Witch Hats

Are you sick of my Halloween posts yet?  I hope not, because this one is super cute and I also have a plan to reuse parts of it for future projects! I love multi-tasking!  Let me show you how to make these happy little witch hats for your Halloween decorations!

To make your own Witches Hats you will need:

  • Styrofoam Cones
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Felt
  • scissors
  • hot glue or other tacky glue
  • sewing chalk pencil

To start I chose two different sizes of cones and I found these handkerchiefs/bandanas at Hobby Lobby for $0.99!  Can’t beat that price and they are the perfect size!

 

I first positioned the large cone along the hemmed edge of the bandana and then rolled it up to see my pattern.  I used my white sewing pencil to mark out my pattern and then I cut it out.

Next I measured the bottom of the cone and cut a circle that was 2 inches larger on each side out of felt!  (I found this great sparkly glittery felt that I love!!)  I then turned the felt circle over and on the back I traced the outline of my cone.  I then cut a circle that was 1/2 inch SMALLER than that outline.  I then cut out v notches along that circle up to the outline I traced so you are left with a piece like this:

This is the brim on the witches hat.  I then carefully slid the brim down the cone to the bottom so it looks like this.

Next I took the hat piece we cut previously and I used hot glue to glue the hat pice to the notches of the brim.  Why not just glue to the cone you say?  Well I have plans to use these cones again so I am creating a “slip cover” of sorts!  Continue to glue all the way around the cone.

Next run a strip of glue up the seam of the hat and glue the seam all the way to the tip. (top right photo)  I was careful to make sure to keep the already hemmed edge of the bandana on the outside so that it looks like I took the time to sew it.  (below)

Next I tied a ribbon around the bottom to hide the seam and add some color and fun!

For the smaller cone I repeated the steps for the hat and brim but this time I used the black bandana and orange felt.

Once they were assembled I wrapped the cone with some glittery ribbon  and attached it with hot glue.  I had to cut v notches in the ribbon along the back to get it to lay flat.  Then I cut a buckle out of felt in place of the bow and ribbon!

Wah-Lah…really cute witches hats!  There are several steps to this project but it only took me about half an hour to make both while taking pictures and making notes to myself.  So you can easily do this project!

Now it might be time for me to go make myself some witches brew…and work on my next post explaining to you all why my photos aways suck and are so “orange”.  Not in honor of Halloween!!

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Ghost Lights

I am so excited to share this little project with you all!  My string of “Ghost Lights”.  I heart them!

Items Needed:

  • Cheesecloth
  • 20 ct. light set (white cord preferred)
  • Black Felt or cloth (or Black Vinyl for Silhouette/Cricut if you have one)
  • ModgePodge or 50/50 mixture of glue/water
  • scissors
  • tacky glue
  • popsicle molds or small dixie cups

I started out by unfolding my cheesecloth.  It came in a big folded ribbon.  I ended up using 2 layers of it in roughly a 7″ x 7″ square.

Next I draped the cheesecloth over my popsicle mold and then used my glue mixture (50% Elmer’s glue mixed with 50% water) and a paintbrush and painted the top half of the cheesecloth over the mold.  {I tried using spray adhesive, however it didn’t quite stiffen the cheese cloth enough.  The spray adhesive only stiffened my arm hair!    The glue mixture worked great!)

While the glue was drying I cut faces and mouths out of black felt.

Once the ghosts were dry, I carefully pulled the cheesecloth off the molds and using tacky glue, glued on the felt pieces for the face.

Insert a light through the top of the cheesecloth.  Some of mine just poked right through and others I had to help by cutting a small slit in the top.   (I purchased my string of lights at Hobby Lobby in the craft section where they have those glass block craft ideas.  My string had the lights really close to one another so I opted to insert a ghost every other light.  I believe if you use actual Christmas lights (white cord of course) they will be farther apart and you can do a ghost on every light.)

The pictures don’t even do them justice when they are hung and lit!

I couldn’t resist making one of these little guys with a mustache!  Mustaches are so popular right now and I wanted one of my little ghosts to be cool and popular! 😉

I also really like this angry guy!  The options for faces are endless!

Hang and enjoy!    Check back because I have many more fun Halloween ideas to share!!!

Note: These are recommended for indoor use only!

Another Note:  Have you entered my Giveaway yet?  You should hop on over (HERE) and do that now!

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My Take on Apothacary Jars

I’ll just dive right in!  I love Apothacary jars.  Love, Love, LOVE them!  Here is my take on making your own!  Really easy to do, just time consuming because you have to wait for things to dry.

Items Needed to Make Mine:

  • (3) Glass Jars
  • (3) unfinished wooden Candle Sticks
  • (3) 4″ unfinished wooden plaques
  • (3) 3″ unfinished wooden plaques
  • (3) unfinished wooden finials
  • STRONG glue or Epoxy
  • Spraypaint

1.  Start out by removing all the price tags.  This will take you forever!  Goo Gone may also be your friend right now!  Hobby Lobby is laughing at me right now because their damn SKU tags stick like mad to that damn unfinished wood!  (Yes, I am bitter)

2.  Glue the TOP of your base plaque to the BOTTOM of your candlestick.  Let Dry.  (tick, tick, tick)

3.  Take your finial and glue it to the lid of your jar.  Let dry.  (tick, tick, tick, tick)

4.  Take Base/Candlestick in Step 2 and glue TOP of candle stick to TOP of plaque, so that the Plaque’s larger side is facing up. You now have the base for your apothacary jars.  Let dry (tick, toc, tick, toc, tick, toc)

You then have these guys:

5.  Spray paint the finished bases and the lids.  Work in light even coats and let first coat dry before reapplying.  (seriously more waiting)  Be sure to spray the top of the base well because your clear glass jar will sit on top and you won’t want to see unfinished wood there.

6.  Glue the BOTTOM of your jars onto the TOP of the bases.  Let dry.  (Might as well make a drink at this point..you have to do more waiting!)

7.  Finally the best part!  Fill the jars!!!  Since it is almost September, and to me, September is Back to School Month…I choose to fill mine with Pencils, Jumbo Crayons and Gluesticks and bottles!

You will see these little darlings again with their bellies full with different things for the different holidays!  I already have plans for Halloween, Turkey Day and Christmas!!  Can’t wait!

Oh and someone wanted some creative credit for the contents of the jars…

I love them!  I hope you love yours as much also!

My Project Notes:

For the jars:  I found mine at Hobby Lobby.   You can do all the same size or mix and match.  I decided with (2) medium size and (1) small size.  The large size was just too tall.  You can also use regular household jars (pickles, salsa, etc)  I just preferred the width of the lids on these from Hobby Lobby

For the Candle Sticks:  Heights are your preference again.  You can go different heights or same.  I did kind of the opposite of the jars and did (2) small and (1) large.

For the Plaques:  These I found in the unfinished wood section of HL.  They are to make plaques with.  You will need a set of 3 to be your base of your candle stick and a set of 3 to be the base for your glass jar.  Your size may differ from mine depending on the jars you use.

For the Finials:  Your choice.  I only had one choice at HL and these are it!  They too are foudn in the unfinished wood section.1.

For the Glue:  I used 9001.  It reminded me of Rubber Cement and took forever to dry.  It was nice because I could center the candle sticks on the plaques but I am impatient and did I mention it took FOR-EV-ER  to dry?

For the Spraypaint:  Choose a color already in your supply or one that matches your decor.  Your choice.  I went with both of the above and chose black.  I had it and it matched!

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Spicing Up My Suds!

Is there a chore you despise?  Maybe even two?  Well for me, it might just be laundry!  Not the actual loading of the washer/dryer, that part doesn’t bother me so much but the FOLDING and PUTTING AWAY of the laundry might just be the death of me.  Lucky for me, my husband is a laundry-o-holic!  Yep, you heard me:  My husband does laundry!  And a lot of it by the way, like multiple times a week.  Might also be the reason I married him!

I decided to make a cute little container for my suds to sit in.  I was tired of looking at that bright blue bag!  I found this great glass jar at Hobby Lobby (50% off).  It has an extra wide mouth so it should be easy to get soap for loads easily.  The jar itself was pretty blah.

I spray painted the lid with black spray paint in a few very light even coats.  Since I do not have a Silhouette, I simply used some scrapbooking stickers (also 50% off at HL) to add the word “Suds” and the cute little swirl detail.

Maybe now I will enjoy folding laundry more if I get to look at this cute container…yeah it’s probably going to take more than a container for that to happen!

Wondering about that bright blue bag?  I use a laundry detergent from a Canadian based company called Norwex.  I love it and I live by their products.  I would never push a product on anyone except for Norwex products (and my Bare Minerals make up).  But let’s get back to laundry.  I use Norwex’s laundry detergent which is biodegradable and contains no fillers.  I use about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of the stuff per load.  Yes, you read me correctly, HALF A TABLESPOON!   It works on even the messiest poop explosion Ryan can throw my way or the blackest of socks that Michael produces.  It has saved some clothes from the dreaded Watermelon stains!  (how can something like watermelon stain so stinkin’ bad? Hell, it has WATER in it’s name for pete’s sake!) I absolutely love it and will not use another detergent again.

Note: These thoughts are all my own and I was in no way compensated for talking about my love for Norwex or Bare Minerals make up.  I just love them and ramble about them.

Another Note:  If you are interested in learning more about Norwex, please click here.  You can read their mission, view their products and also order online.  I own my fair share of their products so if you have a question or need a testimonial just let me know!  I can give you one if I have the product!

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Dates to Remember

I can’t take credit for this idea.  I saw it on Pinterest!   If you haven’t realized my love for Pinterest yet…let me tell you, I LOVE PINTEREST!  You can follow me and all my pins here or you can click on the “P beaker = {Follow Me on Pinterest}” button in my sidebar (more on those fun buttons later!)    If you need an invite to this awesome site, send me your email address and I will be happy to invite you!  You can leave your address in a comment below or email it to me at thatswhatchesaid {at} hotmail {dot} com.

So here is my pin from Pinterest:

source amandasteed.com via Cheryl on Pinterest

She made hers with a Silhouette, but like I talked about before, I don’t have all the fun gadgets yet, so I made mine on PSE and printed it off using a Winkflash Daily Deal.  If you don’t have access to Photoshop, you could also use Picnik, which is a free software.  You can choose which ever dates are important to you!  I love this idea.  It’s abstract but personal all at the same time.  I love multi tasking 🙂    Here is mine! 

And here is what it looks like printed, framed and hung on the wall. 

I will upgrade to a larger, matted frame soon, but for now this is what I had on hand and I love it.  Now my husband has no reason to forget our important dates!  We’ll see if it works! 

 
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Let Him Sleep…

I simply adore the wall vinyl that reads “Let Him Sleep, For When He Wakes, He Will Move Mountains”  However we are renting so I don’t want to purchase one, only to have to throw it away later on.  Most say they are repositionable but not reusable, and some say may cause damage to textured walls or not adhere to textured walls well.   Not only are we renting, we have textured walls.  So, I did as any DIY’er would do…I made my own on PSE and framed it for Ryan’s room!

You can remember how I rambled on about not having decorated a nursery and might remember me saying  I would do the best I could with the renting and budget situation.  I am happy with it!  I used a daily deal from Winkflash and got the 8×10 print for $0.75!  (I actually ordered 3 separate 8×10’s and (1) 5×7 and with shipping my total was only three dollars and some change!  Rock on!  I used a frame I already had with a matte I already had, to size it down to 8 x 10.

I am using Orange, Turquoise, Yellow and Lime Green for color inspirations for Ryan’s room.  We have a dark beige color on the walls so I chose to go bright with the background.  I also changed up the colors on a few copies, so if the colors work for you, feel free to print them out for free!!  Just click on the photos below and download away!  If you like this printable, think about subscribing to my blog or following my page on facebook!  You never know, I might have something else you will like also! 🙂

 

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Scrabble Name Game Art

Have you seen these great ideas using scrabble tiles on Pinterest?  Here are a few that got me inspired! 

           

Here is what I created digitally!

I had the hardest time finding scrabble games at any of the thrift stores. I am cheap and didn’t want to buy a brand new game. After the tornado, if a thrift store was still standing, all the games were sent off right away to all of those who lost everything. I am totally cool with that!

What I am also cool with, were what I found to replace them!  These beauties!

Hi-Res Wooden Scrabble Tiles from fuzzimo.com.

I downloaded them and used the Quick Selection Tool in my PSE 9.0 to select each tile I needed. If I had duplicate letters, I just duplicated the layer instead of cutting/pasting again…that is tedious. I played with a few layouts on some scratch paper and then found one I liked the best and simply arranged!

I have a 5 x 7 on it’s way to me right now for a frame on top of our desk and I also thought these would be super cute on some notecards. Then if we want to mail a quick note to someone as a family these will be adorable!

I did a plain white background with a beveled edging, due to time constraints (nap time) and the fact I am a “Simple is Better” kind of gal, but I am sure you can add to this to make it your own. Maybe find a scrabble board background? That’d be cute! Or maybe add some shadows to the tiles to give them a more 3D look?  I am not that skilled in PSE yet!   Let me know if you make one of your own! I’d love to gawk at your creativeness!

I’ll try to update when I get it in a frame!  I was just too excited and had to share now! 

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