Halloween Blocks

I found some adorable Halloween scrapbooking supplies at the Dollar Spot at Target. I don't scrapbook, but these were so cute I knew I had to find something use them for.

Amanda at Imperfectly Beautiful makes these really cute blocks (go buy some!), and I wanted to try to do something fun like that for Halloween.  My Hero picked up a piece of 2x6 from Home Depot for me and cut it down into pieces roughly 7 1/4" long.

I used his awesome Dremel sander to smooth out the ends and the corners. (I love this sander, by the way.) Then I painted them with regular black acrylic craft paint, and they were all ready to be decorated.

I found one collection of free vintage Halloween images here, and another great source for vintage holiday images here. Free! It was a tough choice because they're all so stinkin' cute, but I picked these four, resized them in Photoshop and used Mod Podge to mount the images on heavy duty black cardboard to give them a little depth.

I don't know how I've never used Mod Podge before, but this stuff rocks. I used it to adhere my scrapbook papers to the wood and then went to town embellishing them. A few hours later, and here's what I made!

Okay, besides the mess, these!

I don't know which one is my favorite, I love how they all turned out...

Aren't those polka dots perfect for that little clown?  I had the ribbon left over from the lemonade stand.  (One day there will be pictures of this lemonade stand, I swear.)

This black and green ribbon was the only other thing I bought, $1.19.

The burlap was left over from a project a hundred years ago. And I made little bats out of ribbon.  I love them!

This pretty orange bow came off a package of potpourri I bought.  See, you never know when those bits and pieces come in handy!

These were so fun to make, and cheap, too. The wood cost about $5, the Halloween papers and stickers cost $3, plus the ribbon... puts me at under ten bucks!  Ain't no recession gonna keep me down!


Anonymous said...

dude!!!! i love these!!!! soooooooo cute! you are so stinkin talented!

Carnal Zen said...

Soooo adorable. Ok fine I admit it your perfectionism has it's upsides. Now where are those Halloween Costume pics?!

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

They look fantastic. Really fabulous.

Kat said...

Dear Lynn,
Thank you for your kind words on my blog yesterday. It's wonderful to meet a fellow traveller on the path to self-love in 2010.
I can really relate to the behaviour you describe, and have totally witnessed a number of my mythologies about myself become self-fulfilling prophecies. And how exhausting is the relentless comparison to other people? I confessed to Monica (aka The Creative Beast) that one of the reasons I didn't start up a blog was that I was so overwhelmed by the quality and depth of other people's.
So it's been such a heartening experience to have sensitive and generous souls like yourself reach out with kindness and encouragement.
By the way, I love the gorgeous creations you have featured in your blog. I look forward to seeing more in 2010!