Halloween crafts, have you started making any? What do you like to make for

@writersedge (22579)
United States
September 7, 2008 8:23pm CST
Halloween crafts? My sister-in-law used to cut out black cats, scarecrows, and pumpkins from material. My brother would cut wooden flat pieces of wood to match the outline. She would glue the material to the wood. She gave me a black cat one. It stood up great and she did a nice job of gluing. I didn't really do a craft. I just took hankerchiefs, put them over tootsie roll pops, gathered them with string, and colored eyes. One hankerchief to one pop, one string and one set of eyes. Next time I made faces and they looked a lot like some of the emoticons. We used to cut pumpkins out and make jack-o'lanterns. Now they have some really cool cut-out stencils for that. I have always wanted to make the cheese cloth ghosts. Usually I don't have something I need. Like the cheese cloth, something to mold them over, or the spray starch. This year, I can't seem to find spray starch. Is it possible to make spray starch? So do you make any Halloween crafts? What crafts do you make?
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@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Hey there, writersedge. Since you asked, here is a link for how to make spray starch: http://www.zeiglercustomquilts.com/blog/2008/08/preparing-fabric-making-spray-starch/ I am not much of a crafty person, except I do knit. Once in a great while, I'll come across something I'll want to make and try to do it. I haven't made any Halloween crafts since my son grew up. We always carved jack-o-lanterns and drew pictures and did cut and paste pictures. Now, I don't spend as much time on the holiday activities as I used to. Maybe I am just lazy. Hope the link is helpful for you, writersedge. Take care.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Thank you very much for the spray starch link. I've seen some neat knitted things in general and for holidays. I think many people don't spend as much time on the holidays when their kids get older. I'm just trying to make something for my brother and sister-in-law's extended sale. Almost nothing sold, so I figure maybe some holiday stuff would go.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Did you check at your local grocery store to see if they carry spray starch? I know our store carries it. Sounds like your sister-in-law went to alot of trouble to make Halloween crafts but they sound so cute. I don't do anything special for Halloween any longer. When our kids were small we cut out a pumpkin and ofcourse took the kids trick or treating in the neighborhood. It was such a fun time. Our grandkids live in Arizona so we aren't visiting during this time and only get to see photos of their costumes and hear about how much fun they had going out. I am so far behind making any craft items. I generally start Christmas crafts during the summer months. This way I stay way on top of things but didn't this year. Started knitting a baby afghan and am still working on it.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Baby afghan sounds nice. Baby stuff is so needed and welcome around here. We have lots of haunted houses and haunted maizes in our area. Many of them use props and crafts. Some people decorate the outside or inside of their homes with crafts. So regular grocery stores have spray starch in your area? I'll try, but I don't see any there. I can ask, but the kids in the stores didn't know what canning supplies were, canning jars, pectin, or anything when I asked before. Thanks and take care
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@nancygibson (3738)
• France
8 Sep 08
I'm probably going to knit a costume hat this year, otherwise halloween isnt all that big in the UK in most places, though the big cities are getting more Americanised with displays and dressing up.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
8 Sep 08
What costume hat will you knit? On the one hand, it's kind of neat that the holiday may become more fun, but on the other hand, every place has its charm and I really don't want the world to become too Americanized. When I went to France, I wanted to get a T-shirt to bring back. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Damn, Seine River, Route Chansdelesee (Totally butchered that spelling), something-anything, they had American T-shirts where the tour bus brought us. Thanks and take care.
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
10 Sep 08
I love halloween! Next to Christmas, it's one of my favorite times for crafting stuff. I make luminaries out of light weight tin. I use the thinner tin that you can cut with heavier scissors, and then make a full-wing-span bat pattern, with a 1" base. After cutting out the bat pattern with the base, I then curl the base of it around to meet and join, and then fold the bat wings so they're more curved. (Hard to describe without a picture, but it's similar in design to those little cardboard egg-cup holders that you cut out on the back of the packages of easter egg colors...the base is kind of shaped like a flat ring and then you bring them together to meet at the back side.) I cut openings for eyes, and veins in the wings, etc. Then I set them on something fire-proof (if using inside) or out on the sidewalk, with those little cup candles in them. The light shines through and they come out real cute. Plus, to store them for next year I just uncurl the tin and lay them (almost) flat in a storage box. I also like to save those big sturdy flat fat foam sheets that they put into boxes to keep products from moving around. I make tombstones out of them for halloween decorations. The foam is really easy to carve and cut, or you can cut them tombstone shaped and draw your design on cardboard and paste it over top. To stick it in the ground you just stick in a couple of old chopsticks and glue them in place, and then stick them in the ground to hold them up. (If the decorations going to stay in the lawn longer, then use something longer than chopsticks.) I used to have a halloween party for adult friends every year for over 20 years. (50 + people with more pleading for an invite lol) I have made all kinds of things for halloween decorations and really love decorating and making things for it. Oh yea...when making those cheesecloth ghosts....You don't have to buy cheesecloth. You can also make them from any thin white cotton (sheeting, etc) that you have in your scrap bin. Instead of using spray starch, I make mine with Elmers glue. I just buy the regular glue, dilute it some with warm water in a bowl, and then dip the cloth into it and then wring off some of the excess glue. I use 3 different sized foam craft balls (like you'd make ornaments with) and hot glue them together. Then I cover the craft ball 'snowman' shape with saran wrap and drape the dipped gluey material over it. I cover a cookie sheet with the saran wrap too so they have a flat, moveable base, to dry on. If you want them to look like they're flying with their arms out, just poke in popsicle sticks or something coming out at an angle, and drape the whole material square over it. One thing, don't get the glue too runny. Yes it will still work, but if it's a little thicker the little ghosty will last for many years and won't mildew in storage like the spray starch ones.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I especially like the last paragraph. About how much do you delete the glue? I imagine thin cotton and muslin would work as well as cheese cloth. Thanks and take care
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Make the glue thin enough that the fabric will soak through, but not so thin that it's runny. It doesn't take too much water to make it just a little thinner, so I usually add the water by just a little at a time. I stir it with a popsicle stick or an old fork so that it blends well. I have some of the ghosts with the glue that have lasted many years stored in a cardboard box to keep them from crushing, and the ones made with the spray starch got mildewy and were ruined by the next season. When I make crafts I like them to last lol. Any fabric you can drape when it's wet, will drape ok with the glue mixture. Even men's hankies or thin ladies scarf material works too. Tnx for best response!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I love using men's hankies for all kinds of things because they're cheap and all the hemming has already been done, but the scarves, I hadn't thought of that. Thanks and take care
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@auntiedis (165)
• United States
11 Sep 08
Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. I love creating Halloween themed jewelry and paper products. I've already started working on my merchandise for this fall, in fact, I did several weeks ago.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Good for you! I love looking at fall jewelry like leaves. Jewelry is an art or a craft (depending on how you make it and your definition) that I've never really gotten into. A few paper beads back in the olden days and that's about it.
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• United States
10 Sep 08
I'm so late making Halloween this year and haven't made anything yet. I know I have a few skull beads somewhere in my bead cases and I'll probably use them to make a few pairs of earrings. I plan on making some polymer clay Halloween pendants and using some of the black silk cord I have to make them into necklaces. Hopefully I can get some of these made up this weekend or I'm liable to miss out on the Halloween sales. I think you can find spray starch at the grocery store (as mentioned above) Hopefully you'll upload a picture or two of your finished Halloween crafts!!!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
14 Sep 08
After I learn how to take digital pictures and learn how to upload them, I still haven't put any pictures on here yet from a digital camera because I still haven't learned how to use one. Skull beads, how cool it that? Black silk cord necklaces, also very cool. Take care and thanks for responding.
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• United States
18 Sep 09
I have a miniature cemetery made of foam board, Popsicle sticks, card stock, small twigs and paint. This year, I hope to work on it a little more and make a cool fence and gate for the background. I hope to make it with homemade bread dough. I found a few recipes online for making bread "clay" for crafts. I am also a writer and intend to write some Halloween articles very soon also.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
18 Sep 09
That sounds like sooo much fun! So far, this year, I just have a few ideas for this year, I bought some orange ribbon that has Halloween stuff in black on it like cats, withes hats, spiders, etc. I will probably turn it inside out and sew the edges together to make a tube and then fill the tubes and put black ribbon bows on each end. Not sure what I will put in them yet, but I have different ideas. Like candy for kids and maybe balsom for their chests of drawers for adults. I had forgotten about this topic, you had to really search for it since it's a year old. I hope you're able to make your craft and put it online. Thanks, this was fun, take care.
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