Hello Monday! Is everyone having a good day? Usually Monday is a pretty good day for me, at least where motivation and productivity are concerned. I think I get more done on Mondays than I do any other day of the week – and twice as much as I accomplish on Fridays 😉 But. Today wasn’t one of those days. In fact, I felt like I spent the entire day dealing with not-so-pleasant things and not much time at all on the glorius Monday To-Do List. My little guy developed a fever yesterday and and I kept him home from school where he has been fighting the fever and watching Justice League cartoons. The big truck that was scheduled to pick up the calves that my dad is selling this year moved up the timetable three hours and I was the only one home that could go out and help him round them up, and trust me – he wasn’t exactly in a good mood about it. Plus other problems I really just don’t even want to think about right now. So in an effort to raise my spirits a little before I meet a friend at the gym and work off some of my frustrations I decided to blog. Aren’t you lucky? 😉
That leaves the question – what to blog about? I’m in full-on birthday party prep mode over here, with my daughter’s fun Cupcake Wars party starting in T-minus two days and while I will have plenty to blog about the party on Thursday, none are ready to blog right now. Pinterest and the blogosphere are still flooded with Halloween ideas and the post getting the most hits on my old blog this week, last week, and probably the week before is another of my Fall craft days…so I’d better share it here, right?!
Here we go – a simple tutorial for quick and easy Halloween Monsters.
I believe I’ve mentioned that I love to turn crafting into a social event. In fact, it’s been a great excuse to get to know people better and I met some of my closest friends because one of them wanted to learn how to make a wreath. However, wreaths can quickly become more expensive projects and the supplies add up pretty fast, so wooden crafts are usually my go-to when I want to pull something together inexpensively. For this project all you need is a 2×4 and some craft paint and a couple of random things from around the house.
Like googly eyes and nuts and bolts
and a sheet of vinyl cut into to some geometric shapes. I used my Silhouette machine but you could just as easily cut shapes with scissors or paint them on.
For ‘ole Frank up there I painted the block green then added the hair and face with black paint. Add on some googly eyes and a couple of bolts and he’s all set.
The mummy block was painted a coat of white first then I wrapped it with strips of scrap white fabric, glueing it down as I went. If you tear the fabric strips instead of cutting them, it gives them a nice “aged” texture along the edge.
The witch hat is simply a piece of the 2×4 turned sideways, topped with another block of wood cut into a triangle. I used raffia for the hair but you could easily use straw or yarn. And Mr. Pumpkin over there is the easiest with a coat of orange paint, the vinyl shapes for the face, and a piece of green ribbon tied in a knot and glued on top for the stem/leaves.
*Quick tip: you can use a number of adhesives like hot glue and craft glue but one of the best adhesives to use when trying to adhere anything to wood is wood glue. It takes longer to dry, but holds really well.
These guys liked to sit on my mantle or on the decorative ledge by my stairs and every time I passed them by I was reminded of the fun we all had the afternoon my friends and I got together to craft. That’s the bonus with DIY projects – they all have a story, don’t they?
In the mood for a little more Fall/Halloween crafting? Check out some of my other creations.
Double-sided Halloween/Thanksgiving blocks. This one was another fun Craft Day project.
2×4 Pumpkins (see? 2x4s are one of my favorite craft supplies!)