Recently I was approached by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to join their “Celebrate the Season” campaign where a selected group of bloggers would have to do a craft around the theme of #spookyspaces for Halloween. I couldn’t be happier knowing I’ll be making something crafty for one of my favorite seasons! So here we go!
Eat your heart out decorative pillow:
The beauty of this decorative pillow comes from not having to sew and that it was made like an envelope cover for easy take off and cleaning. I used for gluing the Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Adhesive that came in a big box of crafting materials from the wonderful people at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
|For this cushion, I used a gray chevron fabric from Jo-Ann and a beautiful graphic from the The Graphics Fairy. You can download it here.|
|I first printed my graphic on an iron transfer paper and after completely dry, I proceeded to transfer the image following the instructions on the package. To make the illustration pop, I enhanced some of the details with a black Tulip Fabric Marker. To make this envelope cover, I first measured an old square cushion (18″). Since I needed to sides (front and back), I had to add an additional 1/4″ all around for gluing the front side. For the back side I added an additional 3″ (besides the 1/4″) for the overlapping of the envelope. You can find an easy to follow diagram I created here. I have to say that I was amazed on how well this adhesive worked. Not having to take out the sewing machine and to still come out with a great result, was a pleasant surprise.|
A spooky blackboard
So many cool messages to put, I bet this fun chalkboard will be a hit in your kids room or even on the kitchen with a message from Mr. Skull saying “Don’t forget to eat all your veggies for strong bones”.
|For this project you’ll need some small canvas that you can also get at Jo-Ann (I used some old ones I had hanging around my home) and some chalkboard paint, contact paper, fabric and Tacky Glue.|
|I started by placing the canvas upside down over the fabric to cut it. I added to each side about 1″so I can glue it nicely on the back. After this I spread some glue over the canvas and watered it a bit so it will glide evenly. I placed the canvas over the fabric making sure to tuck the sides tightly on the back. Before proceeding to the next step, I had to let the fabric now glued over the canvas, dry completely. Now for the design, I found some cute pixel illustrations here originally used for cross stitch and printed them on some Contact Paper. I cut this illustrations and placed them over the dried canvas. With the chalkboard paint, I cover the entire canvas including the contact paper (as you’ll see on the last photo). After the paint was dry, I took off the paper and ended up having a cool blackboard to display spooky messages.|
Pumpkin with spiders
|A cardboard pumpkin or even a skull goes a long way!|
|For this easy project all you’ll need are a cardboard pumpkin (Jo-Ann has several sizes), some dried flowers (but plastic ones will do), spray paint and plastic spiders (but other insects are also fun). I had some hydrangeas that I let dry for a while and painted them white. After they were spray painted, I let them dry and made the holes on the cardboard pumpkin. Later on, I placed the dry painted flowers in the holes of the pumpkin and, with some Tacky Glue, pasted the the spiders. I placed a dry branch in the center for added drama.|
Hope you enjoyed these 3 easy tutorials. If you want more inspiring ideas for Halloween or the seasons to come, remember to stop by the Creativity Made Simple from Jo-Ann where you’ll find the materials you’ll need for that special season project. Also, take advantage of the coupon valid until October 31, 2013. You can find it here.
(The following review is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® Celebrate the Season campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.)