Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tutorial Thursday-Easy, Inexpensive Halloween Decor!

                   Today’s Tutorial involves very simple supplies.
Three Metal Tins from the Dollar Tree, 3 for $1.00 (in Wedding Section)
Next pick out your papers, I am using a Halloween Theme...

Yeah, I have a Cricut Now!!  I am cutting my circles out with this.  I used the Simply Sweet Cartridge and the Large Circle is cut with the 2" setting, the Smaller circle with a 1 1/4" setting and the Letters are cut with a 1" setting.
If you don’t have a cutter just cut 3 circles to fit inside the lid. (You can take the plastic insert out and use as guide, just cut it a little smaller to fit inside your metal lid.) Then cut 3 smaller circles out the size you choose.  Then 3 letters for the word Boo.  I have also used these for Christmas spelling, Joy, Merry Christmas, Kids names, Love, Hope, etc…
Now you will have everything cut out and ready for assembling.
Once you have the paper cut, take out the plastic insert in the lid and clean off any smudges. These pop out really easily so I take a lil' bit of glue adhesive and place a dot in the 12, 3, 6 and 9 position on the inside of the metal lid and plastic to hold into place.
Pop plastic insert back into metal lid and push hard.  You will hear a pop when it is in properly and let the glue dry for just a bit.  Then take your paper and adhere all layers together, large first, smaller circle second and letter on top. 

All assembled and ready for the Tins.
Then you can place another small bit of adhesive onto your paper corners in the 12, 3, 6 and 9 position and pop into your lid.  Secure lid to box and you’re done.
I added a small bow on top for embellishment and attached mine together with a dot of hot glue so .they will stay in place and not roll everywhere!
 This project cost:  $1.00 for tins, approx. Ten Cents in Paper
Here is the one I did from last year that I cut out by hand.  See it’s just as good, just takes a little while longer.   The letters were printed on my computer on a white sheet of paper and cut out into circles.  I then painted the white with a marker and embellished with glitter. You could use letter rub- ons, stickers or hand write your letters yourself.    I also added a pumpkin inside an extra lid to the top.
Happy Halloween!!  All sparkled up! 

Blessings,   from Denise...
Get over quick to Strictly Homemadefor a wonderful Gifts from the Heart Party and CUTE Giveaway.

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  1. Very neat idea! This is so cool. Thanks for posting about my giveaway.

  2. Too cute! Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm a new follower! :)

  3. Hi. I'm following you via Pink Dandy Sunday Blog Hop and hope you will follow me back. I've enjoyed browsing your blog. Great ideas!!

  4. Found you through the Pink Dandy Chatter blog hop, now following your blog. I love your DIY decorations.

  5. Love this one! I love your eye for color, a little daring and so cute!

  6. Very cute! I am your newest follower from the Sunday Blog Hop;)

  7. Very cute idea...
    Following you from pink dandy Sunday Blog Hop Blog Hop.

  8. Hi! I'm Lindsay from Boman, Party of 5. I'm your newest follower and I found you Sunday Blog Hop. Your blog is too cute! I hope you will stop by:
    Have a great day!

  9. Hi!! I'm your newest follower from the Sunday linky!! Lovely blog:)
    You can find me at
    Take a peek at my giveaways if you come by. Everything is handmade and GORGEOUS!

  10. Hi- Saw you on Pink Dandy Blog hop! I love your blog. I love the boo tins. Super cute. Stop by when you get the chance:

  11. Hi Denise-

    Thanks so much for joining me on Gifts From the Heart. This is great. I also wanted to let you know you won my give away! Congrats!! Please email me at with your name and address. I will get this in the mail tomorrow.

    BTW- I love your favorite homemade gift. That is so beautiful.

    I am a follower now :)

  12. Great idea. I just love those tins from the dollar store!! :) So many crafty possibilities.

  13. p.s. I shared your project in my weekly e-newsletter: and facebook page:

  14. Very cute, and happy to follow back!