Monday, October 3, 2011

It's Beginning to look a lot like Halloween!

It's October!  The sneakiest of all the months.  October is like a surprise party every year.   I'm going along, finally used to the back-to-school, lunch-packing, early-rising schedule of September, and then... SURPRISE!   It's OCTOBER!   I know it's an annual thing, but somehow October 1st always jumps out.  It's also my Mom's birthday, so that can be a bad thing.  I'm glad my family decided to celebrate together yesterday instead of Saturday.  That gave me a day to realize it was October and figure things out.

All the local family came over to our house and had a dinner of glazed pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, green salad (courtesy of my little bro and wife), and homemade french bread (courtesy of big sister yum!) and a pumpkin torte. It was so fun to get family together and the eating part is always fun.  Happy birthday Mom!

So, now that I've wrapped my head around October, I made a little something today and thought I'd do a simple tutorial of this super quick project to show you how I made my first Halloween craft of 2011. 

1.  I took the cardboard back out of my frame (from IKEA) and I mod podged pages from a discarded book right onto it and sealed it with another layer of mod podge.
2.  I sketched out a witchy silhouette onto the dried, mod-podged pages with a sharpie.  (You could also just print out a black sillhouette onto a piece of cardstock and cut it out and mod-podge it onto your cardboard).
3.  I squirted a puddle of black paint right onto the cardboard.  Do yourself a favor and use the Americana brand.  I've used other kinds and it is sooooo frustrating to have to paint multiple coats to get good, solid, color coverage.
4.  Work the black paint right up to the sharpie line and fill it all in.
5.  I did a second sillhouette of a dracula-type counterpart for her to gaze at.




It's starting to look creepy in here! 
I have so many more ideas buzzing around this brain of mine for Halloween!  I just hope I have enough time to get them all done. 

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9 comments:

  1. This is the most original Halloween decor I've ever seen and I just love it (them). The silhouettes are so cool, love that you did them on book paper. The frames are perfect for them and that tree branch with the black birds...WOW!

    P.S. Happy belated birthday to your Mom. Dinner sounded lovely and that cake looks awesome.

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  2. It is looking spooky:) Beautiful job on the silhouettes, Liz!

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  3. Ooooh! I love crafting *almost* as much as cookie-ing! I love it!

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  4. Oh cute LIz!!! Where did you find the frames?

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  5. Love them! and it might just be the late hour but I think the ladies chest is smiling.. lol

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  6. Liz....you 'sketched' those? Incredible! Those are truly some of the most wonderful silhouettes I've ever seen!

    I know exactly what you mean about October sneaking up out of no where. All of my Halloween stuff is sitting in bins in my back porch. My girls have the week off of school, so I'm hoping to start haunting the halls tomorrow.

    Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17! I'm spotlighting your post in tomorrow's Halloween decorating round-up!

    Jenn

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  7. Oh my gosh I seriously love these! You did an amazing job sketching! The room looks great and I really love the branch.

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  8. They look super sweet on that wall! Awesome idea! Very well done!

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  9. You need to give us a download on your wonderful Silhouettes. I love them both and I'm sure other do too. I can't even draw stick people, so please do share.

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