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Pineapple Costume & Pumpkin

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Pineapple Costume & Pumpkin

Pineapple Costume

  • Yellow t-shirt
  • 2 yards of yellow ribbon for belt
  • Plastic headband
  • Green ribbon to wrap headband
  • 6 sheets of 12×12 card stock
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Printable pattern and scissors
  • Sunglasses

Pineapple Pumpkin

  • Yellow craft paint
  • Foam brush
  • Sunglasses
  • 6 sheets of 12×12 green card stock
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Printable pattern and scissors
  • Glue Dots®

Directions for Headband:

  1. Wrap headband in green ribbon; glue as you go.
  2. Print pattern and cut out each pattern piece.
  3. From green card stock cut the following pieces (A-4) (B thru E-6) (F-8) and (G-10).
  4. Begin by taking a 6×12” piece of card stock and roll into a tube that will fit the width of the headband and glue along the 6” side of the strip to hold its tube shape.
  5. Starting with the (A) pieces glue them around the top edge of the tube being sure to space them evenly and about 3/4” inch from the top of the tube.
  6. (B) pieces should be glued about 3/4” below the (A) pieces.
  7. Continue moving down the tube about 3/4” below the prior row (the more pieces in the row will mean they should be closer together and even overlap a bit.
  8. Last row should be at the bottom edge of the tube.
  9. Cut a 1/2×5” piece of green card stock and starting at the back glue the strip to cover the raw edges and give a finished look.
  10. Now use a large amount of glue and attach to headband being sure to hold in place till dry and secure.

Pumpkin:

  1. On a covered work surface paint pumpkin 2-3 coats until evenly covered and set aside to dry.
  2. Make stem by cutting a 3×12” strip of card stock and roll into a tube that will fit around the existing stem of the pumpkin and stand up straight, when the size is determined glue the 3” side of the strip to the tube to hold its shape.
  3. From green card stock cut the following pieces (C-6) (D-8) (F-8) and (G-12) NOTE: you may want to adjust number and size of leaves according to the size and shape of your pumpkin.
  4. Starting with (C) pieces glue them around the top edge of the tube being sure to space them evenly and about ½-3/4” from the top of the tube.
  5. Continue with remaining pieces as you did for the headband.
  6. Cut a piece of ribbon or card stock to finish the bottom edge of the tube, glue tube in place over the pumpkin stem.
  7. Sunglasses will stay in place with a Glue Dot® at the bottom of each frame.


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Lion Costume

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Lion Costume

Supplies:

  • One Skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick™ Yarn
  • Yardstick or Ruler
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Face Paint

To Make:

  1. Cut 6 pieces of yarn each 2 yards long.
  2. With all 6 pieces together, tie a knot about 1 inch from the end.
  3. Divide into 3 sections and braid the entire length. Tie a knot 1 inch from the end and set aside.
  4. Cut about 10 pieces of yarn 8" long and set aside.
  5. Create pom poms for the mane. Wrap yarn around 3 fingers (2 1/2") about 12 times. Stop and cut off yarn.
  6. Take one of the pre-cut 8" pieces and put it through the wrapped yarn. Tie in an overhand knot. Slip off fingers and cut to form pom pom. Separate the 2 ties from the pom pom and tie in a knot onto the long braid starting in the center.
  7. Continue making pom poms and tying onto base braid until the entire skein has been used. Lion mane should go from chin over head to other side of chin. Check sizing occasionally as you go and cut more 8" pieces as needed.
  8. Use face paint for lion's nose and whiskers.

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DIY Teal Pumpkins

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DIY Teal Pumpkins

Create Your own teal pumpkin in support
of FARE®’s Teal Pumpkin Project™! Learn More


An easy craft for decorative or real pumpkins!

Supplies:

  • Your Choice of Pumpkin
  •  Ceramcoat® Paint: White, Mermaid Blue, Sea Foam Blue, Blue Velvet, Metallic 14K Gold
  • Glamour Dust Glitter Paint
  • Printable Pattern
  • Brushes and Sponges 

There is no one right or wrong way to go about painting your pumpkin. Have fun and just play with different techniques and applications! The best part about painting pumpkins is that if there are any mistakes you can just paint over it. 

We chose to focus on simple but beautifully painted pumpkins for this season. This walk through could be a direct guide or inspiration. 

Let's get started!

Prime your pumpkin with white paint.
This gives you a blank canvas to start with!

For the first pumpkin:
I used Mermaid Blue paint to start, coating the entire pumpkin. It didn't need more than one coat, but you could always do another layer for good measure.
Then, I watered down Sea Foam Blue paint and applied it to the tops of the ridges. I then quickly blended out the edges with the foam brush. 
Lastly, I brought back in the shadows of the indentions by lightly adding diluted Blue Velvet paint. Afterwards I used the excess paint on my brush by dabbing it on the pumpkin for added texture. 

For the stem, I started with a layer of Toffee Brown. Once it dried, I added Metallic 14K Gold paint with a dry brush. It's ok if this looks a little messy, more texture looks nice on the stem. After everything was dry, I did a light layer of glitter paint to create a sheen.

For the second pumpkin:
I mixed Mermaid Blue with Caribbean Blue and did one even coat to cover the entire pumpkin. 
Now, you could use our printable pattern or create your own jack-o'-lantern face!
I painted mine on using the Blue Velvet and did my little highlight lines with Caribbean Blue.

For it's stem I used the Blue Velvet and then went over it with some of the Caribbean Blue on the ridges as a finishing touch.

If you like the matte finish, stop here. If you want a glossier finish, you can use a gloss spray paint or use the glitter paint as suggested on the first pumpkin.

and Voila! Make sure to share your creations with us :)

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Cheesecloth Ghost

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Cheesecloth Ghost

Materials

  • Cheesecloth (1.5 square yard); 1-2 packages depending on ghost size
  • Fabric Stiffener, plastic cup, latex gloves, plastic bag or plastic wrap
  • Cardstock
  • Styrofoam ball ™
  • Chenille Stems
  • Tape
  • Peel and stick wiggle eyes
  • Super Tacky Glue

Instructions

  1. Build ghost form using cardstock tube, Styrofoam™ ball and chenille stems(for arms); tape together and stand form on plastic or wax paper.
  2. Cut cheesecloth in to strips about 3 times the height of your ghost and 6-7 inches wide (you will need at least 5-6 strips).
  3. Pour small amount of fabric stiffener into plastic cup.
  4. Wearing gloves, take one pice of cheesecloth, dip into stiffener, squeeze out excess, open up and place over ghost form. Continue with each piece until ghost is fully formed.
  5. Let dry overnight.
  6. Add peel and stick wiggle eyes.

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Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath

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Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath

Supplies:

  • Black deco mesh – 2 rolls
  • Black chenille stems
  • Wire wreath form
  • Purple wire edged ribbon 1.5” wide (about 4 yds.)
  • Unfinished wood letters
  • Super Tacky Glue
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Silver glitter

Directions:

  1. Cut mesh into strips that are 6x10”
  2. Cut chenille stems in half with wire cutters or old scissors. Be sure to leave one not cut for bow.
  3. Pull corners of deco mesh that are diagonally opposite each other to give mesh a little twist. Pinch together at the center (hold with clothespin optional) Repeat with 2 more pieces of deco mesh. Take these 3 pieces and crisscross each at the pinched center, take a chenille stem (cut in half) and twist around the deco mesh. Attach to wired wreath form.
  4. Repeat around the wreath form until desired fullness.
  5. Take unfinished wood letters and cover with Super Tacky Glue. Sprinkle with silver glitter. Be sure to work over a piece of scrap paper. Shake excess glitter onto scrap paper and return to container. Repeat with each letter. After dried attach to wreath with using glue gun.
  6. To make bow cut ribbon into 9 - 12” pieces; be sure to cut each end on the diagonal. Stack the ribbon pieces and use a chenille stem to twist them together at the center. Curl ribbon ends toward the center to form loose, fluffy bow. Attach bow to wreath form with chenille stem.
  7. Use extra ribbon to form hanger.

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