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Creative DIY Halloween Ideas

Halloween is right around the corner, are you ready? Here are a few creative “do-it-yourself” spooktacular ideas found on Pinterest to get you ready for this year’s Halloween.

 

  

1). Better Homes & Gardens | Ghoulish Glaring Eyes

Using Plastic foam balls of varying sizes, draw eyes with black permanent marker and then stick a toothpick to hold the eyes together.

Attach the eyes to a dark colored bench or fence to make them pop.

2). Delia Creates | Magnetic Spiders

Take plastic spider rings from a dollar store, cut off the ring part, stick on magnets with hot glue and put them on your front door.

3). The Girl Who Ate Everything | Dracula’s Teeth

Cut cookie in half, frost bottom with red frosting, place marshmallow teeth around curved perimeter, and top with remaining half. Insert two almond slivers in between teeth for fangs.

4). Martha Stewart | Glowing Ghosts

Snap a green glowstick and insert it into a white balloon and tie it. Using a black marker, draw a spooky face. Stick to a wall with transparent tape and turn down the lights.

5). Parents Magazine | Bewitching Welcome Mat

Take some old striped stockings and stuff them with cotton. Glue them underneath a welcome mat and add some witchlike shoes.

6). Simply Stated | Screaming Red Punch with a Hand

Rinse a glove several times an then fill it with water. Tie and freeze solid. Cut the glove off the hand and fingers, and float the molded hand in punch.

7). Country Living | Ghouls’ Night Out

Take white tissue wedding bells and glue on construction paper eyes and mouths. Drape with tulle.

8). Squidoo | Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Fog

Fill a large glass half full with hot water. Mix in one cup of salt. Put the glass inside the pumpkin. Then, wearing gloves, drop in 2-3 large pieces of dry ice onto the glass. Put the lid of the pumpkin back on top for a tight fit.

9). Disney Family Fun | Bat-o’-Lanters

Paint mini pumpkins with black acrylic paint. Cut out eyes from white craft foam and hole punch pupils. Glue on eyes. Cut out ears and wings from black craft foam and attach ears by taping a toothpick to the back of each one, inserting the other end into the pumpkin. Tape wooden skewers to the back of each wing and, leaving a 2-inch point exposed, push it into the pumpkin.

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It’s Carnival!

Wilsonart launches two new Wilsonart® HD® designs that feature a large-scale structure, dramatic movement with mixed coloration, and AEON™ Enhanced Performance Technology.

 

Winter Carnival has movement that carries a rich red-brown with accents in cool grey
Wilsonart NEW HD Design - Winter Carnival -

Summer Carnival has movement in golden ambers and browns with accents in greys
Wilsonart NEW HD Design - Summer Carnival -


  • These new designs are inspired by the luxurious, exotic, natural granite out of Brazil that includes large-scale elements called “Carnival”.
  • These designs strategically focus on premium, exotic stones that are typically unavailable to the consumer due to cost, rarity and/or transportation.
  • The new Carnival designs will be front and center at this year’s Remodeling Show being held October 10th-12th in Baltimore, MD.

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How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

Whether you are working from a pattern or free-handing it, having the right tools for carving pumpkins makes all the difference.

How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

Materials and Tools:
Pumpkin(s)
Halloween Patterns
Carbon Paper
Tape
Pencil
Carving kit
Serrated knives
Wood carving tools or pottery tools
Metal Halloween shaped cookie cutters
Light-duty hammer
Pliers

Steps:

1. Place your template/pattern over the carbon paper and tape onto the pumpkin. Trace around and the image will be left on the pumpkin for easy lines to follow when carving.

2. The tools that work best for carving are the small carving tools that come in those inexpensive Halloween pumpkin carving kits. They’re manageable for all ages. Other tools that work well are serrated steak knives and grapefruit knives. For additional detail, carving and pottery tools work great.

TIP: the best trick of all is to use metal Halloween shaped cookie cutters.

3. Place your metal cookie cutter onto the pumpkin. (Some plastic cookie cutters will also work, but they’re generally not as flexible).

NOTE: Don’t cut the lid off or clean out yet! Make all your impressions first.

4. Use a light duty hammer to get the cookie cutter into the pumpkin. Work the cutter side to side while hammering.

  • Hammer the cookie cutter in until it’s almost all the way in.
  • Pull the cookie cutter out with a pair of pliers.
  • Continue to hammer all of the shapes where you want them in the pumpkin.

6. Once you have your designs traced or stamped in place, you’re ready to cut off the top of the pumpkin and clean it out.

7. Once cleaned, finish cutting out the shapes with small serrated blades and pop them out from the inside.

Have a safe & happy Halloween!

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