I had been planning to host a craft night at my place for some time. My husband’s travel schedule had promised to take him out of town around this time, so I figured a girls’ night seemed in good order. Turns out the husband hadn’t left for his work trip yet, but we still managed the girls’ night 😉
I wanted to provide supplies to do a fun crafty project that did not require sewing. I hemmed and hawed over what project to pick. I thought about purchasing styrofoam pumpkins from the craft store and carving some more permanent Halloween decorations. I also saw some painted fake pumpkin projects, such as cats or cute pumpkin trees. But I just wasn’t super excited about any of those. I finally settled on this craft project I found on Pinterest: picture frame decorative trays. Before, I get to that though … costumes!
It was a small group of us, but dammit we were festive! All of us wore lovely and creative costumes.
Elizabeth made her Cleopatra costume, which came out beautiful! Sally was a Scrum Master (this is a play on her job title at work combined with her history of playing rugby), complete with an epic zebra cape she whipped together the day of the girls’ night. Kelly came in her goth victorian garb, though she missed this first round of pictures. Here are all of us once Kelly arrived.
As you may have noticed, I took my steampunk costume to the next level – undead. I had a small makeup kit I bought over a year ago to do blood and special effects stuff. Never tried it out before, and this seemed like a good opportunity. I combined the kit with some gray cake makeup as a base and some dark brown eye shadow around my eyes and face. I think I could do better next time, but I don’t think it was a horrible first attempt at a zombie makeup. I was surprised to find out the stage blood didn’t dry as much as I thought it would … I discovered this when the dripping made its way to my mouth later in the evening. Now I’m wondering if I should have put the crazy steampunk eye design somehow into the zombie makeup, or if that would have been too much? It is possible I have been watching too much Face Off.
I did not make nearly enough food for this event. The highlights did include no bake nutella cheesecakes (without the oreo crust for the gluten free ladies) and sugary delicious popcorn – both recipes also found on Pinterest. Glorious! My popcorn was festively orange because I bought orange pumpkin shaped marshmallows.
On the cheesecakes, I left off the extra whipped cream but did add sprinkles.
OK. I clearly took too many pictures and should have made this into multiple posts, but it is way too late for that. On to what we crafted!
The materials required:
- Photo frame (we used 11×14, 10×13, and one more long rectangular shaped one) – purchased at Walmart for $5 each. Goodwill may be a good option here too.
- Handles – purchased on Amazon for about $2 per handle … http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011N1YFA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01
- Various fabric scraps – quilting squares worked great, as did items from the remnants bin at Hancock
- Fabric glue
- Glue gun
- Glitter glue
- Black spray paint – for painting the frames a uniform color, they started off wood colored
- Any other decorating materials you want
I would say each finished frame probably cost between $15-$20. It can probably be done cheaper, but I wasn’t focusing on that.
I completed any spray painting prior to guests arriving. The first part was the most difficult – attaching the handles. There was much drilling, much cursing, much redrilling when the screws were not the correct distance apart despite our greatest attempts at measuring … did I mention there was cursing? I protected my table by using a cutting board underneath the frames when we drilled. Here is my frustration with this first portion of this project.
It was not just me that was frustrated, other people hated this part too.
However, once this awful portion was complete, the rest was just fun. I mean, how can you not have fun when there is so much glitter??! Talon enjoyed the glitter …
I wiped that off immediately after taking the picture. Which was immediately after I put it there. Hey. Tequila happens.
We set to decorating cardboard panels that would fit into the frames, and it was amazing how different all of our trays came out at the end. Elizabeth went with a theme that matches her style, very minimalist, very chic, very artsy. I liked it. Amazingly, she stayed away from the tantalizing call of the glitter pens. I really don’t know how she managed.
Sally’s theme was more abstract. Very fun and artsy in a different way. She was the “dumpster diver” of the group – if somebody put down a “scrap” of fabric they just cut or something they didn’t want, there’s about a 92.6% chance that it wound up on Sally’s tray somewhere. We got many many giggles out of that. And clearly her tactic worked, because the final tray looks great!
Kelly’s tray was the classiest of the group. She was not shy about the glitter, but somehow the glitter made her tray look sparkly instead of overdone.
I went with more of a traditional kidsy Halloween route, complete with exclamations (BOO!) and evil bats. And yes, glitter. I swear I did not just glitter my dog, I used the glitter for more appropriate endeavors.
After the decorating was complete, we used a hair dryer to encourage the glitter glue to solidify. And then we used hot glue to glue the corners of the glass from the frames to the top inner edges of the frames. Sally demonstrates how one might use the devices we made, while Kelly demonstrates the proper drying procedures for glitter glue.
At this point, despite Hurricane Sandy providing us with a more windy than usual evening, we decided to sit outside by the firepit for a while, roasting marshmallows, drinking, and chatting. It was a lovely way to end the day.
Before the night was over, there was more tequila (with a pickle juice chaser), many pictures with dogs, an excellent rugby explanation, Hammie chasing a laser around my yard repeatedly, and at one point the zombie part of me took over. Thanks, ladies, for a super fun and successful evening!