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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Halloween Soaps

Remember when I made this cute little gift for Michael’s teacher?  Well I am back at it again, only this time I made some cute hand soaps for our house!  This is so easy and fun and is a functioning decoration!

Items Needed

  • Hand Soaps (Orange, Purple, White or Clear)
  • Scrapbooking stickers or Vinyl for Silhouette/Cricut

First I found these soaps at Wal-Mart.  Each were only $0.88 or $0.94 each!  I removed the labels from the front and back of the soaps.   If any of the sticky goo is left behind, just soak a paper towel in vinegar and let it rest on the goo for about 10 minutes and then scrape it off.

Next, I found some Halloween Scrapbooking stickers at Hobby Lobby.  If you have a Silhouette or Cricut you can use those to make your designs instead of the stickers.  If you use stickers, just be sure you get the ones that have clear backgrounds.

Then I simply placed the stickers!  You can add a bow around the neck of the pump also but it would just get untied or destroyed with my boys,  so I chose to leave it off!  I used a black cat and star for the purple soap.  I couldn’t find any pumpkin face stickers so I used this cute haunted house sticker for the orange soap.

This one might be my favorite.

  I even added a little spider to the pump top!

If you have a Silhouette/Cricut you could make the orange one a pumpkin and cut out a vinyl face, the white one a ghost face and you could also get a green hand soap (like cucumber melon) and make that into Frankenstein!  There are so many cute options and depending on your tools and what stickers/soaps are available to you, you can totally customize this project to what works for you!

Simple, cute and functional!

Don’t forget to enter to win one of (4) $50 Gift Cards to Mixed Bag Designs!  Click (HERE) to enter!!

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Halloween Subway Art Printable

Update 2:  I added the 16 x 20 size per sweet Meghan’s request!  Enjoy! 

Update:  I corrected the spelling in “Witches” on the printable.  Please re-download if you did so before 9:00 am!  I was working on this too late at night apparently!  Thanks!!

I am getting ready to start decorating my house for Halloween!  It is one of my favorite holidays and I figure since we are halfway through September already, why not start bringing out the fall decorations?!

I needed something to fill a frame and so I just made a Halloween themed subway tile art print that I can pop into a frame!  I thought I’d share with you all!  I have two sizes below 8 x 10 and 5 x 7.  If for some reason you would need larger, let me know and I can add that one also!  Just click on the image size below and you can download for free!

Halloween Subway Tile Free Printable

If you enjoy this free download, consider subscribing to my blog or following me on facebook.  You never know when I might have something else you will like!

Happy Downloading!

Click below on size to download

8 x 10 Size      5 x 7 Size       16 x 20 Size

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for (4)  Gift Cards to Mixed Bag Designs (HERE) !!

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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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Frame Frenzie

I was finally able to find all the boxes with our family photos in them.  I am only missing one, that I can remember, of our whole wedding party.  The search team is still out on that one, but in the meantime I realized I did not have enough shelf space to fit all the pictures I wanted to put up!   Bummer!  Enter Young House Love’s awesome inspiration for a frame wall.  (Hop on over there and see their masterpiece!)   They truly have a beautiful frame WALL…I have a frame section-of-the-wall.  First reason is that I didn’t have as many photos and cool mementos as they had and secondly, they have sweet Clara…I have Tornado #1 and Tornado #2!  Boys…frames any lower than the ones I put up wouldn’t have stood a chance! 

I followed their advice with the cut outs of newspaper and it worked wonderfully!  The worst part of this whole decorating plan was that about half of those frames I picked only had foot stands, no wall mount option so I had to add the bracket.  Otherwise, a painless way to get all my favorite people in a place I can see their cute faces!  (I am waiting on a few pictures to be printed and then it will be 100% finished)

Then…Wah-Lah!
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