Altered Salt Shakers

Tisthe season to find some great discounts on Halloween and Christmasitems - Dollar stores, thrift stores, big box craft stores and on-linestores all need to move inventory so gohunt and see what treasures you can stash.

Here are some helpful tips for supplies 
-I love the Dollar stores because they have some great seasonal itemsthat you can rip apart for supplies without feeling bad.  Check it outfor some of these treasures listed below: 

  • Raffia for Scarecrow - Dollar Store. You may need to rip apart some floral decorations
  • Black Cheese Cloth -  Dollar Store.  Black Creep cheesecloth table cloths, rip the cheesecloth off a creepy decoration. 
  • Burlap - Rolls of inexpensive colored burlap. 
  • Styrofoam balls - they sell various sized foam balls
  • Salt Shakers - plastic and glass

Scarecrow Altered Salt Shaker
 First up, the scarecrow. His head is a Styrofoam ball lightly inked and wrapped around it. 

Ican't really provide specifics on the Styrofoam and ornament balls touse for the heads. The head  size will be determined by the shaker youuse.  Sorry.   

The buttons, shaker mix and 3D bat button sticking out of the in the hat are from Buttons Galore and More

The Hat 
Thewitch and scarecrow share the same style hat, purchased from HobbyLobby's seasonal isle. The hat has been transformed from witch toscarecrow with a small piece of Idea-ology - Tim Holtz - Halloween - Mummy Cloth  that I died orange.  It's been finished with some festive gingham and a button. 

The Bat Button in the Hat
WhenI create home decor, I try to make the project as durable as possibleso I tend to secure embellishments using wire.  I attached black wire tothe bat and tucked it under the hat, which is why the bat is able tostick out of his hat. 
Thescarecrow's orange shirt is just a piece of orange burlap with blackwire woven through it to create arms that can bend or stay outstretchedas desired.  Super easy - no sewing needed. 

Ifyou look at the raffia "hands", you'll notice I tied the burlap withblack wire to finish off the shirt at the hands - to also prevent  theburlap from fraying.  
I attached the arms to the shaker using more black wire. 
Thejack-o-lantern witch has an orange ornament for a head.  I started outusing a Styrofoam ball and saw a set of  Halloween ornaments on sale.  The glittery head  adds a nice touch - and since it was orange, it turned into a jack-o-lantern. 
The black shape-able cape was super easyto create using black cheesecloth and weaving black wire along oneedge.  I also used the black wire to attach the cape to the shaker. 

The eyes and mouth are paper with black sequins for accent.   
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