Spooky Halloween upcycling with NVCL

We had one super spooky Crafternoon at North Vancouver City Library last October. We had 80+ participants making Halloween lanterns out of upcycled Mason jars. It was hectic but super fun!

Things got a bit nutty since we ran out of Mason jars and had to hit the Lions Gate Hospital Thrift Store to replenish our supplies.

Here are a couple of the lanterns with spiderwebs on them...

One of my regulars getting into the spirit of Halloween.

We used up all of the supplies... Glass jars, cardboard, beads...

I got to see a few of my long time participants which was super lovely!

And of course Jose the one and only craft renegade showed up.

Thanks to everyone who crafted with me... And big shout out to my helpers who scored more Mason jars since the event was so darn popular!


Upcycled Mason jar lantern

I'm playing catch up on a bunch of blog posts. I'm a bit behind in sharing some of my latest DIYs, Crafternoons and other crafty awesomeness.

Here's a simple project I made for my Halloween Crafternoon with North Vancouver City Library in October. It's a Mason jar lantern.

First you'll need a Mason jar of any size. The circumference should be wide enough for a tea light.

Next you'll need orange tissue paper. Your first step is to tear small pieces of the tissue paper for decoupaging onto the Mason jar.

Use a sponge brush to coat the Mason jar with Mod Podge then add the pieces of tissue paper. Add another coat of Mod Podge on top of the tissue paper to smooth out the paper and to seal it to the Mason jar.

Keep adding tissue paper until the Mason jar is covered. Allow to dry.

Once dry, use a black Sharpie to add a jack-o'-lantern face.

Now you can insert your tea light. I used an LED tea light for my lantern.

This is a very simple DIY and it looks pretty darn spooky.

Gotta love easy peasy upcycling projects!


Culture Days Crafternoons with NVRC

Back in September, I was part of a Culture Days Crafternoon with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture. I worked with my crafty peep Helen on combining projects. Helen was felting wool with participants and my project was to upcycle shower curtain rings into hangers for the completed wool pieces.

First up was gathering supplies... Tom at Urban Repurpose donated a ton of these shower curtain rings for the upcycling workshop.

I wrapped the rings with pipe cleaners and I was done with my sample...

Easy peasy funky hangers...

This is Helen... Aren't we total crafty cuties?

I had a second project refashioning donated cardboard boxes. We turned these into treasure chests using felts, stickers and a bit of bling.

Happy crafter with her treasure chest...

I also had circular boxes to restyle...

More completed projects...

Pom poms were a hit for these cutie patooties.

A sample felted wool project... So sweet!

Swanky duct tape and gems really worked for this project...

Thanks NVRC, Helen from Craft Naturally, Tom from Urban Repurpose and our workshop participants. It was a super fun day!