The baby vamp from Nightmare B4 Christmas. Copyrights reserved, Debbie Morrow
My previous post gave a tutorial on the duck that appears in the same scene as the baby vampires in The Nightmare Before Christmas (NBC) movie. Although in the movie the vampire didn’t ride inside the duck, I couldn’t help myself by making it so. It seemed like a fun and almost “Burton-ish” thing to do.
At first I looked at what others had done in their tutorials for making the vampire. They were either foam or stuffed and that just wasn’t what I was looking for. Since I was already creating more doll zombies and clowns, I sat there one night and thought, “why not turn a doll into a baby vampire?” So here is the quick tutorial to transform a plastic baby doll into a NBC vampire. Continue reading →
Made from a vintage duck blow mold and a doll, Nightmare Before Christmas magic was made. Image copyrighted, all rights reserved, Debbie Morrow
If you’ve been checking out this blog, you might have guessed that I love the Nightmare Before Christmas (NBC) characters. I’ve made the Mayor, Jack Skellington (with a few improved remakes or blunders), Sally, Oogie Boogie, and Zero. As you can see from the image, I’ve added a duck and baby vampire to the family. I’ll be breaking these tutorials into two posts for the sake of shorter, more manageable reading.
The Duck Tutorial:
A Plastic Duck Blow Mold
Large High Heat Glue Gun
Piece of Styrofoam or Foam from a Boxed Product
Black, Red, and White Acrylic Outdoor Paint/Brushes
Spackle or other Pre-made Drywall Compound/ Large Brush
A Dremel Saw or something else that cuts plastic easily
Super Glue Industrial Gel ( NOT liquid) for plastic and other materials
A Protractor or any round shaped item you can use for outline
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!