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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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Holiday Decorating with Mason Jars

One of the major holidays is on it way of course I am talking about Christmas which has been in much discussion after the whole Starbucks red cups. I am not against the red cups because I actually though they were very cute and since I don’t drink coffee I never knew they had snowflakes prior. Of course now I just want to go out and get a hot chocolate just so I can get a red cup but enough about the cups and lets talk about Christmas & Holiday decorating with mason jars. I love collecting mason jar and making new things with them for every holiday. I decided to do something simple for this holiday season especially since I have not started decorating yet due to I like to wait for Thanksgiving.

I found the beautiful stenciled mason jars at Target dollar bin from all places! They also have snowflakes but I found the Christmas sweater stencil more appealing.

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I had tea light holders that I had previously purchased from my local craft store.

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Ta-Da! You are done! Not much prepping and who would hate going to target to pick some mason jars.

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Hope everyone is having a great holiday season.

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Thanksgiving table setting

The holiday of giving thanks is just around the corner. The truth of the manner is that the end of the year always seems to be the most stressful and busiest for me between holidays and birthdays I just can’t seem to be able to slow down. However, it never stops me from making a few new crafts for every holiday. After Halloween passed I just could not seem to have the heart to put my white pumpkins away. I usually don’t decorate much for Thanksgiving but this year I decided to use the white pumpkins and make it a little bit more festive. You can’t have enough ideas for Thanksgiving table setting, right?! ‘The good thing is that you can always find white pumpkins on sale at your local craft store for just a couple of dollars (wink, wink).

Of course antlers is still the thing to have for decor and I had a few so decided to use them with my white pumpkin. I cut out a hole on the side of the pumpkin and put them through.

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Then I took my dried up flowers that I had received and hot glued them to the white pumpkin around the antlers. The pumpkin now looks like it has a cute little flower head dress.

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I went to my local super market and got real small white pumpkins and added them to around the larger pumpkin. Easy and fast Thanksgiving table setting center piece is made for the holidays.

I had a larger antler which I placed around the other pumpkins to make the decor complete.

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Happy Holiday’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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Pumpkins and Deer Antlers

The best thing about the fall are pumpkins and deer antlers! I decided to combine both and a completely different way than everyone is doing this holiday season. I decided to combine them together and create monster looking pumpkins in a way.  You will only need a few things fake pumpkins and antlers.

I went ahead and cut a top section of the fake pumpkins which I got from my local craft store and made sure the antlers could fit snugged. I used duct tape to secure the antlers to the pumpkin. Then you just have to hang it on the wall, however, I could not stop there.

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I used another pumpkin and with hot glue and deer antler tips which I attached to the black pumpkin. It looks now that I have a devilish pumpkin this Halloween holiday.

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Please don’t pay too much attention to my hot glue gun, you can see how much I do use it, hehe.

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I also used one of the bigger white pumpkins and used a Halloween ribbon which I made a bow.

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What will you do to your Halloween pumpkins this season?

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