Monday, October 08, 2007

Halloween Crafts

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, but I got so depressed on Saturday. I was digging through the meager Halloween decorations and had to throw some of them out. Too much wear and tear on the homemade stuff. So, I grabbed my purse and headed out to replenish the decorations. I got a ton of stuff at Joann's (40% everything Halloween) and at the Dollar Tree (surprisingly good stuff.)

But the best part of Saturday afternoon and evening was spent making Halloween Clay Pot people! These are so freakin' easy and fun to make. More time consuming than anything. You can google for directions on how to make them. There is a ton of how-tos on the internet for making clay pot people for all seasons.

Here's how I did it:

I used 1.5" clay pots for the bodies and 1 1/4" wooden beads for the heads. Before painting, wipe your pots down with a damp cloth to remove any dust that will keep the paint from sticking. Next, choose what characters you will be making so that you can get your colors ready. I chose Dracula, a cat, a spider, a ghost, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.

Before Painting

Paint your pots and beads the appropriate colors. I used acrylic paint, but any craft paint will do. Use what you have.
After Painting.

Next, glue the beads to the pots. I used a hot glue gun, but something like E6000 would work fine.
Heads attached

Now, I painted on the faces. Using a sharpie marker on the faces is also allowed. I used mine to sharpen up the edges around the eyes and for making dracula's teeth. Basically, anywhere where you need fine detail. I don't have a paint brush that is fine enough for this, therefore, the sharpie. Next, seal your paint with an acrylic sealer.

Every one of these guys has either fun foam or chenille pipe cleaners hot glued on for accessories.

Frankie's Bride - had some hair issues, but I got through those after making a prototype. I used 4 black pipe cleaners and one white. I coiled the black ones and hot glued them together and then made a zigzag out of the white and then glued it in place with the end going into the top of the black coils. She also has pipe cleaner arms. I also added a purse, because every styling bride needs a fashionable purse.

The spider - I took four pipe cleaners and cut them in half then glued four legs onto both sides.

Frankie - pipe cleaner arms glued on. The color is a bit off in the photos of him, his body is a dark purple, not blue.

Dracula - fun foam bat wings hot glued onto both sides. Again, color is a bit off, his face is a pale purple.

Ghost - fun foam arms in white glued onto both sides.

Cat - Fun foam black ears (the pink was painted on) and part of a black pipe cleaner glued to the inside and brought up and curved slightly for the tail.

The Halloween Gang

The Bride's closeup.

All set up for Halloween!


  1. Anonymous4:23 PM

    Those are the CUTEST THINGS I have EVER seen! I love them!! Totally truly madly LOVE them!

  2. Thanks! You totally just made my day! :)