Monday, September 13, 2010

Spook with Spunk

Hello, All!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I'm glad you are back for another installment of EEK Weeks!  :)


For this week's project, I wanted to do something a little out of the box. :)  I usually stick to the norm when decorating my home for Halloween...orange and black, but I found this adorably precious plaid ribbon with orange, black, purple, and green and inspiration struck!  I thought it would be fun and different to do Halloween fashionably.  Give it a little style by decorating with Halloween colors but using fashionable prints.

I had some paper mache boxes and thought they would be the perfect canvas for my "out of the box" project.

To get started, you will need:  paper mache boxes, craft paint (I used Folk Art acrylic paint in pumpkin, fresh foliage, lavender, and licorice), foam brushes, and ribbon.  Not pictured: marshmallow, black ink pad, cotton ball, graphic pattern print outs, chalk, and stick on gems.


Paint each box a different color.  (I have to admit that it was really hard not to paint the green one like Frankenstein...maybe next year).  :)  Paint each lid black.


Now distress each box using a blank ink pad and a cotton ball.


Paint polka dots onto one of the boxes using a marshmallow.  I got this idea from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar.  I was a tiny bit disappointed to see that it wasn't creating the perfect circle I had envisioned, but then I realized that this was a fun, Halloween project and the imperfections add to the quirk of it.


I wasn't brave enough to draw out the patterns by hand, so I found a few images on Google and printed them out.  Cover the back of the images with chalk and then tape them onto the box.  Trace over the image with a pen or pencil and then remove the tape.  This was a little idea I found at Sawdust and Paper Scraps.  Now paint the images.


Tada!  I painted the thin, orange stripes using Sharpie's new paint pens.  These babies are cute, but they still need a little more sass.


Cue the gems.  Each box got a sprinkling of them.


Finish off the boxes by stacking one on top of another and tying it them all up with a bow.


I think these turned out so cute!  Definitely spooky, stylish, sassy, and spunky...and any other S word. :)  These could easily be made in any color to work with your decor, and what a fun idea for a holiday gift box!  What do you think? 

See you all next week for another fun fall project!

I'm linking up to these fantastic parties!  :)


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53 comments:

  1. O goodness, this is such a great tutorial. What an amazing idea to cover the back of an image with chalk and then trace your image. . .it's genius. Thanks for sharing ;D

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  2. Super cute! We don't do much Halloween decorating around here, but the inspiration could be used for a lot of different kinds of boxes. Genius idea with the chalk tracing! :)

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  3. Those are REALLY cute! Great work and thanks for sharing this with me.

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  4. Love these, Erin! They look fantastic all stacked up with that fun ribbon. And I'm loving the Sharpie paint pen. I'm going to have to find some of those!!

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  5. These are fantastic!!!! I absolutely love them!!

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  6. Oh my stars! I LOVE it. Absolutely love it. And I thought you just modge podged the paper right onto this. I hope you link up to my party this weekend because I'm totally copying...er...getting inspired by this.

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  7. This is too cute for words! I love it. It would be perfect for linking up to our Fall Decorations link up party, would love to have you join in!

    http://texasmonkey.blogspot.com/2010/09/all-about-you-monday-fall-decorations.html

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  8. Whoa, these are extra cool. I was so impressed when I saw you painted the argyle. All three are delightful and weirdly Halloween - somehow - don't know how you did that! Thanks for all the amazing little tips throughout this tute, so clever and helpful.

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  9. LOVE these! And can totally see this idea adapted to Christmas!

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  10. super darling boxes, the added ribbon is just so perfect, I just love them. WAY TO GO! Jen

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  11. These are so cute! I'll be featuring them on Friday!
    -Crystal
    crystalscraftspot.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh my goodness, those are incredibly cute! You did an amazing job. I love the colors and the patterns, and of course, the special 'extras'. Visiting from So Very Cheri.

    Krista
    whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com

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  13. Those are adorable!

    I just love cute storage.

    : )

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  14. so cute!

    don't know how i haven't seen your blog before now?!-it's adorable!

    new follower!

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  15. Erin those are just too cute!! So happy I found you on Tuesday blog hop! Looking forward to all of your creative posts :)

    Hope you can stop by and say hi!
    Happy Tuesday,
    Shopper Gal
    http://www.shoppergal.com/

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  16. Again, I love these! They are so unique and FAB, thank you for linking up with All About You Monday. I hope you come back next week where the theme is all about ribbon but any fun project, craft, recipe, etc is welcomed! So glad I found your blog!

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  17. So cute, and I love the background color choices too! That argyle one is FANTASTIC! Def. my favorite. Great project and tutorial!

    www.thatredheadedstepchild.com

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  18. These are SO SO Cute! Love them! The colors couldn't be more perfect! I love the idea of a marshmallow! Thanks for sharing.
    Amy @ The Happy Scraps

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  19. I think it is so darn cute!
    Coming from It's so very Cheri.
    Come say hi!
    XO
    Frenchy

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  20. What a great idea for any time of year! Love the color combo on this set!

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  21. Those are so stinkin cute. I love the colors and the designs you chose. I'm visiting from It's so Very Cheri.

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  22. LOVE these! I like the charm of the imperfect circles, too:)

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  23. I love these boxes, they are too cute! I am going to have to borrow this idea. I stopped by from It's so Very Cheri.

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  24. following you from wordless wednesday. love your blog! great project :)

    best,
    april

    www.marineparents.blogspot.com

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  25. Great job thinking (and painting) outside the box. They look great and perfectly festive!

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  26. Super cute! I love the idea. YOur blog is lovely! I am following. Saw you on Welcome Wednesday. Stop by if you get the chance:
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  27. What a fun project...when I first looked I thought how hard it must be to accomplish...you have made it look not quite so intimidating. Love it!

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  28. um talk about DARLING!!!! i seriously love these. i got a set of these boxes (about 5 of them) for $2 at a yard sale....now i know what to do with them! thanks for the inspiration. i love the colors & everything about them!! and i love the framed trick or treat sign too. you are so talented.

    come check out my blog too if you'd like :)

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  29. Those boxes really are super spookily cute! Great colours and effects..

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  30. Oh.my.goodness. These are so wonderful! You did an absolutely FAB job! Love them and thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower - your blog is just lovely. I'd love for you to come visit me sometime at:
    http://sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com
    Happy end of the week!

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  31. Oh, wow, those are really nice! I have some leftover paints from a project, I may have to give this a try.

    I'm a new follower from Welcome Wednesdays. If you wouldn't mind following me back I would appreciate it.

    zannidify.blogspot.com

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  32. hey I LOVE YOUR FALL ideas come link up on my link party

    curlyqcrafts.blogspot.com

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  33. They turned out so cute! I love them!
    Can you help me out? I am in a contest because of a recent post that I did on my weight loss. There is a contest on Face Book and I need you to vote! I am so close and I don't want the other guy to win! Just click on the link below and like that page (up at the top) then in the left hand column find my picture( I’m the one in the black bathing suit) under photo's 4 of 14 click(SEE All) and leave a comment under my picture! Thanks!!
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    You might have to copy and paste it into your browser

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  34. OMG! These are SO cute! I can't wait for Halloween!
    You should come link this up at my Making It With Allie Party!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  35. I love this idea! Clever and I love they way you decorated them!

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  36. I'm ready for you to show this off over at my place. heheehehee

    http://sawdustandpaperscraps.blogspot.com/2010/09/linky-party-and-scentsy-giveaway.html

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  37. What fabulous boxes!! I love that they are not your standard Halloween boxes.

    I hope you can stop by this Sunday to my Show Off Sunday Party. I would love for you to share your project with my followers. :)

    http://houseofthriftydecor.blogspot.com/

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  38. Adorable! I can't wait to try out the Sharpie Paint Pen!

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  39. Oh, I like! You could do some for every holiday! This is so on my to do Someday List!
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/

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  40. Stopping by Be Different . . . Act Normal linky party, this cute project caught my eye, but I thought you had used paper to decorate them. They look amazing, I can't believe they're hand painted. How did you make your "Trick or Treat" sign, it's so cute too!

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  41. Oh! I love those! So cute! And I have some of those boxes that need a prettier look!

    Thanks for linking up to Show and Tell Saturday!!

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  42. Terrific job! They are great! Thanks a bunch for joining us this week!
    {Rebekah}

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  43. love them, love the little trick or treat picture too!

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  44. Awesome! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  45. I love this especially love the chalk tip!!! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Michelle
    www.maddycakesmuse.blogspot.com

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  46. YOU HAVE BEEN FEATURED AT CRAFTOMANIAC.BLOGSPOT.COM thanks Jen ;)

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  47. Love this trio! And I love that your shared the you Googled the pattern. There is no shame in that. Smart thinking!

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  48. These would make adorable gift boxes! I hope you'll stop by and share them at the Pretty Packages Party.
    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2010/10/pretty-packages-party-3.html
    smiles!

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