creative family. There are teachers, computer geniuses, musicians, photographers, and a whole host of gifted people in our clan.
So I am proud to introduce my little cousins – Noelle and Evelynn (also known as “No-No” and “Evvie”) to present their Halloween Lantern project!
But first, the interview…
How long have you been crafting?
Noelle: I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. I’ve done my crafts at home, school, and Sunday school.
Evelynn: Well, I remember making crafts at all ages, with finger painting, clay art, earrings and so on.
What is the first craft you have made that you can remember?
Noelle: The first craft I made that I can remember was before I started school. Mommy, Evelynn, and I were making Valentine’s Day cards for Daddy. We used construction paper and tissue paper.
Evelynn: The first craft that I remember making was when I was in kindergarten and I had made a Christmas card with my grandma, for my mom and dad. We used green construction paper and puffy stickers.
Where do you get your ideas?
Noelle: I get my ideas and inspiration from everywhere. Some ideas come from pictures in books and magazines, or on the Internet, and others I think of on my own. For instance, I collected some weeping willow branches from my back yard. I noticed how they moved like bird’s wings and decided to try and make a large bird kite. I haven’t actually tried it yet, but I might try it, maybe, after the bugs go off of the tree.
Evelynn: I get my ideas from lots of places: Pinterest, magazines, advertisements, books, and sometimes I come up with my own ideas.
Do you have favorite things you like to make?
Noelle: Yes, I mostly prefer leather crafts, such as leather pouches, moccasins, and necklaces. I also like to sew clothes for my dolls.
Evelynn: Yes! My most favorite crafts to make are earrings. I make bead earrings using glass, plastic, and metal beads, too.
Do you have a favorite craft store you like to shop at?
Noelle: Yes, Hobby Lobby is my favorite craft store to shop at. Hobby Lobby has an uber wide selection of crafts, as well as everything I need to make my projects.
Evelynn: Yes, I love shopping at Hobby Lobby. They have almost everything I need. They have a ton of craft material.
They are girls after my own heart! I L.O.V.E. Hobby Lobby and shop there weekly! Awesome! Now on to their project…
Instructions for Glass Halloween Lanterns
Materials you will need:
Glass jars; we used two pickle jars, one relish, and one “pimento spread” jar. You can use plastic jars if you want to. We personally have not tried this, so we don’t know how well it would work.
Orange, yellow, green, and white tissue paper left over from birthday presents, torn into small quarter size pieces.
Metal wire; we used the 20 gauge metal wire that Evelynn uses to wrap her beaded earrings with.
First, we cleaned the jars with warm soap and water and scrubbed the labels with a sponge. Some of the labels were stubborn, so we let them soak in hot water for a short while and scrubbed again.
Place a piece of tissue paper on the jar and using a paint brush, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge® over the paper until it is completely saturated with the gloss finish. Slightly overlap the previous piece with a new piece of tissue and cover with another layer of Mod Podge®. Repeat this process until the entire jar is covered with tissue paper, making sure not to leave any gaps. While you are waiting for the Mod Podge® to dry, you can cut out a face from the template.
Using the same process as the tissue paper, adhere the face cutouts with Mod Podge® to the jar and add another layer of the finish to the entire jar. (We used printer paper for the template and because it is thicker than tissue paper, we had to Mod Podge® both sides of the paper to make sure it would stick to the layer of tissue paper.)
Once the jar is dry, (it might feel a little sticky) you can make the wire handle. Wrap the wire once around the mouth of the jar, leaving an inch of wire to twist around the longer end, which will be used to make the handle. Bend about 7 inches of wire over the top of the jar, leaving an inch on the other side, past the mouth, and trim the wire. Pull the wire from the handle through the wire that is wrapped around the mouth and twist the remaining inch of wire around the handle to secure in place.
If you plan to use plastic jars, I suggest using a flameless candle to avoid melting the jar. We are using flameless candles in our lanterns so they will last longer!
How awesome! I am so excited to try this! Thanks, ladies, for taking time out of your busy crafting schedules to let me share your project!
Until next time,
Make a Fabulous Candy Dish for Halloween!
How to Make a Cute Ghost Candy Dish
While planning for our Halloween shindig, I realized I did not have any dishes for serving candy corn (my favorite!) and various other small treats.
The inspiration for this cute ghost candy dish came from the Dessert Stands I made last month with glass plates and candle holders. This time, instead of plates, I used cup candle holders. So here we have another cheap, easy, and quick project that can be completed in a day. Let me show you how to make a cute ghost candy dish that would be equally cute as a snowman!
Glass candle holders – one for taper candles and one for other candles
Adhesive for glass (such as Stik ‘n Seal)
Craft paint and brushes
I like to have a border at the top of the “dish” so I taped off the top part of the larger candle holder. I spray painted it with white satin spray paint.
I spray painted the taper candle holders with gloss black spray paint.
I drew the eyes and mouth on the larger candle holder for the ghost, then filled them in with black paint. Once the black paint was dry, I added detail to the eyes with white and a little more black.
I applied a bead of adhesive to the taper candle holder and positioned it on the bottom of the larger candle holder. Then I added a small bow with my “Trick or Treat” ribbon…
I filled the larger candle holders with candy… So cute! Hey, Frankenstein photo bombed my picture!!
Various bowls can be used in place of the larger candle holders. They can be used for salsa, guacamole, or other dips. A few painted like snowmen or Santa would be great for the holidays! Have any questions or other ideas on how to make a cute ghost candy dish? Leave a comment below!
How to Make a Dollar Store Halloween Pumpkin Decoration
I’ll admit it – I love dollar stores and I definitely have my favorites! They are the perfect source for cheap and easy crafty inspiration!
I especially love them during the holidays! There is some really great stuff just waiting to be transformed! This year, my very favorite dollar store has some really awesome Halloween items. I picked up a few and started making some cute decorations for our upcoming Halloween shindig…
Glass candle holder
Glitter and glue
I started by spray painting the pumpkin with a satin black spray paint. Once it was dry, I used my glue to draw swirlies on the pumpkin, and then applied the iridescent glitter.
While the glitter was drying, I spray painted the candle holder with a matte aluminum paint.
When the candle holder was dry, I applied a bead of glue along the top and positioned the pumpkin on it.
I found this really cute ribbon at the hobby store (for $1.00) and tied a bow, then glued it on the top.
Voila! This project cost me a whopping $3.00 and was completed in an afternoon… I have a couple more to make and will share pictures later! Stop by again as I will be posting more fab Halloween decorations over the next few weeks!
Until next time,
Make Painted Glass Christmas Ornaments
A long time ago, when my son was a baby, I made a ton of these ornaments for his first Christmas. Its one of the sweetest memories I have – him in his high chair, and me making ornaments just for him. I still have them, too!
Now it is time for new ones and I am wild about spa blue! I bought a white Christmas tree last year and thought that a few of these ornaments using metallic pearl white and metallic ice blue would be so swoon-worthy! They are so beautiful!
Today, I will share with you how I made these inexpensive beauties!
Clear glass ornaments
Acrylic craft paint
Small plastic cups
Carefully remove the hangers from the ornaments and set them aside.
Using the paint, pour a little in the opening at the top. Add the next color and any remaining colors.
Continually turn the ornament to spread the paint until the inside is entirely coated.
Turn the ornament upside down and set it in the cup so the excess paint drains out of the opening.
Once the remaining paint has drained, turn the ornaments right side up and let dry for at least 24 hrs.
Replace the hangers and use the ribbon to add a bow.