Are you hosting a ghoul-tastic halloween party? Or are you making your kids costume? We love everything Halloween, but sometimes we need help in the crafting department. For help we enlisted the DIY crafting goddess that is Martha Stewart who shared some cool crafts and Halloween in the latest issue of Martha Stewart’s Fall 2013 Halloween Special Issue.
Check out some of these Halloween highlights from the magazine to complete your Halloween this year:
Tools & Materials
• large pumpkin
• keyhole saw ?or serrated knife
• fleshing tool
• sisal rope
• 3 eyebolts, with washers and nuts
• 3 long, straight branches
• 20-gauge wire
• S hook
• outdoor stake light (with yellow ?or orange bulb)
• sturdy glass bowl
• dry ice and protective gloves
1. Cut top off pumpkin, using saw. Hollow out pumpkin with ?eshing tool. Drill 3 equidistant holes about 2 inches below opening. Cut 3 lengths of rope to hang pumpkin. Tie 1 end of each rope to an eyebolt. Push eyebolts through holes in pumpkin; secure with washers and nuts. Prop branches in a tepee shape, and secure at top with wire; thread wire inside top to hang S hook. Hide visible wire with rope. Knot pumpkin’s rope ends together, and hang from S hook.
2. For “?re”: Insert stake light into the ground, and cover it with twigs. For “mist”: Put glass bowl with dry ice inside pumpkin; add some water. (Wear gloves when handling dry ice.)
Keyhole saw,from $5.50; natural sisal rope (65495), 3/8 inches by 50 feet, $9; eyebolt with nut, 1/4 by 4 inches, $0.50; cut washer, 1/4 inches, $2.50 for 25, homedepot.com. fleshing tool, $4.50, ceramicsupplyinc.com. Panacea 20-gauge paddle wire in Green, $3.50, createforless.com. Thomas and Betts stake light, $8, amazon.com. dry ice, dryicedirectory.com for locations.
Woodland Sprite Costumes
Tools & Materials
• basic sewing
• screw punch
• waxed twine
• embroidery needle
• millinery butterflies
• hot-glue gun
• woodland sprites
(see page 110)
• wool felt
• fabric flowers
• ribbon, 3/4- and
• green tarp
• plastic frog
• 9-inch wooden
(exterior ring only)
• piece of wood,
16 by 1/2 inch
FOR SKIRTS Cut tulle 60 inches wide and twice as long as you want the skirt to be; for our sprites, the tulle was 12, 26, and 40 inches long, for skirts 6, 13, and 20 inches long. For each skirt, cut 5 to 8 pieces, depending on desired fullness. Stack layers and pin to secure; use screw punch to make holes 1 inch apart lengthwise along center. Using waxed twine and embroidery needle, stitch through holes, leaving thread ends long. Fold tulle along seam, and cinch thread for waist of skirt. Trim layers of tulle as desired for a cascading effect.
FOR HEADPIECES For butterflies: Cut 4 pieces of tulle 5 by 30 inches; stack them. Use screw punch to make holes 1 inch apart down the center. Using waxed twine and embroidery needle, stitch through holes; then cinch thread ends and knot. Wire butterflies into tulle, and hot-glue to headband. For flowers: Use template to cut a felt oval; hot-glue fabric flowers and 3/4-inch ribbon ties to it. For frog: Use template to cut a lily pad shape from green tarp. Hot-glue a plastic frog to lily pad, and glue to headband.
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FOR BUTTERFLY NECKLACE Remove 3 butterflies from wires; hot-glue them together at the tips of their wings. Glue outer wings to 3/8-inch ribbons.
FOR NETS Cut a piece of tulle 31 by 18 inches; fold it in half, and stitch it into 18-inch long tube. Cinch and stitch one end closed. Stitch the open end around hoop. Drill a hole in wood piece, 1/2 inch from end; unscrew hoop, insert wood piece, and use hoop’s screw to secure. Add hot-glue to reinforce.
Rocky-Road Brownie Bites
makes 4 dozen
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter,
room temperature, cut
into pieces; plus more for tins
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder,
plus more for tins
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces bittersweet or
semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/2 cup salted peanuts
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Generously butter mini mu?n tins; dust with cocoa, tapping out excess. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. 2. Melt butter and chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water; remove bowl from pan. Add sugar; stir to combine. Add eggs; mix to combine. Stir in flour mixture just until combined (do not overmix). 3. Spoon batter into prepared tins, filling each cup just over halfway. Bake until a cake tester comes out with only a few crumbs attached, about 10 minutes. 4. Remove from oven, and sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips, peanuts, and marshmallows. Continue baking until chocolate is shiny and marshmallows are puffed and browned in spots, about 7 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks; let cool completely. (Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.)
Brownie Bites: Photo by Nigel Cox. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013.
Pumpkin Cauldron: Photo by Lucas Allen. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013.
Construction images of the Woodland Sprite costume: Photos by Bryan Gardner. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013.
Main image of the girls in their Woodland Sprite costumes: Photo by Anna Williams. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013.
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