Halloween Spooky Swirl Vase Revisited

Here’s a project I made last year for my 24 Crafts in 24 Hours blog celebration. I thought you might like to see it again…it’s so pretty and super easy to make!

Make a sophisticated and spooky vase on the cheap! It will be the perfect accent for your Halloween dinner table. Here’s how I did it!

Halloween Spooky Swirl Vase

What you need:
– tall cylinder vase
– orange 12×12 cardstock
– black diecut swirl cardstock (I purchased mine at Joann)
Aleene’s Tacky Spray
– paper cutter
– ruler
– double-sided tape

What you do:
1. Spray the back of your diecut cardstock and place on top of orange cardstock.
2. Measure the height of your cylinder vase. Cut paper to that height using paper cutter.
3. Wrap around cylinder vase and secure in place with double-sided tape.

Fill with your favorite floral arrangement. I chose flowers in fuchsias and orange; however you may want to use faux flowers or black roses.

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My 24 Halloween Crafts in 24 Hours Compiled!

All the 24 Halloween crafts I created

Well, I’m gonna pimp these 24 Halloween Crafts in 24 Hours for all they are worth, so I’m sharing them again…this time in compiled version for anyone who might have missed some 🙂 Enjoy!

Hour 1Green Slime Lantern

Hour 2 – Easy Halloween Ribbon/Button Bracelet

Hour 3Spooktastic Halloween Pennants

Hour 4
Simple Halloween Button Earrings

Hour 5Decopauged Halloween Tissue Ornaments

Hour 6Deviled Egg Halloween Costume

Hour 7Glitter Boo Banner

Hour 8Mini Grim Reaper Glitter Trinket Box

Hour 9Bewitching Plaque

Hour 10Halloween Pennant Cupcake Picks

Hour 11The Easiest Halloween T-shirt you’ll ever make

Hour 12A Halloween Costume Masterpiece

Hour 13Easy Stripe and Polka Dot Pumpkins

Hour 14 – Dark Shadows Photo Frame

Hour 15Vintage Halloween Character Ornaments

Hour 16Halloween Sticker Crafts

Hour 17 – Frightfully Funky Feather Wreath

Hour 18Polaroid Pumpkins

Hour 19Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkins

Hour 20Halloween Swirly Doily Purse

Hour 21Halloween Spooky Swirl Vase

Hour 22Fun and Funky Halloween Doodle/Star Earrings

Hour 23Veggie Head Halloween Party Idea

Hour 24Halloween Composition Notebook

Halloween Composition Notebook

boo notebook

If you a Halloween nerd like me, then you’ll love having a custom notebook to jot down ideas down in just for the Halloween season. Making it is a cinch. Here’s how I did it…

Halloween Composition Notebook

What you need:
– composition notebook
Scribbles paint in silver glitter
– Scrapbook paper
– paper cutter
– corner rounder
– scissors
– ruler
– ribbon and buttons of your choice
– silver sparkle scrapbook letters
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Glue Stick

What you do:
1. Measure the square on the front of the notebook and cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit it. Round the corners and apply paper to notebook with Tacky Glue stick.
2. Apply letters to the middle of the scrapbook paper area.
3. Measure, then cut and glue ribbons and buttons to frame scrapbook paper area. Measure and cut ribbon to go lengthwise down the side of the notebook and glue.
4. Decorate around edges of notebook with Scribbles paint. Let dry.

This would make a great little notebook for your Halloween party planning, lists, blog ideas, sketches, etc.! Or perhaps a sweet little gift for a Halloween party.

In honor of my 24 Halloween crafts in 24 hours, I’m giving away a Swell & Spooktastic Halloween prize pack. Click here to check it out and enter!

Thanks for stopping by today for my 24 crafts in 24 hours! I will be sharing more Halloween crafts on Terrorific Tuesdays, so look for those posts in the weeks to come!

Until next time Swellions!


Easy Stripe and Polka Dot Pumpkins


I just love mini pumpkins and I love how a little pumpkin can spice up décor! So I thought I would share a few simple tips for creating super cute pumpkins in a flash! I created all these pumpkins…each about 15 minutes apiece. Here’s a few quick tips for making easy stripe and polka dot pumpkins!

– A black permanent marker is a great way to draw lines, doodle, and personalize. It’s also dries super fast. On the white pumpkin above, I drew the lines on, but then went back in with a fine liner brush and black acrylic paint to paint in the squares.

– Use the veins of the pumpkin as natural striped guides to paint your stripes. That’s what I did for the orange and black pumpkin above.

– Also on the orange and black pumpkin above, I added dot details with white acrylic paint. For dots, simply dip the end of your brush into white paint and dab onto your pumpkin. Reload as needed.

– Get perfect large polka dots by using a sponge pouncer dipped in paint. Sponge pouncers come in various sizes. For a sparkly look, sprinkle glitter onto your paint while it is still wet and let dry. Dust any sparkle residue left around the paint after the paint has dried.

– Think about other ways you can make a simple pumpkin design…play with zigzag, diagonal, swirl, patterns and more.

So be sure to stock up on lots of mini pumpkins this season and go to town making these simple pumpkins. I really think you’ll be happy with the simple, yet stunning results!

Check out my other fun pumpkin crafts on my site. Click on the picture to be taken to the project.


Halloween Pennant Cupcake Picks

cupcake pennants

This cute cupcake pick idea will take you no time at all. So easy in fact, that it’s perfect for whipping up right before the party! That last line is for all you non-Martha’s out there who are rushing up until the last minute to make your Halloween party the cutest it possibly can be. In fact, it is how I roll too!

Halloween Pennant Cupcake Picks

What you need:
– File folders in various Halloween colors (I purchased mine at Walmart for 19¢)
– Permanent black marker
– Scissors
– Stickers or rhinestones of your choice
– Toothpicks

What you do:

1. Cut out triangles from sides of file folders. See video below.

2. Once shapes are cut out doodle sayings, names, borders, etc. onto your pennant. Accent with stickers or self-adhesive rhinestones for a fun look.

Super easy and super fast…that’s my kinda craft.

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Mini Grim Reaper Glitter Trinket Box

grim reaper

Here’s a little creepy guy that would make a great gift, table favor, or party accent. Isn’t making your own Halloween knickknacks the best?

Mini Grim Reaper Glitter Trinket Box

What you need:
– trinket box (I purchase mine at Michaels for $1)
Tulip Black Metallic 3-D Fashion Paint
– Lime green and purple craft paint
Tulip Lime Glitter 3-D Fashion Paint
– Paintbrush
– 1.5″ wooden disk
– tealight candle
– chipboard shape figurine (I also purchased this at Michaels)
– glue gun with glue sticks
– acrylic self stick rhinestones in grey and black
– black sparkly felt
– small piece black cardstock

What you do:
1. Paint entire trinket box lime green. Paint wooden disk Purple Let dry.
2. Squeeze out 3-D glitter paint in lime green onto plate and brush on top of acrylic paint. Let dry.
3. Create stripes along top and sides of lid to box with metallic Fashion Paint. Also make dots in between stripes on side. Let dry. Now dot around the edge of the wooden disk and let dry.
4. Stick a rhinestone between each stripe on top of lid.
5. Cut a piece of felt to fit inside lip of lid. Glue gun in place Also cut a piece of felt to wrap around tealight candle and glue. I actually used an old burnt out candle for this. Yay me for recycling!
6. Glue wooden disk to top of tealight candle.
7. Cut a small triangle and glue to back and base of chipboard shape to create a mini easel. Squeeze small bead of glue on bottom of chipboard shape and easel. Press securely.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Halloween craft! Check back next hour for another spooktastic craft!


Glitter Boo Banner

boo banner

This is a fun and festive project that I dreamed up while perusing the dollar bin at Michaels! Always keep on the look out for craft surfaces that you can revamp into something totally different and fun! For example, the starburst chipboard shapes above were actually a chipboard notebook, but I envisioned them being perfect as a pretty and sparkly banner instead! Here’s how I did it:

Glitter Boo Banner

What you need:
– chipboard shapes (mine were made from a Crayola chipboard album)
– orange and white acrylic paint
Tulip® 3-D Fashion Paint in Crystal Glitter
– black permanent marker
– 4 feet of 1/2″ black ribbon
– foam brush

What you do:
1. Using foam brush, paint the chipboard shapes alternating in orange adnd white. Let dry.
2. Use permanent marker to draw two stars, write the word BOO, and to doodle around edges of chipboard.
3. Squeeze 3-D paint onto plate and use foam brush to cover fronts of chipboard shapes. Let dry.
4. String ribbon through chipboard shapes and hang from wall, ceiling, or mantel and enjoy!

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Deviled Egg Halloween Costume


Here’s a pretty clever costume that will grab you by the horns! Hee hee! I wore this a couple of years ago to my company Halloween party and I snagged second place. In general, I’m so busy throughout the Halloween season, that I rarely have time to devote to a major costume effort, so my costumes usually end up being a last minute/night before kinda deal. This is exactly what happened with this costume and it turned out really funny and cute!

Deviled Egg Halloween Costume

What you need:
– foam core
– red and black facepaint
– cutting knife
– pencil
– blank headband (I bought a wide ready-made one at a dollar store for a dollar)
– white or clear string
– glue gun with glue sticks
– yellow paint
– red paint
– red craft foam
– red seed beads
– white or red outfit
– long dowel rod painted black (optional)
– red glitter paint (optional)

What you do:
1. On a piece of foam core, draw out an egg shape. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Even if it’s a little off, people will get the idea.
2. Using cutting knife, cut around shape. Seriously, I think I used scissors for this. I know that’s not good for foam core, but I’m a down and dirty kinda crafter and I’m terrible with an Exacto. If you do this, just don’t be too aggressive with your scissors and end up breaking them!
2. In the center of the egg shape, use a foam brush to create the yolk part of the egg. While paint is still wet, sprinkle on the red seed beads (It will resemble paprika). Let dry.
3. Attach a string at the tops of egg and hold in place with hot glue so that you can wear it around your neck.
4. Paint a plain headband red (for me, the craft paint held surprisingly well). Cut out little horns from craft foam. Spread with red glitter glue or Tulip Glitter paint if you like. Once dry, use hot glue to attach them to headband. Ha! Or better yet, go to the Dollar Store and buy a pair for a dollar.
5. If you want a pitchfork, simply cut the design out of foam core (I referenced a photo on the internet for the shape). I then used red glitter paint on top to further accent. I glued the foam shape design to the end of a dowel that was painted black.
6. Dress up in all white or red and make your face in the styling of a devil (refer to an internet photo for pointers).

Now that you look the part, act it! I’m sure I had some pretty “hellish” one liners like “Don’t bother me, I’m in a rotten mood today!” or “Sure, you want to eat me now, but they’ll be hell to pay later. Mwahaha.”

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Decopauged Halloween Tissue Ornaments

tissue ornaments

Halloween is quickly becoming just as much a decorating holiday as Christmas, so it isn’t surprising to find people decorating with custom Halloween trees and ornaments! Here’s a simple and fast decorating idea that will make your Halloween tree delightfully spirited!

Decopauged Halloween Tissue Ornaments

What you need:
– Tissues or tissue paper (I used polka dot tissues I purchased from the Michaels Dollar Bin)
Collage Pauge Decopauge medium in matte
– Clear glass ornaments
– foam brush (optional…I just use my fingers)
– scissors (optional)
– Ribbons for accent

What you do:
1. Cut or rip several napkins into small strips.
2. Using foam brush or your finger, adhere Collage Pauge to the front and back of the strips. Apply to ornament.
3. Let dry on ornament stand (learn how to make your own here)
4. Adorn with ribbon of your choice.

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Simple Halloween Button Earrings

simple button earrings

There’s no reason to spends lots of cash on buying Halloween jewelry accessories when you can make your own for yourself or family friends in minutes! Here’s some super swell and cute ideas for making sweet button earrings that won’t break the budget!

What you need:
– buttons in various sizes and Halloween colors (go small or large, but in general I’d stay away from 2″ buttons, those may not work so well, but I’d love to see you prove me wrong!)
Liquid Fusion Glue
– earring posts and backs
– mini rhinestones (optional)
– fine tip permanent marker (optional)
– glitter (optional)

What you do:
1. Lay out your buttons in front of you and play with the different shapes and sizes stacking them on top of each other until you figure out your configuration. You can do exact sets or mix and match styles if you want. Halloween is a kooky time anyway, so have fun with your jewelry!
2. Use a small amount of Liquid Fusion glue to glue your buttons together. Let dry.
3. Glue your finished stacked buttons to your earring posts. At this point I usually set my buttons face down on a flat surface so that the post sticks straight up in the air. Let dry.

That’s it! Have fun with this! Add to the button goodness by doodling around your buttons with a permanent marker (use clear nail polish to seal it) or by sprinkling a little glitter accents. Another fun idea is to bling up your earrings with mini rhinestones. Also consider going goofy by adding some mini googly eyes! The sky’s the limit (at least that’s what a witch told me…hee hee…I realize that was really bad and so not funny).

In honor of my 24 Halloween crafts in 24 hours, I’m giving away a Swell & Spooktastic Halloween prize pack. Click here to check it out and enter!

Check back next hour for another Spooktacular Halloween craft!