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October 28, 2013

DIY Decor Ideas For Halloween Family Fun


Hello G45ers,

Halloween is not that far away! It's the perfect time of year to gather the family around the table to create fun and festive crafts! Here at Graphic 45, we are huge fans of holidays and creative family activities! Today we're going to share some delightful ideas for Halloween crafts that are fun for the whole family! We've got some adorable Halloween houses by Rhea Freitag that feature our Happy Haunting collection. Then Denise Johnson will share some fabulous tutorials for decorating pumpkins with Graphic 45 papers and stamps! Today's crafts are fun and easy. Even the kids can join in on the festive fun! To help celebrate today's marvelous Halloween-themed blog, we're giving away this wonderful Steampunk Spells and Happy Haunting prize pack this week! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win a Steampunk Spells 12x12 paper pad, Stickers, Banners, Happy Haunting 8x8 paper pad, stamp set and Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull! That's a $56 value! We will announce our randomly chosen winner on Friday's blog so stay tuned!

Steampunk Spells Happy Haunting Graphic 45 prize pack

We also have a winner to announce from last week's Graphic 45 and Scor Pal blog hop! Today's winner will receive the grand prize of 12 Days of Christmas and Scor Pal products that we posted during last week's amazing blog hop event! And our randomly chosen winner is...

-Myra Skidmore: "Gorgeous projects today! I love the stacking boxes -- what incredible detail work! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fabulous prize package!"

Congratulations, Myra! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize.

The winners from our Facebook giveaways are....

-Cindy Fox from Tennessee

-Jamie Diamond from Maine

Congratulations! Please email info@g45papers.com to claim your prizes!

And now it's time for some Halloween family fun! Here is a darling home decor creation by Rhea that features our Happy Haunting collection! Here Rhea explains how she created these darling upcycled houses and turned them into gorgeous works of art! This is such a fun way to add beautiful color and festive allure to your Halloween decor this year! Take it away, Rhea!

"For this project I was inspired to upcycle something I had in my existing stash to make some Halloween décor.  I have had these painted wood houses from a rummage sale for quite some time and I knew they would be a perfect fit for this project.  Since I still have more on hand I am thinking I could do several season and change out the display. To start, I simply covered each house in black gesso.  A layer of paper on each side made for a perfect base for my simple collage.  Notice how I chose to use the positioning of the paper to create a fence on the back side of the house.  Sometimes clever tricks like placement can make for great interest in a project.  I then layered on my images, being sure to glue down all corners.  To give it age and luster I edged out the pieces with black acrylic paint as well as Steel Blue Viva Décor.  I hope you are inspired to look at some of your stash in a new way. " -Rhea

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Black Gesso

Happy Haunting 12x12

Owl Cut Outs

Steel Blue Viva Décor

                                                                                Bird Branch Die

And now it's time for some more family fun with some gorgeous ideas by Denise! She used the iconic Halloween pumpkin and Graphic 45 papers to create 3 amazing home decor pieces! You are going to love her fun and easy ideas for adding beautiful color and clever designs to your Halloween pumpkins! Follow along with Denise's amazing tutorials to create these sweet pumpkins for your Halloween decorating! These are also perfect crafting ideas for decorating on a budget! We begin with this gorgeous decoupaged pumpkin that's all decked out in Steampunk Spells! It's frightfully fun and easy! Take it away, Denise!

Imagine my delight when assigned this design team project... Fall Decor- my FAVORITE time of year for decorating & Budget Friendly- my specialty!!  I started my assignment with pumpkins. One of the best, most iconic and extremely cost effective Fall decorative accessory piece. In my tutorial I use a faux pumpkin, but this technique can be used on real pumpkins also. (truly, truly budget friendly...especially if you grow them yourself!!) My big pumpkins aren’t quite ready to harvest yet...therefore I used faux.

An advantage to using faux, is that it will last forever. I make a few every year, adding to my collection. They are also quite nice to give as hostess gifts for Fall gatherings. Now I know decoupage is not really rocket science, but I do get many requests and questions on my technique, so I thought it was about time to make a tutorial!! I hope you enjoy!


Video Tutorial:






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For decoupaged pumpkin:

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells 12x12 Papercrafting Paper

Mod Podge (Matte Finish)

Stiff Bristled Brush

Faux Pumpkin

optional: distress ink and tool, sand paper, cork, moss, hot glue/gun


Next up is this super sweet flower pumpkin that Denise created! This is a perfect project for kids! Follow along with her simple and fun tutorial and create this little treasure for your Halloween home decor! It's a true Halloween dream!


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For Floral Pumpkin:


Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Cardstock Flowers

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells 6x6 Patterns and Solids

Flower punch

Black StayzOn Ink


black paint (optional)

dry adhesive (like ATG or HermaFix)

small faux pumpkin

paper piercer and pad


Continuing with the pumpkin decor (and staying thrifty!), I made this sweet little floral pumpkin. It’s easy peasy and so stinkin’ cute!!



Step 1- Gather your supplies. here’s all you need! (and a pumpkin. faux or real...whichever you have will work!)



Step 2- I used both types of flowers- Steampunk Spells Cardstock Flowers and handmade punched flowers. You can use both, or one or the other. I liked the variety of sizes, so I chose both. Punch out 10-12 flowers (amount will vary depending on the size of your pumpkin). Ink the edges of each flower. Set the flowers aside.



Step 3- Take a handful of tacks and black StayzOn ink, holding a tack by the poky end, rub the tack’s flat surface over the ink pad. You can also roll the edge along the pad. Cover the entire surface. Let the ink dry...continue coloring enough tacks for the flowers made in step 2.







Step 4- After the ink is completely dry, poke tack through the center of flower. I like to find the center with my paper piercer first, then place my tack.





Step 5- Now simply poke flower into place on pumpkin. Continue until pumpkin is covered with desired amount of flowers (I used 10 on my pumpkin). I added a little dry adhesive to each flower before I poked them in so the petals would lie flat.






Step 6- (optional) I painted the greenish colored stem black to maintain my desired black, cream and orange color palette.






One more pumpkin to complete our pumpkin trifecta! Now talk about cost-effective...this one is super frugal! Using a stamp and pumpkins from my garden this project cost me nothing!! (well I did have to buy my ink pad and pumpkin seeds, but still...pretty much cost me nothing). I used this little guy for my Steampunk Spells Dinner Party Table Setting as place markers.





Place Setting Mini Jack


Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary- Frame Stamp

Graphic 45 Staples- Alphabet Stickers

Black StayzOn Ink

Mini Jack Pumpkin

scrap paper


Harvest pumpkins (or purchase, again as in the previous pumpkin projects, real or faux will work). I used these cute little guys because my garden is bursting with them...no big guys yet, but these little ones are ready and too cute!!



Make sure your surface is clean and dry. Try to find the flattest part/surface of your jack.




I masked the inner area of my stamp. Simply lightly stamp the image on a scrap piece of paper. Cut out the inside area of the stamped frame image. Use removable adhesive and adhere onto stamp.







Ink the stamp. Before stamping image onto pumpkin, remove the mask. (this keeps ink from transferring into the center of the frame when you stamp on pumpkin). I use the stamp without a block so that I can really manipulate the stamp into the grooves and valleys of my pumpkin surface.



Stamp pumpkin. Let dry completely.



Once the ink is dry, add sticker letter monogram (alternatively, you could use number stickers for table numbers for large gatherings).



Create a beautiful and festive table setting. Enjoy!!



That's all for today, G45ers! We hope today's post helped to get you in the Halloween crafting spirit! We want to thank Rhea and Denise for their splendid creations today! There's more good times planned for tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us again! We wish you all a very happy day! Thank you so much for joining us!


Happy Halloween Papercrafting!


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Cute projects! Love the decoupage pumpkin! Thank you for the opportunity to win the fabulous prize!

Love all the projects...they are so cute!!

Love the pumpkins! Decoupage is back! Can't wait to try this with my stash of G45 papers. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize.

Always LOVE G45 and the projects never cease to amaze...always the best!! LOVE IT!!

Love the pumpkins!

Another great way to color brads: nail polish. Just make sure you have them in styrofoam or paper to allow for drying time.

Hope I can win this great set.

You all are a marvelous inspiration! Your talent is over the top!

"Love the pumpkins" and I would be over the moon to win this Halloween prize pack..Please pick me. "It's my favorite Holiday"......thanks for a chance to win G45 products.

to decorate fun tutorials on this date, thank you very much! upcycles loves are so beautiful.
This prize is mine, and I have to!

Very cute projects. Would love to win this prize package! Thank you for all your wonderful goodies!

Fabulous projects. Love all the different pumpkin styles!

great projects! love the pumpkins. would really love to be the lucky winner!

Super cute table seating markers. I will share this with my daughter who is having thanksgiving dinner for the family. She might like to make these with her own garden pumpkins.

some terrific ideas with a pumpkin! just in time for last minute decoration)

Very clever, Jove you name place pumpkins.

Fun and creative projects today! Awesome prize package too!

I must win I want this so much

Trick or treat..please let me win!!

Frighteningly great projects! They are all very ghoul...I mean cool! :)


I love Halloween! I just finished my haunted house with Happy Haunting and it was the most fun 2 weeks that I have spent on a project ever! O will be posting it on my blog soon. Love your beautiful papers so much! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Halloween and Graphic 45 is a great combination!!

Oh gosh..so love Graphic 45 and all it's inspiring collections and what can be created with them. Amazing.

Love all the projects,

Now that is how to decorate a pumpkin! No, mess either!

great inspirition! :)

Love the pumpkins, both sizes.

Thanks for the tutorial.

OMG!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the decoupaged pumpkin idea ... and what a fabulous tutorial video! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

Great Projects. The Happy Haunting paper is so sweet!
Thanks for the opportunity to win a fabulous prize!

OMG! I love these pumpkins!

Love the tags and the pumpkin tutorials are awesome! TFS!

Who knew that Halloween could be so pretty? Really wonderful projects!

wonderful as always!

Cool ideas. Lovely projects.

Maybe it is just me but I really love those witches. The owls are cute (along with the rest of the projects with pumpkins), but I really love the witches! Thanks for the inspiration!

Love the pumpkins! The Steampunk collection was the only paper line I used this year - just adored the colors!

Fun projects for Halloween - love em!

Wonderful projects. I love all of the inspiration with beautiful graphic 45 papers.

Oh what a fun blog today - never thought of "stamping" on a pumpkin! Great idea!

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