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Halloween Box Decor

halloween decor

You know those gift boxes they sell at Ikea? In sets of three? Anyhoo…I had one of those sets in my stash, sans one box I had used for a Christmas present last year, and I decided to pimp the remaining two for Halloween. I think they were a success as I actually sold them. For monies. I used my Spooky- paper set for this project and I think it looks kind of snazzy.

Boksi9 Boksi8 halloween decor

halloween decor

Boksi5 halloween decor

halloween decor

The lady, who bought the set, organizes a Halloween party for her grandchildren every year. Apparently last year she ‘locked’ the kids and their friends (who were visiting them for the first time) in a dark barn and told them ghost stories. No news, if the same friends are returning for the party this year. Grandparenting in Finnish Style 101.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I gave the Halloween art thing I posted the other day to my friend. He kept asking, if I really made it. I don’t know, if I should be flattered or offended.

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-

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.

Valentine’s Day Wall Art


valentine day wall art, before picture, thrifty finn

Couple of weeks ago I visited the local recycling center and found couple of wall art pieces I thought would be perfect for creating more of my Instagram- art work. When I got home, I realized that the ones I bought had flocking on them, so my flimsy photo prints wouldn’t work. A little pondering later, I decided to finally dig in my Valentine-themed scrapbook paper stash and set to work. What do you think of the result?

valentine day wall art, thrifty finn

VAvalmis1 valentine day wall art, thrifty finn, crate paper

The papers I used are mainly from Crate Paper’s Fourteen, apart from the blue floral one and the pink glitter papers. The chipboard-accents are from the Fourteen- collection too. The techniques used are basic distressing, inking and paint smudging. I first thought about adding pictures of my godchildren in the frames on the second piece but decided against it just in case I end up selling the set.

I’m very, very pleased with these. Love them, actually. These would make fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts. In Finland Valentine is celebrated as a day for friends, so there’s an excuse to make many. I’m participating in these challenges:

Natalie & Amy Challenge: #29  All About The Love
Craft Your Passion Challenges: #246 Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #44 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments: Love, Valentine’s Day Challenge
Party Time Tuesdays: January Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge: #60 Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Challenge #18 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #124 Valentine or Love Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: #296 Valentine’s Day
4 Crafty Chicks: #231 Anything Goes

Winter Wonderland: Lots of Layers

-Thrifty Finn-

Mistletoe & Holly

Here’s the second set of Christmas cards I made. With these I went with the more traditional style. Naturally, I got a lot of admiring comments on these and once again I got suggestions to sell them. That’s when I usually point out that the what I can sell these for and how long I spend making these, aren’t exactly a match made in commercial heaven ;)

Sometimes it shuts people up, sometimes it doesn’t.

*le sigh*

Anyhoo, the techniques I used on these were pretty basic. Some washi tape, faux stitching, Distress-inking…The usual. The papers are from the Basic Grey’s 25th & Pine-collection.

I just realized I made one more card but I don’t have a picture of that. Bummer. Would it be embarrassing to go to my neighbour’s and ask if I could take a picture of the card I gave them? Or just plain creepy?

The challenges I’m participating in with these cards:

The Sisterhood of Crafters- Anything Goes (new thing was the paper kit)
Crafty Creations Challenge- #281 Something Old, Something New (new papers, old style)
Top Tip Tuesday- Something New (the paper kit)
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination- #17 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door- Anything Goes

Comments and criticisms ARE welcome :)

-Thrifty Finn-