Halloween Haunting 101: DIY Halloween Plaques

Good evening, Housemates!

I’ve been quite occupied with fun Halloween craft projects the last couple weeks- one of which I wanted to share with you guys here!

So, the wheels have been turning for the party as I shared in one of my last posts. I decided that this year, it’d be fantastic if I made my own trophies for the costume contest. Now, i’ve done gift baskets before, small plastic trophies, gift bags, etc etc. This year I wanted to try something different.

I always worry that once someone gets their costume contest prize home, it ends up trashed or lost amongst a box of random junk. Yes.. insert sad, sad whimpers here.

This year, I thought I’d make it more interesting. What better way to celebrate your costume prowess than with a “plaque” that you can hang on your wall all year round?!

I came up with the idea to use canvas and certain items to create three-dimensional award plaques! Not only was this super easy to execute, but I think it will be immensely effective once completed and presented.

I know that if it were me, this shit would be up on display all year round!

Photo Oct 08.jpegNow, mind that these are still being completed. The basic concept is what we’re talking about right now, and how you want to proceed beyond this starting point is up to you and your lovely imagination! πŸ™‚

Also don’t limit yourself to making plaques for a party- you could definitely just make these for some flair in your favorite room of the house!

You don’t need much to start…

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  • Glue gun or other industrial strength glue (this glue gun has Gorilla Glue cartridges- real deal, man!)
  • Craft Paint- colors of your choosing!
  • Brushes- duh.
  • White canvas- I went with a medium sized canvas but you could go bigger or smaller depending on what prop you’re mounting.
  • Plaque shaped apliques – this is optional and I ended up holding on using mine until I finish everything.
  • Statement prop – Pick a prop any prop! In this case I used several masks, a rubber knife, and the Freddy glove.

Start with some paint…

Photo Oct 07-1.jpegPaint up your canvas with a few layers of the color of your choice. The Michael Myers one is going to be black and orange vertical stripes. I worked on three different canvases at once to try to get as much finished in one night. πŸ˜€

Place your prop!

Photo Oct 08-1.jpegThis particular canvas I wanted to mount a Freddy glove. I initially wanted it to have the hand dead center with the fingers slightly fanned, however, I’d have to stuff the shit out of the glove and try to place it just right. Not gonna happen. So I vouched for making it look as if the hand was raking over the canvas.

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I angled the glove over the edge and staged the fingers to see if it would look effective if I started gluing things down. The biggest issue was adding dimension to the fabric part of the glove as it looked so very stupid laying flat.

I used the carton for which the glove came in and cut a strip of cardboard off the top. I then curled it and sized it to the wrist of the glove, gluing the cardboard together, and slipping it in place. I then let the glove open folded the bottom edge over the edge of the canvas, adjusting the length so that there was so slack at eye level. Once that piece was glued to the lip of the canvas, I pinched together the excess and sides and pulled them back over the lip as well to glue the glove shut. Once together, I adjusted the cardboard accordingly.

It was a lot but hey, it was well worth the few minutes it took to get everything just right!

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From there I propped up the fingers and staged them in a way that worked for me. You can certainly bend and spread these puppies any which way you like!

Taking a glue gun, I carefully glued the tip of each blade down.

Now in most glue projects, all that excess lumpage surrounding the tips of the blades would look totally fucked up. In this case, you can use all the glue you want and make it work to your advantage.

Paint some details…

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The best comes after you finish gluing all the shit down. I used a bit of red paint to make it look like this glove had raked across the canvas and was creeping back up over the edge. This is where your glue job comes in handy. The more blobby dimension you add the more it will look as though your blades are embedded in the canvas like flesh. Blend out your edges with a toothpick or brush before allowing to dry.

Once finished, hit this with as much gore as you’d like! I used a darker red and a bright red to add a little bit of dimension. You can also put some paint down and drag some sloppy hot glue over it, pulling a toothpick through after wards to create a really fun 3D effect. Follow that with some more red paint and you, my dear, have quite the masterpiece on your hands!

Finishing touches…

I found small paper placeholder shaped tags at Michael’s and used them to create the award plaques at the bottom of each focal object. Voila! You’re done and your party guests have a trophy they can proudly hang in their house all year long!

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So, tell me: Is this a project you’re going to do for your party or for your favorite room in the house?? What titles would Β you crown with these plaques at your party?? Sound off in the comments.Β 

Until next time!

-Sarah

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Halloween Haunting 101: Let’s Have Another Scream

Oh, these awkward pauses in between posts has to end!

I do have legit excuses though. We went through that terrible hurricane by the name of Irma two weeks ago (direct hit!), and we went 11 days without power! I have always been thankful for modern luxuries but good god do you become a cult-like follower of electricity when you’ve gone without for so long!

Regardless! I’m back and have some fun stuff to share!

First of all, I’ve confirmed that I will be reviving the ancient Seado tradition of the annual Halloween SoireΓ©. We are having a KILLER PARTY this year!

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As you know, I try to incorporate a theme for our parties every year. This time I went for a not so blatant Halloween theme and instead opted to celebrate traditional Slasher cinema.

This year’s party theme is a celebration of the classic horror slasher genre. The invite announcement above I designed to look like an 80’s/90’s horror film poster. I’m a huge fan of a good Teen Scream and I thought this would be the perfect revival for our tradition!

I also set up a video invite and a website for potential guests to go to! Check it out!

http://www.haveascreamwith.us

There’s a few details I will keep a secret for now as they’re a part of the twists and turns I’m putting together for my unsuspecting guests. πŸ™‚ But! Favors and DIY projects are already on my plate for this coming week! I’ll walk through some awesome ideas for decor and guest presents next weekend!

What’s your big plan for Halloween this year? Party? Trip? Tell me all about it!Β 

Until next time!

-Sarah

 

Ghastly Giveaway: Halloween Edition

So, I promised a little surprise in my next post! ☺️

And here it is! πŸŽ‰

It’s another giveaway! πŸ˜†πŸŽƒπŸŽ‰

This time I’m giving away a small package of scar wax and the most adorable Ghostface pen in all the land! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

  

I figured the wax might help a little with your creepy costume endeavors this haunting season and the pen just screams awesome! πŸ˜†

😏 See what I did there? 

Anyways, this contest will end on October 5th and is only open to U.S. residents (I’m sorry to my far away friends here πŸ˜” it’s to ensure it arrives before the end of the month and shipping outside of the country is ridic 😒) . 

Here’s how it works:

  • You can participate via Instagram or your blog (if you don’t use Instagram)
  • Post a photo of your favorite Halloween related thing- it can be you in costume from a previous year, decor you have or want, a movie, candy, weather, photography- anything! 
  • Caption the photo with “My favorite thing about #Halloween is…” and give me your best answer! Make sure you hashtag with #VESPERTINEHOUSE so I can find your post! 
  • Same rules apply to blog posts, just tag your post with Vespertine House and link back to this post! ☺️
  • ONE ENTRY PER PERSON! I will pick my favorite post and announce the winner on the 5th!
  • BONUS: even if you don’t win, I will repost all entries on my personal Instagram and Facebook! ☺️ be sure to include your blog name or link if you want that shared! 

That’s it! Simple and fun! There’s always a chance I’ll throw more goodies in your package too 😏 who knows! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ So, get to posting, people! πŸ’œβ˜ΊοΈ

What do you guys think of this contest? Seem fun? 

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah

Halloween Haunting 101: Prop Building for BeginnersΒ 

I’ve been swamped (as mentioned in my last post), currently I’m sitting here watching Night Gallery, covered in paint and black dye. πŸ˜”

Tired.😴

The last few weeks have been spent working on my first attempts at prop building! πŸŽƒπŸŽ‰

I was really dead set on finally getting around to trying my hand at making my own spooky decor as I’ve always wanted to, and experience in prop building could prove useful in the future if I finally decide to pursue my dream of owning my own Haunted Attraction. β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜ŒπŸ’œ

Fun Fact: My lifelong dream/goal is to open my own Haunted Theme park. There’d be haunted houses, cute Halloween villages, kiosks selling candy apples and pumpkin flavored everything, sfx artists doing face mangling, bars, and nightly shows, and parades! Think Disneyland but scary/horror/Halloween all year long!πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

I feel as though this first attempt has been fairly successful! 

I carved out these stones in insulation foam and painted them with Rit Black Dye and light touches of grey spray paint. ☺️

   
    
 Overall, they weren’t too difficult, just time consuming. I also learned a lot about the properties of Rit Dye πŸ˜‚ but, in the end I think it was worth it! 😌

I had remnants so I tried my hand at a tabletop Guillotine for our little visitors Halloween night! πŸ˜‚πŸŽƒπŸ’œ

  
I also decided to try making a few static standup props. 

  

These were harder as I had trouble stuffing and securing the clothes to the PVC frames. I feel like they would have been way better if I had longer fabric to work with and some Monster Mud to cover them. πŸ˜” in the end, working with what I had and bought on the cheap seemed to still be effective! β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘πŸ»

   
   
So! What’d you think? Which of these is your favorite? Tips? Ideas for this stuff? I’d love to hear! πŸ’œ

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah 

Scream Saturday & Sweet Spooks

I hope you guys are having a great weekend so far!☺️

Scream Saturday is about to commence!πŸ˜†

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I’m excited!πŸŽ‰

I also bought a bunch of libation things… ☺️

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So, speaking of libations (and in the meantime), I thought I’d share some info on this piece I worked on a few weeks ago… When I was drunk.

Lol ☺️ this mask will maybe be used in a near-future makeup! I used a special wax that I may talk about more soon once I know how reliable it is. πŸ˜€

So what do you all think? What are you doing this weekend? Watching any Wes Craven tonight? β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah

‘It’s a Scream, Baby!’

So! I’ll be alone this weekend and I planned to test the sin factor a little.

☺️ Tomorrow I’ll be hosting this:

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Seems fitting under the circumstances…

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I don’t plan to have too many people over at all, but I still made up this awesome Scream drinking game!Β 

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This is guaranteed to get you wasted. πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ» Best not to be on the lam from any psycho killers while playing! ☺️πŸ”ͺ

Save it and partake in your own Scream Saturday!Β 

Send me your photos of such debauchery and I’ll feature them here on Vespertine House! πŸ˜€πŸ’œ

What’re you guys up to this weekend? What’s your fave quote/scene from Scream?

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah

That’s a Wrap: Farewell, Wes Craven

Earlier this evening I scrolled through Facebook, flinching every time a MTV Video Music Award article appeared. As I gave up looking for actual news updates, I clicked on the icon that appeared showing that new stories had trickled in. Before leaving my app and closing my folio, I glanced and saw the headlines:

Wes Craven, Horror Movie Maestro, Dies at 76

The steady flow of air in my lungs was suddenly interrupted and my heart sank. I couldn’t believe it.

I still can’t believe it.

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Wes Craven’s passing this evening has left me purely saddened. It’s the very same melancholy haze that lingers when you lose someone you love.

I have no connection to Wes Craven- we’ve never even met- but I can’t help but feel heartbroken over his passing as he had such a profound impact on my life.

Wes Craven created some of the things that make me happiest today, and he is solely responsible for my love of horror films.

His signature style can be distinguished immediately in all his films. He was edgy, cool, and had such a polished aesthetic that every up-and-coming director could learn from. Scream was my first romantic spree with genuine horror and it was Craven’s lasting impression that still resonates with me, and so many others, today.

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The horror community will have a dismal day as they say farewell to a seminal cinematic figure.

In light of this, I do hope that you find the time to read about the great Wes Craven or watch one of his many classic films. I really think he would love knowing that our send off to him comes in the form of us experiencing the thrills he so beautifully orchestrated on the silver screen for so many years.πŸ’œ

Thank you, Wes, for all the nightmares and screams you shared with us. You’ll be missed.

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πŸ’”

-Sarah