Friday, July 29, 2011

Easy Halloween Crafts With Your Scrapbook Supplies

Couldn't resist the cute Cosmo Cricket Matilda Halloween scrapbook collection? Got a ton of orange and black cardstock from years past? Wondering if your Halloween patterned paper is multiplying while your back is turned? Then I've got the answer for you. Here are four fun and easy Halloween craft ideas you can create with your scrapbook supplies:

1. "Tricks or Treats" Sign. One of the most popular Halloween craft posts on my blog was the cute "Tricks or Treats" sign created from a square of corrugated cardstock, Halloween letter stickers and embellishments, black paint, and some cute ribbon. Here's how: Tear one flap off a moving-sized cardboard box. Rip some of the covering so the corrugation shows. Paint the edges with a bit of black paint, making sure not to be too neat! Add the letter stickers to spell "Tricks or Treats" and then embellish with your favorite stickers, die-cuts, and rub-ons. Punch two holes at the top to thread the ribbon through, and then tie a knot or bow and hang from your front door to greet the little hobgoblins that come to visit.

2. Trick-or-Treat Bags. Take a stack of brown paper bags, pull out your Halloween stamps, stickers, and ribbon, and go to work! Personalize bags with alphabet stickers or stamps, die-cut jack-o'-lantern shapes, or just add a bit of ribbon to create a cute treat holder for your favorite Halloween visitors, or for a class party favor. And speaking of class parties, this craft makes a great craft for older and younger students alike.

3. Halloween Banner. Cut rectangle or triangle shapes from Halloween patterned paper, pink the edges with pinking shears, and attach to a length of ribbon long enough to reach across your mantel. Die-cut large letters to spell "Spooky" or "Happy Halloween," and then attach a letter to each patterned paper panel. Next, embellish your banner with stickers or glitter, and you've got a fun decor item to use year after year.

4. Halloween Frames. Just last night I spent a whopping five minutes to put together what may be the highlight of our Halloween decor! Take a black frame, remove the back and take out the matting and glass. Cut black-and-white patterned paper to fit, insert into the frame, and replace the backing, leaving the glass out. Then take a glue gun and attach a Halloween novelty item like a large plastic tarantula or skull to the patterned paper.

For more creative holiday scrapbooking ideas and inspiration, visit Lain Ehmann's blog at Through scrapbooking videos, tutorials, projects and inspiration, Lain helps her readers make their scrapbooking fun, fast and fabulous!

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