Friday, October 11, 2013

Halloween Ghost by Under My Umbrella

 Happy Halloween from Under My Umbrella!  I love Halloween and so do my kids!  They have been begging to pull out the decoration stuff since August.   August is a little early for me but at the beginning of this month when I picked the pumpkins out of my garden...I'm decided I'm ready to start celebrating.  I wasn't really sure what to name this little gem...a wreath?  A round?  A ghost wreath round?

I have a bunch of these rounds in my garage from when Wendy (over at craft goodies) moved.  They were throwing them out and my husband decided they could be used.  Yes, he does that a lot.  He will find something free and decide we must make use of it.  Well the rounds have now been sitting there years with no use.  Just taking up space.   I grabbed one and cut out a cute little ghost.

 I painted the round and ghost white and then painted a chevron pattern in the background.  Yes, I'm addicted to the chevron pattern :)   I grabbed some coffee filters and made use of that outside space by forming a wreath of sorts.  The ghost needed a bow and cute burlap banner to make her just adorable.  It's amazing what some coffee filters and hot glue can do!  Cute, easy and cheap.

The boys of the family feel we need to have some spiders crawling around on it.  We're off to the dollar store to grab some spider rings to creep up my cute project.  Thanks to the girls over at Crafty Sisters for motivating me to get my Halloween on :)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Days 'til Halloween Board from Craft Goodies!

Holy Moly! I just about missed the entire day.
I had my project ready days ago but long morning appointments and a missing camera didn't help me to get it up and posted.
{Forgive me, please.}
I LOVE this project. Here let me show you...
Isn't it fun?
In all honesty, I stumbled across a similar project last year on pinterest--it only took a year to bring it to life OH! but it was worth it. I would credit the designer but it was only pinned as a google picture, so if you know who please tell!
It was pretty easy to put together.
I started with a bunch of scrap wood cut to different lengths, laid them out in a random pattern, and then glued/nailed them onto 2 1x2 that are about 5 feet tall. {picture top right}
From there I painted the base an off white and then gave it a good sanding once it was dry.
I free handed the letters using black, orange, and gray paints. You could use a word document to type the words and then trace them onto the board or even use vinyl. {middle picture}
I cut small rectangles from 1/4 inch MDF, drilled a hole in the top center, paper covered them, and then added numbers on both sides for the countdown pieces. I drilled two small screws into the sign base. And tied ribbons through the holes in the tiles to hang them. {bottom right picture}
From there I added a few extras...the crow and spider, and the paper pennant banner across the top.
Sheer Halloween happiness going on here!
The excitement just builds as we change out the numbers each day, we can't wait for Halloween!!!
Thanks to Candace and Nicole for a super fun theme {and for getting one more project off my "To Make" board!}
Happy Crafting-

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Spiders- Sassy Sanctuary

Hello Wood You Like to Craft readers!  This is Krystal form Sassy Sanctuary sharing the easiest little Halloween craft today.  Cute little spiders!!!

They are kinda silly but sure look cute mixed in with your Halloween display. 

And the best part is they were seriously so quick and easy.  I made these start to finish (including the shopping trip) during one kindergarten school day.

All you need is a couple of wooden balls. (these were labeled "doll heads" at Micheals)
black paint
rhinestones for eyes
a hot glue gun
and a drill.

then you drill eight little holes into the sides of the wood balls (4 on each side), paint it black, add wire legs (hot glue into place), and stick on the eyes.  So easy!

And because they were SO easy, I think this might just be my shortest blog post ever!  But what else can I say, go make some spiders for your display this afternoon!  :)

And be sure to come back tomorrow to see what other Halloween goodness Wendy has in store for you!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Halloween Beware Sign Crafty Sisters

Hello from Crafty Sisters! 
Today we are sharing a fun "BEWARE" sign with you!
I don't think that we get any more excited about any holiday as much as we do Halloween!
I started pulling all of my Halloween stuff out this weekend finally to decorate and it just makes
me giddy getting it out!

We wanted to share a quick, easy and very budget friendly Halloween decoration this month.
Candace and I made a version of this sign about 6 years ago and my little sign has taken a beating over the years so I needed to update it!
All you'll need is:
6 rectangles with dog eared corners about 3" x 3.5".  I used my scraps of 3/4" thick MDF and drilled a little hole at the top of each piece.
6 coordinating pieces of scrap book paper (again great use of leftover scraps) 3' x 3.5".
BEWARE letters cut from your Cricut or you can use chipboard letters~make sure they fit on the rectangle!
Black fencing wire
Various beads
Branches about 4 feet in length
Black spray paint
Silver spray glitter
Ribbon or Raffia

I gathered the branches from my Sycamore tree (which I love to hate), it dumps branches in a downpour when ever the wind comes around.  I wrapped them together with the heavy duty wire (you can find this at Home Depot in the Fencing Department for under $5 for the huge roll!  Then just spray paint and glitter away!
While you wait for that to dry give your little blocks a quick coat of paint and glue your papers and letters into place.  I have a love affair with glitter...I can't seem to make any project without adding some!
Cut wire in 12" section and thread the beads on after you've threaded it through the blocks.
Hobby Lobby has a lot of their beads on sale this week 50% off!

Once you've got your beads in place you can secure the wires to the bundled branches.
You can add some raffia and pretty ribbon for an extra pop!
Sometimes raffia is a bit straight for me~did you know you can curl it?  If you have an old curling iron~this is my mini from highschool~yes, it completely dates me~it works perfect for curling raffia!
The fencing wire is nice and thick so you can position the hanging blocks just right.
There ya go~a quick, easy and inexpensive Halloween sign to greet your visitors!
Make sure to check back this week to see what Krystal, Wendy and Melinda have to share!
Happy Halloween from Crafty Sisters!