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.
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.
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.
- First, cut a piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper 2-1/2″ by 6″ (7.5 x 15 cm).
- On the back side of the paper (with the moon pattern) draw a line 1/2″ (1.2 cm) down from the top edge.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Fluff the fringes of the broom to make them stand out a little bit.
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.
- First, cut a piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper into a 6″ by 6″ (15 x 15 cm) square.
- Fold the paper in half from corner to corner. A bone folder can help you get a nice sharp crease.
- Align your folder paper with the point up, like the roof of a house.
- 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.
- 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.
- Separate the layers at the top point. Fold the front layer straight down.
- 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.
- Insert treats!
How to Make Witch Hat Ornaments
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wrap a piece of gold Mini Sequins Trim around the hat, sticking it in place with the glue dots.
- 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.
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!
- 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!)
- Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock the same size as the back piece of the frame.
- Next, cut two pieces of Basic Black and two pieces of Pumpkin Pie colored cardstock at 2-3/4″ by 3-3/4″.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Glue a little Gold Mini Sequins Trim across the cat’s neck for a collar.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
[CLOSED] Enter the Papercrafting Halloween Giveaway
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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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Best of luck!
Happy stamping and happy haunting everyone!
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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