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A Mini Halloween Shadow Box

A Mini Halloween Shadow Box | Thrifty Finn

A Mini Halloween Shadow Box | Thrifty Finn

I’ve had this gift box in my stash for years already. Every year I planned to do something Halloween’ish with it but I never could come up with the right idea. Until this year, when I realized this would be a perfect miniature shadow box.

A Mini Halloween Shadow Box | Thrifty Finn

A Mini Halloween Shadow Box | Thrifty Finn

I covered the lid with some orange papers. At first I thought about covering the base too but then I realized, I wouldn’t be able to close the lid. I just inked the base to add some blackness to it. I did the same for the corners of the lid too.

A Mini Halloween Shadow Box | Thrifty Finn

This is the inside of the lid. Simple and sophisticated black and white look. Then the shadow box part looks like this:

A Mini Halloween Shadow Box | Thrifty Finn

Excuse me the blurriness but I didn’t notice it, when I took the picture. The background paper is an old one from my stash, which I then fussy cut to add the second moon and the clouds. The owl trees are from another paper, again fussy cut and structured to stand in the middle of the ‘floor’. The text paper was even tinier scrap from my stash.

A Mini Halloween Shadow Box | Thrifty Finn

And here they are! Now I’m really hoping to find some old watch boxes at fleamarkets so I could make more of these. How’s your Halloween crafting going?

-Thrifty Finn-

 

Mad As a Hatter

mad hatter, alice in wonderland craft, diy, graphic 45, thrifty finn

Am I smart, or am I smart? For once I’m on time to post my Halloween crafts! Reason being, I began crafting them few weeks ago already. *furiously pats herself on the back* Here’s my first craft, which is a before/after kind of thing.

Last Christmas, on my trip to Lapland, I dropped by the local arts & crafts store Taidekehystämö Hyvärinen  to see what they had to offer. Of course I found my way into their discount room in the basement and in there, I spotted papers from the 2010 Graphic 45 collection Halloween in Wonderland. So what is girl to do? To buy as many as she can, just in case she comes up with something cool to use them with. And that cool came in the shape of a hideous, broken lamp my landlady gave to me “since you are so crafty and can probably use this”:

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

This lamp screams 2002, don’t you think? It’s not too bad though. The base has some weight to it, and the proportion is alright. To transform this, I painted the lampshade black. Then I used black washi tape to reinforce the corners of the lampshade AND to attach it back to the white support thingy. Then I covered the sides with distressed scrapbook paper cut few millimetres smaller on each side, to show the black corners.

At this point I realized the painting was unnecessary, so I didn’t do it for the base. I just washi taped the corners and covered the top part of the ‘pyramid’ to hide the wood. Then I covered all the sides with scrapbook paper, again cut few millimetres smaller. For the wire part I cut a small notch and punched a circular hole in the paper. After gluing the paper down, the notch is barely visible. Here’s the finished lamp:

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

The total cost for the lamp was around 4 euros, including the used glue and washi tape. Not too bad, don’t you think?

There will be tons of Halloween posts coming up, so don’t forget to drop back in later this month. If you have written about your Halloween crafts, feel free to leave a link in the comments. I’ll be sure check them out.

-Thrifty Finn-

Mint & Gold

Yesterday I began posting my Christmas cards and named my post lazily a Pt.1. Today, as I was going through my card photos, I realized it would make sense to post them as two sets as I designed the cards to go together. I know, I know, it doesn’t matter for the recipients but for me, putting in more design effort when crafting  is important.

To the cards then…

Like I said yesterday, I love the minty paper in the 25th and Pine-set and it inspired me to make this stylish, minty winter collection. I focused on two colours, mint & gold, as they go together so well.

These cards were very well received. Be merry went to my god-daughter, Merry Xmas to my godson, the lone bauble to Paris and the three bauble one to Lapland. My godson (naturally) didn’t make any comments but I heard the words “most beautiful card ever” used.

Sometimes there’s just no point in being modest, you know what I mean? Anyhoo, here are the full images of the cards:

My local craft store still has that paper in stock. I better hoard a few for Christmases to come. I’m participating (excluding the one posted yesterday) in these challenges:

Party Time Tuesday!: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge: It’s All New (I busted out a paper kit from my stash)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Sister Act Challenge: #89 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-

Trip Down the Crafty Memory Lane

Yesterday, I logged on Craftster after many, many years. I was sad to see that it wasn’t as active as it used to be. For example, my project post from yesterday is still on the 4th page on the latest projects.

It was nice to see all kinds of crafts again though. I’ve been in a sewing and paper craft bubble so long that I forgot what kinds of things are out there but what I got the biggest kick out of was my own old posts. From a time before I had this blog!

These are just some of my work. Most of them were for swaps. I had really hard time with sending away the owls and the Christmas calendar. They were so cute and pretty! The little owls are actually for tossing! I filled them with lentils and if my memory serves correctly, I sent them either to UK or Australia. Good times.

Do you still swap? I haven’t swapped for years as I couldn’t keep up with the commitments but would it be the time to start again? Well, not now, just before Christmas when there are presents to make but after that? Please, share your thoughts and swap memories, they are always fun to read.

-Thrifty Finn-

DIY Instagram Art

Couple of weeks ago my friend was visiting me and we reorganized my bedroom. Amidst this hassle, I showed my various thrift store finds including a set Disney Princess- wall art pieces. I enthusiastically (spitting and spastically waving hands) explained that I planned to make them into either Christmas or Halloween art pieces, just haven’t decided which one yet. Then he asked “how about for once making something that you could use all year round?”.

*Stunned silence*

And you know what? That’s what I did and here’s the how:

Materials:

Wall art or canvases to pimp
Spray Paint
Something to protect the ground/floor from paint
Photos/prints you want to display
Paper glue stick
X-acto knife or scissors

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

These are the originals. They are about 1 cm thick MDF and the images are paper. These types of kids’ wall art are easy to find at thrift stores and flea markets. If I remember correctly, I paid 1 euro each for these.

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

I didn’t sand or prime the images but I did skimp on the spray paint. I had forgotten that the one sold at Prisma is cheap BUT HAS AN AWFUL COVERAGE! Save yourself some trouble and invest on good quality spray paint.

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

You don’t have to spray paint the entire thing. Just the edges. In the end I had to do three coats to hide most of the pink, however the princesses were still visible but it doesn’t matter as they will be hidden under the whatever image you use.

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Selecting the images and editing them took the longest. I used a mix of my Instagram-photos and ones I’ve taken with my camera but had edited using free Instagram-filters for Photoshop. I don’t remember where I got mine but THIS looks like a good set. I then made all the images 27x27cm because I wanted to have a small white border on the art pieces. I then had them laser printed at the local library on A3 paper. In my neck of woods, they are 40 cents a piece. I printed 10, just to have some choice.

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

The best way to trim is with an x-acto knife and using a mat but in a pinch, scissors are OK too. I had to trim a little extra because the library machine re-scaled my carefully designed pieces to fit the paper. It added an extra cm on each side but it was nothing too tricky to fix.

To attach the images on the painted MDF-pieces, I used regular paper glue stick. You only need to spread it on the edges. After laying the glued images on the MDF, use your sleeve to carefully remove air bubbles or wrinkles. Do this to all the pieces and voilà, you have beautiful art to admire! Here are the finished pieces:

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Paris Instagram Art by Thrifty Finn

Some tips…Instagram photos have enough picture quality for this kind of art. Even though close by there’s pixellation, the whole IG-filter thing makes images blurry so it works with the style. If possible, choose a satin finish paper for printing. There was no choice at my local library but if you use a print shop, you should have options.

I hope you liked it!

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. You can find the Paris-images used above to print for free HERE!