Guest Ghoul: 4 Simple Papercrafting Projects for Halloween with Stamp Witch Blog

When Natalie from Stamp Witch Blog popped up in a blogging group I’m a member of, I knew we would be friends based on her blog’s name alone. Turns out she is actually a pretty phenomenal crafter with an affinity for Halloween, so naturally I asked her if she’d be interested in sharing a DIY project with you guys. Instead, she is sharing FOUR! And they are ah-maz-ing. 


Please note: the giveaway mentioned in this post is now closed. [Updated Sept. 15, 2017]

4 Simple Papercrafting Projects for Halloween

By Natalie Lappoko, Stamp Witch Blog

Whether you are prepping for a party, want to give out special treats to your friends, or just want to get your abode into the Halloween spirit, these projects have got you covered!

Hi there spooky new friends!

I’m Natalie Lapakko, from Stamp Witch Blog where I teach papercrafting techniques and card making. I’m so excited to join you today as Miranda’s guest to share with you four papercrafting projects for Halloween!

A Spooky Little Party Setup

With lots of witch related ideas floating through my head, I started decorating my table for a Halloween party.

I started with a black cloth (actually a bed sheet), a tree branch stuck in a jar, and the creepiest looking books I could find on my bookshelf. Then, I picked up some fake pumpkins and interesting shaped glass bottles from Michael’s, the latter of which I promptly filled with water and food coloring to make potions.

That’s when the papercrafting fun began!

Let’s take a look at the whole party setup first, then break it down into parts you can easily make yourself.

Homemade Halloween party decor by Natalie Lapakko featuring Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Here are the supplies I used to make all four projects. I reuse the same supplies for all the projects so all the party decor coordinates really well. It also helps you stretch your supplies, so you can get a lot of use out of the same supplies.

Project #1

Homemade Halloween decorations by Natalie Lapakko - Licorice Witch Brooms using Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

How to Make Licorice Witch Brooms

This first project is very quick, so you can brew up a large batch all at once for events like an office party or even for handing out to small boys and ghouls on All Hallows itself. The decorations don’t damage the wrapper, so even the most suspicious of mummys, who check every treat for tiny pinholes, will approve.

  1. First, cut a piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper 2-1/2″ by 6″ (7.5 x 15 cm).
  2. On the back side of the paper (with the moon pattern) draw a line 1/2″ (1.2 cm) down from the top edge.
  3. Use a scissors to cut vertical slits from the bottom edge up to the pencil line. Space out the slits by about 1/4″ (0.5 cm). They do not have to be very precise.
  4. Put a thin line of glue along the top edge of the paper, just above the pencil line (still on the moon pattern side of the paper).
  5. Wrap the fringed paper around the end of an individually wrapped licorice piece (black striped side out, moon side in). Hold the paper in place for a couple seconds until the glue dries.
  6. Wrap a piece of Basic Black Baker’s Twine three or four times around the glued portion of the broom, then tie it in a knot.
  7. Fluff the fringes of the broom to make them stand out a little bit.

Project #2

Homemade Halloween decorations by Natalie Lapakko - Pentagon Treat Holders using Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

How to Make Pentagon Treat Holders

Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! is decorated with a coordinating pattern on both sides. I often can’t decide which pattern I like better! This pentagon treat holder is a great way to show off both sides of the paper at once. You can make a basic holder… or you can get as fancy as you want to with additional embellishments like clips, ribbons, or die cut shapes.

  1. First, cut a piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper into a 6″ by 6″ (15 x 15 cm) square.
  2. Fold the paper in half from corner to corner. A bone folder can help you get a nice sharp crease.
  3. Align your folder paper with the point up, like the roof of a house.
  4. Fold the bottom left corner of the triangle up and across, so the top edge of the left “arm” is horizontal. Crease with a bone folder.
  5. Fold the bottom right corner of the triangle up and across, so the top edge of the right “arm” is horizontal. Crease with a bone folder.
  6. Separate the layers at the top point. Fold the front layer straight down.
  7. If desired, add additional embellishments. For example, I used a Big Shot and Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies to cut pumpkin shapes from Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie colored cardstock. I attached the pumpkins and a small piece of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon using Gold Library Clips.
  8. Insert treats!

Project #3

Homemade Halloween decorations by Natalie Lapakko - Witch Hat ornaments using Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

How to Make Witch Hat Ornaments

  1. First, cut a large 2-7/8″ (7.3 cm) circle from Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.
    • There are several options for cutting circles: Layering Circle Dies (for use with a die cutting machine, such as a Big Shot), various sized Circle Punches, and the good old fashioned trace a circular object and cut it out.
  2. Next, cut the large circle in half to create a semicircle. Tie a piece of Basic Black Baker’s Twine in a loop then tape the loop to the inside of the half circle with the loop sticking out of the center of the straight side.
  3. Form the semicircle into a cone. Glue along one edge and hold in place until the glue is dry. (I experimented with using a double sided tape for this step and the kind I had did not hold well over time. I’d stick with glue even though it takes a little longer.)
  4. Cut two smaller 1-7/8″ (4.8 cm) circles. Glue these back to back, so they have the desired pattern showing on both sides.
  5. Dip the bottom edges of the cone in glue, then use it to attach the cone to the small circles. Wait for it to dry.
  6. Adhere approximately eight small glue dots around the bottom edge of the cone of the witches hat. I attached mine partially to the cone and partially to the base (like an L shape) for a little added stability.
  7. Wrap a piece of gold Mini Sequins Trim around the hat, sticking it in place with the glue dots.
  8. Hang the ornaments from a haunted looking stick tree. I cut the leaves off a branch from my yard and placed it in a jar filled with rocks for stability.

Project #4

Homemade Halloween party decor by Natalie Lapakko featuring Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

How to Make a Halloween Sampler

A framed decor piece like this is called a sampler. The name comes from quilting and the idea is the same; to make several small swatches to show off pretty patterned fabrics (or papers) and to showcase the different skills of your craft. Here’s how you can make one for yourself!

  1. First, find an 8 x 10″ photo frame and remove the glass. (I’m not sure what the standard sized photo frames are in metric, sorry!)
  2. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock the same size as the back piece of the frame.
  3. Next, cut two pieces of Basic Black and two pieces of Pumpkin Pie colored cardstock at 2-3/4″ by 3-3/4″.
  4. Then, cut four pieces of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper at 2-1/2″ by 3-1/2″. I chose two patterns that were generally darker and two that were lighter. Adhere these four pieces to the cardstock pieces and lay them out on the Very Vanilla background.
  5. Make a broom following the directions for project #1, but substitute a paper straw for a piece of licorice. I found black and white paper straws and was able to easily color it orange with a marker.
  6. Punch out a cat from Basic Black cardstock using the Cat Punch. (This was so easy that I punched out a few extras to make a garland, too.)
  7. Glue a little Gold Mini Sequins Trim across the cat’s neck for a collar.
  8. For the upper left rectangle, die cut a Pumpkin Pie colored pumpkin using Patterned Pumpkin dies and a Big Shot. Then, die cut a Cajun Craze colored circle and a Gold Glimmer Paper circle. I added a piece of Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon and stuck everything together with dimensionals.
  9. For the upper right rectangle, cut a piece of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon and a piece of Gold Mini Sequins Trim about 3″ long, fold them in half, and staple them in the corner.
  10. For the bottom right rectangle, wrap Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon around the panel and tape it on the back. Then, layer die cut circles of Gold Glimmer Paper, Cajun Craze, and Whisper White. In the center add a witch hat I cut out from the hat patterned Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.
  11. Arrange all the pieces so they look balanced, then glue them down. I found that with the large broom on the leftt side, I had to move all the rectangles slightly to the right of center to make them look balanced.

Homemade Halloween party decor by Natalie Lapakko featuring Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Halloween is coming quickly! If you want to try out any of these Stampin’ Up! products, order them soon so you have enough crafting time before Halloween arrives. You can find all the supplies I used here, and even more at Stampin’ Up!

I would be thrilled if you’d select me as your demonstrator when you make your order, as part of your purchase will go to support Stamp Witch Blog!

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Want to get your hands on some of these spooky goodies? Leave a comment telling us which DIY idea is your favorite. For EXTRA entries, head over to stampwitch.blog using the image link below.

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This giveaway closes Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 11:59 p.m. CST (convert to your local time). One winner will be drawn at random, and the winner will be notified via email by Friday, Sept. 15 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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The winner will be notified via the email address used to comment or gain additional entries via Rafflecopter. The winner will have 72 hours to respond from the time the email is sent from Spooky Little Halloween. If the winner does not respond within the 72-hour timeframe, Spooky Little Halloween and Stamp Witch Blog reserve the right to draw a new winner.

Best of luck!

Happy stamping and happy haunting everyone!

Stamp Witch Blog Natalie's hand painted signature

Natalie Lapakko started blogging as a way to document the handmade cards she created. After falling in love with the creative outlet, she became a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and loves holding workshops, teaching classes and connecting with crafty people. She is also a wife, mom of a toddler, and former elementary art teacher turned analyst for an education software company. Visit her online at stampwitch.blog.

 

 


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Miranda is the Houston-based writer, blogger and Halloween lover behind Spooky Little Halloween, the blog celebrating October 31st all year long. She is addicted to pumpkin guts, witches’ brews, skulls and all things spooky and celebrates her favorite day of the year with her annual party, Halloweenie Roast, each October.

49 Comments

  1. Reply

    Nicole Ashukian

    September 7, 2017

    I’m loving those witch hat ornaments! Definitely want to make those and put them on all my plants; what a great idea! That Halloween sampler seems to be calling my name too, though…may need to make a trip to the thrift store to find a suitable vintage frame!

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      September 7, 2017

      I love that sampler too – so simple, yet so stunning! :)

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      Natalie Lapakko

      September 8, 2017

      Ooh, a vintage frame would look so cool! I just picked a super basic one because I tend to switch out the images based on the season. I’m glad you liked the projects!

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    Serena

    September 7, 2017

    OMG, these projects are all SO cute. I think the little witch hats are my favorite… adorable!! <3 I might have to make a garland of them and hang it in our archway!

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    Anita Hampton

    September 7, 2017

    Wow, hard to choose which project is my favorite, I like them all and Natalie’s instructions are great. I can definitely tell that she has a background in teaching! My daughter is a new middle school teacher, so I think I may look for the wrapped licorice and make the witches broom treats for her students. Excellent DIY projects!

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      September 7, 2017

      I’m not sure I could pick if I had to, but those licorice brooms are super clever!

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      Natalie Lapakko

      September 8, 2017

      I’m so glad you like the projects! The witch brooms are great for students. Tell your daughter good luck from me; middle school students can be difficult at times, but for the most part they are wonderful!

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    Sue Beatty

    September 7, 2017

    I like both the pentagon treat holders and the licorice brooms. I work at an elementary school and these would be terrific treats for both students and coworkers! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      September 7, 2017

      Glad it got you inspired, Sue! Those treat holders are adorable, and I love that the paper is double sided!

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      Natalie Lapakko

      September 8, 2017

      I’m so glad you like the projects! As a former teacher, I still think about projects that would be easy to make for a whole classroom full of students!

  5. Reply

    Jillian

    September 8, 2017

    Okay, so I reeallly want to make that kitty garland!! Do you know where she got the template for that cat?

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    Nikki

    September 8, 2017

    All the projects are super cute, but I really loved that Halloween sampler! It’s the perfect blend of pretty and spooky.

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      September 8, 2017

      Exactly why I love it too, Nikki!

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      Natalie Lapakko

      September 8, 2017

      Thanks! I was really excited about all the witch themed paper patterns in the Spooky Night paper pack, and a sampler seemed like the perfect way to show them off!

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    Lisa fisher

    September 8, 2017

    Hi Natalie! I follow you anyway and loved when it took me here. I love Halloween!!! You asked to tell which one idea you shared was our favorite. Don’t make me choose! They were all so cute!! When I saw those darling treat holders, I said, yep, I’m making those! Then I saw the witch hat ornaments. Oh. My. Gosh. I was done for. And the sampler board! I’m been toying with a way to do something like that for awhile. Now I have my October idea!! Thank you so much for the awesome ideas!!! Well got to get busy…..lisa

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      September 8, 2017

      It’s SO hard to pick, isn’t it Lisa? Thanks for stopping by Spooky Little Halloween! I hope you’ll hang out with me through Halloween season to keep celebrating. :)

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      Natalie Lapakko

      September 8, 2017

      Lisa, thank you for your sweet comments! I’m so glad you stopped over here to see how fun it is to celebrate Halloween all year round!

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    Cheryl

    September 8, 2017

    Love the licorice brooms

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    Doreen

    September 8, 2017

    Love them all! Will try making the hats this weekend. And looking through some old frames to see if I have one I can use for the sampler. THANKS so much for all the fabulous ideas and very clear directions! Y’all are GREAT!

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      September 8, 2017

      Natalie is awesome at instructions! :) If you’re on Instagram, share a photo of your witch hats and tag us! I’d love to see them.

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      Natalie Lapakko

      September 12, 2017

      I’d love to see how your hats turn out! I’m so glad you’re excited to get started creating!

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    Monica Gellman

    September 8, 2017

    I love the sampler idea! So many variables.

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    Stephanie Grant

    September 11, 2017

    I’m really loving the Witch Hat Ornaments, they are sooo cute and will look great in my Nightmare Before Christmas themed tree this year!

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    Chelsea Celaya

    September 12, 2017

    So many great projects, it’s hard to pick just one! I love the look of the sampler and the witch hats, but I think the pentagon treat holders win. I’ve alway wanted to try to craft a cute little treat contraption of some kind and now seems as good a time as any. All of Natalie’s projects are super easy to follow and I am sure that I will be utilizing them all at some point this season!

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      Natalie Lapakko

      September 13, 2017

      I’m so glad you like them! The pentagon treat holders are a great project, in part because they look very impressive, but aren’t terribly difficult! I was surprised the first time I made them by how quick and easy they were!

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      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      September 14, 2017

      Those treat holders are super adorable!

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    Terry Duncan

    September 12, 2017

    I love all of the projects, but the little witch hats are my favorite. I can’t wait to try them!

  14. Reply

    linda

    September 13, 2017

    the witch hat ornaments look like so much fun! Thank you so much for sharing this post with us!

  15. Reply

    Brandy

    September 14, 2017

    Love the witches hats! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Reply

    Richelle S

    September 14, 2017

    All of these are so cute!! have to say the witch’s broom is my favorite :) licorice is my favorite candy!

  17. Reply

    Candace Jedrowicz

    March 14, 2018

    These crafts are so cute!

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