Showing posts with label fall crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall crafts. Show all posts

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Halloween Headstones DIY

It's that time of year again when we start our Halloween decorations and planning. This year we needed to add some new grave markers and this is what we came up with.

Supplies needed: *plaster of paris
                            *water, bowl, and stir stick
                             *molds
                             *pink or blue polystyrene insulation sheets. I used 1 inch and 1/2 inch sheets
                             *exacto knife, box cutter, solder gun
                             *black, white and brown exterior paint and paint brush
                             *i used scrap lumber for my bases, as it adds a little more weight
                             *a creepy face changing pic from the buck store, Mine had a frame - i just cut the image out to fit into our design.
                             *liquid nails/ construction adhesive
First we started my making some plaster casting embellishments. These were made from from a dollarstore doorknocker and ice cube trays. Just mix up your plaster to the consistency of a medium batter and pour into mold that have been treated with a release agent. I used cooking spray. 
Now for the fun part .. deciding what our stones are going to say and look like. Carve them using whatever implement you prefer.  We used a solder gun - just make sure you carve with this outside - it is Stinky!

We attached these to some 2 * 6 scrap wood using construction adhesive to weigh down the base. 
Then paint your stone in black. Wait for it to dry and add some white and beige dry brushing, to bring out the highlights.  

For the Myra Mains headstone I used a face morphing plastic sign from the dollarstore that I just cut to size and applied with contact adhesive.
The large skull in the center of this headstone was a cheap plastic door knocker that I dismantled glued and painted to match.

Add interest by using different shapes and dimensions. Then just place them in your yard and enjoy. 






Thursday, December 6, 2012

Burlap and lace table runner Tutorial

I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination but I can thread my machine and sew a straight line, which is exactly what is needed for this project. I already had the material and lace on hand so I didn't have to go out for anything, which was even better. Last year I bought 3 yards of this burlap for only 3.99 and the lace was a grocery bag full of assorted lengths and widths and colors for 2.00.. Trust me I was doing the Happy dance with that deal.  There are still alot of these supplies left over for any other projects that tickle my fancy.
This finished runner measures 13 * 64 inches.  So i cut my fabric 1/2 inch larger than my finished size, folded over 1/4 inch, iron then fold over again 1/4 inch iron. When you come to the corners all I did was clip the corner at a diagonal, to reduce the bulk and iron down and sew down with a simple straight stich.  Next pin your lace onto your fabric and sew down with a straight stich.
There are alot of variations on the web when it comes to trimming your piece. I chose to do a complete wrap but you could just add it to the ends or just to the sides. It is really up to you. :)
And in less than and hour you will have a beautiful addition to your dining room table.