Halloween Sharpie Plates

IMG_2914We have another super easy & quick Halloween craft for you! This craft was inspired by the Sharpie Mug that has been floating around Pinterest for the past few months. There seem to be a lot of mixed reviews on this craft, some saying it worked great and others claiming it did not work at all. From my own experience, this definitely does work there are just a few tips and tricks you must be weary of.For those of you who don’t know what the Sharpie Mug craft is, I shalIMG_2842l explain. Basically, what you do is draw a design on a ceramic mug (or dish or bowl) and then bake it in the oven to set the design. It seems that using an actual sharpie (unless it is oil-based) is not the best option for this craft. Instead you need an oil based marker. I bought this set of Bic and it seems to work great, except the lighter colors fade in the oven.

IMG_2860Now, onto what we do for our Halloween plates. I had a stack of plain white plates leftover from a previous project that I thought would be perfect to put some fun Halloween designs on. With a quick Google image search of a crow outline and a rat outline, I printed out my favorite images sized to fit the center of the plate. I cut out the design and then taped it to the center of the plate.IMG_2905 IMG_2907

Next, using the color I wanted the design to be I traced around it. If you are nervous about making a mistake or unsure what the design will look like you can use a lighter color to trace around it because it will fade off in the oven and it is easier to cover up with a darker color. After I outlined the image cutout, I colored it in.

IMG_2910 IMG_2911 IMG_2912 After 24 hours I put the plates in the oven at 350ºF and then set a timer for 30 minutes. Do not preheat the oven before putting your plates in! You need the plate to adjust to the changing temperature, otherwise it will crack. After 30 minutes turn the oven off but keep the plates in the oven so they can cool off with the oven. Once the oven is cooled you may take out your plates.IMG_2913

To preserve the design, these plates are best washed using a non-abrasive sponge, and I would definitely recommend not putting them in the dishwasher.

Although there seems to be some mixed reviews on this craft, it seems to have worked great for me both times I did it. Plus, for a Halloween or Holiday craft perhaps you don’t necessarily need the design to be permanent. Plus you can always re-draw over your design and bake it again to touch it up if you have to.

IMG_2839This craft is super easy and does not involve very many supplies. It will add a fun and spooky element to your Halloween. Plus, you can display them a number of different ways. You could put the food you are serving on them or simply hang them up on the wall. Get creative!

Comment with what designs you tried and let us know how it worked out!

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Halloween Snack Tags

IMG_2837Happy October everybody!
Now that it is October, I feel like it is an appropriate time to start bombarding this blog with everything we have been working on for Halloween this year. We are planning on having a small Halloween party at our house with some of our friends, and so have been busy little bees gathering supplies, planning, and crafting everything Halloween. And now that it is October, we will start sharing some of the things we have been working on with you in case you wanted to join us!

IMG_2824This first craft, as you can see, is similar to our clothespin DIY. However instead of using washi tape (which you can definitely do as well), we decided to paint the clothespins some fun Halloween colors.First we painted the clothespins whatever base color we wanted (white, silver, or green) then once that completely dried, we taped off stripes using painters tape and then painted the rest black. Again, let dry completely and then peel off to reveal some fun stripes! Make sure you press the tape down tightly because otherwise the paint will creep underneath and mess up your straight lines.IMG_2809 IMG_2819

You can also use stamps to stamp out a fun Halloween saying or food – We chose “Witch Treat.”IMG_2806 IMG_2814

Once the clothespin is done, you can create a name tag for the food or drink you plan on serving at your Halloween party. This is when you turn to your friends or family members to help generate some spooky names for common foods. My mom and I always love a good word game, so we texted back and forth several different possible names one could give popcorn. I decided to go with Bat Brains, but here are some of the other names we came up with: toad warts, Frankenstein teeth, Goblin blobs, Ogre toenails. After I got sidetracked coming up with gory names for popcorn, I then stamped out what I wanted my place card to say on some orange paper. IMG_2804IMG_2827IMG_2825Now all you have to do is stick the paper in the clothespin and display it next to the food or drink you are serving! Easy as pumpkin pie.IMG_2855 IMG_2846 IMG_2853

We have been busy creating all sorts of Halloween goodies to display for our party. Check back shortly for some more of the ideas pictured on this table! Comment with any creepy names for food and drinks you come up with and maybe we’ll use some of them!

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