Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fall Craftyness-Flower Pot Scarecrow

Flower Pot Scarecrow

Medium-sized flower pot
Tan, yellow, orange, white, and black paint
Fall-themed fabric (enough to go around the pot and tie a bow)
Small straw hat
Silk flowers (I used sunflowers)

Paint the flower pot tan and let dry completely-to save time, you can spray paint it instead of handpainting it. Once pot is dry, transfer scarecrow face to pot (to do this, use tracing paper and draw your face on the paper with pencil, then flip over so that the pencil side is in contact with the pot and trace over it, which will transfer the pencil to the pot.) Paint the nose yellow, the cheeks orange-allow to dry before adding the mouth and eyes in black. Using the handle end of the paintbrush, do a dot of white on each eye for the pupil. Glue on rafia for hair. Let dry and then glue on hat. Add flowers. For the final touch, tie the strip of fabric around the bottom. Glue to keep in place.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fall Craftyness-Felt Bat Bag

I made this way back in the day and I still love it. It's a really simple and fun craft to do with kids, too.

Bat Bag


2 pieces of black felt.
Silver glitter fabric paint
Black and orange ribbon
Scissors and hot glue

Cut out two bat shapes out of the felt. Hot glue them together, leaving the top open. Glue on one piece of black ribbon and one piece of orange ribbon for the handles. On the front of the bag using the fabric paint, do outline of the wings and body of the bat.

Fall Craftyness-Milk Jug Skeleton

We just finished up with Halloween a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd show you some of the crafty things I made this year.

Mr. Bones, my milk jug skeleton. My mom had one when I was growing up and I always love it so this year, I decided to make one myself. Here's how to make one:


6-7 clean plastic gallon milk jugs
String (I found that fishing line works the best)
Scissors & craft knife
Glue gun


Turn a milk jug upside down, spout facing down.
In the corner opposite the handle, cut out a large pair of eyes, the mouth and an upside-down heart for the nose.

Make two small slits in the top of the head and tie a loop of string through them to hang the finished skeleton (you can do this when you're all done.)


Cut off the spout (leaving it on made the neck too long and weird looking. Set the spout aside, you'll need it later.) With the jug facing up, on the side opposite the handle, cut the plastic to make a rib cage-I did three long rounded rectangles, leaving about an inch in between each..

Glue the head and chest together with hot glue (but attach the shoulders first-see next step.) To keep the spout from the head from falling into the hole on the chest made from cutting off the spout, I did a few coats of hot glue around the hole and let them dry before attaching the head


Cut off two jug handles, leaving a small collar on each end. Use hot glue to attach them to the chest section.


With the jug upright, using the top half, cut into pelvic shape. I just did kind of a wavy line around the jug (see the picture if you're looking for a general shape.) Glue the two spouts together for the waist and attach to chest.


Cut 8 bone shapes (two for each arm and leg) from the jugs-I did one bone on each arm and leg with the middle cut out. You should be able to get 3 out of each jug. Tie to the shoulders and hips. Cut out hands and feet and attach to arms and legs. Ta-da!

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