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Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate I pulled together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Here is my contribution (Lucky #13 – how appropriate for this time of year) to this fun Blog Hop. I call these little guys Punkin Heads.

PumpkinheadsA  by Lorine Mason

 Let’s get started! First of all you will need to gather up your craft supplies. Here is a quick shot of the items needed to create your very own Punkin Heads.


Step 1

You will need: Glue, T-shirt yarn or cut your own strips, beads, google eyes, pompoms, leaf cutouts, foam balls (I used 2 and 3 inch balls), a measuring tape, scissors and bottle caps for the bases. If you are planning on creating your own t-shirt stirps. Cut strips  1  1/4″ wide, cutting across the width of the t shirt and pull to form tubes. You will need fifteen orange strips 20″ long and one 12″ green strip.

Step 2

Set one strip aside and lay the fourteen  strips onto a flat surface. Use the remaining strip to tie them together at the center point.  Fan out the strips as shown in the photo.

Step 4

Center the foam ball on top of the knot and wrap strips up and around the ball, being sure to cover the entire surface of the ball and tie using a  green t shirt strip. Tie a bow and trim. Glue bottle cap over the knot to create a level standing surface. Use glue to attach the eyes, nose etc to your Punkin Head. Create a fun hairstyle for your Punkin Head by trimming and tying knots. Beads may also be added to individual strands of hair before tying a knot. Add leaves. REfer to the project photo for ideas on decorating and styling your Punkin Head.


Join in our blog hop! Just like yesterday, simply click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

110+ fun and fabulous Halloween projects and ideas. #halloweenprojects #halloween

1. Football Field {Dollar Store} Costume
2. Glowing Boo Pumpkins {Dollar Tree Makeover}
3. Frankenstein Treat Boxes
4. Halloween Notepads
5. Glamorous Feather Halloween Wreath
6. DIY Baby Carrot Costume
7. Pumpkin Macarons
8. Washi Tape Pumpkin
9. Twisted Halloween Sugar Cookies
10. Halloween Trick or Treat Tree
11. Halloween Drink Label Printables
12. An Old-Fashioned Family Halloween Party
13. Punkin Heads
14. Pottery Barn Knock Off Trick or Treat Banner
15. Embroidery Hoop Spider Webs
16. Jack o’Lantern Drinking Glasses
17. Witches Spell Halloween treat & printable
18. Steam Punkin Party Favor
19. Host A Pumpkin Picking Picnic
20. Spiderweb No Bake Cheesecake

Follow our Fabulous Halloween Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for another 20 awesome Halloween ideas!

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A new book on the horizon

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Coming Soon!

I just received a sneak peek at my latest book. I needed to go over the copy to make any last minute changes and approve the cover. Luckily there were only a few little tweaks and off it goes to the printer. I am hoping to have some advance copies at CHA in Anaheim to show off these fun craft foam designs.

What in the world was I thinking and how did this book come about – well it all started when I dropped into a Kate Spade outlet store awhile back to see what all the fuss was about and why in the world someone would pay that many $$$ for one of her purses. Ok, I have to admit they are very nice purses and extremely well made.  How one goes from admiring high end fashion purses to craft foam is well, just another day in the life of a creative person. It just happens.



Making jewelry using T Shirt Yarn

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A page from my book Making Jewelry using T Shirt Yarn

A page from my book Making Jewelry using T Shirt Yarn

It really is so simple to make T Shirt yarn using old T Shirts. Fashioning jewelry from tie dyed T Shirts is extra fun as you never quite know what you are going to get until the project is finished. For this project I used some plastic slides available from Buttons Galore and More and stickers to personalize. Great birthday or warm summer afternoon project for the kids. An inexpensive project as well.




Crafter’s Connection BlogHop – School Supply Crafting

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T Shirt Crafting – Wrapped Pencils

Having fun with your children and getting them ready for school can be just so much cooler with these Crafty T Shirt Wrapped pencils added to their backpacks. An activity that takes only a few supplies and is as simple as One, Two, Three.


Supply List

Tie Dyed T Shirt Strips

Mechanical Pencils

Therm-o-web ¼ Supertape™

Fabri-Tac™ Permanent Adhesive

Scissors & Needle tool

 Step 1

Apply Supertape™  to the bottom edge of pencil as shown in photograph. Open T Shirt strip and press flat against the pencil. Add additional piece of tape over the T Shirt strip and wrap strips over and around flattened portion. Add additional tape and continue wrapping until you reach the top of the pencil. Note: do not cover the eraser portion of the pencil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Step 2

Wrap the T Shirt strip around the pencil top, tie a knot and trim leaving  only ¼” remaining.

Step 3

 Add a drop of glue to the freshly cut T Shirt end piece. Use the needle tool to tuck the end in between the rows of wrapping. Voila  you are finished!

I hope you enjoyed this project. Be sure to hop through the entire series of posts all based on Crafting with School Supplies. The BlopHop link is along the left side of  my page. Simply hop forward or backward.

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Crafting for School

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Are you the crafty mom who likes to help out in your child’s classroom? Here is a fun, creative project that just might interest not only the students but the teacher as well. Connect with the teacher and tie the project into the years curriculum and have the students start a bean plant or some great grass for hair. The fun will multiplied over and over as the children watch their plants grow. 

Here is what you need:

Plant Pots and Saucers ( any size you like)
Air Dry clay to form Ears and Noses
Acrylic paint
Accessories: Buttons, Lace,Trim
Paint Brushes 

Have fun and don’t forget the wet wipes and newsprint to cover the desks while everyone is painting!

What does knitting have to do with Tshirts?

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If you would have asked me this question a couple of years ago I would not have had a reply for you other than perhaps if it is cold I suggest you pack a sweater. Anyway if you have been following my blog I have offerred up photos of designs I have created using strips cut from Tshirts for awhile now. I have made jewelry, hair accessories, home decor items and well now I have decided that I should try knitting.
In this case, I used two strands of T shirt yarn (orange and pink) and a simple stitch. I intended the tote to be used to carry a cellphone or some other techie thing kids like to carry around these days, however create whatever size you like.
If you look closely you will also notice that I created a woven handle. Remember creating this type of weave using plastic lacing in Girl Scouts, school or at camp. I finished off with a quick bow and some beads.
Think about this – it would be a great project to teach someone to knit and you probably have an old T shirt lying around somewhere.
Sew long for now, Lorine

Easter Eggs – Two Ways

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Back a few years I was working with air dry clay, placing designs with a number of magazines as well as directly designing for the Dow Chemical company. Those are the folks who bring you all the great STYROFOAM products. I had the pleasure of working with Sharon Currier who has put together a fun blog entitled CraftsnCoffee. Her most recent post was about Easter Eggs and my clay eggs were one of the featured designs. Thanks for the shout out Sharon.

As this blog is entitled It’s Sew Lorine I just had to show off show Easter Eggs that I created as a challenge a year or so ago that involved sewing. Using wool blend felt I crafted my eggs using decorative stitches on my sewing machine and finishing them off with buttons. They currently are hanging from a set of shelves in my kitchen. I hope they inspire you to craft your own Easter Eggs this year.
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Again with the Tshirts!

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I seem to be on a theme these days but you know how you come across an idea or concept and you just have to go with it. Well I am facinated with T shirt strips lately. It actually is not a new passion as I wrote Fashion T Shirts at least five years ago but playing with the strips pulled into tubes is fasinating to me. Here is a quick hairband I made for the Sewing Savvy e-newsletter I write every three weeks for Clotilde.com. Check out the newsletter for full instructions – but to give you a hint it starts with an inexpensive hairband from the dollar store.

Here is the hairband, I beleive it cost $.33 cents and I liked the wavy pattern. When looking for hairbands to cover, be sure they are not too flimsy as you do not want them to break while you are wrapping them with the fabric tubes.

You got it. Now you just wrap and viola you have a fun hairband made from an old Tshirt.
That’s it for now, Lorine


Sailor Knot Bracelet

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I have been working with T shirts for a number of years now, with my first book on the subject released in 2007. In the book I not only cut apart, stencilled, painted and then sewed back together T shirts for adults and children, I created some simple jewelry designs with the leftovers. It got me thinking and since it is now 2012 (time flies) it is time to update some of the jewelry concepts.

I have since been dyeing T shirts, cutting them into strips and creating all kinds of jewelry pieces. It is so much fun as you never quite know what you are going to get until you are finished. Here is a very basic design I did with the idea that it would be fun one for a girl scout troop or frankly any group of girls to get together and try. It is basic braiding and then a wrapping technique with a pony bead slide closure. Simply put it is bright, fun and inexpensive.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this simple design – it opens the door to so many other possibilities that I find it hard to ‘stay the line’ so to speak with my other deadlines. Oh well, I guess that is price one pays for being creative.

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A strange ‘Noodle’ Contest

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Some might think it strange that the Mason Family perch a cricket dressed up in top hat and tails on the upper most point of their Christmas Tree. Not only that but the bug seems to be sporting some kind of pasta five pointed medallion around his neck. Well, to make a long story just a little shorter it involves a family of four moving far away (1500 miles away) from their nearest relative, a lonely Christmas season and an unexpected envelope arriving just before Christmas. The father decided to try and cheer everyone up by removing the angel from the top of the tree as she seemed to do nothing for the family’s mood and replacing it with the stuffed bug. Not one person from the family knew where the bug came from and Mom at first was not too thrilled with the bug on the top of the tree however the children thought it was great fun. A tradition was born. Okay on to the pasta art….The youngest child who by no means is very interested in crafting, gluing or painting made this wonderful star in kindergarten back home before the great move. Kimbrely, the child brought it home and it always had a place of honor on the tree. The father of the family once again decided to play hide ‘ the ridiculous food art star’ every year with eventually everyone joining in the game. This year there was no question, the pasta art was to share the place of honor with the bug…. The End!
My good friend, Eileen Hull is sponsoring a ‘Noodle Art’ contest on her blog. Strange story but a good one. Check it out at EileenHull.blogspot.com