Toil and Trouble!
No this post isn’t about one of the many Olsen twin movies
It is a post that contains two craft projects though, and just in time for
Halloween! It’s as if you went trick or treating without having to trudge around for it, right?! You’re welcome.
First up was a very simple project, and affordable too. On a shopping trip with my aunts I spotted this Halloween fabric and knew I had to have it. For what? I wasn’t quite sure, I had a few ideas floating around but if I didn’t pick it up at the time I probably would have regretted it.
I decided it would be neat to cut out the bottles and frame them. In the future, I’ll be able to swap out the frames for each holiday or personal photos when it’s not a big holiday season.
I bought half a yard which ended up costing around $5 and then picked up these cheap frames for $2.99 each at Target. They have a slate grey tone with a bit of a wood grain too.
Then I picked the three bottles I wanted to cut. I avoided duplicate colors/bottles. I made the mistake of using dull scissors, so make sure you have sharp ones otherwise the fabric will fray easily and the outline will not be clean.
That’s pretty much all there is to it! We placed them in our front window and we think it’s a quick and easy way to decorate for the holidays without screaming Halloween! All in all, each framed piece cost around $4 total and I still have quite a bit of leftover fabric.
The second project I completed for the holiday was a Halloween wreath.
It was another simple project, but a bit tedious and I probably wouldn’t do it the same way again. I picked up a gradient black to grey ball of yarn and a styrofoam ring from Michael’s, plus a few pieces of felt for the rosettes. I wrapped the yarn around the foam ring one night while we watched a movie.I really wanted to avoid creating a pattern but after wrapping it three different ways, I gave up and wrapped at an angle.
The rosettes are very easy to make, but I’m not going to cover the process because a simple google search will yield plenty of results, all of which explain it in the exact same way.
Side note: If you are a semi-frequent Michael’s shopper and don’t have their mobile app, you are
probably overpaying for supplies! With their app you always have a 40% off coupon at your fingertips (same goes for Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics). Generally, I will make several trips to purchase supplies so that I can always get the savings. In total, the wreath cost around $10.
I attached a Command peel and stick hook to our front door and hung the wreath. In addition to some black garland, a yard post, and a light-up dog, our Halloween decorating is now complete!