Another Halloween Creepy Decor Tutorial & Printables: Ghost Portraits

For my guest post on Fed Ex’s Out of Office blog this month, I originally was going to do yesterday’s Creepy Portrait tutorial.  But, apparently that was a little tooooo creepy for them, so I did another idea:  Creepy Ghost Photos. It’s a little simpler too, if you’re just starting with your photoshop skills, it’s a great one to start with.  The principle is the same, take old vintage photos and in this case, combine two to make one creepy photo which contains a ghost! Head over to Fed Ex Office blog to see all the details on how to make them yourself, or if you don’t have time or inclination to make them yourself, you can download the sample printable photos!… [ KEEP READING ]

Halloween Decor: How to make Super Creepy Photos (Photoshop Tutorial & Printables)

turn vintage photos into creepy halloween wall art dabbled.org
Update: Related technique and more downloads: Ghost Portraits! Did you know Great Aunt Gertrude was a zombie?  Or Ancient Uncle Elrod was a tad undead?  Unfortunately for my Halloween décor, I don’t really have ghouls in the family.  But we can fake it with a little photo manipulation. These creepy portraits will look great hung on a wall, or in small frames on your serving table, at any scary Halloween party.  You can either design your own, using the instructions provided here, or you can download the set provided here.  Then just have them printed in whatever size to fit your frames, at your local print shop on on your home computer.… [ KEEP READING ]

Halloween Food: Dot’s Mozzarella Eyeballs

recipe marinated mozzarella eyeballs for halloween @ dabbled.org
These Mozzarella Eyeballs have been a staple of my Halloween party food for several years now.  They are delicious, and suitably creepy! The curse of Halloween food blogging is that many of my Halloween delicacies, made up for the Halloween party, are done at the last minute.  So I can’t write them up very well before Halloween, and it seems silly to post the recipes AFTER Halloween.  So I was noticing that some of my really cool Halloween treats are relegated to quick photo posts, rather than giving them the treatment they deserve.  To fix that, here is the ‘how-to’ on my world famous Mozzarella Eyeballs, classy enough for the fanciest Halloween dinner party!… [ KEEP READING ]

Braaains! Salmon Brain Dip every Zombie would just die for.

how to make salmon 'brain' dip for halloween
Really, Halloween is NOT that far away, and if you’re really into Halloween, like we are around here, it just makes sense to start thinking about things early! So, as part of my new “clean up old stuff on Dabbled” series, I realized that while I gave the recipe for this brain dip as part of a post on the food I created for a previous halloween party, I had not actually pulled it out into a post of it’s own. So it’s high time that we did! I’ve done some kind of brain shaped dip for halloween for pretty much ever, but I used to do a crab dip that had gelatin in it so it kept it’s shape really nicely.… [ KEEP READING ]

The Homemade Shrinky Test Lab (redux)

everything you need to know about making shrink plastic out of #6
So way back in 2008, one of the first big “experiments in craft” I did for Dabbled was what I called the Shrinky Dink Test Lab.  I had run across the idea for using #6 plastic to make homemade shrink plastic (aka ‘Shrinky Dinks’) at various places on the crafty webs, but I decided to delve a little deeper.  I started with a basic project (Doodle Charm Earrings), and that led to other questions.  What about coloring with other materials like colored pencils?  How do you seal your plastic afterwards so the marker doesn’t rub off?  And successes and failures in all this also led to interesting effects that could be achieved.… [ KEEP READING ]

Science Fun with Kids: Oil & Water Fireworks

Fireworks in Oil science project - dabbled.org
So my 7 yr old came home the other day from camp and was like “Mom, we’ve got to go do this experiment, it’s so cool!” And it WAS pretty darn cool, so I thought I’d share it with you guys! These are his instructions, and he did the experiment and showed it to me: You’ll need 3 jars.  Fill the first one 1/2 full with water (room temperature), second one 1/2 full with oil, and the third 1/4 full with water and 1/4 full with oil. Then take food coloring, and put a few drops in the first jar, and stir.  … [ KEEP READING ]