Zombie Clown for Halloween

I’ve said it a thousand times before, and I will say it again – WE LOVE HALLOWEEN!

Sewing and piecing together handmade Halloween costumes is tradition for our household. This year has been no different. My daughter has always been called the “Halloween baby” because her birthday is in October and because she gets into Halloween the most. Every year she carefully selects what she plans to be for Halloween way ahead of time, so we always have time to put together something awesome. In August she announced her 2012 idea for Halloween…. ZOMBIE CLOWN!

Zombie Clown for Halloween

As with previous years, we had a blast putting this handmade costume together. First, we found the ugliest jumper in our scrap fabrics that fit her almost perfectly. Since it was a little tight, we made some alterations using additional scrap fabric so it had a “clown” look. This included a yellow and pink flower pocket. We also found an old, ugly tie to go along with the “silly” part of the costume.

Second, we dyed her hair fire-engine red. Her short, curly hair was better than any ratty wig we could have purchased in the store. Like I said, we go all out for Halloween, so dying hair was no big deal. In fact, I dyed mine purple the same night!

Finally, the make up. Oh my, how fun this was. We had modeling clay that we discovered gets everywhere and would be perfect as “crusty” clown make up. We touched up some areas with white eye shadow to make it look a little more clown-like. Then came the lipstick that was smeared around her lips to look like she just ate a survivor. We also used the lipstick for her nose and a wound or two. A little blue eye shadow was around her eyes to look like the remains of what once was a “happy” clown.

Overall, this was one of her best costume ideas. I think we did pretty good using the scraps and supplies we already had to make a “dead” clown.

Happy Halloween everyone!

How To: Painting Pumpkin Jars for Halloween

Acrylic paint, paint brushes of various sizes, Sharpie, Mod Podge.

You will need:

– Acrylic paint
– Paint Brushes (large and small)
Stained by Sharpie, black
Mod Podge (I used “sparkle” or “gloss”)

Step 1. Draw

Another way to do this is covering the area you don’t want painted with tape or paper. I just prefer drawing.

Step 2. Paint

Paint used may vary.

I used paint I had from other projects, one with the name “Pumpkin orange”. I ended up using 2 coats of each type of paint. One type of paint covered the jar better but had a matte finish I didn’t care for, and the other was nice and shiny but would have taken 10 coats to cover it.

First coat – matte finish paint.

After the shiny paint coat.

Step 3. Outline

Using “Stained” by Sharpie for this step.

All touched up and ready for the next step!

Step 4. Mod Podge

Used sparkle Mod Podge for this step. Can also use the spray glitter shown with the supplies with gloss finish Mod Podge.

Step 5. Embelish

Embellished with ribbon. Can also use pipe cleaners, hemp cord, or other kinds of ribbon or cords.

We had a BLAST making these adorable pumpkin jars. After we were finished, they were handed over to my mom, the “Candle Lady”. She filled them half way with pumpkin pie scented soy wax. They look like jack-o-lanterns when they are burning! SO CUTE!

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A Very Pinterest Halloween

First off let me say I LOVE Pinterest. I use it for everything from recipes to craft ideas to DIY projects for home. It’s the best social sharing site I’ve seen in my decade of online play. It’s especially been a fascination for me with Halloween coming up. I’ve subscribed to almost every Halloween board I can find and came up with some FANTASTIC ideas for my favorite holiday. While some of them didn’t turn out “exactly like the picture”, some projects actually turned out better.

Here are a few crafts we’ve done so far…..



The original project featured black bats and was found on Pinterest. You’ll notice we used a different color paper so it stood out better on the wall. Our generous neighbor had given us a ton of yellow paper she had no use for, so we were pretty excited to find at least one purpose for it. I don’t think I’m done with this wall yet, but it’s getting there!


Painted Pumpkin Jar Candles

Since my mom loves to make candles and had the perfect scent (Pumpkin Pie), we decided to make this Pinterest craft into something unique. I painted the jar (tutorial coming soon), and mom filled it with Pumpkin Pie scented soy wax. When lit, it looks like a jack-o-lantern. I like the candle much better than candy, especially because there wouldn’t be any candy left to make it cute like the original project was!


Countdown to Candy

This easy print-out made this craft quick and fun. My printer was being difficult (as usual), so I ended up taking a Sharpie to make it look better. I had the frame given to me by my hubby’s grandmother, which I thought was a pretty big stroke of luck. I think it was a PERFECT contrast to the orange and black. The glass on the frame acts like a dry erase board so that we can change it every day.


More to Come!

This is just the beginning of the Halloween tricks and treats we are making at The Hot Spot. We wanted to wait until a week or two into October before we drove out to Prairie View Pumpkins to pick out pumpkins. After we do, we should have TONS of decorated pumpkins to show off. You can see a full list of project ideas we’ve got on the burner on our Pinterest Halloween board.