Sunday, October 31, 2010

Treats and Tricks


You can find the recipe for salt dough in the recipe section above...These are so easy and fun to make.  I have made them for all kinds of seasons and holidays (St. Patrick's Day, summer flowers, etc.).  We used Halloween cookie cutters shaped like bats, ghosts, pumpkins and cats. 


Nathan is so in love with this story/song, that we just had to make another craft using it.  We took paper plates and painted three of them orange.  We also painted two with glue and sprinkled those with orange glitter (We called them glamazon pumpkins lol).  I found some foam faces to decorate pumpkins with at the Dollar Store, since we didn't use them on real pumpkins, I let Nathan decorate his paper pumpkins with them instead.  Then I cut out brown construction paper to look like fence pieces and taped it all to the wall.   Looks adorable, doesn't it??


Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and lots and lots of Halloweenie Sprinkles






Here's the story behind this little gem....

I have been seeing all these cute halloweenish luminaries all over bloggy world and in magazines and thought, I can do that. So, I headed to the Dollar Store and bought some clear glass vases. I bought two the same size and one slighty bigger. My first thought was to spray paint them all orange to make them look like pumpkins. But as I was telling Rich my idea, he said why not paint them with frosted paint. The idea sounded cool. I figured I could step it up a bit and make a face on it too. I went to work right away, I made a stencil for the face and got out the paint. Which turned out to be a disaster. The paint ran.   

Epic Fail....See what I mean?

(yeah, I know I have baskets of laundry in the background, which I should of been folding instead of playing around trying to make stuff.....sue me!)

My next thought was why not try to decoupage it instead....but I wasn't sure what look I was going for. Then it hit me - A Mummy! I went to the local pharmacy and bought some medical gauze, which I ripped and frayed the ends.  I painted some black and yellow for eyes.  Then I got out my trusty bottle of Mod Podge (LOVE that stuff), and brushed it all over the vase and started wrapping the vase with the gauze. 

Sidetrack - I also bought a white flower pot at St Vincent's thrift store, which I painted black (on the right)

I placed a pumpkin in the pot and it's sitting outside on my sidewalk...then it rained, and washed some of the harshness of the black away, it gave it a really cool look (you'll have to take my word on this as I didn't snap a pic of it).

Getting back to the mummy luminary - I think this is one of my faves this year....came out so awesome and spooky! 

I also made two more using the slightly smaller vases.  I made them into jack o'lantern luminaries.  I used ripped up orange tissue paper and Mod Podged the whole thing and painted faces on them.  They look cool too (again no pic of the finished look, unless you want to scroll down and look at the candy corn post, you can see part of them on top of the bookcase in one of the pics).


I took some nasty gourds from our garden (actually I had to pick through the garbage for them, because I threw them out before I realized I could use them). 

I painted two a bronzy/copper color and tied a simple black ribbon around them.  As for the other two, I spray painted them with gold sparkle paint, painted faces on them and then brushed them with Mod Podge.  Simple and Cute!

Stay tuned for more crafty fun and treats tomorrow......And perhaps a few more pics of some really cute kids too!


Tanya said...

Wow Charlene, you have been busy! A girl after my own heart :). I think the luminary came out great and those cake balls look fantastic. Thanks for sharing-

Kayte said...

Your mummy luminary turned out great. It's always more fun to make stuff than fold laundry :)


Aleksandra Nearing said...

I wanna come to YOUR house for Halloween :)

Jackie said...

You always come up with the greatest things! Love it!!

Brandy said...

You have been a busy busy lady...but I guess that goes without saying since you have six kids. All your crafts are adorable and look like so much fun.
You can check out my craftiness over at:

Unknown said...

Cool vase, but what I really love and want are those cupcakes! ;p

Kyrstin said...

Awesome ideas! I love them all

Anonymous said...

You could have folded that laundry, but I bet there would have been a load right behind it...
Such fun crafts and family time. The luminary did turn out great. I really like the painted gourds too!

Emmy said...

Okayi feel like the biggest stick in the mud now..we never even got around to decorating! Such cute cute things