Posts made in October 2019

young family celebrating Halloween

Use Papier-Mâché to Create Your Own Halloween Decorations

Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to utilize your craftiness. It’s also a time when little boys and ghouls might also like to get their hands onto a crafting project to celebrate the season. Satisfy both needs with papier-mâché, which is a simple and fun way to create durable and eye-catching decorations.

Once you have your papier-mâché supplies, it’s time to let your imagination run wild. You can make a pumpkin that looks every bit like a traditional jack o’ lantern, or you make a frightening pumpkin that would look right at home sitting atop the Headless Horseman’s shoulders. How about a candy dish that looks like a giant spider? Or how about gargoyle sitting on your step?

Once you have the newsprint and home-made paste that are at the heart of every project like this; then you need to consider what else you are going to need to deliver some frightful fun. You will need something for a framework, perhaps if you’re making a pumpkin or scary witch’s head. In that case, pieces of foam or Styrofoam will fit the bill.

Paint is going to be atop your list for sure, and chances are you’ll need yarn or pipe cleaners. How about some glitter, glue, or googly-eye stickers? Fabric can be a great addition for texture, color, and an authentic look to a scary figure project.


jeans decorated with beads

How to Customize Your Favorite Jeans with Rhinestones and Beads

Your favorite pair of jeans is comfortable and worn enough to be form-fitting and fashionable. But, they are a pair of blue jeans like any other. You want them to be stylish and show off your personality, so customization is way to go. If bling is your thing, then you will love this project.

With rhinestones and beads, you can make your jeans into treasured designer apparel with you as the designer. At Fabric Barn Inc., our team has assembled some pointers to help guide you through your project.

Your first step is to choose the rhinestones or beads you are going to use. They come in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors, so take the time to find ones that work best for you.

Once you’ve chosen your materials, make sure you have a pattern to follow. You can likely find one online or at a craft shop or create your own, but it’s always a good idea to have a plan rather than approach this project haphazardly.

Make sure you have the items you need so once you begin the project you don’t have to stop to gather additional materials.

Rhinestones have adhesive on the back that makes them easy to affix, or you may need a hot gun to activate the glue. If you are going to practice bead embroidery make sure you have the needles and thread you require.

Take your time and enjoy the process as your jeans go from traditional to trendy.