We had so much fun with our last round of DIY Halloween crafts, that we decided to keep sharing more creative ideas all month long. Without further ado, we present more of our favorite spooky, creepy, and eerie crafts to make your Halloween even better!

Pumpkins….

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If carving real pumpkins isn't your thing, pick up one of our many faux pumpkins, then decorate with your choice of vinyls, stick-on rhinestones, witch hats, spiders, ravens and more!

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If you’re craving a carving, we also have faux carved out pumpkins which make the perfect base for creating a spooky scene. For this version, we added a crow, some fall leaves and berry stems, moss, a mesh witch hat, and purple Firefly Lights. These pumpkins are perfect for your front porch, or indoor decor!

And Witches...

For a quick and easy wall-hanging that will spook the neighbors, use a fusible webbing like Steam-A-Seam to hem the edges of this 44"x44" fabric panel by Hoffman Fabrics. Other ideas for using this panel: stretch it over a canvas then add Firefly Lights; add batting and backing to turn it into a quilt, mount it in a lit window to greet your trick-or-treaters. Double, double, toil and trouble!

...And Skulls, Oh My!

Looking for a unique party favor? Start by stocking up on our glass skull mugs! Fill with candy and add a cute gift tag. Or, for a creepier look, use Krylon Sea Glass spray to paint the mug, then add red puffy paint to create gory accents.  

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Add some long greenery to our hanging skull planter, tuck in some green Firefly Lights, and you've got a quick decoration for your porch! This one is super creepy, no bones about it!

Dressing Up

Even if you don’t want to go in full costume and makeup, you can get in the holiday spirit with these quick and easy jewelry projects!

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Add colorful mini tassels to hoop earrings or mini sparkle ball beads to a ball chain necklace for instantly wearable pieces. Check out our supplies of pewter charms and alcohol inks and create a colorful Jack-O-Lantern necklace, or choose from our other available charms to create your own one-of-a-kind necklace. Pick up a few of our shimmery faux suede strands and braid them together to make a bracelet; add closures and finish it off with a pewter spider charm. Select our pewter owl bezel, and fill it in with a piece of colorful scrapbook paper and cover with an epoxy. String on a necklace and you’re set! If you’re looking for something a bit more whimsical, add googly eyes and glitter to a closed-back bezel and fill it in with resin to create a lasting charm.No matter what you choose, you’ll be decked out and ready to greet your guests!

Final Touches

Ready to put the finishing touches on your Halloween displays? Consider these easy tray projects!

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Add a touch of elegance to your Halloween decor by creating a centerpiece for your table using our purple pumpkins, black taper candles, and fall floral stems.

For a spookier take on the project above, start with blueberry stems and metallic purple leaves, then transform our miniature metal house into a haunted home with purple Firefly Lights and mini spiders.

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Or add some height to your Halloween displays by using a raised tray, like a cake stand. Add a decorated faux pumpkin, a cement planter filled with dark purple and black leaf stems, and a glittery spider.

No matter what you create, we hope you’re enjoying your spooky season! Please share your projects with us on Instagram using the hashtag #craftsandframeshalloween or on the Redmond Ben Franklin Facebook page.

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Boos and ghouls: fall is here and that means Halloween is just around the corner! If you want to add something spooky or sweet to your season, we have a few tricks and treats for you to try.

Eye Candy

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We’ve got our eyes on you! To make this googly-eyed skull, paint your desired surface black (you can use a canvas or a wood panel), then draw your desired shape. Fill in the shape by gluing down various sized googly eyes.

Creepy Crawlies

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Turn embroidery hoops into a spooky spider to hang in your home! You’ll need 3 different sized wooden embroidery hoops (you’ll need 2 of the smallest size you’re using – these will be the eyeballs). Paint each hoop with black acrylic paint. Frame black cotton fabric in the two larger hoops, and trim excess fabric. Frame white cotton fabric in the two small hoops for the eyes, and glue a small circle of black felt to each. Put the hoops together using hot glue. For the legs, cut wired fuzzy stems to your desired length, and attach to the hoops with hot glue. Embellish with colorful Halloween ribbons to finish it off and then hang somewhere surprising!

Something Ghastly This Way Comes

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Use fabric stiffener (such as “Stiffy”) to turn sheets of cheesecloth into ghastly ghosts! Spray cheesecloth sheets with fabric stiffener and then mold them into shape. Add felt eyes and a mouth and fill your halls with ghostly wanderers!

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Our small MDF panels make the perfect surface for creating fun seasonal wall hangings. They can be decorated with paint, vinyls, scrapbook paper, and more! We used googly eyes, pipe cleaners, gauzy tulle ribbon, as well as paints and vinyls to create these mini monsters - include your kids in the fun!

Sinister Signs

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Glass blocks are one of our favorite surfaces for creating seasonal projects. Simply add a piece of our holographic paper, your favorite seasonal vinyl, floral accents, and ribbon, and then battery operated Firefly Lights to make it glow!

Want to add a touch of Halloween to your desktop or windowsill? Start with our 6”x6” framed pallet block, add colorful scrapbook paper to create the look of candy corn, then embellish as desired! We used a cute cut-apart card from one of our Halloween paper collections, a tiny witch hat, and a stem of fall berries.

Transform a plain 12”x12” picture frame into a boo-tiful accent piece for your home! This project features the Glitter Cardstock Spiderweb Paper by Pebbles, a piece of our holographic paper, purple battery operated Firefly Lights, baker’s twine, and Halloween-themed die cuts and washi tape accents.

After the Tricks, it’s Time for Treats!

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You’ll need an unfinished wood plaque and an acrylic pail to create this cute candy bucket to hang outside your door. Paint the plaque with acrylic paint. Use Halloween patterned scrapbook papers, stickers, and ribbons to decorate the plaque and the pail. Attach a small screw-in hook to the plaque, hang the pail from the hook, and fill with treats (or tricks)!

These tote bags were made using the Huggable & Loveable Halloween Totes fabric panel from Studio E Fabrics. The panel includes both bags, plus the instructions on how to sew them up. Your littlest ghost will be all set for trick or treating!

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Turn plain paper gift bags into cute treat bags using our collection of Halloween die cut shapes and embellishing with googly eyes. Add your favorite treats and you’re ready to party!

Spooky Post

Send handmade cards to all your favorite ghouls and ghosts using our great selection of Halloween papers, stickers, die cuts, and other embellishments. These cards were made using the “Spooky Boo” Collection by Pebbles. You can also find the “Pumpkin Party” Collection by Doodlebug, and the “Bewitched” and “Halloween Town” Collections by Echo Park Paper Co. in our Paper Crafts Department.

We can’t wait to see how you celebrate the spooky season! Please share your projects with us on Instagram using the hashtag #craftsandframeshalloween or on the Redmond Ben Franklin Facebook page.

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Fall is almost here, and our Fall Sale is in full swing through the end of September. Be sure to join us for our Open House on September 22 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm for premium fall decor inspiration, giveaways, specials, and more!

If you can’t make it into the store, we’d like to share some of our crafty projects that celebrate the season with you. With just a few supplies and some creativity you’ll have your house or workspace ready for autumn in no time!

Wreath Inspiration

We love wreaths because they’re such an easy way to warm up every place, from your front door to your kitchen. Here are three simple ideas you can try this fall! 

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For a super quick project, purchase one of our ready-made fall wreaths and adorn it with a pre-made plaque such as the metal “welcome” banner used here. You’ll be ready to entertain in no time! 

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To create a one-of-a-kind paper wreath, you’ll need a chipboard wreath form, some fall-themed scrapbook papers, plus a pretty ribbon or bow to add the perfect finishing touch. Don’t forget a hot glue gun and some glue sticks! Stop by our Paper Crafts Department to pick up our free project sheet on how to make this!

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If you have a more space, a framed wreath combines our two favorite things into one eye-catching display! Start with a framed wood tray and a piece of scrapbook paper to add a neutral background with a bit of texture. Here, we used grapevine wreath to provide a rustic base for a few brightly-colored selections from our fall floral décor, and topped it all off with a small wooden “Thankful” ornament. All of these supplies are available in store!

Frames and Shadow Boxes

We love creating unique fall decor displays using a variety of frames and shadow boxes that we stock in store.

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Create these signs using our fall themed vinyl transfers, floral stems and other seasonal embellishments to take plain wood frames and trays and turn them into perfect autumn home decor.

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Add extra dimension to this plain pumpkin form with just a few simple embellishments! First, use an additional piece of wood and a vinyl transfer to create a “Gather” plaque to affix to your pumpkin. Then, add a few fall floral pieces and a ribbon to create your own unique sign. Not only is it perfect for your own decor, it also makes a great hostess gift!

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Create this warmly lit sign using one of our pre-lit twig shadow boxes, fall berry sprigs and a “Gather” plaque. Combine them to create a piece perfect for any corner of your house that needs some seasonal warmth! 

Other Fall-Inspired Decor

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Create this decorative memo board with a wire pumpkin frame, ribbon and some brightly colored fall leaves. Just add mini-clothespins and you’ll have the perfect spot to clip notes and photos to remind you of the season.

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As the days get darker earlier and earlier, this is the perfect project to instantly brighten your space. You’ll need a wood tray, a lantern, lights and/or flameless candles, and decorative gourds and floral stems to create this beautiful display. We have a wide variety of trays and lanterns to choose from, so you can create the perfect piece to accent your home.

Would you like more inspirational ideas delivered to your inbox? Sign up for our store newsletter and you’ll immediately receive a $10 coupon to use in our store. And you’ll get even more crafty project ideas and notices of our specials right in your inbox each month!

We would love to see what you’re crafting to celebrate the season! Please share your projects with us on Instagram using the hashtag #craftsandframesfallcrafts or on the Redmond Ben Franklin Facebook page.

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Football season is upon us, and what better way to show your Hawks pride than with a blue and green craft project? There are so many creative ways to use paper, fabric, beads, vinyls, and more to create unique, DIY projects celebrating your favorite team (and ours!).

Mugs

Purchase plain ceramic mugs or acrylic tumblers in your favorite sizes and use our Seahawks vinyl transfers to transform them into fan mugs for your favorite beverages! Whether it’s your morning cup of coffee, cold drinks for those late summer tailgate parties, or warm drinks for chilly nights of football, you’ll be covered from first down to touchdown!

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Pennants and Banners

Come into the store and use our Die Cut Center to create the perfect banners and pennants to make your viewing parties a touch more festive.

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A Little Bling for your Cheering

Make custom jewelry and accessories for yourself or your favorite superfan using our large variety of charms, beads, tassels, cordings, chain, and more. We even have some pieces ready to wear available in our Bead Department so you can be ready to watch the game in style.

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Aprons and Coasters

Are you ready to tackle a sewing project? Aprons and coasters made from our Seahawks fabric make great hostess gifts for your viewing parties. Visit our Fabric Department for project sheets on how to recreate these projects on your own.

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Pillow Cases

Need a quick-to-sew project for your favorite 12th fan? Make them a pillowcase with our Seahawks fabric for sweet dreams of touchdowns and wins.

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Holographic Shadowboxes

Turn a shadowbox into a piece of art for any Hawks fan! You’ll need a shadowbox frame, your choice of Seahawks and/or Seattle-themed vinyls, a sheet of our adhesive holographic paper, a set of battery-operated Firefly Lights, and stick-on rhinestones to create unique decor for any fan’s room.

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We hope these projects get you in the spirit for fall football! You can also check out our Pinterest board for more project ideas to help you celebrate. Be sure to share your projects with us on Instagram with the hashtag #craftsandframesgohawks. GO HAWKS!

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The summer days are waning and it’s time to head back to the classroom! Get organized with these back to school crafts to make hitting the books a bit more fun.

Getting Organized

When it comes to heading back to school, most of our project ideas are geared towards getting yourself organized. They are easily adaptable whether you’re a parent wanting to organize your child’s study space at home, a student creating your own special homework spot, or a teacher wanting to organize your classroom.

Dry Erase Boards and Reusable Calendars

Simple 12”x12” picture frames are a great starting point for keeping track of the chaos that can come with homework, extracurriculars, appointments, and other activities. Insert a pretty piece of scrapbook paper into the frame, grab some dry erase markers and you’ve got an instant dry erase board for your most important messages!

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Those 12”x12” frames can also be used to create a variety of other useful boards. Create a reusable calendar by removing the glass of the frame and inserting our Paper Accents 12”x12” clear plastic blank calendar sheet. Fill in the dates each month and you’ll never miss an appointment again.

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Or turn your frame into a magnet board or cork board using our Paper Accents 12”x12” metal sheets or our Darice 12”x12” cork tiles. Use magnets or pushpins to trap important pieces of paper or your favorite photos on your new boards.

Create Your Own Chalkboards

Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint is a fun way to give your study area a school vibe. You can use it to paint unfinished wood surfaces and glass jars to corral all your supplies. Use Bistro Markers to label them once the paint is dry.

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Wall Organizers

If tabletop space is at a premium, keep your surface clear of clutter by creating a wall organizer. Take a whitewashed pallet board, then add coat hooks, a mason jar, and a wire tray to keep all of your supplies in one easy spot.

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Managing the Paperwork

Back to school comes with a lots of paperwork - keep yourself organized with these fun “In” and “Out” boxes. Paint simple unfinished wood trays with some bright eye-catching colors, then add washi tape and labels or tags and you’re ready to sort all those pesky papers!

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Pen and Pencil Cups

Keep your desk clear of pens and pencils and store them all in this hexagonal pencil cup holder.  Use masking tape and paint to add your own flair to these hexagonal containers, then fill with colorful pencils, pens and markers to make completing homework assignments more fun. If you prefer a more grown-up work space, mason jars will also work nicely!

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Personalizing Your Supplies

If you’re trying to get back into that school spirit, personalization is the name of the game. The project ideas below are easy, quick ways to make your school supplies your own. These projects are great to do with your kids as well!

  • Use washi tapes in your favorite colors and/or patterns to cover your notebooks, notepads, and even your pens or pencils.

  • Use a fun vinyl to decorate an acrylic tumbler.

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  • Make Shrinky Dink Charms to use as zipper pulls for your backpack.

  • Dress up a plain fabric pencil pouch with fabric spray paints or markers.

  • Make mini pom poms, tassels, or charms to attach to paper clips to use as fun bookmarks or place markers.

  • Make a pencil pouch out of Duck Tape and a large Ziploc bag.

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We look forward to seeing what you create to go back to school!

Feel free to post a picture of your back to school crafts on the Redmond Ben Franklin Facebook page with the hashtag #RedmondSchoolDays or share to Instagram with the  #RedmondSchoolDays hashtag.

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