Archive for 2010

Getting in the Cemetery Spirit of Things

Posted in Creative Inspiration, Halloween Related, Planning with tags , , , on October 24, 2010 by bojo

Stopped by a couple local cemeteries yesterday and took some photos. My plan is to print them and replace any framed images in the house with these. I did a little playing around with them to make them more interesting.

This one is only about 30 years old, but looks much older.
The only one I got out of the car to take.
Obelisk
Marie Anne Helwig
Jimmie

Halloween Cookies

Posted in Creative Inspiration, Halloween Food & Desserts with tags , , , on October 22, 2010 by bojo

Been mildly obsessed with Halloween cookies lately. Thought I’d post some that I found nice.

Love me some polka dots!

Perhaps some un-dead gingerbread men?

Bones

 

Gourmet Eyeball Cookies

 

Spider web cookies w/ a clear, isomalt center!

I’m thinking of doing a simple dipped oreo for my party. Boring, yes, but I think I might dip them in white chocolate, dyed red, of course.

Invitations: Mine & Others

Posted in Creative Inspiration, Themes & Party Ideas with tags , on October 9, 2010 by bojo

I agonized over the invites entirely too long. First it was going to be individual foam tombstones. Then it was going to be cardstock coffins, then it was going to be a gate-folded card with elaborate cut-outs… This was just easiest. I had to find a font that didn’t make it look pirate-y, but I think it turned out alright. It’s resume paper with burned edges. About 4″x6″.

 

 

2010 Bonnie Haunt Invites

 

Here are some other awesome invites I’ve seen lately:

 

 

Charisma's 2008 X-ray Invites

 

 

 

Awesome Tombstone Invite

 

 

2009 Universal Studios Horror Nights Media Invite/Teaser
Edible Reminder Finger in Take-Out Box. She even posted the recipe for the cookie!
Creature Survival Kit – Click the photo for a Q&A on how she made these… so awesome.

 

So many creative people out there!

Foam Board Lantern

Posted in Props, Videos with tags , , , on September 25, 2010 by bojo

Based REALLY, REALLY loosely on Dave Lowe’s O’Treaty Lantern [ http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2010/09/otreatys-foamcore-lantern-part-one.html ] with one of my faux candles ¬†inside, this is a down and dirty attempt at a foam board lantern. The top is Velcro’d on so I can easily turn the LED tea light off/on. I may try a more elaborate top on the next one, more like Dave’s, maybe. Not bad for taking less than 2 hours from start to finish! ūüôā Like the candles, it will only get better with each iteration.

More Evolved Candle-Making

Posted in Props with tags , , , , on September 17, 2010 by bojo

I’m obsessed with getting these candles right. A few changes to the process:

* I started simply making a “shelf” out of hot glue, around the inside edge where I want the tealight to sit.

* Red Bull cans make GREAT candles… just hack off the tops, give them a base coat of spray paint, add the hot glue (lots for the top sharp edge and lots to hide the ‘can’ bottom¬†– some of mine need a bit more there), and paint again. Drop an led tealight inside and it reflects beautifully. No newspaper needed to hide seams or anything. Any size can works!

* Layers of the hot glue with a “pool” at the bottom looks much better. I do a base coat on everything now.

Latest batch:

My Latest Batch of Candles

From Toilet Paper to Pillar Candles

Posted in Props, Videos with tags , , , , on September 6, 2010 by bojo

I loved the idea of PVC pillar candles using flickering battery tealights, but I didn’t want to spend the money on the pipe or try to cut it myself. I went looking for something easier and found this how-to on Dave Lowe’s blog from 2008 [http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2008/09/08-halloween-20-making-flameless-candle.html]. I love the no-cost approach, but I wanted a cleaner pillar look.

Here’s a video of the first 2 finished:

I’m not crazy about these tealights, so they’ll probably get replaced, but you get the idea. Overall, I’m pleased with the look.

What I did (Probably the hard way):

1. Trim the tubes into different lengths and slice them down one side to open them up.

2.¬†Hot glue in some foam board “shelves” for the tealights to sit on.

3. Reassemble the tubes at the width that will fit the tealights & hot glue them closed.

4. Decopage some newspaper strips around the tubes to hide the seams (I first did them horizontal and then long vertical strips on top). Let dry.

5. I hot glued some glass beads (the kind that go in a vase) to the bottom inside for weight.

6. Hot glue the wax drips (Dave’s post says it best — patience… but there’s really no wrong way). Let dry.

7. Spray paint… I think it would probably work best to start with them upside down¬†on your painting surface and get the paint all around the bottom side of the drips… let dry… then turn them on the right side and paint them again and let dry.

8.¬† I mixed some craft paint to get a color like the spray paint I used and painted then inside of the tube above the foam shelf AND painted the tealights so they match the “candle”.

9. Turn on your tealight and set it inside the pillar.

It’s not high-quality, but looks decent in a dim room. I’ll probably swap out these tealights for some better-flickering ones. But for right now, I haven’t bought a single thing to make them. I had everything on hand already, so they were basically FREE, which is great.

Second Tombstone Almost Finished

Posted in Props with tags , , on September 5, 2010 by bojo

Just about finished with my second-ever tombstone. The epitaphs are all from “Cemetery Gates” by Pantera.

Tombstone #2

I think I’ll start a coffin tomorrow.