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11  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Cheap and awesome Halloween tree (with tut!) on: October 12, 2007 08:32:17 AM
This is my favorite project I've ever made.  I've been crafting for years, but I've really just started being able to create things from scratch or come up with my own ideas (not a pattern!) and run with it.  This project has insipred me to go beyond all that. In short, I really like it!

My camera's broken so these are crappy cell phone pics.

You will need:
About a dozen wire hangers
A wooden base
Black spray paint
Crafter's moss
Artificial leaves
Glue Gun
Staple gun
Any other spooky elements you want to add

The whole:


I started with about a dozen wire hangers.  I wrestled the twisty ends off and straightened them.  You'll notice, if you have a lot of different hangers, there will be some that are very thick and others that bend easily.  I separated one of those that bent easily and gathered the rest together.  About a third a way from the bottom, I began twisting the odd hanger around the others to create a bundle for the trunk.  I then bent the tops to look like branches and the bottoms for roots.  It helps if you kind of stagger the bundle so some branches / roots are longer or shorter than others.

Next, I pulled out my trusty staple gun and stapled the roots to the wooden base.  I trimmed the ends of the roots that stuck out over the edge.  I took some artificial autumn leaves and glue gunned them to the various places on the tree.  It helps to glue them on before so the glue doesn't stand out so much after the finished project.

I took the whole contraption outside, placed it on some newpaper, and sprayed it all with black paint.  I also sprayed the remaining leaves so if any fell off or I thought I need more later I could just add them as I pleased.

I took everything inside and pulled out the moss.  I glue gunned it down so it basically stayed in place, making sure some was over the edge so it didn't all seem neatly placed.  Finally, I glue gunned two ravens to the tree and added some neat Halloween ornaments that I had lying around.  It would look cool without the ornaments though.  Hopefuly I'll have better pictures eventually because these don't show it as nice as it really is.

The branches:


A view from above:


The base:

Let me know what you all think!
12  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spooky Plaque on: October 11, 2007 06:34:11 AM
I've just gotten into woodburning, so I took my roommate's pumpkin carving directions and transfered it to a plaque to woodburn.  Then, I stained it three different colors with antiquing stains.

This is what I came up with:

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweetpea bonnet on: September 25, 2007 03:59:39 PM
So cute!
the bonnet came out really well.

The baby came out even better.  She's adorable!
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: I want to be Cherry Darling, but I have too many legs! on: September 20, 2007 06:32:13 AM
Wow - these are some great ideas.  I think i'll have to try a few things out before settling on anything.  I like the idea of a cardboard or plastic gun (but I think I'd just put it on the outside to avoid the knocking against my other leg).  Maybe I can get a pic of a machine gun and take it to Office Max to get it blown up leg size on poster board type paper.  Hmm...  I will do some testing and get back to you all.

Thanks for the ideas!
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I want to be Cherry Darling, but I have too many legs! on: September 18, 2007 05:19:08 PM
So, I've decided it would be the coolest things if one of my costumes was Cherry Darling from Planet Terror (Grindhouse) this year.

Here's a pic of her.


So my dilemma is (besides worrying about what I will look like in such skimpy clothing) how do I create a machine gun leg without cutting off my leg and adding a machine gun?  Come on you crafty people - I know you'll come up with my best solution!
16  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Skellietrees! Under $20 on: September 16, 2007 01:35:50 PM
Wow - this is brilliant.  I printed off instructions and hit "this rocks" because it DOES!
17  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: 'cause skulls and blood kick ass...**IMG HEAVY** on: September 16, 2007 12:45:57 PM
Wow!  This is a great wreath.  If I didn't already have Halloween signs hanging on my doors year-round I'd need this....
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I can't stop drawing circles! New shrinky necklaces on: September 13, 2007 01:48:53 PM
They're so classy!  I love them.

I'd call the last one Lunar Beach Balls.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Once You Pop You Can't Stop Swap #4 Gallery on: September 07, 2007 07:17:08 AM
She's so adorable!  And I know how small the sweater was... she must be so little.

Congratulations.
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Once You Pop You Can't Stop Swap #4 Gallery on: September 04, 2007 11:27:22 AM
I really wish I could have sent what I planned on sending.  But thanks for your patience!  You were great to have as a partner.
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