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How to make a Witch Broom for Halloween Decor or Costumes

When I was a  little girl I always enjoyed dressing up as a witch almost every Halloween. I just enjoyed the the mystery and the history that witches have with all Hollows eve and could not wait to dress up. As an adult I really want my Halloween costumes to be more realist and with much less plastic. I looked around for a witch broom and noticed that their are not a lot of options or in the style I would like to own.  Then it came to me to just make my very own witch broom!

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I went on the hunt at my local craft shops for wooden sticks and anything that I could use to make my witch broom. Started looking for the three parts that make up parts of the witch broom.

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Once I got all my items together, I went to work with my twine and straw or sea grass on this instance.  The sea grass was my top choice because it look much more realistic on my witch broom and of course it was on sale!

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I went a head and tied small amounts of sea grass at a time around my wooden stick, which happens to be a bamboo stick. The bamboo stick had a rich dark color which I really liked and went with my decor.

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I also decided to make a different witch broom  and more in the style of a winter witch inspiration.

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Tied a small amount of twigs first then added more and tied it around over each other. Repeated the same steps until the wood was completely covered with twigs.

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Dried sticks which I got from Trader Joe’s that smell from like cinnamon. Perfect for all year around decor. Purchased two and took them apart to use on the witch broom as seen above. Trust me when I tell you to maybe use something underneath while taking it apart because it will leave a mess and not fun to step on when walking around.

The final look it great and makes great all year decor. I used it to set next to my door or during the rest of the year it actually over my door way. Keeping all the negativity outside my door and non in my home year around.

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I have two different kind of witch brooms ready for hollows eve! My darker broom is much taller and a little bit more fragile and I keep it upside down and next to one of my favorite chairs.

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What will you be this Halloween? I hoping to dress myself my littles as the Sanderson sisters because its not Halloween with out Hocus Pocus.

 

Happy Haunting’s

loren

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How to make Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

How to make Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath is the theme of today. If you could have one craft item that will always come in handing it would be the Cameo. You have so many things you can do with it and making my Jack wreath. I could not wait to do my Halloween wreath this year and I went on the hunt for a couple of things to make this happen. I purchased white Christmas ornament , black vinyl, black, white ornaments, and ribbon.

I first went ahead and make the Jack faces with my cameo silhouette with my black vinyl. I attached the adhesive vinyl to the white ornaments.

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Once I was done with attaching all the faces I went ahead and started to hot glue the hell out of everything onto the wreath. Oh before I forget since finding a black wreath is extremely difficult, I went ahead and spray painted the wreath black.

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The last thing to do was to make the Jack inspired bow to go on my wreath. First I cut ribbon in various lengths.

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Then I took the ribbon and folded one end to the center of the ribbon and hot glued it. I did the same to the other side. I continued to do this until I finished with all the ribbons. You can do as many or as little as you like for the ribbon. I took all the ribbon and stacked them on top of each other glued them.

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I cut a smaller piece of ribbon and wrapped it around the center of my stacked ribbons and hot glued it.

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I cut two ribbon pieces the same length to be the tale of the bow and I again hot glued everything together.

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Ta-da! You will now see my, How to make Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath.

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Happy Haunting,

Loren

 

 

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Halloween Doorbell

Decorating the outside of my door is always my main priority, I always feel like everyone needs to know that I love Halloween and that the outside represents how my inside of my home looks like full of creepy decor. Since my favorite movie it Hocus Pocus I focus on the eyeball book of spells and decided to make a Halloween doorbell with eyeballs. I went in search for a realistic looking eyeball. I looked at my local craft store and I only found plastic cheap looking eyeball or foam eyeballs. Finally I went in search online and long and behold I found some on ebay! I purchased them from an actual prop maker and they look so real.

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The first thing I did was get my frame and cut cardboard to fit behind the frame. I followed by cutting a small hole in the middle of the cardboard so my eyeball will fit snugly in the middle of it.

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I then used my red velvet and cut the center of it as well to the eyeball will go through it. I also added some batting between the red velvet and cardboard.

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I went ahead and hot glued the red velvet fabric to the back of the cardboard and then hot glued everything to the frame.

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Ta-da! All done you know have a Halloween doorbell. I used command strips to hang it on the outside of the door so I did not have to leave any holes. However, due to my hallway being so dark I decided to take the final pictures on my wall. But when a guest press my eyeball to ring my door they always seem a little creep out.

Happy Haunting,

Loren

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Upcycled Halloween inspired tray

Its the best time of the and it means it Halloween. I joined other blogger in making upcycled Halloween inspired tray which we all got from out local target. I decided to transform my tray completely and of course I had a little help from the hubby. I learned a couple new things from the hubby and I ended with a beautifully haunted Halloween tray. If you are telling yourself you can’t make out little Halloween diorama, you can always go to your local craft store and purchase miniature figures to make your very own upcycled Halloween inspired tray like ours.

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We began by making each little figure by hand and using sculpey hard clay, which we like to use due because it wont deform under the heat of your hand. The last thing you want is to keep leaving your finger print or nail prints all over your clay while working with it.

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Once we completed all the sculpting we prime them black to make them easier to paint. My hubby used a combination of hand painting and air brushing. Its super fun to air brush and I can’t wait to use it in my other projects in the futures.

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Using the tray I decided to used fake grass from my local craft store and real dirt on top of that to add another dimension. I covered the sided of the tray with tape to make sure the dirt will not fall out and make a mess all over my house.

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I went ahead and then began placing my figures in the tray. However, something still seemed to be missing and I got my little miniature fence to hot glue around the tray. I was so happy with the end result and I am thinking of expanding my little Halloween village

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If you want more wonderful inspiration come and take a look at this awesome tray from some other bloggers!

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Happy Haunting,

 

Loren

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Sizzix Zombie Mason Jar

I was so excited to see the new Halloween sizzix zombie die cut! They also have some other ghoulish monsters available. I decided to use the sizzix zombie and turn into a Halloween mason jar. I enjoy making holiday themed mason jars and I can’t wait make many home this Halloween season. One of the many reasons I enjoy using paper craft during the holiday season is because it can be easily stored or made again if it gets damaged. I do have two little kiddos and enjoy making crafts with me and paper crafts is something everyone can enjoy.

The first thing I did one I got my zombie sizzix die cut from Tim Holtz I believe, was take everything out from the package. It might seemed a little over whelming at first but it does come with basic instructions.

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I used my big shot to do all the die cuts. I also used Tim Holtz line of kraft paper to do all the pieces.

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Once everything was cut I looked over the instructions and started to glue everything together. I used pop up glue dots to make thing more dimensional.

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I then needed something to help my zombie head stay standing. I took a piece of paper and folded it in half followed by also folding the ends. I then glue the ends together and to the zombie head.

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Now I needed to do the base of the mason jar. I took paper and red felt with my hot glue gun and glued it to the base.

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Ta-Da! You are now done!! You have the perfect zombie head to display with all you wonderful Halloween decor! Its time to make your very own sizzix zombie mason jar this Halloween.

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Happy Haunting,

Loren

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Halloween Pumpkin Diorama

As I unpacked all the Halloween decor this year. I found that I had a lot of pumpkins. I was wondering what I would do with all the pumpkins that would be different from last year and I remembered that I had a lot of decorative Halloween miniatures. The idea of a Halloween pumpkin diorama was born. I’ve been waiting to to a diorama of some sort for a while and was excited finally be using my miniatures since I’ve been purchasing them every year when they go on sale at the end of the Halloween season. The truth is that the best time to purchase Halloween decor is after Halloween, hehe.

I grabbed my fake white pumpkin and cut the back of it with a knife.

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I then went a head and painted the inside with black acrylic paint. Once it was try I went ahead and started to add the Halloween miniatures and some moss to add more texture. I also added some light to the inside to illuminated it and everyone can see it a little better.

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I added some cardboard at the bottom to lift the grave sit up so it can be more visible and I also hid the light switch.

Last but not least I added a bow to the top of the pumpkin. I used a ribbon that I had purchased last year from the local craft store.

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Hope you enjoyed it and Happy hauntings,

Loren

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Jack Skellington Mason Jar

Its the holiday to be spooky with Jack Skellington mason jar. I just love the movie and make Halloween seem that much closer. Every year I try to do different Halloween mason jar crafts and this year my home theme is Nightmare before Christmas. The story of nightmare before Christmas has long be debated if its a Christmas story or a Halloween one. I just believe it perfect for both holidays.

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The first thing I did was use my cameo to cut out Jack’s face. I use a general silhouette I found online. Afterwards I remove the cut outs.

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I then attached the vinyl to the mason and spray painted it white.

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Once it was all dried I went a head and removed the vinyl.

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I went shopping at my craft store and purchased a ribbon to match my Jack. I hot glued it on and now I have my Jack Skellington Mason Jar. Its super easy and looks great, however he does look a little lonely.  I might have just have to do a Sally to match. I will be having more Nightmare before Christmas inspired craft coming a long the way so stay tune. I do love Halloween!!

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Happy Halloween

Loren

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Best Halloween Crafts

Its the beginning of September and we all know what it means for my home. Halloween has arrived and will be better than the year before. I have already started decorating and will be instagram behind the scenes if you want to check it out at mypandorascraftbox. Right now I do have my favorite Halloween crafts for the past couple of years.
It can’t be Halloween without some Mason Jars! I made creepy spider and eyeball Mason Jar globes!

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Do you ever wonder how to make a Halloween bow then don’t look any further than here!
Covering your cabinet this holiday season is super easy to do with fabric come
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Have you ever wondered how to cover wooden letter with burlap fabric? Then I have the perfect tutorial for you! Click here
You can’t have Halloween with out making a creepy Halloween Skeleton Fairy shadow box book! Click here to see how it came to life.
I discovered that I can transfer a stamped image unto a candle! So use your favorite stamp for this creative way to stamp a candle! Click here for the DIY.
Chalkboard paint is almost everyone’s favorite thing to do! I used my chalkboard paint on 97 cent skulls from Wal-Mart! Click here for my super easy tutorial this Halloween.
You remember all does bows I made well I use them to make a creepy skeleton wreath!
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If you are thinking in having a Halloween party this season you have to have a scary flower center piece right? Well then I made one that will make your eye pop! Click here to see the my eyeball flowers!
When you say Halloween one of the things you think of is pumpkins and I have a black butterfly studded pumpkin just for the occasion. Click here for the tutorial.
If you want to have a unique candy bowl this year try your hand on making wire baskets!
I also made a Hocus Pocus inspired spell book shadow box to hold my special Halloween tags. Come a take a pick inside here.
If you are looking for Halloween inspired silhouettes for you home then try mine! They are free to download here.
Bunting? I did not know what it was until very recently and now I can’t get enough of it. Look at what I did with Halloween inspired fabric!

I hope you enjoyed a full month full of Halloween inspired crafts but wait I still have a few more coming soon. 
Happy Haunting’s!

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Halloween Coasters

I love, love, love Target dollar bin! I can always find something that I think I can’t live without. As you can imagine this time was no different. Target is always full of surprises. At first when I hear everyone talking about how wonderful Target is, I did not know why? Until I went a couple of times and just can’t get enough. Expect my wallet does not like it very much, so I have to limit my target trips because I always seem to find something I must have because I never knew how I lived without it before. Especially for kiddo clothes.

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I found this cute Halloween felt garland. I found them as pumpkins and bats.  I know I did not want to use them as garland and then the idea of making them into Halloween coasters!

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All you will really need is thread to attach them together. I decided to do three at a time to make a coaster. I now have a set of two bat coasters and pumpkins ready to use and show off to friends and family.

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I wonder what I will find next week at the Target dollar bin. Are you a Target dollar bin addict too?

 

Happy Haunting,

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Do you dare to hear the story of the Dibbux box this Halloween

Halloween is Here! Its time for trick or treating and finding the scariest story.  I am not going to lie to  you and tell you that I love scary stories or movies for that matter but I do have a story that I could not help put hear.
 Have you heard of the Dibbux box? They say its holds a soul of an evil spirit and anyone who own the box will fall ill and be terrorized by it. It was been passed on to other by being sold on ebay. Do you dare to hear this scary story of the Dibbux box ? 
I came across this story while hearing a pod cast from Mysterious Universe and every hair on my body was standing on end the entire time. Even now as I speak of it in my silent dark home I get chills. I will recommend hearing this story during the day light or you might not be able to sleep tonight.  You can hear the podcast HERE. They have also release a book with the entire events. You would think this could not happen but you never know what might go on in Halloween night.

Happy Hauntings,

Loren