I don’t know what it is about The Nightmare Before Christmas (NBC) that caught my attention. But since the movie came out, I’ve wanted to make every character for Halloween.
Jack Skellington was one of my first attempts. Now when I say attempts, I can honestly say, I’ve spent more time and effort making, remaking, and eventually, rebuilding him completely. Continue reading →
An easy Halloween prop. Cover a horse (or any animal) black, then paint on their skeleton. All rights reserved, Debbie Morrow
Scouring garage sales and thrift stores is a favorite past time for this frugal gal. Finding this horse made my shopping day. Originally, it was an average white and black patched horse. But what I saw was something entirely different.
A Halloween prop in the making:
Cover your horse (or other animal) entirely with black acrylic paint ( or black spray paint could work too)
Google skeleton images of horses (or animal of your choosing)
Paint out the skeleton with white paint. Don’t worry about mistakes. You can always go back and use black paint again to fix.
Probably the shortest tutorial on my blog, but kinda cool results. Don’t you agree?
An Easy DIY – Lock, Shock and Barrel masks. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. (c)All Rights Reserved.
Anyone who is familiar with The Nightmare Before Christmas (NBC), knows these trick or treater masks were used by Lock, Shock, and Barrel (DSB). It had been a few years since I added other characters to my NBC clan because of the lack of free time. So the plan is to make the masks this year, their body props next. But many enjoy the masks on a wall, as is. Here’s the tutorial on how to make them: Continue reading →
No, I’ve not been abducted. I just moved to another state. Image of Mulder on the Xfiles courtesy of Fox and Daily Mail.com.
Didn’t Fall Off the Face of the Earth – Just Moving
Many of my followers and friends may be questioning: Where is Debbie from Frugal Frights and Delights? Did she fall off the face of the earth?
It sorta felt like that when I took the challenge of moving from one state to another.
The lovely cast acquired. Copyright D. Morrow.
Imagine packing about 4000 sq. feet of household and hobby supplies, such as Sally, the Mayor, and props – with a cast on (that’s another story, LOL) and mainly by myself. My husband had to quickly leave for another job, which left me with moving and selling a house – not a small task, indeed!
The Bright Side
We’re slightly settled into our temporary apartment until we buy a house ( oh no, another move? LOL). Yet, it is in a warmer climate which has many perks. Almost every prop I brought with us survived. Jack Skellington and Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin did not make the trip and will be remade from scratch. So I look forward to making them even better than previously created.
I’ve already been eyeing new ideas for future projects; I’m just waiting for the space to do so. I hope my faithful followers will still check back at my sites from time to time. I should be up and ready to begin new feats by early Spring/Summer.
I’ll shortly start adding content that many of you will still enjoy. So fret no more. Thanks!
One of the tables for our Minecraft party. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.
Does your loved one know every type of potion, brick, mineral, and creature that exists in the Minecraft world? Well, then you may consider making their dreams come true with a Minecraft Gaming Party!
Having had the recent pleasure of throwing a Minecraft party gives me the opportunity to share what worked and what didn’t work so well. I’ll be adding a 1-3 tutorials at a time, since they can be lengthy. So check back frequently for follow-up posts.
For parents, the easiest and safest idea for carving a pumpkin is having your child make the markings and you – the adult – do all the cutting. But how about going in a different direction?
Creating an Awesome Pumpkin Differently
Beaded pumpkins can be pretty or scary. It’s as simple as using straight pins, beads and your imagination. Image courtesy of Handmadehappyhour.com.
Bling your pumpkin easily with adhesive-backed rhinestones and baubles. Top with a ribbon. Image courtesy of Sugarbeecrafts.com.
Decopage your pumpkin using a white glue/water recipe and most any material (paper, fabric, wallpaper, etc.). Image courtesy of Confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com.
Cover your pumpkin entirely with fabric – such as burlap for a rustic look. Image courtesy of Factorydirectcraft.com
A Frozen-inspired pumpkin: Spray paint, add adhesive bling, and an inexpensive tiara. Image courtesy of apumpkinandprincess.
Doily pumpkin magic: White doilies glued on pumpkins can work well for weddings. Black doilies – can make it more Victorian. Image courtesy of Domainehome.com
Duct tape your pumpkin: There are endless possibilities with sheet duct tape, slim rolls, and in a multitude of designs and colors. Image courtesy of sophistishe.com.
Foil your pumpkin: Add regular silver foil, easily color your foil (tutorial at Firstpalette.com), or buy specialty foils. Wrap and make rib lines with marker. Image courtesy of Onbetterliving.com
Glitter your pumpkin: A little white glue and glitter turns a regular pumpkin into a sparkling marvel. Image courtesy of Blog.smartyhadaparty.com
Glow-in-the-dark your pumpkin: There are several glow-in-the- dark paints at craft stores. Please check the reviews and glow ratings to fit your needs. Image courtesy of Jaderbomb.com
Crayon your pumpkin: This gives you an opportunity to use all those broken crayons laying around. All you need is to unwrap, use a blow dryer on them, and watch them melt away in groovy designs. Image courtesy of Craftymorning.com
Paint and prop your pumpkin: A little paint and a small prop (such as hat, spiders, etc.) can go a long way. Image courtesy of Blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com
Embroider your pumpkin: This can work by easily using a metal skewer to make the holes and “sewing” away. Image courtesy of Bobvila.com.
Nylon your pumpkin: These fishnet stockings work great, but I bet those fancy designed ones would still work well. Image courtesy of Bobvila.com
Salt your pumpkin: Kosher salt and white glue “crystallizes” a pumpkin. I bet it even works well to keep the mold away. Image courtesy of Bobvila.com.
Tack or pin your pumpkin: You’d be surprised at the effect over-lapping thumb tacks can have. To jazz up the design, throw in some ball-end straight pins for color. Image courtesy of Bobvila.com.
String your pumpkin: It can be as easy as making a web and adding a plastic spider or take it further and wrap colored string, twine, or rope around the entire outside. Image courtesy of J Palmisano at diynetwork.com
Tattoo your pumpkin: Easily found tattoos during Halloween can be used on pumpkins too. Transform your average pumpkin into a creepy or funny creature. Image courtesy of Blog.tattoosales.com.
If you’d still rather carve a pumpkin, here are a few free template sites to help you on your way:
Don’t throw your light strand away if part of it is broken. Save some of the lights for single use. Image courtesy of Education.com
A quick and easy tip for those struggling to get every pumpkin lit. Education.com offers a tutorial on how to turn one light bulb from a broken strand into a battery-operated one for a prop. I’m gonna have to try this. If you do before I get the chance, shoot me an email and maybe a pic of how you used a single light. Thanks!
It took over 50 PVC cuts to make the Mayor but it was so worth the effort. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All rights reserved.
For those who have been waiting a year – I’m so sorry for being so tardy. If you’ve followed me in any way – you’ve seen I lost a huge part of my heart the day after Halloween – which has thrown me off kilter.
My loyal friends gently reminded me of my promise to post the tutorial – so here it is – the images are added first and then some explanation will follow with a specs sheet – that has all the measurements. Please read all before starting your project.
Take a plastic flexible garbage can and squash it a bit for correct shape. Cut a hole at top that will accomodate a 1″ PVC pipe. Use primer paint on all and let dry. Place painter’s tape down half vertically. Use outside acrylic peach on one side, grey on other side.
Find image on Google search, draw in pencil on the peach face and when satisfied, use grey, black, yellow, white, and tan acrylic outdoor paints.
Again, find image, draw in pencil and use black, white, and grey acrylic outdoor paint.
Use 1″ PVC pipe with “T” joints to make a larger bottom heptagon (7 sides) and a smaller version for top. Cut PVC pipe to connect smaller heptagon top to larger bottom (as you can see I ran out of pieces of PVC, so I added an extra unused “T”. This can work by adding a variety of couplers etc., if you run short too. I also covered it entirely with boxing tape once I was sure the shape was correct since I’ve had issues with PVC glue in the past.
Make frame by making a big “H” shape, topped with a horizontal PVC piece: using 3 “T’s” in horizontal (one for neck, 2 for shoulders) and 2 “T’s” in middle horizonal PVC and 2 “T’s” at bottom. Before adding bottom “T’s”, add a piece of pool noodle for legs. Cover with a pair of child’s size 4 stretch pants or fabric. Add PVC pipe for feet and cap each end with an 40 degree elbow for stability. You will need to cut PVC into pieces to fit the “T’s” into each other rather than being able to use one big piece at a time.
Place bell-shaped PVC frame over “H” frame, attach with zip ties (this allows for ability to take apart later if needed. Cut out 2 circles of black foam board equal to the size of the small bell shape top. Cut a hole in both to allow a 1″ pipe to fit snuggly through center of each. Hot glue one circle to top of bell frame, the other save for hat.
Use a white tee scrape or sheet scrape to cover mayor’s chest. Hot glue. Drape fabric over body, making two folds for a lapel and cut away fabric to transform into a suit. Attach PVC arms, cover with pool noodle and add a joint for elbows if you wish. Cover arms with same fabric and hot glue.
Get a rubber spider from dollar store, add black pipe cleaner to make a spider tie.
Get a roll of red ribbon, cut several pieces that you will fold over and hot glue each end. Cut a circle out of white foam board.
Lay ribbon folds in circle, glue together and glue white foam board circle in center.
Don’t forget to write the word “Mayor” in Black permanent marker in white circle of ribbon. Putting Head and Hat Together: Cut a long piece of PVC pipe, slide the head on through the hole (make sure it can move so you can switch the head view when you feel like it).
Slide the black circle you cut earlier over top of head and place your PVC shish-ka-bob style piece into the “T” at the neck part of the “H” frame. Top the hat with a piece of pool noodle and cover with black fabric with a hot glue gun. Make a strip of grey trim fabric around hat and glue. * You’ll notice that the black rim of hat made out of foam board shows the white inside – use your black paint to touch that up all the way around.
The hands are made similar to my Sally, Jack, and Ring Girl. I added a stripe to a cheer horn to give it a “Tim Burton-ish” feel ( a word from the book of Deb).
If anyone has an issue opening the PDF specs. sheet, please feel free to shoot me an email so I can send you the word document. If anyone has a question, please don’t hesitate to email me too. Happy Prop Building!
An interactive exhibit of a Paper Craft Guillotine by Mandy Smith. Image courtesy of Make.
I know…it’s still summer. But this is the time I like to think about what I’d like to make for Halloween. Whether I can actually accomplish the things I dream of making…well – that’s another story. I’ve just had back surgery (all those hours of prop making can do a lot of wear and tear after so many years). But don’t count me out just yet.
Planning Ahead Saves Money
By making your plans and item lists early, you can save a bundle. Especially in garage sale season because you can pick up a plethora of items for pennies on the dollar. You can also find priceless stuff on the curb.
The Newest Prop to Love
While in my Reader, I found an awesome prop idea from Make. It is a paper craft guillotine that was used in an exhibit. I’d love to make one for the kids to try out. You’ll find it at Vimeo:
Unsure of what this season holds for me, I’d appreciate all my creative counterparts to start posting their ideas and if you accomplish your dream prop, shoot me a pic and a quick note so I can highlight you on my blog. Thanks!