Free your inner witch this Halloween and get your potion on!
Small Bottles/ jars
Lids or corks
Labels printed from the internet or you have designed
Long wooden skewers
Cheap clear hair gel
Dash of magic
Handful of curses
Pinch of malice
Sprinkle of spite
In your empty bottle add a squeeze of the hair gel. Some glitter and a drop of food color. I usually try to use glitter and food color that is same color. Using skewer mix the potion.
Add more of gel and glitter. Keep doing this until you have bottled filled to your liking.
If the color isn’t dark enough add more food coloring. Go easy the color can get too dark easily.
Cork that elixir of dread. Add label as is or age it slightly with some watered down brown paint. Top the bottle with some twine and a charm.
Bibbity bobbity boo you have a potion.
Triple Moon book of shadows
For this project you will need a hardcover Journal. The paper inside can be lined or blank, the book can be big or small.
A sheet of chipboard. Some thin cardboard would work also.
A pack of gift bag tissue or cheap paper towels.
Some craft glue.
Craft paints. Black and up to three other colors of your choice.
First thing you want to do is get the chipboard and draw three shapes on it the circle and the two half half moons draw two sets of each so you can stack them on top of each other to get you a little thickness. cut them out.
I drew and cut out one set and then traced them to get the second set once you cut those out take two of your half moons and glue them on top of each other so you have a thicker piece do to the same to the other half moon and then your full moon.
Set them to the side to dry.
Now the fun part, on the front of your book take a paintbrush dip it in your mod podge and go all over the front of the book.
If you’re using the tissue paper like you put in gift bags just lay one big piece down press down over the glue and do a little crinkling so you get a good amount of wrinkles.
A little side note if you do want a lot of wrinkles on your cover, before you begin anything on this project take your tissue and ball up into balls. That will help you to get a lot more crinkling.
Now your first layer you should have some overhang on all four sides leave that alone for now now,take your mod podge again and go over the tissue.
Let that dry for a few minutes Open up your book take your modge podge and go around the outer three edges on the inside book cover. If that makes sense.
Take that tissue that’s overhang in the front and press it into the inside go over that with a layer of modge podge.
At this point I found something to stick in the book to prop up the front cover so it can dry.
Now using some glue, glue your triple moon symbol on your front cover where you would like it to be.
Go over that with another layer of the modge podge and tissue just be sure to press around the triple Moon symbols so they stick out.
If you do want more texture then take your Modge Podge put another layer of glue down and then another layer of tissue, go over again with Modge Podge let dry. Just don’t forget to press the paper down around your triple moon symbols.
Flip book and repeat the mod podge tissue on the backside, you can also do the spine of the book when you do the back or when you do the front it doesn’t matter.
Let it dry completely now take your black paint and with the paint brush paint over the whole front of the book.
Let it dry and then paint the back of the book you can also open up the covers and paint that little section of Modge podging you did on the inside just make sure to let everything dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Now that everything’s dry you want to take a dry paintbrush and using the dry brush technique take a color of your choice go over the front of the book let dry, do the spine and the back. I used a different color for the dry brushing on the back of my book.
If you find you went to heavy with the dry brush color just dip your finger in your black paint and just go over some areas where you think the other color is too heavy.
Now you can leave that as is or you can take another color and lightly go over the triple moon symbol, once all that is completely dry and I would give it a few hours, paint on a layer of Modge Podge if you want a glossy look. If not just skip the Mod Podge.
The inside of you front cover is going to be looking a little bit messy so you can take a sheet of paper. It can have a design on it or it could be blank and cut it to the size of the inner book cover and glue it on. I used a road map of North Carolina.
Now your book is done.
Hardback sketchbook (Michaels)
2 small journals (Dollar Tree)
Craft Paint: 1 metallic copper (Michaels)
1 grape (Michaels)
1 metallic glorious gold (Michaels)
Plastic spiders (Dollar tree)
Mod podge (Michaels)
Wood burning tool
Scrap tissue paper. I used the kind you put in gift bags.
Scrapbook paper (assorted designs) (Michaels)
Assorted jewelry charms/pendants (Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
Spray bottle of water.
Eye of Newt (optional)
Dead man’s toe (again optional)
How-to or Make Magic!
Using water bottle spray corners of paper. Fan/flip through paper till dry. Open book to random pages, lightly spritz entire page. Dont soak the paper. Let dry. Do this to several pages. You will not need to do this to the smaller books.
Ball up the tissue paper to get some wrinkling going. Set aside. Glue a spider on front of each book. Once that sets up put a layer of mod podge down on first book. Unball the paper and apply to book. You should have some tissue over hang. You want wrinkles, lots of them. Cover spider also, push paper down between the legs so you can keep some of the spider shape. Brush a layer of mod podge over the paper. Let dry. Now open front of book, mod podge the inner edges and press down the tissue. Apply another coat of mod podge over that. Take something and prop under the book cover to let the inner part dry. I did second layer of tissue on the bigger book. The smaller books did fine with just one layer.
Now as you do the spine on the bigger book here’s where you will put the chain (I used several inches of an old necklace). Put down a line of glue halfway down spine. Press chain into glue. Now tissue paper/Glue the spine. Let dry. The smaller books I added the chain to the book back. Now paper/glue the back cover of books.
Paint on a solid coat of the metallic copper. Let dry. Next a layer of grape. Go over some parts heavier than others. Let dry. Dry brush lightly with gold. Let dry. Sounds simple, it is but the drying time is what is the most bothersome. I don’t like the wait, but did I use the time to decide on ‘spells’ and print out items to go inside books. Curses and hexes are optional. *if you find you went to heavy on the gold in some areas just put some grape paint on your finger and rub over the gold. It might take more than one layer.*
Heat up your wood burning tool. Burn edges of paper. This will take a long time. Don’t give up it is worth it. If you burn yourself feel free to drop the F bomb. I did, a few times. Glue on a pendant to the book cover.
Now you are ready to fill up your book with spells, recipes, whatever floats your boat. I mean you can have a casserole recipe on one page and the next page a nice demon summoning. That will give you something to do to pass the time while the casserole bakes. If you’re single: make casserole, summon demon. BAM date night with a demon.
I made this book for the daughter. She grew up watching Buffy, Charmed, Supernatural, and Hocus Pocus. So I made up some pages using those shows as inspiration. I left most of book blank so she can add her own spells.
As mother of the pirate bride I of course needed to dress like a pirate for the wedding. Easy, I thought. Black skirt, black top and a head bandana.
Wrong. I looked like I was going to a funeral. My outfit needed something to break up the black. So I threw on a white shaw. Wrong again. I looked like a little old lady going to mass
I had to rethink the whole pirate outfit. After some thought I decided on dressing as a gypsy pirate. That opened up a whole new world of options.
I went with a different black shirt. Made and bought a ton of tacky jewelry. Got a wig, made some pirate beads for wig. Ta-da!
Still wasn’t right. Gypsies are colorful and bright. I was going to ditch the white shaw. As I went to hang it in closet things clicked. I had so many beads left from the hair and beard beads projects. The shaw had all those long tassels hanging.
I added beads. It looked beautiful. I tried it on and everything tangled. Tangled badly. So I trimmed and redid all the bead work. I didn’t want to loose the flowing tassels. So I left the ones on ends long. To add more color I used some cross stitch thread and added onto tassels.
I tried on my outfit. It still needed more color. I bought a multi color pack of juggling scarves from amazon.
I attached those to a strand of lace trim that I could tie around waist.
I bought a belt from the rennasaince festival and added a variety of items to it. Gemstones, pouches, a fan, copper mug and a small anchor.
Bubbly Magic Potion
Want to impress your friends or create an apocalyptic zombie virus? Well I can help you with the impress your friends part.
Sometimes I see a pin on pinterest and I am not happy until I try that pin. The reason I did the bubbly magic potion is because IT’S A BUBBLY MAGIC POTION. My inner mad scientist wanted to play.
Clear glass bottles
Excessive use of the words, “Bibbity bobbity boo” and “Abra kadraba” Along with some occasional mad cackling.
Fill bottle 1/3 up with oil. Rest of way with food colored water. I gave it a little stir. Once everything settles. Break 1 Alka seltzer in 4 pieces. Drop 1 of the pieces into bottle. Shout Bibbity Bobbity Boo.
Watch the magic happen. Cackle maddeningly
The bubbly magic potion is a great thing to add to your halloween party. I think if you add it to food table decorations you can set the bubble part going when you are ready to serve food. Just let your guest know it’s not edible.
Want to see original pin?
I decorate my trees every Halloween with plastic pumpkins. $20 worth of plastic pumpkins and a drill gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
Head out to Walmart and pick up 10 to 20 $1 pumpkins. Drill a hole in the bottom so any rain water drains out. Tie to tree limbs and BAM you have your own Halloween tree. Halloween night I put glow Sticks in them for an eerie effect.
Cheap and simple yet still Pinteresting.
Halloween will soon be upon us. Ghouls, zombies and witches will be bringing the fear to my neighborhood. That is if I get everything done in time.
A few of my projects this year are complete. Many others are in the works. Two of the ones complete are simple yet are great props to include in a porch display.
A simple rustic witch broom and a tall spooky witch hat. Witch shoes are in the works but they are not cooperating with me at this time.
Today I will share with you how to make the broom.
The broom was quick and easy. I have an oak tree, I call him The Might Oak. Yes I do talk to my tree, he’s a nice guy. Sadly during every storm he loses a few limbs. Some small and others big enough to use as a weapon in a zombie apocalypse.
I began this project by gathering a sturdy limb big enough to serve has the broom handle. After finding the perfect one I began to gather up smaller limbs. Some sturdy others thin and flimsy.
Before going any further I took some twine. It was a light beige. Not liking the new clean twine look I decided to age some. Which is a simple process. Get some tea bags throw them and the twine in a pot of water, bring to a boil. Take off burner and let sit awhile. Easy as pumpkin pie.
While the tea is working its magic grab some duct tape. It’s time to make a broom!
Take one of the small limbs, place it toward the bottom of the broom handle. take the duct tape and use it to attach the smaller limb.
Keep wrapping the tape around the handle adding more limbs as you go. Stop when you are satisfied with the look of your broom.
Then I took the twine out of the pot of tea water. You can let the twine dry to use wet. I find it works better and you get a tighter wrap with it wet. Knot it at the top of the taped area. Now just start wrapping until you reach the end of the duct taped area. Tie off.
Done. Now wait for a full moon then take your broom for a spin!
Tall witch hat. Makes tall witches look like giants and makes short witches look like…well, like short witches in tall hats.
This was an easy project. Just took a few short hours. During those hours I also had time to bake a cake, make dinner and plot evil plots.
What you will need:
1 cheap witch hat (I purchased mine at Wal-Mart)
Duct tape (If you have black duct tape great, if not the silver will work just as well)
1 paper towel tube
Glue (if you have glue that is recommended for use on fabric great, I used glue that wasn’t recommended for fabric but it worked out just fine)
Something to stuff hat to help hold shape. I used doll batting but newspaper will work also.
Begin by stuffing the hat with batting to give it an upright shape then tape the hat brim to strengthen it. Inside and out. I gently taped half way up the inside: pushing the batting up out of my way as I went. Cut the tape into little pieces at first to give yourself more control. Now you are ready to tape the outside of the hat. Again be gentle and just little pieces. Go higher and higher. Once you pass the tip of the hat begin using long strips place the lengthwise (us and down) until you reach your desired height.
Now we need to strengthen and build up layers. Take your cardboard tube. Choose an end for your bottom, cut several 1 inch slits all the way around making ‘flaps’. Push the flaps outwards now lower the tube down the hat. At this point you will have some empty space between hat and inside of tube. Stuff it with something. I used a plastic shopping bag. It’s what was handy.
Using tape again just start wrapping until your hats feels sturdy and has the height you want. You may have to mash and torture the high end of the tube. If not you will end up with a penis shaped hat.
Cut a notch in the end of your black fabric about 4 inches from the side. Rip until you get to the end. 4 inches is just a guess at size I used. I eyeballed it. You can vary the width on the next few strips you rip. Now just glue the crap out of the hat and fabric. I started with the cone first and finished with the brim. Don’t be shy with the glue.
I’m using my hat as a prop and not for a costume. I feared it might be to top heavy and keep falling over. To fix that problem before I started I glued several rocks inside the hat at the base of the cone, I covered it with fabric also.
I loved how this turned out. It was wickedly easy and fun!
It is only April but I couldn’t wait to try a Halloween version of this cake. As you recall I made this cake a few posts back with spring colors. When I say I couldn’t wait to make this cake what I meant was: I made this cake and took it to the family Easter dinner. At this point my family just took me bringing a Halloween cake to Easter in stride. It took many years but I think they have finally accepted Halloween is my lifestyle not a holiday. If they did not like the cake theme my family kept that to themselves. They were impressed with the swirled color effect. They said the cake was tasty also.
So here is the instructions to make this cake. Once you learn the process you can customize the colors for any holiday or party theme.
1 white cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 ¼ cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
Pam to spray the pan
Food coloring or icing coloring gel
Any items you want to decorate with (I used gummy mummy)
1 can white frosting
Use a Bundt pan.
Preheat your oven to the temperature on the box directions. Spray/grease your Bundt pan.
If you read the box directions for a white cake mix it calls for 3 egg whites. That’s because you don’t want to yolk to mess up your white cake. Since we are going to color the batter it is okay to use 3 whole eggs.
Add the items listed on the cake box along with vanilla extract to a large bowl. Mix your cake according to box directions. After it is mixed thoroughly, divide the batter between three bowls. I find it works out better if you don’t get the amounts totally even.
So now you have 3 bowls of white cake mix, now get your food coloring. I use the gel colors, I find they work better. One color to each bowl. Orange, green and purple. Halloween colors. Mix, mix and mix some more. Get rid of all that white.
Take the bowl with the most batter and pour in pan first. Follow with the bowl with next most amount. Finish with the bowl that has the least. You don’t want to cover each color completely. I have a picture so you can see what I’m talking about.
Stick that pan in the oven and let the cake voodoo happen.
Now the cake is baked. Let it cool before you turn it out of the pan.
The spring color cake I made the other week, I divided the icing into three bowls and colored the icing with the same colors I used in the batter. This time I decided to go with red to look like dripping blood.
Put the icing in a bowl. Heat in microwave 25 seconds. You want the icing running so you can drizzle over cake. You may have to heat it a few more seconds if the icing is still thick after 25 seconds. BUT before you decide it needs to heat more give it a good stir, that maybe all it needs. Once you have it runny enough to drizzle add your color and mix away. Once mixed good drizzle that bloody concoction like you want that cake to resemble a crime scene.
Let the icing cool then add your decorations.
Done! Now sit back and enjoy your evil creation.
Here is the link to where I learned this technique. Actually it’s the pin that will gateway you to the site.
Here is the post where I made this cake with spring colors.