Halloween Craft Party & Prop Class 2

  • October 13, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Soon it will be ... THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Forget Christmas...
HALLOWEEN IS FOR WINNERS!

If you'd like to get a little craft crazy with me, I can show you some simple and impressive techniques to stock the coolest crypt on the block.  I've worked on the Halloween staging of clubs and casinos in Vegas, and plan on making some giant masks for the Las Vegas Halloween parade this year.

 

POTLUCK! Please bring a lunch dish to share, and BYOB

The cost is $10 and covers all the supplies you'll need*, plus some you can take home to work on later.

I've posted two events, in case you want to start a project Saturday and let it dry overnight to come finish on Sunday (Sunday is free if you're doing both days.)


You'll learn...

Paper mache / pulp scultping for pumpkins, gargoyles, skeletons, or any large 3-D characters.  I brought mine to a pumpkin carving contest in 2009 and was disqualified because nobody believed I made them. They rock so hard, but they're stupidly labor-intensive.

Styrofoam sculpting for tombstones, aged planks of rotting wood, and dungeon walls.

Faux Barbed Wire to wrap around your furniture and loved ones!

And whatever else tickles my ghoulies. ^_^


You do not need art skills to make this stuff -- anyone can do it. I've taught this class a dozen times and everyone reported having a great time, and were shocked how cool the stuff is for being so easy to learn.

Wear something you can get goopy.  I'll email the address to our Yes RSVP's as the event gets closer, but it will probably be at Cynthia's tiny condo near UNLV unless someone has a large patio we can borrow.

A lot of our supplies are easily grabbed from recycling bins or re-purposed from around the house, so I'll be providing (or you can bring your own if you don't want to share) ...

Newsprint: Phone books, newspapers, or ad inserts.

Flour, Water, Elmers Glue, Liquid Starch: To make mache paste.

Cellulose Insulation: Provided

4' x 8' Styrofoam Insulation: Provided

Brushes: 1" to 4" wide.

Paint: Acrylic or latex, house paint, or primer - tons of black! No oil-based please.

Plastic bags: Garbage, grocery, bread ... use 'em all up and still run short!

Paperboard: One cereal box or soda box, whatever you've got that's stiff and clean.

Twine: For barbed wire or making ridges on your pumpkin.

 

The techniques you learn here can be used for other holidays or party staging. For example, a pirate party could have styrofoam wood planks and paper mache skulls and bones. A Hawaiian party could use weathered wood and big tiki heads! Build a rocket ship and martian faces. Build the biggest SpongeBob your kid has ever seen! Once you understand the process, you can laugh yourself silly thinking up awesome things to build.

PHOTO CREDITS: Stolloween.com is my favorite resource for learning ghoulish crafts; several of the above photos are copied from his site. PumpkinRot.com is another source of dark inspiration.

NO-SHOWS UNACCEPTABLE:  This event is super popular and space is super limited.  If you RSVP yes and no-show, I shall be quite cross with you!

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  • Cynthia D.

    Hey gang, I have a Halloween decorating gig next week that we're short staffed on. Anybody have some time weekdays to come climb around ladders and hang things? This is a new client for us, and I've been warned she's high-maintenance and low-budget ... but I'm optimistic that with the right attitude, we can make the party look great (and make some side money, yay!)

    Please email [masked] or text me[masked] if you or someone you know is a good fit!

    October 16, 2013

  • John M.

    Great meetup.

    October 16, 2013

  • Paula w.

    Learned lots new stuff, thks!!!!

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll upload pics of the bottles! Good job everyone!!!! So this comment is for everyone that made a potion/poison/gypsy bottle. It's the basic steps so you can make more at home! YAY! 1) Find any glass, plastic bottle/jug/jar. Clean it well with soap and water. 2) Where ever you want tissue paper for texture, paint a 50/50 elmers glue and water mixture with a paint brush. Tissue paper makes a neat texture when glued down and helps to age your bottle and hold the paint for the painting stage. Once your tissue paper is glued down, paint another layer of glue/water mixture over the paper again and push the bubbles and paper down well with your paint brush. Let it dry.

    1 · October 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      9) To help the glitter adhere, lightly spray over everything with a light coating of polyurathane. Indoor/outdoor/matte/glo­ssy. Whatever is on sale. THAT'S IT! Have fun with it because once you have this technique down, you can use it on picture frames, boxes...make pirate treasure chests, bath oil bottles...etc etc. Super easy and you would not believe how cheap. It's literally recycled stuff you may have previously just thrown away. Each bottle could cost you only a dime, if that. Nothing if you're using pure scraps. The biggest outlay is the price of mica glitter but use a 40% off coupon at Michaels and it will last your entire lifetime. : P

      October 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry I had to split up the instructions, I had cut and pasted it but Meetup didn't like how long it was and cut off everything after 1000 characters.

      October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing the same thing i'll be bringing Sat, crescent wrapped little smokies sausages.

    October 11, 2013

  • Cynthia D.

    Address sent! Email me if you join later and need the info :-)

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to come check it out but can only make it on sunday will that work?

    September 27, 2013

    • Cynthia D.

      Yes, each day is independent -- I will cover all the same stuff both days. I just posted two in case Saturday people want to come back on Sunday to finish any bigger projects. The paper mache takes overnight to dry, so they could make something on Sat and come back to paint it on Sun.

      September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are children allowed...?

    September 26, 2013

    • Cynthia D.

      Children are fine as long as they're old enough to keep themselves entertained. So like tweens and teens?

      September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so bummed I will be out of town that weekend!!! I am doing a huge and fabulous Haunted House at my place and would LOVE to learn these techniques... Maybe you can add a second class for those of us out of towners?!?!??? :)

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This would be ever so much fun but I'll be out of town. I'm not a happy lady!

    September 26, 2013

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