Today is my day to host the girls at our annual Halloween Haunted House Tour and luncheon. The pressure is on to bring home the championship title again this year, but I’m up for the challenge. Of course you know the house is all decorated. And lunch is ready.
The table is set, including these fun little party favors I made for the girls.
Both Paige and Joanne have Halloween trees at home, and I figured these ornaments can add to their collections. They will make a nice consolation prize for losing the tour yet again this year, don’t you think? Haha HA!
The ornaments are made from recycled corrugated cardboard and a mixture of old papers and trims from my stash. The spooky bottles are from Tim Holtz’s Alterations Apothecary Bottles die. They were given a shine with the faux glass technique and a heavy dusting of spiderwebs for a creepy effect. Tied the ornament and napkin together with a bit of twine for a fun place setting. I think the girls are going to be so surprised.
I think they look pretty fancy, but they are quite easy to make, and I love that I was able to use so many of my older products on these. After all…old haunted house things ought to be made from old, funky junk. Right?
If you’d like to try making some haunted ornaments for yourself, here’s a few steps for creating them. Start by die cutting several of the apothecary bottles, stoppers, and labels from a variety of patterned papers. Try to use neutral light colored papers.
Then add color with Distress Inks in your favorite spooky tones. I used Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap, and then edged each piece lightly in black.
To create the faux glass look, coat each bottle with embossing ink and cover them with ultra thick embossing enamel. Heat emboss, allow to cool, and repeat the process two more times for a total of three layers of UTEE on each. You’ll end up with a nice thick glossy coat of enamel. Now go stick them in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
And when you remove them from the freezer, lightly bend each bottle to create cracks. Now your bottles are really looking old. If you don’t like how the cracks turned out, reheat the bottle with your embossing tool and the cracks will melt smooth for you to try again.
Add stoppers and labels and adhere bottles to a base of patterned paper and painted corrugated cardboard. Dress the ornament up with ribbons and bows. To make the spiderwebs drape thin strings of hot glue back and forth, back and forth, until you get the desired thickness. And to think that usually I hate those irritating glue strings!
But I’m still going to beat them, even if they don’t!
Die: Tim Holtz Alterations Apothecary Bottles Die by Sizzix
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye, Crate Paper
Script Stamp: Hampton Art/Authentique Paper
Trim: May Arts, Webster’s Pages, Creative Imaginations
Brads: American Crafts
Stick Pins: Maya Road
Ink: Ranger, Clearsnap
Embossing Powder: Stampin’Up
Other: Recycled Cardboard, Wire
Hot Glue: Glue Arts