Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Earrings Giveaway!

Happy Halloween everyone! It is sadly the final day of my Birthday Month for this year, but that is great news for you because you can enter below to win these fabulous earrings and the tiny thimble plate they are sitting on. I actually got these items for myself for my birthday and liked them so much I got an extra of each to share with one lucky reader! Enter using the widget below, and read on at the bottom of this post to get the scoop on everything I have coming up in November!

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If you don't like these items yourself, I won't be insulted if you want to try to win them as an early holiday gift for someone else. That time of year is quickly coming up. November at The Craftinomicon will be full of great recipes and projects to help you prepare for the upcoming Winter Holiday season. Make sure you check back often!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Roundup

I still have a last minute Halloween project in the works, but to tide you over here is a roundup of Craftinomicon Halloween/Day of the Dead projects past!

First off, my super easy Halloween Jack-o-Lantern cards! Clip art and a marker and you are done in no time flat!

For those of you with zombie costumes on the brain, check out a great tutorial on zombie makeup from my cousin Carli! My original post here.

Don't forget my latest, a cute Halloween treat bucket. A small bucket, tape and ribbon is all you need :)

Day of the Dead more your style? Try out this Sugar Skull Mask or Skull votive candle.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Treat Bucket

Before I do a whole Halloween craft roundup of past crafts, I thought I'd share a new and easy craft that can be done by any skill level. Using a small bucket (that I found in the dollar area of Target) and some craft ribbon (on sale!) along with some Washi tape, you can turn your bucket into a pumpkin shape. This is great not only for Halloween, but with different ribbon would make great little Thanksgiving treat buckets as well.

To start, the most important materials you will need are a small bucket and some ribbon. The ribbon can be any width, just keep in mind that wider ribbon will require fewer ribbon loops, while skinny ribbon will need many more.

For this bucket, I used 8 pieces of ribbon about 9-10 inches in length. Make sure you cut each piece of ribbon the same length, and then space them evenly around the top of your bucket. I used invisible tape to secure my ribbon, that way it can be easily removed if I decide to reuse the bucket for something else.

Next, I used invisible tape again to secure the ribbon pieces to the bottom of the bucket, again evenly spaced. To finish the inside of the bucket, I covered the raw edges of ribbon and invisible tape with a decorative washi tape.

For a Halloween touch instead of just an Autumn craft, I found this great skeleton ribbon with glitter!

What Halloween crafts are you working on?

Friday, October 5, 2012

IKEA Giveaway!

Today is my birthday, and if there is anything I like as much as getting gifts, it is giving them. So, I am going to be giving away an IKEA prize pack filled to the brim with goodies! The total prize will be $25 in IKEA goods, and you get to pick out your favorite item(s) totaling $10 or less*, and since I love giving gifts so much I will select enough stuff to fill up your prize pack (because isn't it more fun to open a surprise in the mail?). As I am buying and shipping this prize myself, I am sadly only going to be able to offer this contest to readers residing in the U.S.

*Winner will select prize(s) totaling $10USD, I will then select $15USD in prizes to fill up your package. Winner will be sent an email with some questions so I can make better choices on special things just for you!

If you aren't familiar with IKEA, you may think that $25 is a pretty puny prize, which is why I made these two photo collages of products. As my birthday is on October 6th, not a single item on this page costs more than $6!! In fact many of them are much less expensive than that. To enter to win, simply follow the instructions on the rafflecopter widget below. As an added bonus, I have added a daily entry to this giveaway if you tweet about it each day. I want as many people as possible to have a chance at the fun. The contest runs until midnight on Oct. 15, I will then contact the winner via email.

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1.  bathroom organizer baskets 2. owl hand puppet  3.  decorative bowl  4.  fake flowers  5. autumn candle  6. hanging flower pot  7. bath towel  8. picture frame


Monday, October 1, 2012

Lots of Buttons!

Hey everyone, I'm super excited because it's finally October! If you haven't had a chance yet, make sure you check out the first of my October Giveaways (in honor of my glorious birth 31 years ago) here, and be sure to check back all month for new giveaways and plenty of crafty tutorials.

I had an early birthday present last month when I was contacted by Sharon at Lots of Buttons and given $10 to shop for buttons at my leisure. I haven't incorporated buttons into many of my craft projects before, but I was up to the challenge and really can't recommend this site highly enough. They sell buttons in every shape, size, color and material you can think of. Even better, the prices get lower the more you buy of each button. I am going to go back and pick out some new buttons to revitalize my thrift store wool coat for this winter :)

As an October birthday gift for all of you, Lots of Buttons is offering all of my readers an additional 20% off their total purchase the entire month of October and December with the following coupon code: V1JKQS7NF3S2

I will be sharing a button themed craft each week in October to inspire you, as well as to show off some of my neato buttons! First up, some cute button earrings. These are great because anyone can make them and they take very little time and materials for the final product.

You will need:

2 buttons
a set of earring backs (can be found at any craft of jewelry supply store)
glue (I recommend E6000 for a permanent bond, but hot glue will work as a temporary solution if it is all you have on hand)

Make sure to clean the backs of your buttons as well as the earring backs before applying your glue. Apply a small amount of glue (I use a toothpick) to the back of your button and push the earring back on firmly. Allow to dry completely, then wear with pride!

I happen to be partial to green, isn't this a cute little button?

With Halloween coming up, I couldn't resist this little guy. Come back later this month to see what kind of craft he becomes!