Mason Jar Jack-o-lanterns

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These fun mason jar lanterns are perfect for anyone in the market for a new Halloween decoration. Though they’re easy to make and inexpensive to create, they’ll still rival any trendy decoration you’ll find at your nearest home décor store. Display them on your mantle this season or cluster a few together on a table for a spooky centerpiece at your upcoming Halloween party. Happy haunting!

Mason Jar Jack-o-lanterns

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What you’ll need:

  • Smooth-sided mason jars
  • Black spray paint
  • Scotch tape
  • Tissue paper – orange, green, white, purple
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • Black paper
  • Battery-operated tea-light candles

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Pumpkin Diorama Tutorial

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Pumpkin Diorama….that’s right a DIORAMA

 

Growing up I was a lover of all things little.  My mom would take me to the library and I would pick out the smallest of books.  We would go to the grocery store and I would fawn over the trial sized toiletries.  I constantly looked for little magical areas that might house a tiny fairy or a miniature elf.  I remember my dad used to make these epic terrariums in big jugs with tiny openings.  Dad had all of these tools he had manufactured to manipulate the little worlds he made.  This is why I was simply in love with diorama projects at school.

 

When is the last time you heard the word diorama?  I mean seriously…can you remember?  The word no doubt brings back memories of class projects and the hours spent doing the dreaded homework.  Sitting at your desk longingly looking outside, wishing you were there riding your bike on the chalk town that you and your friends spent all weekend drawing.

 

I remember my last diorama; it was the fifth grade, Mrs. Rhodes class. I remember carefully trying to create a scene that fully expressed the emotion I experienced while reading the book Where the Red Fern Grows.  I remember looking for the perfect sized shoebox and deciding where to place the opening; the slow, almost meditative process of painstakingly manipulating miniature little props to create a teeny secret world that I desperately wanted to be able to crawl into and live.  Now that we are all grown up creating a Pumpkin Diorama is like taking a trip down memory lane.

 

The love of miniature has followed me into my adult life and I enjoy making little worlds in terrariums like my dad and setting up those ridiculously laborious but equally fantastic, holiday villages.  It’s like a gift when my mom is too tired from setting up decorations that she lets me do it!!!   All the little people and their stories, these carolers and this house and that set of trees.  Who will walk down the lane lit by shrunken lamp posts?  Will the hobo cooking a fish on the fire have an audience this year or will he be tucked away in the woods alone this holiday season?  Every year finding a new place for each figurine to live, a new story for them to tell.  That girl with the skates is flirting with the boy carrying the packages this year.  Last year I had her gossiping with the lady outside the quilt store.  Getting lost in these little wolds is so freeing to me that when I heard tell of creating a diorama in a pumpkin; I could barely contain my excitement.  How was it possible that all of these Halloweens I had failed to think or hear of this novel idea?!

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I have heard of the “Funkin”, these carve-able fake pumpkins that you can purchase at craft stores and online.  I thought this would be perfect for my Halloween Diorama.  But holy mackerel the price, these are expensive little gourds!!!  Now I am a girl on a budget, so I started the old frugality wheels spinning on how to do this “little” craft project a “little” more reasonably.   Two words folks, thrift store.  I popped down to my local thrift and started thumping on all of the fake pumpkins in there.  Eureka!! I found a hollow one and the price ladies and gentleman?  Only $1.99!! Now that’s my type of fun-kin!  Oh yea now it’s time to craft!!

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Gold Harvest Pumpkin Tutorial

Hello again MyCraftySpot readers! I am Jen from over at PinkWhen.com visiting to share another craft with you this month. I am so excited about the weather changing and the holidays that are coming up. We have so many plans over the holidays, that this year I am crafting up a storm and getting things ready early!

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To get ready for Fall and Thanksgiving, I am going to share with you my Harvest Pumpkin. It’s a really fun, crafty, and simple project that you can do in an afternoon. Ready to get started?

First we will want to gather out supplies:

  • Craft pumpkin ($5)
  • Leaves ($3)
  • hot glue gun, tape, and a bag (on hand)
  • Gold Paint ($3)

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Halloween Dip-Dyed Frame Tutorial

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This Halloween frame is a seasonally appropriate take on the dip-dyed effect that keeps popping up in fashion magazines and home design- it’s supposed to look like it’s been dipped in pumpkin orange paint!
What You’ll Need:
  • Orange and black craft paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • An old frame

Step1

1. Give the frame a nice, even coat of black paint. Depending on it’s original color is, you might need to add several coats in order to get it good and dark. Let it dry completely.