Halloween season is upon us again, and these Halloween silhouette bags could not be more perfect for your children to tote around all their hard won trick or treat booty. I made them with the girls in just a few minutes, and the results truly are spectacular. You will need just a few simple materials:
You may choose to draw your own Halloween themed silhouette, but the girls and I decided to search Google image for "Halloween silhouette", and each girl scrolled and picked her favorite. We printed the images directly onto the label paper (using quickprint to save some ink), and cut out the images, creating a sort of sticker-stencil.
We peeled off the back of the paper and placed the sticker-stencil on the bag. I also cut out some extra plain label paper to put around the edges of the sticker stencil, to give the bag some extra protection from the ink when the girls painted the images.
I went with clear label paper because I happened to have it on hand, but I would suggest using white for this project, because the clear sticker made the edges pretty tricky to see. The girls painted inside the stickers, and after clean-up I pulled the sticker off of the tote, revealing these very neat, clear Halloween silhouettes. I let them dry overnight and used an iron to heat set the ink the next day, placing a piece of old teeshirt between the image and the iron.
Perfect for Trick or Treating!
This is a great project to be done before the weather turns cold this Autumn. This super cute tote was made in a few minutes with a few simple materials, and is a fun and easy project to do with kids. You may choose any leaf you like as your "stamp". It was amazing to see how many different beautiful shapes and sizes of leaves you find all around you when you go on a search for them- even on the streets and public parks of Brooklyn!
You Will Need:
Leaf hunting for this project really turned out to be fun! I found myself not only noticing the greenery that surrounds all of us on any given day, but also the particular foliage of these shrubs and plants. I can imagine that I must have looked ridiculous marveling at the delicate weeds poking up between the cracks in Brooklyn sidewalks, but it really was a great practice in mindfulness.
After finding the leaves I wanted to work with, I pressed them overnight between some newspaper and put some heavy books on top. The next day I poured the fabric paint into my makeshift paint roller bin, and saturated the roller. I placed my first leaf on the scrap paper, and rolled the color onto the leaf. I placed the leaf paint side down on my tote, and placed a clean piece of scrap paper over the top. I gently but firmly rubbed the whole leaf, pulled up the paper, and pulled up the leaf- beautiful! I then stamped the different leaves randomly around the tote. Different fabric paints will have their own requirements for heat setting, I pulled the tote inside out and threw it in the dryer for a bit. Really fun and easy, and I will definitely be rocking this bag on my next trip to the farmer's market.
I really like that this project is so easy, and also that mistakes are so forgiving in the final product. The nature of the "look" is that it's a little messy and not factory produced. Perfect to do with little guys, or even to do yourself on a free afternoon.
Ok, so I have these shoes. They are super comfy and casual/cute. But they don't exactly deal with NYC dirt very well. This is them after 2 (!) subsequent washings, the second involving both bleach AND a scrub brush. Very sad.
Before chucking them in the trash, I decided to attack them with my favorite doodle and sharpie as a last ditch attempt to save the comfy soles, while checking out a new show on HBO. Total side note- the SIMS obsessed late teen inside me LOVES the concept of Westworld. But here they are!
I've gotten many compliments on them already, and they remain super comfy. It also doesn't hurt that similar prints were popular on Fall 2016 runways- pretty amazing!!
Here it is- my first Post-post (!) I really wish I could include one of the exploding confetti emojis here because #1: I am only used to writing in text messages and #2: because seriously that emoji speaks 1,000 words. So, it's been a busy week. In addition to doing some serious crafting (and documenting each step- who knew how much time that would take?!) I also attended a panel last night for the release of Grace Bonney (of Design Sponge)'s new book: In the Company of Women. So I won't do it injustice, the actual subtitle is: "Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs". Just reading that line makes me feel inspired-and that is totally not a joke. The panel was amazing, with great advice for entrepreneurs derived from the experiences and stories of wonderful female business owners. The night was equal part inspiration, information, and entertainment. With a beautiful and inspiring book to take home. Tina Roth Eisenberg, said after a question about being afraid to start: Just Start It. So without further ado...
Tiny Bowl #1: Imprinted Shell Bowl
Who doesn't love a tiny bowl to be used as a "catch-all" for the tiny things we collect? I love them for jewelry and change, and the children love them to save the small treasures they find. This bowl was made using polymer clay, letter stamps, a seashell as a mold, and finished off with some black watercolor paint to accentuate the name and the texture of the shell. If a shell is too summery for the season, you can use any small sized bowl as a mold. You may also choose to forego the polymer clay and pick your favorite air dry clay.
These are all the materials used to make a small shell, imprinted catch-all bowl.
Push the clay against the outside of the shell, trimming the clay around the outside with your finger, using the shell sides to cut the clay away. Delicately pull the clay away from the shell, feeling the shape stay in form. Gently push in each letter stamp for your name or message. Bake according to package directions or let air dry. Once dry, paint a little watercolor on the bowl to define the characteristics of the shell and your message. Super cute bowl! I made this bowl for Kate when we were all out at the beach- the other two were done entirely by the girls. A great project!!