A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath

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A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath, is easy and fun wreath to make for the month of October and through Nov. 2nd.  I decided to make a posada style sugar skull wreaths few for our house this year.  It is an opportunity to teach my children about different celebrations and holidays celebrated from other cultures in our community, have a little fun making art and decorating our house.  The calavera [plural:calaveras is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made from either sugar or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls.   The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as colored foil, icing, beads, and feathers.

The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.Crafting in the same style -Day of the Dead folk arts called a Posada style, which means  blank skulls that you can decorate. I ordered my skulls from Oriental Trading Company –  Bag of Skulls.

Supplies for A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath:

  1. Cut Olyfun into strips and wrap around wreath form. Sector the ends with glue.  I use Fabri-Tac because it does not melt the foam like hot glue. olyfun halloween wreath
  2. Form a loop at the end of the Olyfun to make a hanger for the wreath. tickles glitter glue on olyfun wreath
  3. You can add Stickles glitter glue to the wreath if you want.  If you do give it ample time to dry. plastic skulls for halloween crafts
  4. Decorate the Skulls with Sharpie Markers.  I freeform the designs with very basic swirls, dots and hearts.sharpie marker sugar skull idea
  5. Fill in the designs with the markers.  Embellish the design with Stickles glitter glue.diy sugar skull decorations
  6. Enhance the design with stick on crystals in various spots.
  7. Poke small holes in the wreath with scissors for the base of the flowers.  Add hot glue to the base of the flower and press into the holes. Hold in place for a few seconds.sugar skull wreath tutorial
  8. Add a generous dollop of hot glue to the base of the skull and adhere to the bottom center of the wreath.  Hold in place for a few seconds.

Faux Wicker Clay Technique for Polymer Clay

Faux Wicker

Faux wicker clay technique is one of my favorite ways to use polymer clay.  You can give it as many looks as real wicker.  I also happen to love the look of sunflowers.  They lend themselves fall decorating.  Personally I like flowers any time of the year and you will find a lot of my projects are flowers or have flowers in or on them.  So get our your clay and have fun making flowers to decorate your faux wicker project.

Materials for faux wicker technique:

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow Hue
  • cornstarch
  • aluminum foil
  • paintbrush
  • recycled paper towel tube
  • scissors
  • paper towels

Tools for faux wicker technique:

  • Polyform Sculpey Basic Shapes Mini Metal Cutters
  • Polyform Sculpey Tools: Clay Extruder, 5 in 1 Tool Kit, Clay Conditioning Machine
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Honey Brown, Spicy Mustard, Bright Orange, Cadmium Red, Light Cinnamon
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Polyform Sculpey Bake & Bond

Directions for faux wicker technique:

1. Condition Burnt Umber clay and run through clay conditioning machine several times. Roll clay into tube and load into clay extruder. Extrude entire load of clay. Fold strand in half; twist clay around itself to 1/8″ width. Continue twisting until clay looks like rope.

2. Wrap aluminum foil around recycled paper tube; dust lightly with cornstarch. Wrap rope strand around foil tube four times, pressing pieces together lightly. Apply tiny dots of Bake & Bond; press together. Use chisel tip on tool to blend ends into rope. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.faux-wicker-4

3. While faux wicker pieces are baking and cooling, condition Cadmium Yellow Hue clay. On last pass through clay conditioning machine, set thickness to third thickest on machine. Place clay flat on work surface. Use leaf shape cutter to cut eight petals for each napkin ring. See Photo 1. Cut out center circle for each napkin ring. faux-wicker-clay-technique-niki-meiners-2

4. Pinch petal ends into points to shape. Squeeze ring of Bake & Bond on circle; press eight petals evenly faux-wicker-4spaced around circle. See Photo 2 and Photo 3. faux-wicker-clay-technique-niki-meiners-3

5. Cut Burnt Umber circle for flower center. Use detail tool to add random seed dots and create texture. Press flower center on center of each flower and spot glue with Bake & Bond if needed.faux-wicker-4

6. Apply Bake & Bond on top of cooled faux wicker napkin ring. Press flower on to napkin ring and return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool. faux-wicker-clay-technique-niki-meiners-4

7. On covered work surface, lightly paint wicker Honey Brown and wipe off excess paint. Lightly paint petals Spicy Mustard and wipe off excess paint.  Dry brush Bright Orange on center of petals and Cadmium Red on area close to flower center. Use tip of chisel tool dipped in Light Cinnamon to add tiny dots on petals. Paint flower center Light Cinnamon and wipe off excess with paper towel. Let dry and remove napkin ring from paper tube.

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Tip

1. The softer the clay, the easier it is to extrude, so run clay several times through clay conditioning machine before beginning.
Faux wicker and sunflowr polymer clay tutorial

 

DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations

My husbands family is German and we love to celebrate with an Oktoberfest Party.  We invited a few friends over to enjoy the good food, great drinks and have some wonderful conversations.  The party was a hit with decorations provided by Oriental Trading Company.   The food and the recipes were all mine.  Well almost mine,  I managed to get the Raspberry Beer Punch out of my husbands Great-Aunt Catherine a few years into our marriage.  You can find beer punch recipe here.  I also served his dad’s potato salad and you can get that recipe here.  The Beer Cheese Recipe is really all mine.

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We had a hot dog and sausage toppings bar with almost anything you could think to put on a bun with meat. I made curry wurst too.  Gary picked out a bunch of seasonal Oktoberfest beers.

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Our German Beer Girl was a hit.  Especially since she served shots of Apple Schnapps.  We decided to name her Hilde.

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Supplies for DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:

To make the DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:

  1. Trim off the edges of the pretzels as shown
  2. Cut a piece of ribbon to go around the throat of the bottle.
  3. Glue got the ribbon into place.
  4. Add a Glue Dot to the top and the bottom of the pretzel on the back side.
  5. Adhere to the front of the bottle covering the spot where the ribbon connects.

I chose to use Glue Dots because the hold firmly in place yet are easy to remove when you need it to come off.  The glue dots are easily removed from the glass bottle.  The bottles were used during the party for the lemonade served to the kids.  I wanted them to feel like the party was for them too. There were also fun little Duckies in Lederhosen hanging around the table.  I can almost guarantee that the duckies were in a bathtub floating around when they went home.

If you would like to see more of the party you can visit the Oriental Trading Company blog. If you are looking for another authentic dish to serve try the German Style Potato Salad or Beer Cheese Dip and for party decoration ideas try the Oktoberfest Party and for fun Party Favors

Make a Frankenstein Flag

Frankenstein Flag –  Let your Frank Flag Fly!  Make a Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein Flag or wall hanging.  You can make both in about 20 Minutes.   I chose to use Olyfun for its weather friendliness and it comes in precut 12×12 sheets.  The 12 inch square is a great size for crafting and I don’t have to worry about getting a straight edge.  It is water resistant so it is fine to use outside on a temporary basis.  This really is a fun, fast and easy craft to make with the kids or you can make them yourself and have fun being creative.  Then use them as a surprise and decorate your home.
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Supplies to make a Mr and Mrs. Frankenstein:

  • Olyfun Craft Sheets – Kiwi, Snow, Midnight, Cherry Red
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Glue Sticks or Cool Tool Glue
  • Ribbon and staples are optional

Instructions to Make Mr. Frankenstein and Mrs. Frankenstein:

  1. Select a base for their faces. I went with Kiwi Green
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  2. Cut a zig zag shape for their hair.  The shorter hair is for Mr. F and the longer Hair is for Mrs. F.  I also added a white streak through her hair. IMG_5739
  3. Cut eyes and eyebrows for each of the characters.  Glue them in a manor similar to the images shown. IMG_57374.  Mr. Frankenstein also got bolts to add to his details.  Attach a ribbon to hold the flags up.  I used staples because tI thought they would look more authentic on a Frankenstein.Mrs. Frankenstein Flag DIY-2

Make sure you click on the image above and find some really awesome Halloween craft ideas for your home, from the kitchen, for decorating anywhere.  There are fun crafts, spooky crafts and even a creepy craft.  Make your home a Happy Halloween palace.  My son is convinced November 1st should be a Federal Holiday so that kids can recover from the candy.