Saturday, October 13, 2012

How to Make a Floating Ghost......Oooh Spooky

My little project to share with you today, is a Halloween ghostie.  I've seen these done a number of times & actually bought all of the supplies last year...but of course never made it.  Lame, I know.

So, this year I pulled out all of my Halloween decor & supplies & was resolute that I would make these babies this year!!  So, Here's my little mini-tutorial on the Floating Ghosts.

  • Spray Starch
  • Empty 2 liter soda bottle
  • Floral Wire
  • Styrofoam Ball
  • Cheesecloth
As you can see here; I wrapped some floral wire around the neck of the bottle & stretched out to create arms.  I secured it with a little masking tape (as my floral wire was really pliable & not very stiff).  You may want to consider using a thicker, stiffer wire. 

I removed the plastic cap from the empty bottle & filled it with some pebbles to weigh it down.  I placed the styrofoam ball on the top of the bottle, and carefully draped the cheesecloth over the whole thing.

The wire I used was white, so it's hard to see in the pic, but if you look carefully you can see the "arms"

Lastly, spray the whole thing until well saturated with the spray starch.  I actually tested mine & ended up giving it a couple of coats.  The secret to getting it to stand up really well is to have enough pooled at the bottom to support it when you take it off your form when dry.  You can place out in the sun (which I did) or use a hairdryer on a low setting (so as not to blow the whole thing over).

Ghost in progress

I added some punch eyes to the face too.

Thanks for looking at my ghostie!

Kill them with craftiness! ;)
~ Sheri


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fancy Favor Fun

This is my prototype of some goodie boxes I am making for a friend at work.  She asked me to make some special boxes for her sister who is a hair stylist, to give to special clients.

My goal was to make something elegant and sophisticated, with a little touch of fun.  The colors for the Salon are shades of teal & silver.  I incorporated those into the box & almost squealed with delight when I found the silver scissor brads! 

I used the Fancy Favor box die from SU, ribbon from Hobby Lobby, the scissor brads are from Eyelet Outlet & all cardstock is Bazzill.  I used a small strip of crystal trim from Simplicity I had on hand to accentuate the bottom front of box, and a crystal from SU on top of the rosette.  I threw a few small travel size bottles & packets inside, as that's how they will be used (to hold styling samples). Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Glitter Academy Event

I had the pleasure of attending The Glitter Academy event this past Friday night in Chandler.  The event was held at the Old Spaghetti Factory at Chandler Fashion Center.  I asked my sweet friend Susan to join me, and we had a blast!

It was great to get out and socialize and meet some other crafty women.  We sat across from the girls from "Real Housemoms" who were so nice.  We had a yummy dinner, they did some games and giveaways, and we were also treated to delish desserts from "Mind Over Batter".  What an amazing evening.  Below is the stencil project I made from "Poppyseed Projects" who was a sponsor of the event.  I will definitely be looking forward to the next event.

Sassy Susan hamming it up with photo props