Halloween Craft: Chalkboard Magnets and Ceramic Pots

Ghost Magnet

 

Halloween Craft Project – Chalkboard Magnets and Ceramic Pots.

Now, this craft is not limited to Halloween, but I felt the natural orange clay of flower pots plus black chalkboard paint would be a perfect combination for this spooky time of year.

Halloween Chalkboard Flower Pots

Halloween Chalkboard Flower Pots

The project is SUPER EASY, and requires only a very few things:

1.  Clay flower pot(s) and /or Wood cut-outs

2. Chalkboard paint

3.  Paint brush

4. Chalk

If doing the magnets:

5. Magnets

6. Hot glue and glue gun

Halloween Chalkboard Magnets

Halloween Chalkboard Magnets

I did 3-4 coats, and applied the paint as directed on the packaging.  I found Martha Stewart’s new crafts line at Michaels, and bought the paint with a coupon.

Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard Paint

This stuff is great, and it says it works on a variety of surfaces.  I only needed a small amount for all the projects seen here.

Boo!

Boo!

Each coat took about an hour to dry, and when it was all done, I lightly rubbed a little chalk on the surface and wiped it off.  You can then do whatever you want!

Chalkboard Pot

Chalkboard Pot

I really wanted to paint one pot completely, but just the rim on the other.  Martha Stewart says that by painting just the rim you can easily label what you are growing.

Here is a vignette I pulled together with the pots, before I found my chalk, with a black and gold ribbon tied on the pot.

Table Vignette 2

Table Vignette 2

I think they could also look cute with the all black pot with some fancy, spooky ribbon glued around the top.

Making the magnets is a simple as hot gluing a magnet to the back. You should be able to find these kind of magnets at any number of craft stores or even someplace like Walmart.  I’ve had these for years.  I bought the cut-outs at Jo-Ann’s, but I know any craft store will have some.  Make sure you look at the overall shape of the cutout to make sure it reads how you want it to.

Magnets Hotglued to back

Magnets Hotglued to back of wood die-cuts

I love these little chalkboard flower pots!

Halloween Chalkboard Flower Pots

Halloween Chalkboard Flower Pots

And Halloween magnets!

Ghost Magnet

Ghost Magnet

 

A Halloween Hearth

Detail pumpkin tealight holder

Welcome to the Lucky Lass!  It’s Fall Y’All!

Unfortunately, I do not have a mantel, but I do have a raised hearth.  I love to decorate for Halloween and started early this year.

Fall Fireplace 2011

Fall Fireplace 2011

 

I put together two vignettes, and a string of skeletons.  I have a hard time finding places for these skeletons to work, and I’m not sure they’ll stay here.

The painting above is titled “My Baby Wants to Rock and Roll” by local artist, Gabriel Pons.  I think he’s pretty awesome.

Alien Gourds

Alien Gourds

On the left, I have a couple of outrageous gourds that I picked up at Miller Farms Market, an art deco vase with some branches, a photo of my husband as a baby boy, and some skeletons hanging out.  These gourds have so much movement to them, they seem alive- that’s why I call them alien gourds.

Fireplace Vignette with stained cheese box

Fireplace Vignette with stained cheese box

On the right is some more gourd action, but in the form of mini-pumpkins.  I love the colors and varieties of them all!  Some candles and micro pumpkins are there to give some ambiance at night.

Detail little gourds

Detail little gourds

The pumpkin cut-out is a tealight holder that my sister made in girl scouts (brownies?).  I like it, as corny as it is!

Detail pumpkin tealight holder

Detail pumpkin tealight holder

They are all resting on a cheese box I recently stained (seen here).  The little black tree that holds the other end of the skeleton string, is a Michael’s find.  It comes as a two-piece wood cut out that fits together.  I spray painted it black, and it has lived in various places different years.  The skeletons really love it though.  It’s sitting on an antique lace doily.  It is in a star pattern, but it was the closest thing I had that looked vaguely spider-webbish.  Because the tree is black and the box is so dark, I really needed something to provide contrast between the two.

Lace doily

Lace doily

Instead of the skeletons, I think a banner across the top in fun and funky fabrics would look great and help to finish the space.

Fall Fireplace 2011

Fall Fireplace 2011

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