Category Archives: Halloween

Project #18: Pumpkin Pots



OK, I know you’re thinking, “Gee… did you give yourself a concussion thinking up this SUPER creative and interesting idea?”  No.  I did not. I admit this one isn’t exactly rocket surgery, but it was easy, turned out cute, and is very kid friendly.

There are only a few materials for this one.  You’ll need a terra cotta pot (conveniently already orange!), a  Sharpie, black craft acrylic paint, and a small paintbrush.  If you’re doing with this kids, or if you’re messy like I am, put down some newspaper.


Using the Sharpie, sketch out the jack-o-lantern face.  You can see my lines weren’t perfect… that’s OK.  You’re going to paint over them.  If you want some ideas for jack-o-lantern faces, check out this slideshow from Reader’s Digest.


Carefully paint the shapes.  Terra cotta is very porous and it will suck up and dry the paint almost instantly.  If you make a mistake, it’s tough to undo.  You can, however, just use the other side of the pot and put the bad side toward the wall.  That’s what I did with my ugly first try.

That’s it on this one! Including cleaning the brush, I made 3 pots in about 45 minutes.  Stay tuned over the next couple of  weeks for more fall/Halloween projects.

Happy Halloween! Happy Crafting!



Halloween Idea


Here is an idea that combines two previous projects: Project #11: Glitter Pumpkins, and Project #8: Decorative Letters. You might recognize my windowsill at work from the “Go State” letters that used to be there (never fear, Spartan fans… they’re still out – just on a shelf now.) I apologize for the grainy look to the photo – I had to do a LOT of edits to get rid of the shadowy backlight effects from the beautiful sunny day we’re having.

A new project will be posted tonight!

Project #13: Halloween/Fall Invites & Cards


Oops… I didn’t quite crop the bottom of that photo well enough.  Hopefully, you’re too mesmerized by the AWESOME cards to notice.  This week’s project is actually three in one… one card made entirely with my Cricut, and two without.

The supplies for this one are pretty basic.  At the very least, you need scrapbook paper, basic stickers, and glue.  I like to use pre-cut cards (they come with matching envelopes), but you can make your own with a simple fold.  You’ll also need a paper cutter (and/or Exacto Knife), possibly a black stamp pad, and I like the fine-point glue pens for the little pieces.  If you have a Cricut, I used the Wrap it Up and Lyrical Letters cartridges.

We’ll start with the witch card.  I know you’re super impressed with the clever “Ghouls’ Night Out” saying.  But take note! You can only use my cute invitation idea if your costume is discernible from “Whore.”  If you put on some lingerie and hooker heels, you’re not a “sexy cat” or a “sexy ladybug.”  You’re dressed as a whore.  Alright, with that said… let’s make some crafts.  This one is done entirely with the Cricut.  I used the Wrap it Up cartridge to do the witch… I used black cardstock for the main body, purple glitter cardstock for the accents (I LOVE GLITTER), green cardstock for her arm, leg, and face, and yellow cardstock for the broom and her sock stripes.  The letters are 1″ and I used the base font from Lyrical Letters.

Here’s a little tip if you’re working with this many tiny pieces… lay everything out and make sure you know exactly where you want it before you glue.  As my Dad would say, “measure twice, cut once.”  Except actually, he would measure like 27 times and then use a bunch of non-specific pronouns to say where he wants you to put something until nobody understands him.  “No! Not there! Move that here! HERE! Oh my God!  HERE!”


Next up is a card using a torn paper technique.  This one is pretty easy.  Tear three ovals for the pumpkin.  It helps if you use a pencil to sketch them first so you have guidelines for the tearing.  I also sliced very thin pieces of green cardstock for the tendrils.  You can give the tendrils a little curl and texture by wrapping them around a pencil.


The rest of this one is just assembling and gluing.  I chose a light green and white patterned paper as an accent.  I used the stamp pad to ink the edges of some of the rectangles.

Last but not least, here is a VERY easy Halloween party invitation.  The hardest thing you have to do here is cut.  It’s cute, but not fancy, and it won’t take long to make.  That means you can do many in a short amount of time — an important thing to keep in mind when making party invitations.  For this one, I chose a patterned spiderweb paper and two solid colors.  Here is a picture of how to ink the edges:

The more times you run the edges along the stamp pad, the thicker the color will be.   All that’s left is adding the sticker.  This one is by K&Company and has a 3D adhesive so it makes the sticker stand out a little.

Happy Crafting!

Project #11: Glitter Pumpkins


I’m back from Buffalo and to make up for last week, you get a bonus this week… TWO projects! An easy one today, and a lovely-but-more-complicated one tomorrow.  So today’s lunchtime blog is to give you a quick tutorial on how to make cute glitter pumpkins without the mess.  A lot of the instructions I’ve seen call for glue and actual glitter… and while it’s a well-known fact here at Graham Crafter that I LOVE GLITTER, it’s a freaking mess when you’re working with 3D objects.  Instead, I use glitter paint and you get all the sparkle/shine with a fraction of the mess.  I tried to go for a nice Halloween-ish look for the photo.  Eh, they can’t all be winners.

Let’s start at the beginning with supplies.  You’ll need a craft foam pumpkin (often on sale at Michaels, I also found some small ones at the Dollar Tree), craft acrylic paint, glitter acrylic paint, a cheapo foam brush, and – if you like – something small for decoration.  I used spider stickers from Jolee’s Botique (also on sale at Michaels.)

From here on out, you’re basically just painting the pumpkin.  By the way, the lady who cut my hair when I was little was named Pumpkin.  Well, that wasn’t her actual name, but the ladies at Fantastic Sam’s used to get nicknames, and hers was Pumpkin.  25 years later, and I still refer to her as Pumpkin.  What a nickname.  Anyway, start with your solid color of craft acrylic.  You may want to go with a metallic or pearl finish paint… whatever you’d like is fine.  Depending on the thickness of your paint, you may have to do a “sponge dab” technique instead of brush strokes.  I tried to give you photos that demonstrate what can happen with brush strokes… it works, but you’ll need lots of coats.  The dabbing technique will cut down on the number of coats necessary for good color coverage.


Once the solid color is dry, add your glitter paint.  This will require several coats, depending on your sparkle preference.  I love me some glitter, so I used a LOT of coats in a couple different colors of glitter (a yellowy-green and a kelly-ish green.)  Let the coats of glitter dry somewhat in between… as long as it’s not sticky to the touch, you can keep adding.

When you’re done glittering… but who are we kidding? I’ll never REALLY be done glittering… you can add a little decoration if you want.  I liked these 3D spiders.

For fun, I attempted a “creepy” photo with my app.  Again, they can’t all be winners.  But this project is easy and cheap and very non-messy.  Probably kid-friendly, too, so long as they don’t paint your walls with purple glitter or something.  Unless you live in Studio 54 – then maybe that would be welcomed.

Happy Crafting!

Project #10: Wood Block Halloween Sign


So, it may feel early for Halloween… but as far as I’m concerned, after Labor Day = Fall.  And Fall = Halloween.  At this moment, fall also = that season when the Tigers can’t score a damn run.  So there’s that.  Also, this idea can be used for a million different projects, so don’t feel like you need to start an exclusive relationship with Halloween.  Originally, I got this project from one of those free sheets at Michaels.  But, I made a few tweaks to wind up with my finished product.

As always, we’ll start with supplies.  Here’s whatcha need: Small wood blocks (sold in the wood section of any craft store;  the 4-inch size are less than a dollar each), scrapbook paper, wide ribbon, craft acrylic paint, a cheapo foam brush, and something called a D-ring (usually they’re in the jewelry-making section or the make-your-own purse section.  I’ve never made my own purse.  I leave that to the pros at Nine West.)  You also need a staple gun.

This one starts easily enough.  Paint your blocks.  Here’s the part where I tell you that the step-by-step photos depict one sign and the “finished product” photos depict another.  I made several of these and took the photos a few days apart.  But you get the idea.  I did a couple coats of orange and then a couple coats of orange glitter.  I LOVE GLITTER.  Let the paint dry completely before moving on.


Next comes the scrapbook paper.  Cut squares to fit onto the top of your wood plaque.  For the 4″ wood squares, I cut 3″ paper squares.  No need to measure super carefully, just hold the paper up OH MY GOD THE TIGERS SCORED 2 RUNS! to the plaque and eyeball it.  You’ll also need to cut out the letters in contrasting colors.  I used my Cricut (thanks, Erin!), but if you don’t have one, cut letters with an exacto knife or use stickers.

Using the Modge Podge, glue the paper square to the top of the plaque.  Be sure to press out any wrinkles and let it dry a bit.  Then glue a letter to each square.  Let everything dry before you slop on the Modge Podge as shellac.  Then, slop on the Modge Podge as shellac.


All the messy stuff is done.  Let the blocks dry and cut your ribbon long enough to hold the blocks, leaving some space at the ends.  Then, using the staple gun, attach the ribbon the the back of the blocks.  Staple guns are so handy.  I keep mine in the toolbox my Dad got me for Christmas.  Yep, you read that right.  My Dad got me a toolbox for Christmas.  He worked at the Home Depot after retiring.  He astutely pointed out that perhaps I’d have preferred he got a job at the Gap.

All that’s left is the D-Ring.  Just fold a bit of the ribbon over it and glue. I used a bit of super glue and then Modge Podge to prevent frayed edges.

Here is a fancy photo of the finished sign hanging on  my wall.  Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!