A Halloween Adventure by Teri Hanson
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for but finding my decorations a tad limited, I went in search of some fun projects for this year.
Mixing paper printables with found objects and chipboard or kraft board is a great way to create something unique at a very reasonable cost. My search led me to two great shops with some awesomely spooky items!
From the first shop: Raiders of the Lost Art I picked up several items.
Even though these were created as cards, I’m going to do something a bit different with them so that they become display pieces. So if you’re up for making something spooky visit the shop and grab your own copies to join me!
Materials . . . for Witches Coven Cabinet – easy version
- Cricut Black Kraft board
- AC Black cardstock
- Thin plastic sheet
- White linen textured paper
- Ranger Distressing Ink – Black Soot
- Scotch Tacky Glue
- Scor-Tape 1/8″
You have two choices for printing the kit materials: print and cut by hand or use the print and cut feature of the Cricut machine. I’ve used my Cricut Maker. Note that for using a cutting machine you will have to use some type of graphics software to seperate items out of the digital kit sheets. This is due to the limited print and cut space allowed on the cricut machine.
NOTE: once uploaded to Cricut Design Space rotate the cabinet image 90 degrees then size it to a width of 6″. This will allow all three pieces to be print and cut at the same time.
Here are the steps taken to get to the image shown below . . .
- print cabinet images on white cardstock – print two of the center, left and right images of the cabinet
- cut out the center, left and right sides of the cabinet from the black kraft board
- cut two pieces of the plastic for the door openings
- cut one strip of the black cardstock that is 1/2″ wide by 12″ long then score it down the center longways
- Apply scor-tape down the left and right edges of the center cabinet kraft board piece then apply one side of the 1/2″ cardstock strip to each side with the folded edge on the outside (to make a hinge you can attach the cabinet sides to)
- But the black kraft board side pieces up to the center piece and attach them to the remaining 1/2″ cardstock strip
- Attach one piece of plastic to each side piece creating a window
- Glue the printed cabinet pieces in place to create the inside of the cabinet
To create a leaded look on the side doors, I’ve altered an image found in Cricut Design Space by clipping parts of the sides off then welding on a simple rectangle strip.
- Lattice Pattern Overlay #M4298F
Note that the backside side pieces must be flipped for proper orientation. I’ve also copied the shelves from the back piece, in photoshop and then created them as pieces to be cut. This will add dimension to the finished project.
- Attach the lattic to the backside then glue down the back side cabinet piece as seen below for both sides
- Ink all edges with the black soot distressing ink
Now you need to ink the edges of the shelf pieces then attach them to the cabinet with pop dots or foam tape. I’ve also added a metal brad to the top center of the cabinet.
Now it’s time to print out the goodies to fill the cabinet and the witch that goes with it! Print these on the white linen cardstock. Note: if you upload the entire digital sheet and resize it to a width of 4.50″, it will print and cut all at once and be perfectly sized for the cabinet!
As shown below I’ve cut a base from black chipboard and glued all pieces to it. You could use any thick material for the base …. whatever you have in your stash.
At this point you can stop and consider the piece finished or you could continue on adding a back and sides for a roombox project or continue further and create a spooky house room!
As you can see below I’ve added a lot more to the piece. Some images used for the house are from Artfully Musing Etsy shop. The fence is from Cricut Design Space. The base is two pieces of black chipboard glued together and then sponge painted with grey paint. Alchohol Ink was used on the google eyes in the top corner of the cabinet.
I think I’ll be making a spells book to use as a large base for the project so bookmark this page and check back soon for another update! I hope you are inspired to create your own Halloween paper miniatures!
Here’s the simple spell book cover, just wrapped around a book I had in the house, to create a base.
Till then . . . have a spooky day!!!