Witch Hat (with feet!) Door Hanger TUTORIAL

One of the things I love to do most decorate for holidays.  And Halloween is one of my favorites.  I’m not quite sure why  – I am not really the dress-up type – but I love decorating the house with spooky items, making cute treats with the boys, designing scary planner stickers, and even dressing up Gunner.

When stores started putting out their Halloween products this year, I saw witch feet all over the place.  I guess this is the hot trend this year (I am usually the last one to hop on the bandwagon).  And since the Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies and I just love how the wicked witch’s feet shrivel up after Dorothy takes the ruby slippers, I just needed some witch feet in my life.  So, I made a door hanger (because it is not really a wreath) with a witch’s hat and her feet for my front door.  And, since it turned out so cool, I just have to share a tutorial for my Witch Hat (with feet!) Door Hanger with you!

But, before I jump into the tutorial, I must start off with an apology.  I am sorry that I did not post anything last week.  It may not seem like a big deal, but this blog means a lot to me and I want my readers to know I care.  But, last week was just a BAD WEEK.  ***if you want to skip my explanation (and I don’t blame you), scroll down to the tutorial***

This bad week started off with Skater Boy not getting his saxophone (which I ordered and paid for a month ago) when most of the other kids were getting theirs.  That probably does not sound like a disaster, but I watched Skater Boy come home day after day shaking his head with disappointment as the excitement about playing his new instrument began to fade. To go from bad to worse, he got his second bad test grade for the year.  That was it. If you are a parent, you know how I felt.  When your kid hurts, you hurt more. My heart was breaking.

Now, I think of myself as a person who tries to see the good in people.  I don’t like confrontation and I am often too nice by trying to make people happy and to not hurt their feelings.  Well, when it comes to my kids, you don’t mess with mama bear!  To make a long story short (although this is already probably a too-long story), Skater boy got his saxophone and we have a plan to bring up his grades.

However, that wasn’t it. I hurt my back (because of my own dumb mistake) badly enough that I needed to see a doctor and I was also having major computer problems.  Luckily, we know 2 great chiropractors and my dad is a computer genius.  My back is on the mend and my computer is in working order.

This may be a little too much of an explanation, but as I have written before, this blog is about real life and you can’t get much “realer” than worries over kids, dumb mistakes, medical issues and computer problems.

So now that the effects of my bad week are on the way out, I am back at my computer and ready to post my tutorial about how to make a Witch Hat (with feet!) Door Hanger!

To start off, you will need a few supplies. Below is a list of what I used.

THE BASICS

  • 2 Wire hangers
  • Black tulle
  • Orange deco mesh (I cut the 10” roll in half because I couldn’t find the 5” rolls.  The 5″ rolls would work so much better)
  • Pipe cleaners (thin wire would work as well)
  • Purple and black fabric
  • PolyFill
  • Witch’s Boot Pattern

OPTIONAL

  • Green organza
  • Purple sheer ribbon
  • Black glitter ribbon
  • Red glitter ribbon
  • Black deco mesh tubing

***I purchased most of my materials at Joann Fabric and AC Moore with coupons (don’t you just love those coupons?) and the rest I just had in my craft stash***

STEP 1:  MAKE THE FRAME

To make the frame I used 2 wire hangers.  Unless you have really thin hangers, they can be difficult to bend – you will need a heavy-duty pliers and wire cutter.

Instead of just winging it (which is what I usually do), I drew a diagram on some butcher paper and for the most part, followed that to make my frame.  I made the outer part of the brim with the first hanger by bending it into a long, skinny oval, cutting off the excess, and twisting the ends together.

After I had the basic shape of the brim, I worked on the top of the hat.  I straightened the other hanger and then bent it in the middle. Then I just lined it up with my drawing to get it the right size and wrapped the ends of each side to the bottom of the brim.

After I made the oval, I had a long piece of hanger left over.  I used that piece for the middle bar of the brim.  I wove that piece over and under the other pieces to make the frame more secure.

After I had the frame together I wrapped the sharp points with duct tape just to make sure I didn’t cut myself later.

STEP 2:  COVER THE HAT WITH TULLE

This step is extremely easy – just wrap the tulle around the triangle part of the frame.  I kept wrapping until the entire triangle was covered and I could not see through it.  I thought it looked a little plain, so I wrapped some deco mesh tubing around it as well.

STEP 3: EMBELLISH THE HAT BRIM

Since I could not find the 5” wide deco mesh, I had to use the 10”.  (Of course, over the weekend, I saw a ton of the 5” wide orange deco mesh.  I considered redoing the brim, but…no)

I did not want the brim to be too loopy, so I cut the mesh in half.  Then, I cut it into 6” pieces – so I had a bunch of 5”x6” rectangles – and I did use almost the entire roll.  I also cut my pipe cleaners into thirds – each piece about 4”. For each part, I used 2 rectangles of mesh and 1 piece of pipe cleaner.  I rolled each rectangle into a cylinder and then pinched them together in the middle.

Then I wrapped one end of the pipe cleaner around the middle.

And then I attached it to the frame of the brim with the other end of the pipe cleaner.  I continued to do this until I had the entire brim filled.  Now, because I had to cut the wider deco mesh, some of the edges started to fray as I attached them to the frame.  If this happens to you, wait until you are finished with the entire project and then clip off the frayed parts.  Once it is hanging, it will not fray much anymore.

To add some pizzazz, I added some purple sheer ribbon, green organza, and black glitter ribbon.  I cut 9”-10” lengths of each, placed them where I wanted, and tied them to the frame with a knot.

STEP 4: SEW WITCH LEGS AND BOOTS

To make the witch’s boots, I drew a basic pattern.  You can download the Witch’s Boot Pattern here.

This is what I did:  I printed the pattern on card-stock and traced 2 right-side up and 2 right-side down. After I had my 4 boot pieces, I cut the seam allowance off the pattern and traced that on 2 of the boots.

I pinned them right sides together…

and sewed around the boot – leaving a 2” opening at the top for turning, stuffing, and adding the socks – on the white inner line.

I trimmed the extra seam allowance except for the opening at the top to make closing it easier.  Make sure to cut closely at the triangle between the boot heel and front so it will lay flat when turned. I also cut the corners and notches in the curves.  Then I turned the boots right-side out, folded under the open seam and pressed the seams with my iron.

To make the socks, I cut 2 – 4”x5” rectangles out of a purple t-shirt I found at the Thrift Shop.  I folded the rectangle in half, right-sides together, sewed along the long side and 1 of the short sides and turned and pressed it.

I stuffed the sock and boots with PolyFill separately and then stuffed the open end of the sock into the open end of the boot.

I pinned it and top-stitched across the top of the boot.

To attach the boots to the hat, I folded a pipe cleaner in half and hot-glued it to the top of the sock.  I also added some red glitter ribbon around the top of the boots because you can never have too much glitter.  Then, you just need to place the feet where you want them and wrap the pipe cleaner around the back of the hat frame.

STEP 5: HANG IT UP

That’s it – hang it up, step back and admire your work!

When I hung it up, I thought it lacked flair.  So, I added a little sign to give it a little more oomph! And, everyone that comes to my door will know that I am home (get it, I’m the witch – ha, ha).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and make a Witch Hat with Feet for your front door, too.  If you do, please share a picture with me in the comments below.

Even if you don’t make a Witch Hat, make sure to Add a Little Shimmer to your life today!

 

 

 

 

 

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FREE Fall Planner Sticker Printable for the ECLP Otherwise known as- a planner can change your life

 

USING A PLANNER TO MANAGE YOUR LIFE

Do you use a planner to manage your life?  In A Journey Begins with One Step I wrote about how using a planner was one of the tools I used to get off the couch when I was deeply depressed.  Experts in child behavior profess that children crave structure.  Well, I think adults do, too.  So, with this in mind, a few years ago I went and bought a small, cheapy planner from Walmart. Having a written schedule to follow helped me start to get everyday jobs accomplished.  Once I began to finish the “easy” tasks, I started to undertake more difficult and time-consuming tasks.  Using my planner is only one of many strategies I use to stay off the couch (for the most part).  Nonetheless, my planner helped to change my life.

Scheduling with my planner has worked well for me and now I am just a little bit obsessed. Consequently, I have progressed to designing my own planner stickers.  And, I am serious about my stickers.  Once I put a sticker in the book, it stays there – no changes.  (If you continue to read Adding Shimmer to Life, you will find out how much I hate change).

SERIOUS PLANNER STICKERS

I am so serious, a little too serious, about my stickers that my family teases me about them.  Oftentimes, I say, “I made a sticker and it is in the planner – you can’t change it now.”  Of course, I don’t really mean it (well, kind-of). But, hey, removing a sticker either tears the paper or leaves a sticky residue.  This is a huge problem for me – a tear or a dirty spot (you know the dirty spot that appears after you remove something sticky) mars my planner.  Therefore my planner is less pretty.  Less pretty = less happiness in my world. (Are you catching the humorous exaggeration here?  I am exaggerating, right?)

MY ADULT PROBLEMS

For one week each summer, we are all (my parents, Hubby, Skater Boy, and Straight Shooter) at the beach house in Delaware.  Usually, just the kids and I go for long weekends.   This past summer, we were driving home from a nice dinner when Hubby mentioned that we might go home a day earlier.  I, of course, said that it would be impossible.  The sticker was already in my planner (I really didn’t want to go home early…yeah, that’s the reason).  After that comment, my parents, husband, and even my children spent the entire ride home making fun of my planner sticker addiction.  By the time we arrived back at the house, I had tears in my eyes and my stomach hurt from laughing so hard.

Since then, I endure horrible teasing about my planner – just because I try to make my life a little prettier.  Adult problems – life is so difficult.  (I really hope that my sarcasm is coming through in my writing. Otherwise, you might think I am actually crazy.)

ADDING SHIMMER TO MY PLANNER

OK, back to my planner use timeline.  After using my cheapy planner successfully for a while, I upgraded to an Erin Condren Life Planner.  If you do not know about ECLP’s (yeah, I am so cool that I use the abbreviation) and you use a paper planner, you might want to check them out.  If you like your things pretty like I do, this is the way to go.  They are a little pricey, but if you use your planner as much as I use mine then the price will most likely be worth it to you.

The reason I discovered ECLP’s and why I wanted one in the first place was, of course, because of something I saw on Pinterest.  Planner Stickers.  OMG, the sheer amount of free, pretty stickers available online was enough to have me drooling.  So, not only is the planner pretty by itself, I also had the opportunity to make it even prettier!  I immediately ordered my first Erin Condren Life Planner and life has never been the same.

I JUST HAD TO MAKE MY OWN PLANNER STICKERS

When I first got my ECLP, I used some free printables for a few weeks. But I was not using all of the stickers and the free printables did not have all of the labels that I needed.  Wasting the paper and ink with unused stickers is not good.  Also, I really did not like having to write events in my planner that could be on a sticker.  I needed customized stickers to meet my needs (and cut down on the amount of writing).  That was it.  I had to make my own.

ADDING SHIMMER TO YOUR PLANNER

For a while, I copied and pasted designs, changed sizes, and added text.  Recently, I started to design my own stickers and now I am sharing my latest set with you.  Since I wanted a fall theme, I started with a photo of leaves that I found on Pixabay.com to start my creative process.  After I downloaded that first photo, I found a few more that matched (I have a thing with everything matching – it can be a problem).  Of course, I made a sheet of stickers with my personal preferences for my ECLP.  However, not everyone needs a skateboarding icon or a “Day 1 – Band & Swimming” label.  So I added to and deleted from my personal sheet.  The result – a printable  that I think will be useful to you. Click on the link below to download the FREE printable!

Leaf Planner Stickers

IF YOU FUSSY CUT – USE THESE TIPS!

Many bloggers who share planner sticker printables cut their stickers with a cutting machine.  I am not at that point in my planner journey yet.  I am still “fussy cutting”. But to make cutting easier, I align the stickers and size the icons at 5/8”. And, I have 2 tips for easier fussy cutting:

  1. Use a ruler and craft knife
    • Press lightly to only cut the sticker paper and not the backing, too.
    • Cut the vertical lines first and then the horizontal ones.
  2. Use a 5/8” circle punch to cut the icon stickers.

Using these tips makes the job less time consuming compared to cutting each one individually with a scissors.

OR, USE A CUTTING MACHINE

Alternatively, you may want to use your cutting machine.  For this, I created a blacked-out JPEG file below that will make creating a cut file on your cutting machine relatively easy.  A JPEG is the best I can do today; I am still using the free version of Silhouette Studio which does not have the option to make an SVG file.

EDIT THE FALL IS IN THE AIR PLANNER STICKERS

If you want to be able to edit these stickers and you have Microsoft Publisher, click HERE to access the Publisher file.  With the file, you can edit sizes & text and add & delete stickers.

Now that you know how I manage life with my ECLP and make it pretty – How do you make your planner pretty?  Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy these planner stickers and add a little shimmer to your planner today!

 

 

 

 

 

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HALLOWEEN PROJECTS ON THE HORIZON

I am working on some Halloween projects – specifically a Witch Hat Door Hanger.  So keep checking back for that tutorial.  ~I am still working on the Ruffle Tote tutorial I promised in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – What is the difference? and I plan to share it soon.  However, Halloween is creeping up this year and cute Halloween projects are mandatory!

LEAF PLANNER STICKER STATS

I made these stickers to fit the ECLP (I try to get the measurements exact, but they may print smaller or larger).  If you have the horizontal planner of any other planner, feel free to resize to fit your planner.  The leaf photos and backgrounds are free images from Pixabay.com; I did crop, change contrast/brightness, etc. to fit my needs.  Also, most of the icons are from free dingbat fonts except for:  the laundry basket, crock pot, and sneaker that are made by Freepik (www.freepik.com) from www.flaticon.com.  These planner stickers are my personal creation. Please do not sell them.  If you would like to share them on your blog or website, I only ask that you give me credit.

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Felt Leaf Fall Wreath Tutorial My first tutorial!

Wow, so many horrible things have been happening in the world today:  first there was Hurricane Harvey, then Hurricane Irma, now an earthquake in Mexico.  Not to mention recent terrorist attacks abroad.  What is our world coming to?  If anyone reading this has been affected by any of these events or any other tragedies lately, I am thinking about and praying for you.

Personally, I have been stressing lately.  Not only do I worry about the horrible events happening in the world today, I also worry way too much about things in my life that I cannot control.  Add to that the extreme amount of pressure I put on myself and I end up with – you guessed it – STRESS!  Since stress in my life leads to migraines, I have been fighting one all week.  Do stress and worry play a too-big part in your life, too? Let me know about it and how you combat their effects in the comment section.

So this week, let’s focus on the positive side of life and make something pretty today.

Since Friday is the first day of fall, I decided that I needed a new wreath for my front door.  I wanted to do something a little different from traditional leaves, so I choose felt for the leaves. Felt is so versatile – don’t you think? It’s not just for kids’ crafts anymore.  I think my wreath turned out really well and I hope you like it, too.

If you want to make your own Felt Leaf Fall Wreath, follow the steps below.  DISCLAIMER:  This is my first tutorial and the first time posting photos of this type.  I tried my best, but I am sure there are at least a few mistakes and some of the pictures are not the best. But, if you see any mistakes, are unclear about any steps, or think something is missing or needs to be clarified, PLEASE let me know!!!

Now, let’s get going!

First, you will need to gather your materials.  These are the materials I used but you can change it up any way you want.  For this project I used:

  • 18” Straw Wreath (it can be straw like mine, grapevine, even a pool noodle wrapped in burlap)
  • 4 pieces of felt – each a different fall color
  • 2 skeins brown embroidery floss
  • 2 bundles of Fall Berries (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
  • Burlap (I had some scraps, but about 1/8 yard should do)
  • Acrylic paint (I used a dark red)
  • Twine
  • PolyFil
  • Wire (thin jewelry wire or floral wire will do)
  • Leaf & banner templates (downloads below)
  • Freezer paper
  • Glue gun
  • Peltex 71F Ultra Firm Fusible Interfacing (optional)

You can use any leaf and banner pattern you want or you can use my template.  Some of the images I used to create these templates came from this pin I found on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/151292868712059794/. However, when I went to visit the link, http://www1.craftitbakeit.com/?kw=bread%20makers, it was gone. If any of these images are yours, please let me know so I can give you credit!

Click the link below each template to download.

Leaf template

Leaf template2

CUT THE LEAVES

You can cut out the felt pieces one of two ways:  1) print the template on cardstock and trace with a sharpie or 2) print the template on printer paper and pin to the felt.  Either way will do.  For this project, I printed on cardstock and traced the pattern with a sharpie.  If you use the tracing method, trace one leaf right-side-up and then one right-side-down.  This way, the trace marks will be on the inside when you put the leaves together.  Either way, draw the veins on 1 leaf of each pair, on the inside, to stitch later.   I cut 2 pairs of each of the large leaves.  For the smaller leaves, I ironed Peltex 71F Ultra Firm fusible interfacing to the back of the felt and then cut out the leaves; I wanted these leaves to be sturdier.

STITCH THE FELT LEAVES

I wanted to create some texture by stitching the veins on the leaves.  This, of course, is your choice.  You can use a Sharpie or a fabric marker and draw the veins (I could have stitched the veins on the smaller leaves as well, but I wanted to save some time and just used a brown Sharpie).  To stitch the veins, I used the brown embroidery floss and a backstitch.  Since I did not want to see the trace marks on the final product, I drew the veins on the back.  At first it was difficult to get the stitches right, but eventually it worked.

After I had stitched all of the veins on half of the leaves, I matched the pairs and used a blanket stitch around the edges to join them together.  I stitched around the leaf, left about a 1” opening, stuffed with Polyfil, and then finished stitching.

In case you do not know embroidery stitches, you can learn them easily from many tutorials on the internet.  My favorite embroidery tutorials are from Anne at Pumora.   She has a huge glossary of stitches and many really good tutorials. At Pumora you will find a tutorial for backstitch and just about any stitch you can imagine.  I have gone to this site numerous times when I forget how to do a specific stitch or I am looking for a fun new stitch.

If you need help with the blanket stitch on the edge of the leaves, I like the tutorial at Holiday Crafts and Creations. Kelli and her mom Greta share some really neat projects; I am already thinking about their Thankful Felt Garland.

PAINT AUTUMN ON THE BANNER

Now that you have the leaves ready, it is time to make and assemble the banner.  I wanted my banner to read AUTUMN.  I do not have a steady hand and I do not paint or write nice-looking freehand letters so, I made a stencil. Because my drawing skills are minimal at best, I use stencils, patterns, and templates a lot.  Nevertheless, if you have a steady hand and can paint or write letters well, go ahead and just paint AUTUMN on your banner pieces – You will save yourself a bunch of time.

For this project, I decided to make a Freezer Paper stencil.  You can make a Freezer Paper stencil two different ways.  1) You can print the letters directly on the non-shiny side of the Freezer Paper and cut them out using an Xacto knife or 2) use a cutting machine.   Since I have a Silhouette Cameo (a relatively old one) and wanted to save some time I used this method.  To make the stencil, I started by opening trusty Microsoft Publisher (my go-to for this type of work).  I created the letters in Publisher and saved the file as a JPEG (the image is below).  Next I went to my Cameo.  But, this is the first time I have used my Cameo in a while so it was covered in about an inch of dust.  So, after I could see the machine and found the cutting mat, I opened Silhouette Studio and got to work.  I attached my Freezer Paper to my cutting mat, shiny side down, let the Silhouette do its work, and then cut out each individual letter stencil.

The JPEG is below and you can use it to make your own cut file.  Or, if you do not have a cutting machine, you can print it on Freezer Paper then cut it with an Xacto knife.  Any method will work.

CREATE THE BANNER

Now that you have your AUTUMN stencils made, you need to put them on something.  Cut out the banner template and trace six onto the burlap.  After you have them traced, cut them out – but be careful to cut inside of the tracing lines so you do not see the lines on the finished product.

Okay, now you have your stencil and your mini banner pieces.  Center the letter on the banner piece and iron the stencil to attach it to the burlap.  Your iron does not have to be at the highest setting – start lower and add heat if needed.  Make sure all parts of the stencil are adhered to the burlap – let cool.

After the stencils are attached, you are going to paint the burlap.  Make sure you have something under the burlap because the paint will soak through.  I have a variety of Dollar Store placements that I use for painting, gluing, etc.  Also, when stenciling on fabric I prefer to use a brush as opposed to a sponge dauber because fabric really soaks up the paint.  So, I paint carefully and make sure that the entire open area is covered with paint.  Paint all of the banner pieces and only remove the stencil when the paint is dry.

Once the banner pieces are dry, I applied some Fray check to the edges.  Yes, I wanted the frayed look of burlap but I did not want my little banner fraying to pieces.  So, I applied some Fray Check to the spots that were really fraying.  Of course, you can skip this step.

Okay, you have now spent what seems like forever on this teeny, tiny banner.  But now it is time to put it together.  This is really easy.  Cut your twine about 24” (it is better to have too much than too little) and center your banner pieces on it;  I placed mine about ½” apart.  Then, use your glue gun to put a small line of glue on the twine and place each banner piece on the glue.  Now, I have a habit of burning my fingers whenever I use my hot glue gun.  So not too long ago (yes, I burned my fingers for many, many years before seeking a solution) I purchased some finger protectors.  The finger protectors I got at Joann (with one of my 40% off coupons, of course) are non-stick silicone so you can press the fabric to the glue, not burn your fingers, and then peel them off easily.  I’m still burning my fingers, but not as much.

MAKE BURLAP ROSETTES

We only have one more part to make before assembling the wreath.  I decided that I did not want a bow on this wreath – all of my wreaths have bows and again I wanted something different.  But, my vision of the layout had a blank spot.  So, I thought I would make some burlap rosettes to fill in the gap.  As usual, I searched “Fabric Rosettes” on Pinterest and found a ton of tutorials.  Craftaholics Anonymous always has great tutorials so I clicked on the How to Make Burlap Flowers Tutorial.  For my rosettes, I cut 3 strips of burlap in widths from 1-1/2” to 2” or so (I was not precise at all) and 24” in length (that’s all I had) and followed Linda’s steps in the tutorial.  Easy, peasy.

ASSEMBLE THE WREATH

To assemble the wreath, I arranged my leaves and rosettes on the bottom center of the wreath.  I used some pins to hold some of the leaves in place until I liked the arrangement.

To attach the stuffed felt leaves, I threaded some thin wire (mine was 24 gauge, but even floral wire will do – this is just what I had) through the back of the leaf and twisted it around the wreath.  I only twisted the wire together a few times; I did not want it too tight because I wanted to be able to adjust them later.

Now, when I originally arranged my leaves, I forgot about the berries.  So before I attached the smaller leaves, I added the berries.  I cut 4-5 of the berry stems with wire cutters and placed them where I wanted them.

After placing the berries, I added only a few of the smaller leaves (remember, having more is better than not having enough).  Once I had everything where I wanted it, I hot glued everything to the wreath to make sure it was secure.

ATTACH THE BANNER

To attach the banner, I centered the letters but offset it so it would hang at an angle.  I just used a little hot glue at the ends to attach it to the wreath.  Then, to give it a more finished look, I tied two twine bows and hot glued them over the raw edges.

CLEAN IT UP

Once everything was secure on the front, I turned my wreath over and cleaned up the back.  I made my wires tighter and cut the tails.  Also, I made a loop out of wire (nothing fancy) and attached it to the top of the back to use as the hanger.

HANG IT UP AND ADMIRE YOUR WORK!

Finally, it has all come together.  Hang your wreath wherever you want it – on the front door, over the mantle, even on the bathroom door – hang it wherever it will make you happy. And lastly, admire your work.  You made something pretty today.

The Final Product

Thanks for reading my tutorial and I hope you were able to make a pretty wreath, too.  If you are interested in other tutorials like this one, stay tuned; I have many planned for the future.  Take a minute to subscribe to my email list to get all posts as soon as they are available.

Don’t forget to make something pretty today!

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