Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Witch Hat Cupcake Toppers | Red Circle Crafts

J and I are attending a Witches Dinner tonight. So we are unsurprisingly going as witches!

This is maybe my favorite holiday of the year, so I suspect we'll be out haunting well past my normal bed time. Wishing all the ghouls and goblins much tricks and treats!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Glass Etching Class

Thanksgiving Glass Etching Class | Nov 8 | Red Circle Crafts

[Edit] Sadly this class has been canceled. Expect a glass etching tutorial in the future!

I know, it's not even Halloween yet, why do you care about Thanksgiving already? But I'm teaching this really awesome class on glass etching at a Thanksgiving-themed Skillshare next month. I keep thinking it's much further away than it actually is.


November 8th - 1pm - 3pm
Old Salt Marketplace (5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland)

You can purchase tickets here. More information about the whole event here.

The class isn't very much, and most of the proceeds are going towards being able to put on another free, all-day event like they did in July (remember the free screenprinting class I did?).

In this class you will make a stencil (either using your own brilliant idea or one of the templates I will provide) and use it to turn old glass jars and bottles into beautiful works of art. You can then take this idea home with you and use it to etch everything glass (drinking glasses, vases, pyrex, jelly jars, wine bottles, everything).

Drawing of the stencil | Red Circle Crafts Etching the glass | Red Circle Crafts All lit up | Red Circle Crafts

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn Wreath

Twig and Pom Pom Fall Wreath | Red Circle CraftsThis is actually my second fall wreath of the season, that I attempted. The first one was made from paper and a complete bust. I thought about trying to make it again, but differently, but I was so disheartened by it that I just went back to the drawing board.

I originally saw a tutorial from Yellow Mums for something similar. I really like the way hers turned out, but I wasn't crazy about making fabric flowers to put on it. I kind of hemmed and hawed about whether I wanted that look or not for a bit until I saw the tutorial on A Beautiful Mess for their twig and pom pom wreath. I already had those maroon pom poms (they're fallish, right?) and I thought, why not?

Twig and Pom Pom Fall Wreath | Red Circle Crafts

I used significantly larger pom poms and fewer sticks. All of my twigs are approximately 6" long and the pom poms are about the size of my palm. I kind of like the sparseness of it. Plus the colors lend themselves through the rest of the year if I decide not to do an evergreen wreath for Christmas.

Twig and Pom Pom Fall Wreath | Red Circle Crafts

Unlike the other two tutorials, I added a small hole to my cardboard base instead of gluing ribbon in to hang. I like when my wreath covers up the hanger on my front door. I just had to be careful to keep the glue from leaking out it when I was gluing the sticks in place.

I have to wait until November to put this up since I don't want to displace the skulls and bats on my front door right now.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October Craft Night Recap

Pumpkin Carving Craft Night | Red Circle Crafts

Thank you to everyone that came out and carved pumpkins with me. I had a great time and I'm so proud of all those pumpkins.

My pumpkin however did not get finished Tuesday night. (It's the huge one.) It was really too big of a project for the time allowed. I did post a photo of it finished on my instagram.

I made an album of photos from craft night on Facebook, so go check them out and feel free to tag yourself or anyone else you know in them!

Pumpkin Carving Craft Night | Red Circle Crafts

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Crafting Round Up

I can hardly believe that Halloween is 8 days away. I have a pumpkin or two leftover from last night's carving party that I want to carve (maybe gnomes?) and a costume to finish. Really though, I'm feeling pretty happy with my decorations and general festiveness.

Do you still have a few items on your Halloween To Do list or need some last minute inspiration? Here's a selection of my own Halloween crafting.

Hanging Origami Bats | Red Circle CraftsI made three different paper Halloween garlands last year. Check them out here. With a bit of careful storing, all of them are still in good condition and up again this year, if in slightly different places.

Halloween Scrappy Bunting | Red Circle CraftsThis year's Halloween Bunting is great for using up scraps of fabric you have laying around from other projects. I like printing iconic images onto otherwise un-Halloween prints.

How to Make a Cat Bow Tie| Red Circle CraftsPet Bow ties work for a variety of costumes. This tutorial goes into a lot of detail and is a pretty simple project. Sewing a bit much for you? I have some for sale in my etsy shop too.

Fanged NecklaceI've been wearing this fanged necklace as much as possible so far this month. It's a nice nod to a costume if you aren't much into wearing a full get up.

Halloween always feels magical to me. I love the change in seasons, the other worldly decorations and the chance to dress as someone else for a day.

If you're in Portland, I hear that Cosmic Soda Pop and Candy Shop is going out of business and has their whole inventory on super sale to liquidate it. If you're looking for Halloween candy, that is maybe the place to go.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Scrappy Banner

Halloween Scrappy Bunting | Red Circle CraftsTonight is my pumpkin carving party! I knew I wanted to make something new to decorate for tonight (and of course Halloween next week), but I was surprisingly uninspired. I put up my decorations from last year and was almost thinking that maybe that was all I needed. Of course, not all of my decorations from last year survived; that is the problem with decorating with paper.

This tutorial for making adorable treat bags finally convinced me to take some ink to fabric and make a Halloween bunting. I kind of love bunting. And this one was so easy. It's a scrappy bunting, so frayed edges are not only OK, but encouraged.

Halloween Scrappy Bunting | Red Circle Crafts

How I did it

I cut out 5" x 7" rectangles (and then decided to notch the bottom) of some different black and white scraps of fabric. The only Halloween fabric I decided to use is that adorable green monster print. I cut 18 pieces, but it was entirely arbitrary.

Halloween Scrappy Bunting | Red Circle Crafts

Then I printed out the templates from Alice and Lois' tutorial.

Now you have two options. Follow along their freezer paper and foam paint brush method or use contact paper and screen print. If you're interested in the screen print option, but have never done it before, might I recommend my screen printing kit in my etsy shop?

I used the templates to create stencils out of contact paper and put them on screens. Then I printed each image twice onto two different bunting pieces. I like having some printed on and some not. But use your own judgement!

Halloween Scrappy Bunting | Red Circle Crafts

Once they were all dry, I ran an iron over them in a half-hearted effort to heat set the ink. Since I know these won't ever be washed, I'm not so worried about it.

Take each piece, fold it down in the back about half an inch and sew one straight seam across to hold it in place. I then used a 6-inch tapestry needle (though a small paper clip or safety pin with string tied to the end works too) to thread some string through each piece.

Then hang in a jaunty fashion.

Halloween Scrappy Bunting | Red Circle Crafts

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Treat Bags

Little Halloween treat bags (and boxes and strange little containers) fill my heart with a certain amount of glee. The 7 year old that still lives in me just wants the candy, but the tiny container is its own treat too.

These are some new takes on the tried and true plus some new to me shapes and sizes.

Halloween Goodie Bag DIY from Smitten On PaperThese use classic paper treat bags (that come in all sorts of fun colors and designs), but Smitten On Paper has a lovely printable to make it special.

Ghost Favor Boxes from Mr. PrintablesMr. P has my favorite Halloween treat boxes yet, with a tutorial to make waxed paper and printable to help you fold these crazy awesome ghosts.

Iron-On Halloween Treat Bags from Used BlogYou can buy or make itty bitty bags and use the iron-on printable from the Used Blog to make your own Trick or Treat bags.

Crepe Paper Pumpkins from Martha StewartMartha Stewart has some of the most interesting tutorials. While I'm not exactly a fan, she has a great team and so many creative ideas. These pumpkins are particularly great. Beware that this must be an old project because the website formatting is a bit weird. The instructions are simple and are explained in the description.

All photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October Craft Night

Pumpkin Carving | Red Circle Crafts

I'm trying something new this month for Craft Night. Instead of meeting at a cafe, I'm inviting you to my home for an evening to carve pumpkins. Next month I plan to head back to the cafe. I think they wouldn't like the mess of pumpkin carving too much.

What: Pumpkin Carving
When: Tuesday, October 21st, 7 - 9 pm
Where: NW Portland (email me for directions)

Please plan to bring one of the following:

  • A pumpkin to carve

  • Gluten Free Snack or Drink

  • A few dollars to cover the cost of your pumpkin

I'm also hoping to round up some more pumpkin carving tools, so if you have your own, please bring them!

Interested? Send me an email at

Friday, October 3, 2014

Visiting Lake Tahoe


I'm on vacation. J and I are visiting the lovely Lake Tahoe for almost a week with his family.



This is our third year doing this trip, but each time we find it difficult to go from Portland's food culture to Tahoe's. The only real difficulty is the awareness of gluten free. We're traveling with two Celiacs and one gluten intolerant person. And most of the waiters at the restaurants we go into don't understand what gluten is.


On the other hand we really needed a break and what's a little extra explaining for the rest and relaxation at one of my favorite places.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day of the Dead Crafts

Sugar Skull Cut Outs | Red Circle Crafts

There are lots of pieces of Dia de Muertos that I try to incorporate into my own Halloween celebrations: the rituals associated with ancestors, food offerings, and definitely skulls. I love the beautiful colors, the flowers and the celebration of life and death all mixed together.

If your decorating style runs towards the bright and colorful, these might be the Halloween decorations for you. Here are some fun Day of the Dead style crafts for you to try.


Papel Picado Calaveras Tutorial from Happy ThoughtThis is where I found the template and instructions for my own sugar skull bunting that you see in progress at the top of the page. The Calavera Papel Picado Tutorial with a free printable is from Happy Thought.


Embroidered Felt Sugar Skull from Casa ArtelexiaThese felt sugar skulls from Casa Artelexia are adorable. This would be a great project to work on a with a group of friends so you end up with a whole slew all reflecting a different aesthetic.


Easy Balloon Skulls from Growing Up BilingualI'm pretty excited to try these Balloon Skulls from Growing Up Bilingual. Drawing on a balloon is fun all on it's own, but how amazing would it be to have these floating around on the ceiling or the floor during a party.


Gingerdead Cookies from Kailey's KitchenI love gingerbread, especially this time of year. Fall seems to make me want to bake and bring out all of the warming spices. These Gingerdead Cookies from Kailey's Kitchen are absolutely brilliant. I'm not sure my piping skills are up to the task, but maybe J's super culinary skills would help me.

All photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites. Except the first photo, which belongs to me.