Showing posts with label easy halloween ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easy halloween ideas. Show all posts

Sep 5, 2019

DIY Concrete Pumpkins

DIY CONCRETE PUMPKINS

Hey Ya'll!

Ready to make some concrete pumpkins for Halloween?
I sure am even though it is September 5th.  I've been ready for a few weeks now.
I made these two pumpkins for just about $4.00 each.
And they weigh approximately 25 pounds each!

This is a very simple and inexpensive process, so don't worry much about messing up.

Here's what you will need:
- A 50 pound bag of Quickrete $5.00 (I got from Lowes) Makes 2 pumpkins
-Pam cooking spray or Generic brand like I used "Chef's Own $1.00
-2 Plastic Pumpkins $1.00 each
-Mixing bucket
-Water
-Sharp utility knife
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I didn't have any plastic pumpkins on hand from last Halloween so I first looked around at the local Goodwill.  There I found three of them for only .99cents each.   Sad only because new at Walmart they were 1.00 each. lol. So even though super cheap, I just figured they'd be cheaper for some reason.



Here is a photo of most of my supplies.  Notice there are three pumpkins I had ready.
Well, I found out quick that a 50 pound bag of Quickrete concrete mix only makes 2 pumpkins!
Yes that's right.  So each pumpkin after done will be approximately 25 pounds right?


I used an old Lowes plastic 5 gallon utility bucket for mixing the concrete in.

Here's my trick. Since the bag is so heavy and awkward to handle, I sit it on the back of my truck's tailgate.  Then I slit a whole into the bottom, corner of the bag and let it freely pour directly into my bucket.


This is so much easier than handling the bag so many times, adding a touch more and so.


Don't mix it too runny!  Read your bag for best instructions.



Here is a very important part!
Right before you begin to pour your concrete mix into your pumpkins, 
YOU MUST SPRAY THE INSIDES GOOD 
with a coat of the PAM or Generic cooking spray.

This will coat the insides and allow the concrete to release easier later on after drying.


I used a plastic, kids shovel I had on hand for dipping the concrete out and into the pumpkin.


I tried to keep it from coming out.
But it was hard because after you fill up your pumpkin, 
you must keep lifting it up and tapping it down on the ground 
to release any air bubbles trapped inside.
Do this over and over a few times.



You can always take your hand or cloth and wipe away the excess right at the rim.

Now comes the hard part.....
You must let them sit for about 24 hours before you start to cut the plastic buckets.


This is how I made my cuts.
I did four slices, top to bottom very carefully.
Try to avoid cutting so deep that it marks the concrete.
The concrete of mine, was still not completely set up even after 24 hours.


And then you slowly peel them back.


And then the concrete pumpkin will finally begin to emerge completely out of the plastic.



And this is it.
This is my very first try at making a Concrete Pumpkin.

I did let them sit another 24 hours after getting them out of the plastic before handling them too much.

You can see the holes in the concrete where air was apparently still trapped.

But for my purposes they are just fine.
I've read about a countertop mix available at Lowes that allows for a super smooth finish.
But for me just wanting them to sit outside as decoration, I don't want to add anything to the mix to make it very expensive.




Here are the plastic buckets after I got the concrete out.


And here it is after it was all complete.
I like the concrete look but on the next one I may do a white, crackle paint finish.

Oct 9, 2012

Halloween Labels


It's that time again! Time to add a lil creepy to our homes. And this year I did something new. I ordered some sticky Halloween themed labels from ebay, (because I didn't feel like going out and buying the sticker paper & buying images on Etsy at the moment.) So it was just because I wanted the easy way out, or I'd have taken the time to do so. lol.

I made a lil box of things with labels to go in my Peddlers Mall booth as well. Here they are after I used what I needed, I packaged the left over labels up for sale in my booth also. So people can put them on what they want, if they don't like my pre-made items.
As you see, they are just basically pre-made stickers with cute Halloween themes. That's it. Ready to stick. Just find an object to put them on. Here's some more pics of how I used them below on an old medicine bottle, can of beans and a can of tuna. I just took off the original labels and stuck them right on.

 

And here's a little display I made on the front porch. Note the cute little barn wood cabinet that my wonderful hubby Greg made! Gotta love a crafty man! :-)

I love these labels. So simple but they add a unique look for my decorations. I need to go snap some pics of the yard and area my husband decorates. I may add some later on, if I can remember.

Happy Crafting!


Sep 4, 2012

Halloween Magnets from Old Christmas Bulbs



I was going through the phase this weekend  of making snowmen magnets 

 
when it hit me. 
I had an idea to use some of the white and orange Christmas tree bulbs I had sitting in a jar. Left the base color alone, even though it has imperfections, I like it. Painted on a simple face with some Folk Art craft paint, added some homespun and on a few, added an orange button. 


Then lastly, I glued on a heavy crafting magnet on the back of each. Don't want these falling and breaking if holding too many papers!  And here they are:

 Which one do you like best? The ghost or the pumpkins?

Happy Crafting,
See ya'll next time,
~Lisa

Aug 29, 2012

Halloween Ghost Night Lights with Silicone Bulbs

 

I had fun making these Halloween Night Lights the other night, so thought I'd share them today.

If you aren't familiar with the Grubby bulb silicone recipe,   
within this blog.

But for the quick version, I took some clear silicone (the higher priced one, not the white caulk kind) and mixed in some cinnamon spice in a throw away bowl.




Just mix it until it's a nice smooth brown color. No real recipe here. Just play around with it. It should look something like this:

Then I took the little candles, one by one, and hand dipped each flame. I just stuck it in, twirled it once and pulled it straight out, in an upward motion. Kinda fast, so that it gives a nice tip to the flame.
After letting dry for a while, outside, hanging by a string they were ready to fix up.

I took some black craft paint and just dotted on the eyes and mouth. And painted the base.
On a few of the bases, I grubbied them up by first painting on Elmers glue and then sprinkling on cinnamon and letting it dry. It give it a good grubby texture. Then I painted over it all black.
And tied on a strip of homespun fabric and attached an orange button.

 Notice the light on the right has the grubby texture on the base and the
one on the left is just painted black.
 I think I like the grubbied up base more. What about you?


That was it!
They would be a great addition to the Halloween theme around your home. The soft glow when turned on adds a perfect spooky touch.

And remember, without adding the faces, these would make great, everyday primitive night lights also!

Price: only $3.59 each
in my Booth#555 and available in my CraftBooth555 on eBay

Here they are in a black candle box getting all ready for sale:
 Just ignore the mess around it, this is in my craft room.

I made a sign to stand up in the tray, after an idea from Maggie over at EyeballsbydayCraftsbynight.

 It just says a little bit about how I made them and that they are a handmade item and such.
I cut it out of a regular piece of computer paper and glued it to a wooden finial I had. It made a great base. And I can easily change it out.  I think the little signs grab a lot of attention.

And if you look close to the left in the tray, you can see some little snowman silicone bulbs I also gave a try:

I just added more cinnamon to the silicone bulb mix and painted on a snowman face.

Check out:
 GRUBBY SILICONE BULB RECIPE

Please be careful when working with anything that will come in contact with electric.


 Happy Crafting Ya'll!
See ya' next time!
~Lisa

Aug 25, 2012

HALLOWEEN GHOST CANDLES

Easy Halloween Ghost Candles 
Here's my little ghost candles.


 I bought a pack of 24 votive sized candles at the local Big Lots for around $6.00. And that's not really a high price for so many.

 But when I buy them to make and resale them at my booth, every penny counts.

I just used some black craft paint, painted on the faces.


 And then dipped them down into a white, melted candle.  The quick dip seals up the faces and protects them from scratches.

To let them dry, just sit them down on a sheet of wax paper.
And once they are dried, here is how I package them up.
I just put each one down into a little baggie of the appropriate size and staple a piece of brown paper on the top.
Then I add a price tag that I print out of those little sheets of return address labels.

Here's a pic with some pumpkin face ones too.

A POST ON THE PUMPKIN THEMED ONES ARE HERE

Sometimes I add a little tag that says Happy Halloween or so with a little piece of homespun fabric.
But I couldn't remember where I got those little tags, so I decided to leave them off the ones I was going to sell, and only use them on the ones I give away. Just in case they were copyrighted tags.


Great for your Halloween table displays!


(Note: these are not just painted on faces, they are set in wax)


More Halloween Candles


Cost: only $1.00 each
also available while supplies last in my ebay store:
CraftBooth555