Christmas is nearly upon us so my decoration making has started in earnest. I always like to have a few new homemade cuties to add to my tree this year and for 2017 it’s going to be a couple of … Continue reading
Halloween 2017 is fast approaching and as per usual, I’m busy making new decorations to decorate our Halloween tree.
This year it’s been pumpkins (both crocheted and fabric), eyeballs, severed fingers and these delightful little zombie skulls.
The best thing about these skulls is how super simple they are to make and how little time they take. Minus taking in the ends, I could make a blank skull in less than 5 minutes.
So here’s how to do it…
- Yarn – Double Knit (cotton is my preference)
- Hook – 3.5 but use whatever you need to get a tight crochet
- Extras – Black yarn or embroidery floss for the mouth, a second colour for the eyes and some small buttons of various colours.
Instead of designing a pattern myself this time I found a super one by Heather Jarmusz on Ravelry so I used that to make the blanks. You can find them here:
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As I wanted to make a hanging decoration that looked good on both sides I made two of every colour with a view to crocheting them together.
Then I set about decorating them with a mouth and button eyes.
Using black double knit cotton or embroidery floss, do a straight line across between round 2 and row 1. Then, do a series of straight lines down, crossing the line as above in the finished skull. I am going to try out one with fangs and blood so if it works, I’ll post that as an alternative to this traditional skull mouth.
The eyes are next and this is where you get to have fun and decide what type you want to do. Two of my nieces and nephews were with me when I was decorating these so I let them loose with the designs and did what they asked.
To do the hanging eyeball take two buttons, one slightly smaller than the other. Thread them both onto some double knit cotton.
When you’ve done, pull the cotton through the font of the skull, making sure you keep the loose thread between the two buttons. Normally, at this point I’d be encouraging you to keep the back of your work as neat as possible. Thankfully, as you won’t be able to see the back you don’t have to worry here. I’d place a knot at the back to secure the larger button and make sure there is still loose thread between the two. Once it’s secure, pass the needle back through the empty two holes in the button to ensure it’s not going anywhere. At this point, I’d like to caveat that these are decorative items and not suitable for young children due to the buttons.
For the second eye you could the same the again, do a cross or add just one button.
Now go ahead and do the second one. You could do it to match the front or have both sides different.
When you’ve got both sides done it’s time to crochet them together. Hold them, wrong sides together and put your hook through the 1 ch at the end of the last row.
Do 1 chain then slip stitch in every stitch around making sure you go through both the front and the back skulls.
When finished, take in the ends and add a loop to the top for hanging.
And you’re done!
I’d love to see any that you’ve made.
Halloween again! Or at least it was a couple of weeks ago and yet again, we had loads of activities planned. There was a party at a softplay, a horror walk, pumpkin carving, a Halloween breakfast, Halloween movies and of course, trick or treating.
I know that in the US any costume goes but for me, Halloween should be scary. After all, it’s when ghouls and goblins walk the earth so we’re supposed to dress as scary as possible to blend in! Luckily, my big two share my feelings on the matter so Roux and Hurricane want blood and gore when it comes to their costumes.
Last year, I went on a zombie walk so attempted some zombie face paint (which I was really chuffed with at the time) and Monster came along for the ride. It was a great baby wearing costume but this year, I didn’t need one.
I asked Roux and Hurricane what they wanted to do this year and they decided we’d be a family of zombies. Obviously my love of all things zombie has come shining through! I was really pleased as I’d seen an amazing tutorial on YouTube by Bonnie Corban and desperately wanted to try it out.
As Halloween fell on a Saturday a very good friend and drinking partner had agreed that we’d go out around the local pubs and clubs in fancy dress. It was brilliant! I was ever so chuffed with how my costume turned out although I kept getting grabbed for photos. I do wonder how many people woke up on Sunday morning to find a picture of my face on their ‘phone.
Starting with the children, they wanted lots of blood so I got 3 plain white t shirts (2 for £2.50 in Asda) and tore them up then covered them in blood. The blood was very red so looked a bit too fresh. A quick google told me that if you mix the shop bought blood with gravy it’ll darken it up nicely. Unfortunately, none of the google searches said that you would reek of roast beef! It was quite something, we absolutely STANK.
I bought myself a dress from a charity shop for the grand total of £1! Then I ripped the top, shredded the hem at the bottom and covered it in gravy smelling fake blood. The smell really was horrific, it permeated the house so next time, I’ll use black food colouring m’kay.
For the soft play party they both wanted lots of blood. It stains. Thankfully they were dressing up again the next day so face paint covered it all. Unfortunately, Monster wasn’t keen on being a zombie at all, I couldn’t help but laugh when he saw himself in the mirror and cried (bad mother). He was massively over tired and quite hungry when I attempted to do this so perhaps that wasn’t the best but never mind – at least I hadn’t spent a fortune on his costume. A quick change of clothes and a swoosh with a baby wipe and he was happy again.
The next day, we were doing the horror experience and some trick or treating so we went same costume but different face paint.
They were really getting into the swing of it and constantly walked like zombies whilst trying to bite their cousins.
Now to me… following the tutorial upthread and wearing the dress I first put on some latex and tissue…
Then I matted my hair with copious amounts of dry shampoo, texture powder and a lot of back combing, finished my face paint…
Added some white zombie contacts…
And then started to bite everyone…
This week I learnt an important life lesson about ASSUMPTIONS and hopefully if you hear my woeful tale you’ll be saved from the same curse of the Assumption.
Let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start…
A few weeks ago Hurricane’s (reception age) teacher took me to one side and gave me the good news that she’s been picked to take the lead in the Christmas Play. I was handed her lines and ASSUMED that also meant I had to provide a costume. ASSUMED.
Miss wasn’t pleased as the main part was a figure called The Sleepy Shepherd. She didn’t want to be a shepherd, she wanted to be an angel. Little madam. I laughed about this in school and said I’d make her something bright and the teacher didn’t flinch.
Costume made and I took it in this week. School were over the moon and then dropped the bombshell – they are providing all the costumes! Gah! Apparently though they’re all very tatty and just cobbled together as none of the staff sew. Due to this, she’s going to find me this time next year and ask me to make/remodel them! I’m practicing saying “no” now. Do you think it’ll work?
Anyway, here she is. I’m writing up a ‘how to guide’ so I’ll put that up when I get a second.
Gosh, it’s taken me a long time to get around to doing this post, I’m very much a victim of Life, it gets in the way. On the 14th November it was Children In Need day and as such, school children around the country attended their lessons in a variety of costumes from pyjamas to fancy dress.
Our school decided to dress as a Superhero so for the boys this opened up opportunities to attend as all manner of their favourite comic book heroes, for girls however, I just knew the classes would be full of Princesses. I’ve got nothing against Princesses at all but I do get a bee in my bonnet over them NOT being superheroes in just the same way I dislike boys going in on World Book Day as Spiderman.
Anyhow, Roux has quite a few superhero costumes to choose from in his wardrobe so I thought I’d start with the easiest, he could wear one of his – Ben10, Spiderman, Superman, Batman and the SuperRoux outfit that I made him last year. Did he want any of these? No, that would be too easy. He wanted to be The Green Lantern. *Sigh* That’s me making a Green Lantern Costume too but how! How would I do that? I had a quick google search and all the ones I found were skin-tight and full of padding, my skills aren’t up to that and he didn’t have any green clothing whatsoever that I could mangle into a costume. Bummer.
His Godfather is superhero daft and loves all things DC/Marvel so I asked for his help, what Green Lantern image did he think of when the name sprang to mind?
Well this gave me an epiphany! See that green bit? Well wouldn’t it work as a bib? Felt on a roll turned into a tabard with the logo on the front, some long gloves, black clothes underneath and some boot covers and I’d be done.
Using felt on the roll, I cut out the tabard and put elastic on the sides to hold it together. I also used the same felt to make boot covers that slipped onto the leg using elastic. The symbol on the front is made from felt and glued on using PVA. Next up was the gloves, they’re knitted white gloves (2 pairs for £1) with white felt sewn on. The lamp is made from green metallic card with a battery operated tea light and the ring is made from loom bands with a bead in the centre and I painted his face. He adored it which is all that counts.
Then it came to Hurricane, as I said up there I wanted to do everything in my power to stop her going as a Princess. We love Princesses here in this house and for about 6 months, she refused to be called anything other than Princess but they have their place and that place isn’t as a superhero. She accepted the news that she couldn’t go as Elsa pretty quickly so I ran through a few options with her (Batwoman, SuperGirl, She Ra etc) or perhaps a real life one like a doctor, firewoman, (me ha!) she declared very vehemently that she wanted to be Poison Ivy. Ok, that’s a super villain but who cares, it’s better than Belle.
On doing a few GIS they’re all very, umm, sexy costumes and totally unsuitable for a 4 year old! There was no way that I could allow that much flesh on show so I needed to get my thinking cap on. In the end I settled for a pair of her green school tights, a black leotard, some green netting to make a half skirt with lots and lots (98 at last count) green leaves hand stitched on with a red wig we already had thrown in for good measure. I found the net green gloves and thought they’d be perfect and also made her some loom band bracelets as she wanted a super power so I convinced her that she could shoot branches out of her bracelets that wrapped people up.
I’m pretty self depreciating normally but even I’m happy to say that this is pretty damn good. I love it and so does she.
Last September Roux started school and came home talking about Skylanders. I don’t have a clue and as we have no games console roundly ignored it all.
Hopefully you’ll forgive the shortness of this blog post as my Handmade Monday project required quite a lot of work.
Peanut made his grand appearance at 41+1, on Thursday morning an hour after the midwife appeared. He was born in my childhood bedroom at my parents home and the labour was perfect. Just over an hour of contractions, no pain relief and totally relaxed. The midwives said it was a privilege to have been a part of it.
Hello to absolutely nobody as I don’t have any followers yet. I’m Sharon, a stay at home single Mum to 2 beautiful children with another on the way. All my life I’ve crafted doing all sorts of various projects but I always seem to come back to crochet.
I’m late to the party but I’ve become an avid blog reader over the last few months and finally, after a bit of pushing from some friends, decided I would delve into this world.
I’m wishing myself lots of luck!