Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The One with Tombstones, Banners, and Ghost/Spider Pops

I think my expectations of the scale and caliber of how grand parties should be is extremely skewed due to the amount of over-the-top events I've been to recently. I'm dreaming of a rich man's party on a poor student's budget. Therefore, I've been racking the freebie downloads and pilfering through the dollar spots and stores trying to find cheap ideas and decorations to make Fox's party something to write home about.

For example, I found this digital banner on the Second Sister Suaviloquy blog (along with a whole bunch of other wicked cool free downloads!):
I printed it out onto textured white cardstock and then had fun dressing it up with old book page accordion flowers I made, ribbon and tulle, and dangling black jewels, like so:
PS - It says "happy haunting".

And then, I found this tombstone from Target for $5 to use as a template:
I went to Home Depot and bought a huge sheet of foam board, traced the Target tombstone onto the foam, made slight adjustments to the shape at the top for variety, and cut each one out with a knife. I made quite the mess.
Theeeen, I carved grooves and gashes into each tombstone (this time I took my work outside!) and painted a coat of gray paint over each one. I left a little bit of white foam showing through some parts to add a distressed look.
Once they dried I went in with black and brown paint and lots of water and tried to make them look more realistic.
My Jackson Pollock's:
And last but not least, I found a tutorial from ohdeedoh to make ghost and spider pops (they have pumpkin ones too, but I'm not doing those for an unbeknownst reason). So I got some suckers, a box of cheap kleenex, a black garbage bag, and black pipe cleaners from the dollar store. I covered half of the suckers with kleenex and secured them with ribbon tied around the 'neck.' Instant ghost pops! Makes a cool wreath, no?
I'm debating whether or not to add faces with a black pen.

Then I cut squares of a black garbage bag, wrapped them around the remaining half of the suckers, wrapped four pieces of black pipe cleaners (two pieces cut in half) around the middle, and kinked them for legs.
Preparations are coming along! 2.5 weeks 'til the par-tay!


Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

incredible!!! you are so creative! jealous!!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

p.s. can't wait to see all of the pictures from the party!

♥k said...

Those tombstones are amazing Paige!! AMAZING!

JenniferSanborn said...

So super cool!!!

Allison Taylor said...

sigh. those halloween decorations look so cute in your place! Love the tombstones!

Virginia L. said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your creativity! Can't wait to get the party started!

Emily said...

You are so very talented... I always love seeing your creations! These rock!

Stephanie said...

wow! this is going to be quite the 1st birthday! can't wait til you post the actual party pics!

Shanell Farr said...

ok.... this is going to be the cutest party ever! I'm loving EVERYTHING!!

Marlene McCune said...

Wow you've been busy! All that stuff looks amazing!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

WOW, Fox is one lucky little guy, what a cool party you have ready for him, LOVE those spider pops, so cute! how do you find time to do all these things with a little one, I can't get a thing done with my little guy around, mostly since he doesn't nap anymore...lol...can't wait to see the finished party pics, hope Fox's b-day is fab!!

Chris said...

This party is gonna be awesome!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! This party is going to be SUPER SUPER fun!! LOVE all your decorations!

sandee said...

wow, you are definetly putting in the work here, the tombstones turned out fantastic, I remember making ghosts loolipops when I was a kid ( shows a good craft never dies, it just evolves into a wreath, lol ) but I love the spider pops and I think thats fabulous! If I hadn't already made my co-workers gifts for Halloween then I would make those, guess next year!

Pamela said...

Everything is SO awesome!!!!! :) You rock!

Behind the Mist Trilogy said...

I love the banner! Chris's Grandma used to make ghosts around tootsie roll pops for them. I want to come to the party!

Kirsty.a said...

Wow. The tombstones are fabulous

Kirsty.a said...

Wow. The tombstones are fabulous

ivy said...

what great ideas here and kudos to you for going through all that work to make them your own! and i love the black garbage bag covered lollipops! might do that for my son's class!

Amy Heller said...

Oh my goodness you crafty, lady!! I LOVE these and that ghost wreath! LOVE it!!