Halloween Banner

This fun Halloween banner made from card stock is the perfect easy decoration.  Make it with all ghosts, pumpkins or one of each, it’s up to you.

Materials:

  • Card stock paper white, black, orange, yellow, green, brown
  • Scissors
  • White gel pen for cat and black pen for monster
  • Cord or string
  • Tape
  • Tacky Glue and or Double stick tape
  • Optional brown or black ink pad for owl

Directions:

Start by cutting your triangles (with scissors or paper cutter), I used 8 1/2″ by 11″ card stock for each triangle.  But the fun part is you can make this any size (larger or smaller) and make all or some of the characters!

Save all the scrap pieces!

Now for the fun, to make each one…so simple.  For the ghost cut and glue two oval eyes or a shape you like.

For the candy corn, start with a white triangle, top with a piece of yellow, then orange, glue (or use double stick tape) in place then cut!

For the black cat, starting with the black triangle, cut and glue (or double stick tape) two ears on top (I made small triangles).  Cut two white eyes, cut two small circles for center of eye, glue onto the triangle.  Make an orange nose (any color) glue on, with a white gel pen draw the mouth and whiskers!

For the brown owl, he needs two ears ( I made small triangles), two white eyes with small black center, yellow long triangle nose and two brown wings for the side.  For his wings I inked the edges so that detail would stand out!

The orange pumpkin needs a brown stem and one or two green leaves, glued to the top.  Cut eyes, nose and mouth from black card stock and glue on.

The green monster, needs two white eyes with black center (any shape, I made squares), a black mouth, black hair and a black neck bolt cut and glue!  For the stitch marks I used a black pen.

Lay out each triangle in the order you want for your banner and tape string or cording along back with a little space between each, and you are ready to hang the banner up!

Red, White and Blue Centerpiece

Looking for an easy and inexpensive 4th of July centerpiece!  I have made red, white and blue tissue “fireworks” and felt stars, in painted jars, so simple your children will want to help.

Materials:

  • Tissue paper: red, white and blue
  • Felt: red, white and blue
  • Small wooden dowels painted white (I used 3 dowels 1/8 x 36”)
  • Jars/bottles
  • Acrylic paint: red, white and blue
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Old newspaper or box
  • Optional: Red star wired garland, American flag

Directions:

Start with the jars so they have more time to dry.  You can use any size or shape, glass or plastic will work, clean off any labels, clean inside well and dry.  Pour paint inside the jar, rolling paint until the inside is coated, turn over jar onto old newspaper or a box letting the extra paint drain down, then turn over and let dry.

For the tissue paper “fireworks”: cut the wood dowels to the length you need (mine are 10″ to 14″) and paint white.

Cut tissue paper into strip 4″ by 12″ this will be your center color (start with any color).

Make cuts about every 1/4″ but not all the way though the strip.  Run a thin line of Tacky Glue along the edge that was not cut, place end of dowel in glue and start rolling.

You want to roll around the dowel not down.

Your next strip needs to be wider, about 5″ to 5 1/2″ and the length 12″ (you can make it short or longer, up to you!).

Make the 1/4″ cuts, run glue on edge and roll on your next color (red).  Last  strip cut a little wider, 6″ by 12″, cut and roll on.

Quick and easy!  I just changed up the order of the colors and made my tissue strips different widths, that way they all look a little different.

For the stars I used felt but foam sheets would work great too.  Cut 2 stars from each color (used my star cookie cut for a pattern), glued one side to wooden dowel and then glued the other star on top (made one of each color red, white and blue).

I placed a small American flag in the third bottle.  On the white jar I wrapped red star wire garland (yes it was from Christmas!!) around to top and done.

Have a wonderful 4th of July.

 

 

 

 

Jingle All The Way Holiday Shadowbox Decoration

This adorable decorated shadow box frame is a simple gift that anyone would love or the perfect decoration for your mantel, bookcase or wall.

Materials:

  • Shadow Box Frame (any size)
  • Wrapping Paper or Holiday Card Stock (that will fit into frame)
  • Stickers (any size) to spell out “Jingle All The Way”
  • Jingle Bells that will fit inside the shadow box frame
  • Ribbon
  • scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: Large jingle bell for bow

 

Directions:

Remove back of shadox box frame, cut holiday paper or wrapping paper to fit back of frame.  Fill inside of frame with bells (make sure the bells can move around inside), put the frame back on the frame.

Cut a piece of wax paper the size of your frame, and arrange the stickers “Jingle all the Way” on the wax paper.  This way you can see how the letters will fit and look on the out side of the frame.  Now stick the stickers in place on the glass.

Tie matching holiday ribbon around the outer side of frame, making a bow on top and add extra larger bell to bow.

This frame I used a sticker tree for the I in jingle, glued a bow with hanging bells from the top and add snowflakes.

Wooden Clothespin Painted Santa Ornament

A little paint, a little time and you have these adorable Santa ornaments for your tree or gift bags!

Materials:

  • Wooden Doll Pins 3 3/4″ package of 30 (sold in craft stores)
  • Acrylic paint: red, white, black, flesh tone
  • Paint brush(s)
  • Snow-Tex Glittering Snow (sold in craft stores in with the paints)
  • 20 or 18 gauge wire
  • Star wire garland
  • Clear Gloss Varnish (sealer)
  • Optional: fine sandpaper, old shoe box, toothpick(s), Q-Tip

Directions:

I have found that on old shoe box works great as a drying rack for this project, but totally optional. If find that the wooden pins to be rough, sand with fine sandpaper. Paint the upper ball and part of one side of the front (see picture below),you will need at least 2 coats.  With red paint, paint around the white in front and the back, you will need at least 2 coats. Make a small oval with flesh tone paint on the white side (see picture below).

We are going to make 2 little eyes, I have found that using a toothpick makes this easier than a small brush.  Dip the tip of the toothpick into black paint and make little eyes (try it on scrap paper to check your size). Mix a little red and white to make darker pink for his mouth, and paint just a little oval (see picture).  Now add more white to your pink, making it lighter for his rosy cheeks, I like using a Q-tip to paint on his cheeks.

We are almost finished – let’s add a little personality1 Dip a toothpick into white paint and make a very small dot in each black eye (try it on scrap paper to check your size).  With small thin brush or the tip of the toothpick give Santa 2 eye brows.  Ok he does look just a little funny, but stay with me….

With a Q-Tip or brush add more white paint around his head, making it look like fur? At this point check to size of his painted mouth, if too large paint some white around to make it the size you like.  Load a small paint brush with white and make his mustache, at just two strokes, from the center out left then from the center right. Let dry.

Paint on a coat of gloss varnish (sealer) and let dry.

For Santa’s beard I like using Snow-Tex Glittering Snow. With a paint brush, apply Snow-Tex below his mouth and down.

Cut a piece of wire 20 or 18 gauge about 12″ long, string a small bell on,twist bell in place.  I like to curl wire around paint brush or pencil, then wrap around top twisting wire in place (don’t worry if it looks funny we are going to cover it).  Take a piece of wired star garland about12″ to 18” long and wrap ends to curl around paint brush or pencil, now wrap/twist to top of Santa covering wire.

Santa is ready for the tree or to decorate gift bag. Ho ho ho!

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