|Three Halloween sets of Decorations for front porch or steps|
|Altered skeletons and Urns from Dollar Tree|
|Side version of Urns|
|Back of Urns|
|Three Halloween sets of Decorations for front porch or steps|
|Altered skeletons and Urns from Dollar Tree|
|Side version of Urns|
|Back of Urns|
|These are the Urns from Dollar Tree-4 to a package. I believe they are trophies and in the party aisle. I cut with a Dremel tool the handles off and sanded the rough edges. I used gray Acrylic paint with fine sand added to it. Two coats and it looks like cement. Dry brush Verdi-Gris finish over or turquoise, brown for aging effect. Green paint or moss could be added.|
Next cut 2 Dollar Tree plastic skeletons off just under the rib. These will be a tight fit but the plastic is soft. Push in at bottom of ribs and force into the planter securing with a dot of glue. Next use a heat gun and apply to the arms top to pull up and out. Curve the elbows while heating to bend and fold at a curve. I used a curved pair of pliers for this. Be careful it gets very hot. Use pliers to hold the shape until they cool off or drop into water. The hands can be folded outward by the heat gun. The signs are from scrapbook items in my stash and glued onto the hands and clamped until dry. The skeletons were dry brushed with brown and then when dry dry brushed with white over the brown. These are a little taller 3-3/4", but they look good in a garden scene or corner of a porch. Fall leaves were tucked into the gaps around the skeleton.
Pods for pumpkins jewel finds, wood slices for base, plastic birds .
These pumpkins are in the candle aisle at Dollar Tree or craft shop, and shown in the picture below. They look like little pumpkins but more primitive. Each bag has multi sizes in them and each container has 3 different sizes. Big on the bottom, middle size in the middle and small on top. I painted the bottom black and used nail stencils for the design. Tooth picks dotted black paint on the orange pumpkin in the middle, the top one was painted white and black stripes added. The crow on top is from the wedding area of Dollar Tree and are in the form of white doves for favors. Black acrylic paint those. The urn is a jewel find shown below as well as the wood slice you could cut from a twig. I found these wood slices in different sizes all in a bag at the craft store. These slices are handy for walkways in Fairy Gardens. When paint is dry use a thick glue and assemble one on top of another as shown. These stand 2-3/4" tall including the crow on top.
|Dollar Tree has a whole bag of these black and orange shiny glitterd balls in 4 different sizes, could be used in jars or candles. I stacked 3 different sizes on top of each other and added to jewel finds painted black and then Verdis-Gris finish on top. I used a thin ribbon around each layer in orange and black and found Halloween stickers for decoration. These stand 2-1/4" tall.|
|Dollar tree nail stencils. I was excited about these. They have about 6 different packages with many designs in each package. I used one on the black pumpkin but not good on a round surface. Flat would be ideal. The stencil is a soft plastic with a little sticky on the back and can be used again and again. You could paint pillows, material, trays, chair backs,borders, designs on furniture. I really like the stripes, stars, and spiderweb designs. The trick would be to dry wipe paint just like a real stencil and darken as needed. Gently wipe off paint from the stencil and it is ready for the next time. Comes adhered to clear plastic sheet.|
|These are some of the items used plus other ideas that could be used as a base of the urns. The pods are what I used for the pumpkins. They take paint real nice but could be sealed with matt Modge Podge. The white dove was painted black, The tulip like jewel find (found at Hobby Lobby) is what I used for the urn and painted black and Verdi-Gris dry wiped over. The other items are what could be used as bases. Those huge earrings from the 1980's can now be used as mini bases for lamps and flower pots. Remember a coat of paint does wonders for junk items. I really liked the sand in the paint for cement texture. A couple coats of Gesso would add texture as well if you don't have the sand.|
The colors of fall are my favorite. I splurged for mums by the door. The temperature has dropped from the 80's this week down to 60's. It now feels so cold and time to take out the heavier clothes and fuzzy blankets. Fall seems to be coming earlier, the leaves are really changing and falling down and the squirrels are really busy stashing black walnuts into my flower beds. I go through this every year, they forget where they are and they grow in the flower beds. I usually have to remove about 60 bitty trees every spring.
Trash to Treasure skeleton chair. A salvaged Victorian chair that had curved arms, with the upholstery inserts removed. They were replaced with scrapbook paper with bones on them. Total height including the head is 5" high. Chair was painted black.
It had no legs on it so tooth picks were glued into the holes that previously held the other legs. When tooth picks were all dry, legs and arms from a Dollar Tree skeleton were cut off. The whole body will be used so keep everything. For the front legs cut at the knee cap and fit onto the toothpick so that it rests on the heel of the skeleton. You will probably have to cut a bit of the tooth pick off. I used tacky glue and clamped both front legs until dry. Make sure you choose a skeleton with flat feet, otherwise you will have to warm them up a bit. Now do the back legs the same way. Make sure the chair is level by cutting the toothpicks and then cut the top of the leg bone to fit. Clamp the back legs until dry. Each of the legs should be tucked under the chair. I used round tooth picks and if the hole to insert them is not round drill one on all corners. The toothpicks after they are painted look like they are a part of the skeleton leg.
Next will be the front chest and arms. You will need a heat gun for this and tweezers or pliers and two hands. I placed my heat gun in a drawer in front of me and closed it in so it pointed to the side and away from my face. Remove the backbone from the ribs and arms. The head should stay on the back bone. I cut a tad off the shoulder blades because it stuck out too far. Concentrate on the ribs and top of the shoulders on the arms. The back section of the ribs I cut off right under where the arms were. You can use on the back but I thought it was a bit much. Heat and press those out as flat as you can. Now do the elbows so it fits to the back of the chair. I glued this down to the back and at the elbows with glue and clamped until dry. Next heat the hand areas and flatten them down over the curves. Glue and clamp down until dry.
The next area is the back with the Head, spine and hip bones. I eliminated the back rib cage, it was a little too much. Glue and clamp this down until dry. The top of the head fits on the top of the chair. That's it. Easy Peasy.! The skeleton was then dry brushed with a little brown paint and then dry brush with a little white.
This chair would look great next to the skeleton dresser from my last post. Another idea would be to make a man and woman by putting hats or hair onto them.
Now that Fall is finally here the catalog company's are sending them out. Wow, the mail box was real full yesterday. For those of you who like the resin Doll furniture with about 6-8 items in it www.collectionsEtc.com has 2 sets geared to Christmas that are really cute and inexpensive. A lot of things could be done with it .
They also have sets of treat bags that are really cute. The ones I like are Santa pants treat bags. Very clever.
Everything I have ever gotten from them is good quality.
As soon as the kids are in school I get the feeling I should be learning something too, This year I signed up for a Creative writing class online on How to write Children's books, and a refresher course in digital cameras. Even though I am now able to take College courses free of charge at the present time I like the online classes which can be scheduled around my time or not.
Our local Art Museum was offering an oil painting class based on the Dutch painters from the 16th century like -Vermeer (the Girl with the Pearl Earring) I thought it intriguing and signed up for that. Two weeks in and I'm lost. Never painted like this before. I choose an egg and yolk on a background of blue feathers. It was probably the wrong choice. It is sometimes better to walk into something leaving what you know outside the door because if you don't something new might refuse to slip into your head. I still have 4 more weeks so there will be updates and hopefully a picture. I hope that I can miniaturize the process. It involves a lot of drawing in pencil first.
Next blog will involve 3 different sets of front porch or step planters for Halloween using Dollar tree items and jewel finds. I wish I had them all in large size for my steps. Hope you enjoy!
Trash to Treasure Dresser made from match boxes, large Altoid tin and small Altoids tin, scrapbook paper, beads jewel finds plastic mirror and plastic skeleton
|Close up of feet on the dresser|
Items needed for this project: Dollar Tree plastic skeleton, heat gun, plastic frame from children's area of religious goods area,, small Altoids tin-1-l/2"x2-1/4", large Altoids tin 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" four match boxes from Dollar Tree - 1-1/4" x 2". Scrap book paper of your choice, bead claw feet jewel finds from Bead landing found at Michael's Craft stores. Beads for drawer openers, jewel finds, small key. Paint black for frame and clip art of skeletons from Internet.
This little chest is 5-3/4" high 2-1/4' wide and 3-3/4" long. All the match boxes can be opened and the Altoids tins open to store items inside.
Glue 4 match boxes together, two on top of each other and then 2 units side by side. Use a rubber band to secure until dry. The drawers were covered on the front with apotacary labels printed off the Internet. Glue on to front and then I used Tim Holtz Alcohol ink pads in vintage brown to clean up the sides, and age them. Glue on beads or jewel finds for the drawer pulls. Cover the entire assembly with paper all around top and sides and let dry. Pull the drawers out and apply glue to the back of boxes and lay down on paper until dry. Trim off the excess flat to the boxes. Use alcohol ink pads again to cover up the cut area(usually white) and make it aged.
On the large Altoids tin use a Dremel tool and make a hole in each corner. Then off to the side at an angle make another hole and cut the center out. The jewel find with the claw has a loop on it and needs to come up into the inside of the Altoids tin. I used a cut tooth pick and inserted it into the ring inside and then put a drop of glue on top of the assembly. Let dry, then you can cover the bottom with paper. The Altoids tins I used scrapbook paper top and bottom and inside lined. Use a thin piece of typing paper and lay inside on lid and bottom. Using a pencil or stylus go around the edge to make marks on paper for the pattern. Cut to size, cut out of patterned paper and glue inside. The outside top and bottoms on each tin I just glued down onto paper and let dry. I then used a sharp razor blade and cut to size and around the curves.
Glue on top of Large Altoids tin the match box assembly, then the small Altoids tin. Cut the arms and legs off the skeleton and using a heat gun(See my blog post of 9/19/ 2017 for how to melt plastic using a heat gun) melt the legs to go around the small Altoids tin. Do the same with the arms around the picture frame. I used a Popsicle stick painted black and attached my frame to that., Make sure you lift the frame high enough so that you have clearance for the tin to open up Glue the stick to the back of the matchbox assembly. I put the hands like they were clutching the picture of the skeleton and glued them on with clamps until dry. Glue the legs on the matchbox assembly around the mini Altoid Tin.
This was a fun project and cost very little.
Bead landing 4 to a card found at Michael's Craft store. Glass ball with claw feet. Great find with coupon they were about $2.50
Dollar tree find for miniature makeovers. These measure about 6-3/4", are made of heavy cardboard, they could be cut down on the top and bottom and lined and jewel finds, handles and wood slats added across the top. They could also be cut down somewhat 1-3/4" with the lid on. These could also be used as packaging for your mini club treats and gifts if you have a party. Love these
I do not have a picture but will mention this because it involves the Christmas Decorations they are starting to put out right now at Dollar Tree. This year they are selling a clear plastic ornament in the shape of a canning jar. It has a metal looking screw on lid. The possibilities of this are endless. They also have near by bags of confetti to put in the bottom. I like the small white and blue snowflakes that could be used as decorations on a mini Christmas tree. The other confetti is candy color red and white and silver. These little containers could be used for packaging for a mini gift exchange, you could make ornaments with mini scenes in them. I did not see if our Dollar Trees had the mini village sets in yet. I know they did not get the Halloween ones in this year but they probably will the Christmas ones. They would be about the right size for these jars.
These jars would also be great for Halloween Decorating for the house. Find vintage apothecary labels, age them up and fill the jars with funky stuff. Hang on a tree branch stuck into a flower pot. Drape the Creepy cloth over the branch like a spider web. Get a pack of plastic spiders for added dimension . They also have a large package of ping pong balls with eyeballs on them. Glue a loop of ribbon and hang for ornaments.
The back drop on my photo shoot came from Dollar Tree. I really like this stuff. Creepy cloth, comes in black and the off white color. 30" x 72" is the size. Could be curtains, table clothes, ghost clothes, bedspreads and that's just mini ideas.
Found these at a thrift store for 50 cents. These are blown glass mini candle holders for a birthday cake , but when you turn them upside down they are fancy cake holders for a mini bakery. They are smaller than the size of a quarter. The handles are pretty fragile, a pliers broke one off very cleanly. There were 25 of them in the package.
Another Dollar Tree find. A child's play set Legends of the Wild West. This had some people and horse to it but I just like the fire tripod and the wagon.
Dollar Tree wagon stripped of the canopy now will be repainted and made into a fall pumpkin and produce wagon, maybe mums, for the mini scenes. The size is only 3-3/4" x 1-1/2". The wheels are so cute.
Another Dollar Tree find. In the office supply area is where I found these. 36 sheets of wood grained paper in the colors shown. The paper is 5 x 7" but the wood sheets could be cut down into mini size use. The graining is mini size even though the width is not. I also found other mini paper packs there with mini prints that could be used for gift wrap or wallpaper in a mini scene.
Hear no evil, Speak no Evil, See no Evil. Plastic skeletons from Dollar Tree that have been altered with a heat tool. Growing up there was a statue in plain view in my house for every kid to see of 3 monkeys with the same design and sentiment as these skeletons. It always reminded me to be good. Somehow the skeletons further drive the message home.
A heat tool is needed to heat up the plastic. My brand is Darice, but look in your scrap book Aisle . It is used to melt embossing powders on cards. This is hotter than a dryer and needs careful use. It does get hot. To use I wedge it into a drawer that is right in front of me. If you have a vise that would work as well. You have to have both hands to hold and shape the skeletons. Have clamps, rubber bands or string to shape after melting into desired design. Use tweezers or needle nose pliers to shape in desired direction after holding skeleton over the heat tool. It blows lots of hot air so make sure it is away from your body, paper and anything else that could catch on fire. When you have turned the arms, elbows to desired shape, clamp, tape or tie to shape or dip in cold water right away while holding in new position. The hands over the ears, eyes and mouth were super glued on after melting and held down with rubber bands. The knees were heated up and turned under for sitting position.
Dollar Tree plastic skeletons that have been altered in shape. Hands and elbows and knees now bend. The picture does not show the finish on the skeletons. I used a white alcohol Ink spray from the scrapbook area. It dried in irregular dots all over the objects adding an aged effect over the brown skeletons. This spray alcohol also comes in blood red, in case you want to get a little gorier effect. The photo shoot was intended to be outdoors in the grass with the fall leaves on the ground. It was just a short trip from the back porch to the tree. All my objects were in a box along with my camera and down the steps I went. As soon as on the grass I was flat on my face on the ground. The grass was very wet. This shook me up pretty bad, nothing broken just bruised up on my right arm and ribs. Lucky my hands were full or I could have broke my arm trying to stop my fall. These things happen so fast. Can you believe all that worried me is who might have been out to see my blunder. So this picture was the dining room table instead of the nice Fall background. My sense of humor was lacking after my small blunder.
Wagon found in a thrift store. These seem to be popping up all over. This one looks to be from a kit. Maybe a covered wagon. It did not have the cover on it. There are a lot of wagons from play sets for kids that are at the Goodwill outlet. Just the wheels alone are worth the small price of the item. Spray painted black or aged they can be used in gardens settings, make tables out of them Pumpkins in front are pods from Michael's. Straw bails, and skeletons from Dollar Tree. The corn stalks are made out of corn stalks from my stash, Cut and wrapped to size.
|This is a 3 tier kitchen storage caddy for mini scenes made from pill cases from Dollar Tree|
These are the pill cases. Select 3 days of cases and cut off one of the 3 sections on all 3 cases. This gives you 2 compartments on each one. Three makes this a tad too big. These are plastic so Super glue is about the only glue that will hold. I tried several methods on this, metal sides with wheel rollers, and they all fell apart. So the above caddy has been papered with scrapbook paper. I then took a Dremel with a drill bit the size of a tooth pick and drilled in each corner of each section. You can paint the inside at this point with acrylic paint, and paint the tooth picks the desired color. The tooth picks used are the fancy carved like finial ones. The finial became the bottom foot. Insert tooth pick in and make legs even, use a piece of foam underneath to insure all legs are the same level. Put a bit of super glue on the corners inside and let dry. When dry add the second 2 compartment case and allow enough room to insert items inside. Apply superglue to the inside corners on this and let dry. When dry apply the 3rd compartment on top and let dry after applying a dot of super glue in the corners. The tooth pick now needs trimmed with sharp sniper's or scissors just to the top of the compartment.
I used a kitchen chair to gage the height of the caddy. Have items you would like to put inside to gage the distance between the shelves.
This could have been easy, but I made it a big issue. My original plans did not work out so the rest was down hill. I have several other caddies for other areas of the house but I will post after completing them. These could be made for sewing rooms, kitchens, work shops, bathrooms. I am still on a roll with the Daisy Hill and almost completed with the outside.
|Here is a small Fall scene compiled into a wheel barrow. The grapes in the basket are flower sprigs with round balls found at Dollar Tree and spray painted purple. Fall leaves are punched from real preserved leaves with a punch. The Pumpkins are made from Fimo Clay and baked in the oven. I use toothpicks to make the lines on the sides using a rolling motion from top to bottom. The stems are from real tomatoes allowed to dry and shrink. Grape stems could also be used.|
All miniaturists will enjoy the new movie coming out in December called Downsizing. It is on the line of Honey I shrunk the kids, but its the answer to overpopulation. A lot of miniature models for this one. You Tube has the trailer you can watch.
First coat of paint on Daisy Hill Remake. Still a lot of work to do and lots more painting.
Waiting for more supplies to come into Hobby Lobby. Its a shame there are no longer supplies at most Craft stores and no Brick and Mortor stores. Probably should have ordered on line but prefer to see the item first.