Halloween is “creeping” up fast! I don’t know about you but I am a huge fan of All Hallow’s. Since Halloween is pretty much my favorite holiday I “jump” at the chance to get my Halloween craft on. I was recently given the opportunity to take part in a “Mystery Box” challenge with I Love to Create. I love these kinds of challenges because they force me to think “outside the box”…once I’ve seen what’s inside the box. Let’s take a peek at what I made with the “Mystery Ingredients” from I Love to Create.
Ready to see what the “Mystery Ingredients are? Come a little closer and I’ll show you what they are and how I used them in my creation (Don’t be Scared!)…”It’s Alive!!” (no it’s not…Mwaah Ha Ha!!)
*When working on Halloween Crafts it’s helpful to have matching cats (The grey one has an actual Lightning Bolt shape tail…he’s one shade away from being a true Halloween cat!)
Well, what have we here my “Kitty”? Hmmm….A Tulip Tie-Dye & Paint Kit and some super spooky Tulip Glam-it-Up! Iron ons. Let’s throw these into the cauldron and see what kinds of Halloween fun we can cook up. Shall we? I think we’ll start with an appetizer of Tie-Dye Flowers while we get ready to make the main course…The Spooky house! Yup, It’s a two-for-one folks! Two tutorials with one box of supplies from I Love to Create!
How to Make Tie-Dye Flowers
Pretty much everything you need to make these Tie-Dye Flowers comes in the Tulip Tie-Dye and Paint Kit. The flowers can be found at the Dollar store for …you guessed it $1 per bunch (about 6 flowers). Now all you need to do is grab some plastic to protect your workspace (I used packaging plastic but you can use a garbage bag, plastic table-cloth, whatever you have on hand that you don’t mind tossing when you are done)
This goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway read the directions FIRST. The kit comes with this handy-dandy Tie-Dye guide on one side and directions on the other. I kept mine right on my work table for easy reference. Lay out all your supplies before you begin because we are about to get messy!
1)Grab a spray bottle of water so you can mist your flowers.
2)Wrap them with the included rubber bands. *TIP- Make sure your rubber bands are as tight as they can be.
3) Add Dye according to guide.
4) Wrap flowers in plastic wrap and let the dye set for 6-8 hrs.
Once your flowers are dry you can start embellishing them. To give my flowers a touch of sparkle I misted them with Krylon Glitterblast Confetti Pop. I also added detailing to the petals and leaves with Tulip Glow paint included in the kit. *Don’t worry if the paint looks globby at first. It dries to an almost clear finish. When the lights go off you’ll be in for a “glowing” surprise
Now that you have a bunch of beautiful Tie-Dye Flowers you will need something to display them in. After seeing my friend Colleen’s post about Dollar Store Halloween Decor on Just Paint it! I decided to try my hand at it. The Pumpkin, Spider Web, and Spooky house were all given a coat of Krylon Glitterblast to dress them up a bit.
The pumpkin is made of foam so once dry you can just poke your flower stems right through the top. Add some Tulip Glow paint to the spider web and the eyes and beak of a dollar store crow. Wah Lah! Now you’ve got a spooky Halloween flower arrangement that easily transforms from day to night!
How to Make a Spooky House
Is it bad that my iron and ironing board are only used for crafting? I mean who irons clothes? Isn’t that what the “fluff” cycle is for on the dryer? Blow the cobwebs off your old iron and grab the spooky house you just sparkled because we’re about to Glam-it-Up!
The Glam-it-Up! Iron ons from Tulip are pretty self-explanatory but I do have a few tips for you.
1) Lay out your design FIRST to make sure you are satisfied with your placement before peeling off the back.
2) Use Gentle fingers when peeling and placing DO NOT TOUCH the rhinestone!
3) Check your work by gently peeling back the plastic after ironing. If stones come up hit it again.
1) Create a base for your spooky house by tracing and cutting it out on foam core. *Make sure you cut out the windows so you can backlight it.
2) Use Alcohol Inks to color a piece of Wax Paper.
3) Mod Podge the wax paper to the back of your spooky house.
*I was inspired by another post from Just Paint it for this backlighting trick. Colleen’s version required Vellum but I was fresh out. During my frantic search for vellum I slipped on a piece of Wax paper lying on my studio floor. After I recovered from the fall I picked up the wax paper and decided to use it in place of the vellum.
I love anything that glows and I’m really loving this Tulip Glow Paint! For one tube of paint I certainly got a lot of “Glow” going on. In addition to the Tie-Dye Flowers and spider web I also used it to outline my spooky house…windows and all! I picked up this skull from the dollar store and gave him the “Glow-Treatment” as well.
To make your house stand up simply cut “brackets” from scraps of foam core and hot glue them to the back.
To create the moon apply this Tulip Glam-it-up! iron on to scrap fabric and glue it to another piece of scrap foam core. Insert a wire into the moon and one of the brackets. There you have it…a spooky house so scary the kids wouldn’t trick-or-treat there even if they were handing out full size candy bars!
Here’s a shot of the creatures of the night in all their glowing glory! Check out Mr. Crow’s creepy glowing eyes. Senor skull is glowing with excitement and is clearly keeping up with dental hygiene by brushing with Tulip Glow Paint!
For more inspiring ideas and Halloween crafting fun you can see what the rest of the ghouls…I mean girls have been creating below
Have a spooky day!
*Disclosure: For this post I received product to review. All opinions are my own.
** My cats received Whisker Lickin’s and a pat on the head for their participation.