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1  Monster Wreath *Now with tutorial* in Halloween Decor and Parties by callakat on: September 18, 2005 08:05:46 AM
I have been trying to come up with a really great, original wreath idea for Halloween for the last couple of years.  Well, all the monsters on Craftster inspired me, so here's what I ended up with.

It's made with fun fur, ping pong balls, a paint pen, stuffing, and lots of hot glue (I didn't feel like sewing)  It's basically just a wreath-shaped pillow with a ribbon on the back to hang it on the door.

Supplies- 3/4 yard fun fur, 12 ping pong balls, hot glue, plastic bags, black paint pen

Begin by tracing two wreath shapes on the back of the fun fur and cut out.

cut slits about 1 1/4 inches long where you want the eyes.  Push a ping pong ball through the slit, then ring with glue.

Glue the two layers of fur together and stuff with plastic bags.

Use glue to close the hole in the wreath.  Sew a ribbon to the back for hanging.

Use a black paint pen to draw eyes on the ping pong balls.  You're done!
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2  Beer Mirror Frame in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by callakat on: August 27, 2005 04:49:29 PM
A friend of mine has been saving me beer bottle caps for months, and I finally figured out what I wanted to do with them!  I found a nicked mirror in a frame at Bed Bath and Beyond for $20 marked down from $100.  I spray painted it black, then glued the caps into the widest part of the frame. It is actually a mirror, but I taped paper over it to take the picture.
The whole frame-

A close-up of a few caps
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3  Super easy iridescent paper in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by callakat on: August 07, 2004 06:49:41 AM
I was looking through some lesson plans, trying to figure out what to do when I go back to work next week, and I ran across this.  I have done it lots of times with kids, but more often at home for fun.  Grin

Making your own iridescent paper- 
you need: black or dark colored paper, pie pan, clear fingernail polish.

Fill the pie pan most of the way with water.  Cut your black paper into smaller pieces so they fit on the bottom of the pie pan.  Put a black paper in the water and sink it (it can't be floating on top). Drop a drop or two of clear fingernail polish on the water, and watch it spread out like an oil slick.  Now the tricky part- you have to "catch the bubble".  Gently pull the paper up, holding both sides so the color can't go sliding off.  It may not turn out perfect, but they're great to cut out of, and decorate with.

I'm going to try to link a picture again, but in case it doesn't work, you can see it at http://callakitty.tripod.com/id2.html

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