Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Vampire Pumpkins | Red Circle Crafts

Wishing you all the Halloween puns you can find and cavity inducing sweetness you want for this ghostly holiday.

I had planned to show off my Halloween costume here today, but, while it is finished, I haven't put it all on yet. Stay tuned to my instagram to see photos this weekend!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

I'm having a pumpkin carving party tonight. I suspect we'll get a whole bunch of crazy pumpkins. Last year we had multiple sugar skulls. I'm interested to see what people come up with this year.

In case you need a little help deciding what to carve on your pumpkin this year. Here are some suggestions with instructions and stencils too.

Anatomy Pumpkins from Brit + Co

These anatomy pumpkins from Brit + Co are sufficiently creepy. I love the lungs, but it looks like pretty finicky cutting work; I wonder if my skills are up to it. Also you can find a round up of great stencils from Brit + Co here.

Frankenstein's Monster Pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens

I love the creepy cuteness of this Frankenstein's Monster Pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens. It would make me happier if they realized this isn't actually Frankenstein, but the monster Frankenstein made, but you can't have it all. Click through the slideshow for lots more stencils of ideas ranging from simple to complex.

Cross Stitch Pumpkins from Design*Sponge

Design*Sponge has a tutorial for Cross Stitch Pumpkins! Aren't these amazing? I'm pretty much in love with them.

Still looking for some more ideas? I've got a bunch more pinned on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Smashing the Patriarchy Screen Printing

Smashing the Patriarchy Screen Printed Tees | Red Circle Crafts

I spent some time this weekend at the coast with some dear friends. Who are all more dear for jumping at the chance to model some t-shirts for me. Apparently they would all like t-shirts of their own now. I may have created a monster.

I fell in love with this t-shirt on The Homesteady. The catch phrase "Smashing the patriarchy is my cardio" might be my new favorite thing.

The Homesteady has a lovely printable that I used to cut a stencil and then screen print with. I remembered half way through drawing the stencil that screen printing requires the image to be mirrored and then had to start over. At least I realized it before I started printing, right?

Smashing the Patriarchy Screen Printed Tees | Red Circle Crafts Smashing the Patriarchy Screen Printed Tees | Red Circle Crafts

I love how these turned out!

I may be recreating the stencil and printing another round soon if the comments over the weekend are to be trusted.

Smashing the Patriarchy Screen Printed Tees | Red Circle Crafts Smashing the Patriarchy Screen Printed Tees | Red Circle Crafts

You can find a similar shirt available for sale in my Society6 shop.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Decor Ideas

It's time to start decorating for Halloween. I'm fond of the creepy cute or elegantly spooky look and tend to stay away from actually terrifying. And I love handmade decorations. Here's a round up of some great ones if you're looking to add some Halloween fun to your home.

Halloween Scrappy Bunting | Red Circle Crafts
Remember this Scrappy Halloween Banner I made last year? It's still super cute.

DIY Halloween Transfer Wood Plaques from The House That Lars Built
Natural looking objects make great decor and the imperfections in the wood slices add to the general spookiness in these Wood Plaques from The House That Lars Built. Maybe I'm just a sucker for skulls and old fashion scientific drawings.

Witches Broom Treat Bags from Two Crafting Sisters
It's certainly more work, but I think parties for adults should have more goodie bags. Like these adorable and cleverly designed witch broom treat bags from Two Crafting Sisters.

Mrs. & Mr. Skull Cameo Free Printables from Persia Lou
Seriously the skulls do me in every time. I love these Skull Cameos from Persia Lou. Part free printable part DIY project and they look perfect.

All the photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites, except the first one which is mine.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Adventurer's Banner

Felt Banner | Red Circle Crafts

I love this felt banner tutorial from Davina Drummond on Breathe Happiness. Her banner with the same phrase: "Make More Adventures" made me really happy. So I've recreated it. Since I have so many felt sheets already cut down to 8.5" x 11", I fit mine to this.

Download a PDF of the phrase here.

The font is free font Sketchy.

Felt Banner | Red Circle Crafts

I did a few things differently than she did because I'd rather sew everything together than not. Follow her tutorial for a no sew version of this one.

Print out the letters on card stock and cut them out. I chose to leave the inside of letters like O and D, because I like that look.

Felt Banner | Red Circle Crafts

Trace them onto a piece of felt. You can see that it doesn't actually take up that much room if you draw them close together. Then cut them out carefully. If you're going to use bondaweb or wonder under, iron it onto the felt before drawing the letters. Trace the letters directly onto it and then cut out.

Cut down the sheet of felt that will be the background. Make sure that there will be enough room at the top to fold over and slide a dowel through and that your triangle isn't too steep of a point to fit all the letters.

Felt Banner | Red Circle Crafts

I knew I wanted to hand sew all of the my felt letters on, but I was worried about them moving around as I sewed. So I took a glue stick and carefully glued everything in place. Then I took a warm iron (not too hot if you're using polyester felt like I am) and pressed all of the letters in place. It's not a long term solution, but it worked.

I sewed down all of the letters with a small whip stitch in a thread that matches my letters.

Felt Banner | Red Circle Crafts

Then using the dowel, I measured how far I needed to fold over the top to hang it and took it for a quick pass on the sewing machine.

Slide the dowel back in, add a string to hang it and it's all set!

Felt Banner | Red Circle Crafts

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Costume DIYs

So it's October 1st. I'm sure you also have this marked on your calendar as the day you have to start making your Halloween costume. But in case you don't, you might, maybe, want to start thinking about it. Unless you aren't into it, then you can just look at the people being silly. But here are some great costume DIY ideas.

Strawberry Halloween Costume from Studio DIY

Studio DIY has a ton of awesome, well put together, and yet easy to do Halloween Costume DIYs. I'm beginning to think they're as crazy about Halloween as I am. The one pictured is of course a strawberry.

Robot Costume from Paging Fun Mums

This robot costume from Paging Fun Mums is amazing! Maybe the best I've seen since my friend built one in a scene shop with working lights and a ledge to hold his drink. He didn't really think about getting through doors though and had to go sideways. In any case, this one may be for a child, but would be super amazing on an adult too.

Deer Halloween Costume from Flattery

I know everyone always wants to do current events, movies, or pop star Halloween costumes, but I love it when people dress up as animals. This deer costume tutorial from Flattery is super sweet and really well done. I want to make myself one of those antler headbands.

Where's Waldo Halloween Costume from Say Yes

Yes, this is a family costume, but any of those one their own would be amazing too. No crazy construction either. The post from Say Yes on this Where's Waldo costumes has some good ideas on how to put it together and where they sourced their clothes from.

All of these photos belong to their respective, linked sites.