October 27th, 2013
Look what I found
Dead man’s finger. If you’ve never done this classic trick, try it this half-term. -It’s brilliantly effective – the flour and water “paint” gives your skin a spooky “dead” look as it dries. When you are showing people your dead man’s finger think up a good cover story and tell it with a straight face . Oliver likes to tell one about hearing a knock at the door late at night, creeping downstairs, opening the door andd finding this “thing” on the doorstep.
You will need:
An empty match box
flour and water or white paint
a tissue (or a few squares of loo roll)
red paint or felt tip pen or tomato ketchup
How to make a dead man’s finger.
1. Cut a hole in the tray of the match box large enough to fit your finger through. Cut a slot in the sleeve. Put it back together and have a go at putting your finger in, closing and opening the lid.
2. Mix a tablespoon of flour and water together into a thick paste and paint onto your finger. As it dries it will go flaky and help give the illusion of dead skin.
3. Put a little tissue in the box making sure you don’t obstruct the hole and paint liberally with red pen, paint or tomato ketchup . Now poke your finger through and close the box.
More Halloween projects coming soon
October 22nd, 2013
The high ruffled neck of this cloak make it perfect for vampires, but it’s also great for witches, wizards and all kinds of other halloween antics. It’s also pretty warm – which can be mighty useful if you or nippers are out roaming the chilly streets in search of sweets.
WAISTCOAT - 5 min make!
We made the waistcoat by cutting down a red tee-shirt and drawing on the centre line and buttons with a black marker.
YOU WILL NEED:
Rectangle Fabric - 1m wide by however long you want the cloak. If you use a fraying fabric you will need to hem the sides and the bottom.
½ m thick elastic - about 3cm wide, 6 cm sew on Velcro , basic sewing kit, 2 x safety pins
- Halloween Cloak
How to make it
1 Fold and pin a 12 cm wide hem along one side of the fabric.
2 Machine sew two parallel lines along the hem at least 1 cm wider than the elastic. If you are hand-sewing, keep your stitches very straight.
3 Using a large safety pin thread the elastic through the channel and gather up the fabric until it just fits around your neck with about 8 cm of elastic sticking out on each side. Use the safety pins to hold elastic in place while you sew it securely down with two vertical lines of sewing. Remove the pins.
4. Sew the Velcro to the two ends of the elastic. (Or just leave the elastic long enough to tie in a bow) You c an always add a ribbon bow to the elastic for a more flouncy look.
September 9th, 2013
Prepare to scare… our new Creepy Craft kit was inspired by some of the projects in our new book BoyCraft. With Halloween coming up its a great kit for autumn, but you could have fun making these at any time of the year. There’s enough stuff in Creepy Crafts to make two bats, two rats and two scary spiders. Our testers also made scary hairy moustaches and eyebrows from the left over fabric.
July 29th, 2013
We love a good window display and this is no exception. The lovey ladies at the Duttons for Buttons shop in Harrogate have whipped up this fun display using our kits. We definitely approve of the flying penguins!