Every year the Dollar Tree has bloody hand print window clings that are really awesome. I usually buy them but they fall off of my windows several times before the holiday gets here. This year I wanted something that would stay so I mixed up some modge podge glass paint I learned to make from Gingerbread Snowflakes and made my own bloody hand prints.
You need about two table spoons of modge podge about 30 drops of food coloring to get a good red. Mix it up well with a skewer or tooth pick, it will look pink.
Now go to the window you want to put the clings on. Dip your hand into the modge podge and get it good and covered. Now put your hand on the window in what ever way you want. You could smear it but it won't look as defined.
You can also use the mix to put words on your windows. Just dip your finger into the paint and write what you want on the glass.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
This weekend I saw some cute leaf bags printed with ghosts. I thought they were a neat alternative to the pumpkin leaf bags so I seriously considered buying them. The big problem was that they only came 2 to a bag for $1 and we have a ton of trees thus a ton of leaves. I just couldn't bring myself to pay a whole dollar for two cheap plastic bags. So I decided I would DIY some bags.
I used basic plain white trash bags without the drawstring at the top and a king sized permanent marker. The cheaper the bag the better because the more expensive textured bags would come out looking odd.
First unfold the bag and lay it flat with the open end facing you. The picture shows the bag open slightly but only to show that it is the open side.
Next fold up at least three inches from the bottom and tuck it under the bag. This is the portion of the bag that will be tied and anything drawn here would be lost.
Next you want to draw out your design. If you are going to draw the outlines and fill them in be sure to let the lines dry otherwise you will smear them. If you smear the ink you can wipe up your mistake if you act fast using a cleaning wipe.
The next step is to fill the bag with leaves until it is full and tie it off. You can use these guys as is or you can use them as toppers. You can also stack them to make tall ghosts or goblins. The best designs are going to be black and white unless you find colored king sized markers. If you do find them colored please drop me a line to let me know where so I can buy some for myself.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I recently saw a white bath mat with bloody foot prints all over it for eighteen dollars. Seriously its almost twenty bucks for what amounts to a ruined bath mat. After I picked my jaw up off of the floor I decided to do a welcome mat version of this on the cheap.
I found a good plain ole welcome mat on clearance for $2 at the Dollar General and had some red paint on hand. I talked my husband into helping me because he has skinny feet that I thought would look better but you can easily do this on your own. It is as simple as stepping into a puddle of paint and then stepping onto the mat.
I recommend doing this inside if its chilly. We did it outside which my husband griped about endlessly because it was freezing and he was barefoot and we had to clean his feet out there as well. You will need to have some way of cleaning your feet handy (lol) otherwise you'll be stuck with painted feet and no way to go anywhere until it dries.