Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

Make An Etched Glass Halloween Candy Jar


  • Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream (available here: http://www.etchworld.com/ecom-prodshow/15-0150.html )
  • 6″ x 6″ piece of Contact® shelving vinyl
  • Glue (to adhere Halloween decoration to top)
  • Hobby knife
  • Glass cleaner
  • Masking Tape
  • Glass Jar with Lid (we used a mayonnaise jar)
  • Glass Paint
  • Black Gloss Paint for lid
  • Running water
  • Ball point pen
  • Halloween decorations
  • Paper Towels
  • Transfer paper (or carbon paper)
  • Black & white paint pens


  1. Remove all previous jar labels and glue. Wash jar thoroughly.
  2. Wrap shelving vinyl around the glass jar.
  3. Secure transfer paper to top of vinyl. Place design on top and trace design through transfer paper onto shelving paper. Make sure to press hard when tracing. Remove design and transfer paper.
  4. Using your design as a guide, cut out design with a hobby knife.
  5. Clean exposed areas of your design to remove remaining glue, if any.
  6. Apply a layer of Armour Etch generously and wait for 1-2 minutes. View the directions and How To Videos.
  7. Wash off all Armour Etch® cream under running tap water.
  8. While wet, peel off and remove all vinyl stencil pieces.
  9. Clean your project with glass cleaner and dry with paper towels.
  10. Paint the lid black and allow to dry. Decorate lid with pumpkin and bat.
  11. With black paint pen, paint bats on either side of the design.
  12. With white paint write Halloween sayings around jar.

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Spirit Jugs

spirit jugs

Stationed on a walkway or porch, these homemade lanterns will extend a ghostly greeting and good-bye to all your holiday visitors.

Clean plastic gallon milk jugs
Black permanent marker
Craft knife
String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights
Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.
2. Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).
3. Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

Tabletop Haunts

tabletop haunt

Filled with restless and hungry spirits, this spooky abode makes a great centerpiece for a Halloween party buffet table.

Pencil and ruler
Square tissue box
2 rectangular tissue boxes (ours were about 5 by 9 inches)
2 (5- by 8 1/2-inch) pieces of thin cardboard
Craft knife
Glue dots or double-sided tape
Black and gray craft paint
Orange tissue paper or paper napkins
4 (3-inch) lengths of white pipe cleaner
4 (1-inch-wide) Styrofoam balls
White facial tissue, cut into 4 (4-inch) squares
Black permanent marker
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours

Step 1 - Tabletop Haunt 1. Draw windows, a door, and a front-porch overhang (a 1 1/4-inch strip that folds out from the floor of the second story) on the tissue boxes. Draw 2 roof pieces on the thin cardboard, as shown.
Step 2 - Tabletop Haunt 2. With a craft knife, cut the openings in the boxes, leaving one side of each door attached and saving the window cutouts for shutters (for a swinging shutter, leave one side attached). Then cut out the roof pieces with scissors, fold them in half, and assemble them one on top of the other. Attach the roof to the square tissue box with glue dots or double-sided tape.
3. Paint the boxes and shutters. Once they’re dry, stuff the boxes with orange tissue paper or napkins and then glue or tape them together. Glue the shutters in place.
4. Now conjure up some ghosts. Push one end of a pipe cleaner into each foam ball and glue or tape the white tissue squares to the balls. Pinch the tissue around each ghost’s neck and draw on eyes. Glue or tape the ghosts to the house by their pipe cleaners.

Origami Bats

origami bats

Haunt your halls with a colony of these denizens of the dark. They can just hang around, or they can take wing as a bat mobile — tape several to pieces of monofilament and string them from a small branch.

Black paper (construction or scrapbook paper works best) cut into 8- by 8-inch squares
Glow-in-the-dark paint
Time needed: About 1 Hour

Step 1 - Origami Bats 1. Fold an 8- by 8-inch square of black paper into a triangle.
Step 2 - Origami Bats 2. Fold down the top 2 inches of the triangle.
Step 3 - Origami Bats 3. Fold each side flap in along the inner lines shown here, then back out along the outer lines, to form dimensional wings.
Step 4 - Origami Bats 4. To create ears, use scissors to cut a notch along the top, between the wings.
Step 5 - Origami Bats 5. Flip the bat over and add eyes with glow-in-the-dark paint. To give the body dimension, make a vertical crease down the center.
Amazing Bat Facts

  • Bats account for around a quarter of all mammal species.
  • As mammals, bats nurse their babies.
  • Thailand’s bumblebee bat, weighing less than a penny, is the world’s smallest mammal.
  • Some flying-fox bats of the Tropics have wingspans of up to 6 feet!
  • Hundreds of plant species rely on bats to pollinate them.
  • Like cats, bats spend lots of time grooming their fur.
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