Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Last month I went to a Stampin' Up! stamp camp. We made these adorable Halloween candy holders. My variation is a little different than the original, but you get the idea. (Check out those conjoined twin pumpkins on the right!)

Here's a close-up of the ghost detail on the front. Use different shape circles for the eyes to create a "crazy" ghost! Use googly eyes for an even bigger impact.

Close-up of the sentiment on the inside. You can use any lettering to stamp "boo." I added the witch spider stamp for fun.

black cardstock
white cardstock
orange cardstock
Stampin' Up! owl builder punch
Stampin' Up! scallop circle punch
Circle cutters
1"x8" cellophane bags
approx 24 M&Ms per bag
craftsmart Halloween stamp
letter stamps to spell out "boo"
black ink stamp pad

Fill cellophane bags with about 24 M&Ms and fold over to seal. Make sure to not fill it all the way to the top. You'll need enough room to create a "tab" that you can tape the tag to. Punch out ghost by using the owl punch onto white cardstock. Cut off the legs and flip it upside down and there's your ghost. Draw on eyes with a black marker. I punched out tiny black circles using the owl punch and glued them on. You could also use googly eyes. Make the black base tag by folding a small piece of black cardstock in half and then punching out circle just off the edge to create a card that opens. Cut a smaller circle on the inside to create a window. (Stampin' Up! makes a circle window die cut that does all this in one step, but I don't own one so I had to improvise.) Punch orange cardstock using scallop circle punch. Stamp "boo" sentiment in the center. Glue ghost onto front of tag. Glue window to orange scallop circle. Tape the tag onto candy bag. Punch black cardstock using scallop circle punch. Line up with tag and tape to back of the candy bag for a finished look. Laura has Stampin' Up! ideas and much more on her blog

It sounds like a lot of work, but it went by pretty quickly with my 'lil helpers. They filled the bags with candy while I did all the cutting and punching. My 6 yr old is crafty enough to glue on all the eyes and ghosts. It did get a little messy because those eyes circles are so darn tiny. It was a fun Halloween arts & crafts project for the kids. We had quite the production line going.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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