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A Quick Halloween DIY Project

A quick Halloween alteration project

HappyHalloween8 A quick Halloween alteration project

Back in September, (as if it was billion years ago) I found at a local outlet store this inexpensive wooden shelf art piece, that I thought would be perfect for altering. I paid 2 euros for it and it’s some kind of wood composite, not full wood. I’ve seen tons of these kinds of Halloween art pieces on ‘ween decor haul videos, and I’m pretty pleased I was able to make one for myself very cheaply.

A quick Halloween alteration project

I covered it with some distress inked papers. I cut out the middle part, because there is going to be another paper covering it and I could save some of that harlequin for another project. It’s actually a common technique in scrapbooking. Why waste that pretty paper for where it won’t be seen?

A quick Halloween alteration project

I made sure that the harlequin paper flowed (?!?) to correct directions. I thought it would be make the decoration look more fancy. If you know what I mean.

A quick Halloween alteration project

The front sentiment is mounted on black card stock and they both are distressed with black ink. I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue for all the gluing.

All in all…Very simple but very effective, don’t you think?

A quick Halloween alteration project

How’s your Halloween crafting going?

-Thrifty Finn-

 

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-

 

Crafty Exhaustion

Valentine’s Day was a month ago. I had this super-fantastic idea to make cards for everyone I know. Well, not everyone I know. For the people I know and care about at least on some level.

I’m a joy to be with.

Anyway, guess what happened? I managed to make cards for even less than half of my list, sent only half of those and I’ve been crafty burnt out ever since. Good times.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. It was not all wasted effort. At least I came up with the way to use my Instagram-photos in crafting.

DIY Love Lights

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Do you still want to make a Valentine’s gift for someone special? This one is cheap and quick to make but has a big impact. I know. I just sent the one I made to my god-daughter and she has been ooh’ing and aah’ing over it for better part of the day. Here’s how…

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn, materials, cupcake

You need bunch of these paperstock cupcake cups. And…

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

One set of LED-fairy lights. Mine was a leftover from Christmas decorating. Then all you had to do is take your craft knife and do this:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Cut a very small criss-cross pattern in the middle and push a LED-light through. Do this for all the lights and voila, you are done. No glue necessary! But if you want to fancy up the cups even more, you can take out your heart punch and do this:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Punch away until you have a heart for every cup in your light string and do this:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

Very pretty! Now all you have to do is test if the set looks good:

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

It does! Then you can wrap it in pretty pink paper and give it to your loved one.

diy love lights, quick valentine gift, thrifty finn

There are lots of ways you can decorate the cups with. I used a heart punch but you can go crazy with glitter, markers, buttons, cut words and letters from newspapers…Whatever you fancy. Total cost for this project was 5 euros, so it really is a thrifty craft❤

-Thrifty Finn-

 

Happy Little Snowman

I managed to whip up my first holiday card this year. I got a free ticket to an ice hockey game and as a thank you, I made this card (and a small gift but I forgot to take a picture of that).

happy little snowman, stamped

The picture is of horrible quality. I was in a hurry and it was already dark outside. Anyhoo, making this card was very simple. I used my new Christmas-themed washi tapes for the background and I stamped the snowman on some very thick watercolour paper. I fussy cut it and attached it on the card with some foam dots.

I’d like to participate with this  Happy Little Snowman to these challenges:

C.R.A.F.T. Challenges: #285 Christmas
Alphabet Challenge Blog: T is for Traditional Christmas
I❤ ProMarkers: Challenge #245- Male Christmas
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: November Lovely Lili Challenge
Party Time Tuesday Challenge #189: Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew: Challenge #74 Christmas Joy
Sisters of Craft Challenge: November Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge: #97 Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations: Challenge #117 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-