Friday, October 18, 2013

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Ghoulish Monster Hair Accessory and a Kid Friendly - Specimen Craft

Hello I’m Stephanie from SK Designs, and I am excited to have a guest spot on the 13
days of Handmade Halloween! Today I am going to be showing you how to make this
Ghoulish Monster Eye hair accessory! I also have a very simple craft project that your
kids can do while you work on your crafts, Specimen Halloween Craft, which I will post
at the end of the hair accessory tutorial!

 First of all you need to gather your supplies. These are the supplies I used for mine:

• Scissors
• Hot glue gun & Glue sticks
• 12 ½” Ribbon of your choice
• Barrette or headbands (your choice!)
• Googly craft eyes
• Feathers in assorted colors & sizes
• Needle & Thread (Don’t worry-you don’t need to be a seamstress to make these-
it’s very simple, I promise!)
• Embellishments (Mine are craft picks from the wedding section at Michaels)
• *Optional* Hot glue fingertip protectors

Ghoulish Monster Hair Accessory

Step 1: Take your ribbon, and cut 2 pieces to 5 ¼” and another small piece at 2”. Heat
seal the edges with a lighter so the ends won’t unravel. Fold your first 5 ¼” ribbon to
make a bow, making sure the seam is in the middle.

Step 2: Using your needle and thread, tie a knot in the end of the thread and pull it
through the center of your ribbon, securing it. Repeat this step with the second ribbon,
stacking it on top of the first. After you have your two bows stacked and sewn in the
middle go ahead and pull the needle and thread through BOTH layers of the bow to make
it sturdier. (Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect, nobody will see it later anyway!!) Set

Step 3: Take your googly eyes and pick which feathers you’d like to use - it’s your
project - it can be as wild or tame as you make it! You can play around with your feathers
before you glue them down to make sure it is just how you want it to look. Once you get
a look you like, go ahead and apply a SMALL dab of hot glue to the feather and attach
the other feathers together. I added feathers to the front AND back of my base feather.

Step 4: Taking your craft picks disassemble them so you have many smaller picks with
one or two rhinestones on them. Then I curled up the ends around a glue stick to tuck
away the sharp edges and give the pick a little more stability in the piece when I glue
them down. Once you have done this glue it to the back of the feather stack. Then glue on
the googly eye to the front of the stack. Set aside.

Step 5: Grab your barrette and open it up. Remove the inside piece and set aside. Then
take your bows and center them on the barrette, and use your needle and thread to attach
it to the center of the barrette. Secure the rest of the ribbon to the top of the clip with your
hot glue-making sure not to use too much so it dribbles out the sides. Then take the 2”
piece of ribbon and dab glue on the center inside the barrette to secure the ribbon with.
Replace the piece you pulled out earlier. Then flip the barrette over and put glue in the
center and wrap the edges of the ribbon up to the middle. (See, now you can’t even see
the stitching!)

Step 6: Now for the best part!! Take your googly eye and feather stack and glue them
down on to the top of the bow! Fill in feathers if necessary to cover glue spots. Let dry.
And Wha-La!! A Ghoulish Monster Eye hair accessory any ghoul girl would be thrilled
to wear!

*TIP* If you are using a headband instead of a hairclip, you can do the same steps as
above only attaching the pieces to the headband instead of the clip! If I am making hair
accessories for a small baby/toddler I like to make it as a bow, and then clip the bow to
the headband so the hair accessory can still be worn as the child gets older*

Specimen Halloween Craft {Kid Friendly}
For this kid friendly project you will need:

• *Hot glue gun & Glue sticks (This part YOU will have to do before hand, unless
your child is older and can do it without getting burned & is supervised for safety)
• Silicone craft molds –Mine are Martha Stewart that I got for ½ off at Joann’s.
• Scissors (Again, please make sure you cut out the paper unless your child is old
enough to handle scissors or has child approved scissors & is supervised)
• Stickers from Oriental Trading Company
• Scrapbook paper
• Small picture frame
• Non-toxic paint & Paintbrush
• Embellishments

If your kids are anything like mine they LOVE to do craft projects!! This one is so simple
and it doesn't take very long either; which is great if your child has a shorter attention
span (like my youngest!) This project is also great to do as a quick project for adults too.
Literally it only takes a few minutes and you’re done!

For this project we used small picture frames that hang in the bathroom, which I can switch out seasonally, you can use any frame for this project!

This is my little helper, Kate!

Step 1: Using your silicone mold squeeze some hot glue in to the mold to fill it up, set
aside for a minute and let harden. (It doesn't take long at all!!)

Step 2: Gather up all of your Halloween scrapbook paper or plain colored papers, and a
picture frame. Open the frame and remove the glass. With adult supervision, have your
child cut the paper down to fit inside the frame you have chosen for this project. Insert
the paper in to the frame; place the glass back inside, and close up the back. By doing
it like this, your child can decorate their paper and glue the 3D “specimens” on and you
will know your glass is safe, too!

Step 3: Have your child paint the dried glue with non-toxic paint. Then set it aside to dry.
(A hairdryer on low setting will help to speed up this process!)

Step 4: Using Halloween stickers, let your child decorate the paper any way they like.
Our stickers are from Oriental Trading Company. Add embellishments if desired, too!

Step 5: Glue the “specimen” on to the paper in the frame and set it out/hang it up for

And there you have it! A very simple craft project your kids can do!!

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