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Fun Finds: Scout Creative Calendar of the Month Club

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Do you have your desk calendar for 2012 yet?  I usually get one in my stocking every year, but this year I am happy to say that I did not.  I say this not because I do not want a calendar, I actually love having a physical calendar to look at.  I am happy that I have space on my desk to make Scout Creative’s Calendar of the Month!  I discovered Scout Creative’s Calendar of the Month Club last November and I was pretty disappointed that I had missed the whole year of awesome 3D paper calendars!  I’m really looking forward to starting 2012 with a super creative desk calendar by my side!

To get your own, you can like Scout Creative on Facebook, or sign up to get each month’s new calendar emailed to you.  This month, the calendar is a Yakuza Ramen Noodle shop complete with a tattooed terror!  You can even purchase the template for three more gangsters  in Scout Creative’s Etsy shop for only $1.49!

 

In addition to this awesome monthly surprise, they have revamped last years 3D calendar for 2012.  You can get the PDF to create a whole year of calendars all at once in their Etsy shop!  They are all so cute, that I honestly can’t choose a favorite!  All I know is that I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Last Minute Halloween Decoration Idea: Ghost Pops

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I never decorate my home for Halloween.  I never know if I’ll be home to pass out candy, so I’d rather not have trick-or-treaters come to my door only to find out there is no candy to be had.  Instead, if I am home, I try to find a way to display the goods in a cute way.  Usually this means buying a Halloween bowl of some kind when I grab the candy at the store.

This year, I thought it would be fun to dress up the candy in it’s own costume!  To do this, I have turned Tootsie pops into tiny ghosts!  I’ve even made a little diorama of sorts to display them in.  Doing this is super simple, and a fun way to display your Halloween candy to the kids.

For the ghosts, purchase some white tissue paper from the dollar store.  (Many directions indicate to use kleenex, but I have found it difficult to draw a clean face on them.)  Cut the tissue paper into approximately 6″ by 6″ squares.  On one of the squares, use a ball point pen to draw a ghostly face, approximately 1/2″ from the center of the tissue paper.  Layer 2 sheets of cut tissue paper together, leaving the one with the face on top.  Drape the papers over the Tootsie pop and tie at the “neck” with a ribbon or thread.

For the diorama, get some styrofoam or florists foam and a container of some kind.  Cut the foam to fit into the container.  Using hot glue, adhere some decorative moss on top of the foam and insert the sticks from your ghost pops.  For my diorama, I used my Silhouette SD and the available designs to dress up the scene.  I glued toothpicks to the backs of my cut-outs and inserted them into my diorama to make it really pop!

Halloween Decorations: How to Make Cheesecloth Ghosts

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Halloween is just around the corner, and I have been thinking up fun, crafty ways to decorate.  Thinking back, I remember making cute, spooky ghosts using cheesecloth and Elmer’s glue.  In fact, my crafting career started with these cute little guys!  When I was about 12 years old, I had a booth in a children’s craft fair where I sold Halloween decorations that included these cheesecloth ghosts.  Back then, I remember staying up late into the night adding the final touches to my spooky creations.  Embellishments included witches hats, broomsticks, top hats, canes, and tiny trick-or-treat bags that actually contained candy.

I recently decided to give these guys another try.  I had the Charlie Brown Halloween Special, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” in mind as my inspiration.  With the help of good friend, we were able to create four costumed characters.  My husband and I set them up in our back yard and created the above photo.

If you want to make your own spooky decorations, here are the instructions for these cheesecloth ghosts:

What You Need:

  • Wax Paper
  • Plastic Bottle
  • Dowels or Pencils
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Water
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Shallow, Disposable Dish
  • White Cheesecloth*
  • Embellishments, As Desired

Directions:

1.  Spread out the wax paper on your working surface, taping together if needed to protect your table and keep your ghost from sticking.

2.  Create a form for your ghost using the plastic bottle, dowels, and aluminum foil.  Get creative with this!  You can use large or small bottles, styrofoam balls, sticks from your yard, or anything else that you find to make a form.  Just make sure that it won’t stick to the cheesecloth, and is relatively sturdy.

3.  Mix one part water and two parts glue in the dish.  Cut the cheesecloth into approximately 3 inch wide strips and coat with the glue mixture.  Remove the excess glue with your fingers, spread out the cheesecloth, and drape it over your mold.

4.  Repeat step 3 as needed until your mold is covered with several layers of cheesecloth, and you are happy with the way that the ghost looks.  Allow the ghosts to dry for at least 24 hours before removing them from the mold.  They should be dry to the touch.

5.  While the ghosts are cute on their own, you can add hats, eyes, and props to really make these cute decorations stand out!

*Note: You can purchase cheesecloth at the craft store, at the grocery store in the kitchen department, or at the hardware store.  Just make sure to get white cheesecloth, as it also comes in a natural color for more industrial purposes.