Mummy Halloween Punch Bowl

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Designer: Donna Budzynski

Quench your thirst with a spooky mummy punch bowl and matching cups.


Materials:

Time: 30 Minutes
Level: Beginner


Assemble the Punch Bowl and Glasses:

1. Open package of Cheesecloth and cut into 3 strips.

2. Using Craft Dots, wrap the strips of cheesecloth all the way around the basket to give it a mummy effect.

3. Separate the cheesecloth and adhere large wiggly eyes to the bucket using All Purpose Dots.

4. Adhere wiggly eyes onto the cups using Craft Dots. Use various sizes.

5. Fill with your favorite punch. Red would be BLOODY perfect!

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Hot Air Balloon Greeting Card

Designer: Elizabeth Stumbo

Let your creativity take flight on a greeting card.


Materials:

  • Assorted scrapbooking papers
  • Baker’s twine: red-and-white, brown-and-white
  • Clear-drying glue stick
  • 5×7″ white card
  • 38” letter stickers
  • Balloon Pattern

1. Print patterns onto white paper; cut out. Trace balloon shapes A–E onto desired scrapbook papers, including the vertical segment lines on shape A; cut out the shapes.

2. Glue shapes B and C to shape A as indicated by the dashed placement lines on the pattern.

3. Using a glue stick, outline the vertical segment lines on shape A. Adhere lengths of red-and-white baker’s twine over the glue lines. Trim the ends even with the edges of shape A.

4. Cut four 114“-long pieces of brown-and-white baker’s twine. Glue one end of each length to the bottom of shape A and the opposite ends to the back of shape E. Glue shape D to the bottom of shape A as shown on the pattern, covering the twine ends.

5. Glue hot-air balloon to the front of the card and add letter stickers to spell “Hello.”

Sewable Treat Bags

Designer: Monica Solorio-Snow

Be a super-sweet hostess with pint-size favor bags filled with take-home treats.


Materials:

  • 18×22″ piece (fat quarter) each of light and dark novelty prints (bags, linings)
  • 4—12″-long pieces 38“-wide grosgrain ribbon: turquoise, red, black

 

Finished Bag: 4×4×2″

This project results in two sets of two contrasting bags each (for example, two light bags with dark bottoms and two dark bags with light bottoms). Sew with 1/4″ seam allowances and right sides together.



1. Cut the following pieces. See Cutting Diagram to get the most pieces from each fat quarter. To save time, layer two fat quarters and rotary-cut through both layers.

 

From each light and dark novelty print, refer to Cutting Diagram and cut:

  • 4—512×612” rectangles
  • 4—312×612” rectangles
  • 4—212×612” rectangles

 

2. For one light bag you will need two dark print 512×612” rectangles, two dark print 212×612” rectangles, and two light print 312×612” rectangles.

 

3. Referring to Diagram 1, join one light print 312×612” rectangle and one dark print 212×612” rectangle along one long edge to make bag piece.

4. Cut one 12″-long piece of ribbon into two 6″-long pieces. Referring to Diagram 2, pin ribbon ends to right side of bag piece, 2″ from side edges. (If you are using a printed ribbon, place right side of ribbon toward right side of bag piece.)

5. Referring to Diagram 3, layer a dark print 512×612” rectangle (lining) and bag piece, with right sides together. Sew together along one long edge to make a bag unit.

6. Repeat steps 3–5 to make a second bag unit.

 

7. With right sides together, layer bag units; pin. Join units around all edges, leaving a 3″ opening along lining edge for turning (Diagram 4). Press seams open.

8. To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 5). Measuring 1″ from point of triangle, draw a 2″-long line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 14” seam allowance. Repeat with remaining bottom corner of bag and both corners of lining.

9. Turn bag right side out through opening and finger-press seams. Slip-stitch lining opening closed. Insert lining into bag to complete a light bag. Press along top edge.

 

10. Repeat steps 1–8 to make two light bags and two dark bags, reversing fabric placement for dark bags.

Mini Fruit Piñata: How-To

Designer: Alexis Middleton

These miniature watermelon, pineapple, and strawberry piñata ornaments are actually foam balls covered with crepe paper.


Materials:

  • Foam balls: 1″-, 2″-, 3″-, and 4″-diameter (such as FloraCraft)
  • Foam tools: cutter, shaper (such as FloraCraft)
  • Crepe paper streamers: light pink, light green, dark green, yellow, dark pink
  • Fringe scissors (optional)
  • Styrofoam glue or decoupage medium
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Cardstock: black, white
  • FloraCraft Foam Connectors with Eyelet Screws
  • String

Note: To make crepe paper fringe, cut an arm’s-length piece from crepe paper. Fold in half crosswise, then in half crosswise again. Cut the folded crepe paper in half lengthwise to make two strips. Fringe with regular scissors or fringe scissors. Screw eyelets through the top of each fruit, and hang with string.


HOW TO MAKE A WATERMELON:

1. Cut a 4″-diameter foam ball in half using foam cutter. Cut each piece in half to make four wedges.

2. Cut a piece of fringed crepe paper that is slightly longer than the area you want to cover. Brush glue onto unfringed portion of crepe paper; then press onto foam wedge in overlapping rows. Use light pink paper on cut wedge edges, and alternate two dark and one light green crepe paper on the rounded portion.

3. Trim excess crepe paper from edges as needed. Cut six seeds from black cardstock. Glue onto the watermelon slice.


HOW TO MAKE A PINEAPPLE:

1. Use the shaper tool to file the sides of a 3″-diameter foam ball into a cylindrical shape.

4. Cut several 4″-long leaves from light green and dark green crepe paper. Glue the leaves around the small foam ball.


HOW TO MAKE A STRAWBERRY:

1. Use the shaper tool to file the sides of a 2″-diameter foam ball into a rounded point.

2. Wrap dark pink fringed paper around the rounded pointed end of the foam shape. Keep adding rows while working your way to the top of the strawberry.

3. Cut three 2″-long teardrop shapes from dark green crepe paper, and cut notches out of the sides to make strawberry leaves. Glue the leaves to the top of the strawberry.

4. Cut 10 tiny teardrop-shape seeds from white cardstock; glue seeds to strawberry.

Shaved Ice Birthday Card

Designer: Lisa Storms

Send a snow-cone birthday greeting that will last through the hottest days of summer using cardstock, dimensional adhesive, and glitter to resemble shaved ice.


Materials:

  • Cardstock: white, tan, multicolor stripe
  • Patterned paper: light purple
  • Adhesive foam squares
  • 2″ circle punch
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Chunky glitter: crystal (such as JoAnn Craft Essentials)
  • Alcohol inks: red, blue, yellow
  • Small sponge
  • Photocopy paper: white
  • Paper clip
  • Glue stick

Make the Rainbow Shaved Ice:

 

1. Gather your supplies: 2″ punched paper circle; dimensional adhesive; chunky crystal glitter; alcohol inks in red, blue, and yellow; alcohol blending solution, and sponge.

 

2. Coat the top 34 of the circle with dimensional adhesive. While wet, sprinkle a thin layer of chunky crystal glitter onto the adhesive. Gently press the glitter into the adhesive.

 

3. Once dry, ink glitter with alcohol ink. To decrease intensity of any colors, mix alcohol ink with alcohol blending solution.


Build the Card:

1. Cut a 6×912” rectangle from white cardstock; fold in half to make a 434×6″ card.

2. Cut a 434×6″ rectangle from multicolor stripe cardstock; glue to front of card.

3. Cut a 414×512” rectangle from light purple patterned paper; attach to front of card using adhesive foam squares.

4. Cut a 4″ square from white photocopy paper. Fold two sides in at an angle to form a cone. Crease the folds.

5. Cut a 12×3″ strip from white photocopy paper. Straighten a paper clip, wrap the strip around the wire, and secure the long edge in place using a glue stick. Adhere the rolled strip to the top of the cone.

6. Apply glue to uncoated area of glittered circle and attach to the top back of the cone.

7. Attach the cone to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.

8. Print “sweet birthday wishes” onto white paper and cut into a strip, notching the ends. Mat it on a strip of tan cardstock and notch the ends. Attach the strip to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.