Recycled Tennis Ball Halloween Creatures!

Hi everybody!

I hope you are having a fantastic October so far!

Can you believe Halloween is next weekend already! Where does the time go…other than away!

So, I work in a tennis shop, and where there is tennis there are a lot of tennis balls. Rather than throwing out some of the old tennis balls around the shop, I decided to convert them into fun creatures for Halloween, and I must say the kids are loving them so much, that I decided to share them here.

These fun little guys are so easy to make. You only need a few things, most of you probably have around the house already.

Supplies:

  • Tennis Balls
  • Sharpies
  • Glue Gun
  • Index Cards
  • Tape
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Yarn, Fabric or string for mummy
  • Optional: Googly eyes instead of drawn in eyes for spider.

Pumpkin Ball:

  1. Super easy Just draw with your black sharpie triangle eyes a nose and a mouth.
  2. Then use an orange sharpie to color everywhere but in the eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Let dry for a minute or two.

Ta-Da! Pumpkin Ball!

Pumpkin Tennis Ball!

Batty Ball:

  1. Also super-duper easy. Draw two large circles for eyes with your black sharpie.
  2. Then add the pupils.
  3. Add a circle for the nose and some fangs.
  4. Use a brown sharpie to color the rest of the ball, you can use black but the details of the face will be hard to see.
  5. For wings, I used an index card and drew out a wing, then cut it out, and used this wing as a template for the second wing. Just make sure you flip it so it is in the correct direction.
  6. Once both wings are cut out, use a large marker to color in the wings. I then used a fine tip sharpie to add the details.
  7. Make a small bend in the wing where it will attach to the body.
  8. You can either use a glue gun or tape. If you use tape, put a rolled piece of tape under the bend and then use a few more across the top. If you use glue gun, add a tad of hot glue to the folded part of the wing and stick it to the body.

Batty Tennis Ball

Mr. Spider Ball

  1. I used 4 small pipe cleaners and cut them in half.
  2. Use a hot glue gun to attach to the ball. Let dry completely between adding the legs so they don’t fall off.
  3. Then use a sharpie to draw on eyes. You can also glue on googly eyes if you have them.
  4. I added a few stripes to the legs. You could also color them in, or use a sharpie to color the whole ball.

Spider Ball

Mummy Ball!

  1. First, use an index card to draw out some eyes.
  2. Cut them out.
  3. Use hot glue gun to glue them onto the ball. Let dry.
  4. Grab your yarn, string or fabric and your glue gun.
  5. Add a small dab of glue around the top of the ball and slowly start to wrap your yarn around adding tiny dabs of glue all along the way.
  6. Continue to wrap around until you go all the way around.
  7. Secure with glue.

Mummy Ball

The possibilities are endless. I would love to see what you come up with.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Have a wonderful week!

Would you like some more Halloween inspiration here is a past post on easy Halloween Jar decoration fun: https://sugarbeetcrafts.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/quick-and-easy-jar-decoration/

Mummy, Spider, Pumpkin & Batty

Mummy, Spider, Pumpkin & Batty

Upcycled Jar Pumpkin Candle Holder

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Hello!!

I hope this Halloween week has been fantastically spooky! I keep watching scary movies and giving myself nightmares!

I have one more Jar Project for Halloween. The recycled Jar Pumpkin Candle Holder! This project is super simple!

What you need:

  • A Jar
  • Some Paint – Acrylic works really well
  • Mod Podge- optional
  • green string or ribbon
  • battery candle

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Add just a few drops of the paint and Mod Podge to the jar. I used a bit of ink spray but it just to brighten the color.

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Then put the cap on, and shake and swirl. You may have to do this a few times while it dries to get the right amount of paint around it.  I wanted it a little clear and streaky so i just let it dry as is. but you can keep coating until its nice and consistent.

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Once done with the paint, flip the jar upside down on a plate or stack of old newspapers so the excess paint has somewhere to go. Let dry.

I drew the face on with sharpie while the cap was on and I was swirling the paint around, but you can certainly wait until its dry. I did intend to Mod Podge the eyes nose and mouth with a fine brush then add black glitter, I was just too busy.

After everything is dry, add a bit of glue or Mod Podge to the very top of the jar and add either string or ribbon for a more finished look.

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Once that is dry, add your battery candle and enjoy!!

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Quick and Easy Jar Decoration

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Hello Everyone! I hope your Halloween season has been spooktacular so far!

Here is a super easy and quick way to add some pops of color and decoration around the house with stuff you probably already have.

These adorable fabric wrapped jars are great to add to any center piece, or table or just about anywhere. You can even add a candle and make them super awesome candle holders. Or shove some candy in them for a cool display

You just need:

  1. A jar (the one I used is super small they are about 2 inches. I think they are used for spices.
  2. Some fabric. (any will do, it just needs to be big enough to stuff into the jar.
  3. A bit of ribbon

Thats it!

Here is my little jar.

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Jar and Fabric, The fabric is super sheer shinny material.

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Lay down your material, then lay your jar in the center on top. I used 2 layers of fabric because the material was so sheer.

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Tuck the fabric into the jar. Press it all the way in so it doesn’t come back out.

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Wrap some ribbon around the top, and tie a bow.

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And there you go!

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A super simple, very quick way to add a bit decor this holiday season!

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Happy Crafting!!!

What simple ways do you like to dress up you home for the holidays?

Halloween Tutu Garland Tutorial!

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Hi Everyone!

It’s Halloween time!! One of my favorite times to decorate.

This year, to pretty-up our fireplace I decided to make it wear a tutu!! The fireplace can’t complain like the cat does when I dress it up.

All the supplies I had laying around the house to keep costs down and reuse things I would normally throw away. I had 4 panels of sheer purple curtains from my living alone days and a bunch of black tulle that I have been keeping all these years waiting to be something.

Put them together and you have…

drum roll please 😀

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WooHooo Garland!

Halloween Fireplace Tutu Garland!

So here is what you need:

1. Twine, string, yarn or thin rope
2. Fabric (I used a sheer purple curtain and some black tulle)
3. Scissors

Step One: Prepare your fabric by cutting it into strips. To achieve the ripped effect, I cut a notch in the top of the fabric, then tore it the rest of the way. Just make sure you are tearing with the fabric, it should tear straight all the way down. If you go against the fabric it will not tear.

I made my strips different widths but stayed around one inch. The length depends on the look you are going for, I made mine approximately eight inches so they were about four inches long in the end.

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Step Two: Measure the length of your fireplace mantle, depending on what you use, you may want to double it. I used twine, so I decided to double it, then tied it off. It was now a big loop.

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Step Three: Lay out your twine.

Step Four: Start with one fabric strip. Fold it in half, and lay it under the rope with the loop above the rope line.

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Step Five: Grab the two end pieces of the fabric, fold it over the twine and back through the loop.

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Step Six: Pull the two end pieces tight.

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Step Seven: Pull down and adjust.

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Step Eight: Repeat, alternating strips if your using different colors.

It should start to look like this:

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keep going

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and going until you have the length you want and hang.

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I would tell you to resist the urge to wear it like a tutu and dance around to “This is Halloween” from the Nightmare Before Christmas…but that would be no fun and I would be a hypocrite! 😀

I love the way it turned out. It does take a bit of patience depending on how long you’re making it.

This one wound up 48 inches long and it took me about 4 episodes of Game of Thrones but I kept getting up and taking breaks.

A great distraction for kids, just plop them down in front of the tv with a bunch of cut up strips and they will probably get one made up in no time.

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Have you started decorating yet?
What is your favorite decoration?

Downloadable Halloween Tags Available at Etsy

HI Everybody!

Warning: shameless self promotion post 😀

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Have a wonderful week!!!

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