Halloween Diorama

Happy early Halloween to you all!

Today is laundry and cleaning catch-up day because I have been in the craft room and letting everything else go a bit.  I just recently watched The Gentleman Crafter’s  3 part video series titled Epic Village Shoppe.  GREAT project!

After viewing the video I decided to make a Halloween themed project that I could send to my grandson in Missouri.    I just sent the project off in the mail today and before I sealed the box I snapped a few pics to share.  Thanks Jim for your awesome project…it inspired me   🙂

Skeletons in the Closet

This year my grandson decided that he was going to go “scary” for his costume.  He feels it is time to discard the cutsie and go bold and creepy so I created this project for him.   I made Jim’s “shoppe” into a closet with skeletons inside….hence my Skeletons in the Closet title.

I used the Me and My Big Ideas Mambi paper pad, Tim Holtz goodies and also some homemade diorama spookies inside.

For the door knobs I decided to use up some of my skeleton beads.  I threaded a couple of gold head pins through the beads and added black accent beads.  They make great handles to open the doors.

Closet Handles

I have two straps with magnets attached at the top of the box so that the doors are secured tightly but when you life the straps and open the doors you see the inside of the closet.  I cut around one of the skeletons from the paper collection and mounted it on Stampin’ Up! dimensionals.

Inside of Closet

Inside the diorama is a spooky black chipboard tree and a skeleton hand holding poison.  I added some shrink plastic ghosts and owls along with the white mica flakes and black and silver chunky glitter.  My grandson can shake the box and get the ghosts and owls to land on the tree or hand or anywhere he chooses.  I just love how the glitter sticks to the acetate leaving a foggy effect and the remainder lands onto the bottom of the box and looks like disturbed earth.

Spooky Hand with “glitter” Poison
Shrink Plastic Embellishments

I love the metal feet from Tim Holtz but they needed to be grunged up a bit so I painted them with an Ivory acrylic paint.  Once dry I dripped a few shades of alcohol ink over the paint.  Love the effect!  I also cut the chipboard closet doors in the same edge design as the feet so it looks antique.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foundations Metal Box Feet

I made a small little treasure chest and attached it to the top of the closet.  When my grandson opens the lid he is surprised with the loose skeleton’s hands.  I wanted to give him the opportunity to touch something since he can’t open and touch the inside of the diorama.

Treasure Chest with Bat Border
Loose Hands to play with.

I cut out part of a spider web and added a black bat onto it.  I also dangled the “Courageous” token over the entire embellishment.  I figured he might need a bit of positive reinforcement while imagining walking through this spooky setting.  I used the metal clock to simulate the harvest moon.  It’s almost midnight so use caution!

Tim Holtz COURAGE Token and Time Piece

I hope you will create one of these boxes.  Jim did an amazing job designing this.  Thanks again Jim!

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful HALLOWEEN!


Fright Delight Halloween 2013 Chipboard Album Kit

Hi everyone,

I have just listed the Fright Delight Halloween 2013 Chipboard Album PDF instruction manual and kit on my Etsy shop.   If you want to make this project you will need to purchase both the kit AND the PDF.   I am unable to add both items into one listing on Etsy at this time.  I hope ETSY tweaks their system for this option in the very near future.  I do understand it is a bit inconvenient for my customers.

Tutorial Cover Pic

The album measures 6″ x 8″  and includes 5 chipboard pages (a total of 10 pages front and back).  The chipboard I use is .057″ thick and very heavy-duty.  It makes a very durable scrapbook album.   This album comes with pre-cut patterned papers and embellishments designed and made by me exclusively.    The PDF instruction manual listing includes a 66 page instant download that includes over 150 color photos.

For a look at the finished album watch my video below.

The kit contains the following:

  • 3-  skeleton shaped chipboard pages
  • 2 – 6″ circle chipboard pages
  • 2 – turquoise binding rings
  • 2 – chipboard scalloped circles with card stock
  • 2 – glittered chipboard circles
  • 2 – chipboard circles with card stock
  • 2 – chipboard hearts with card stock
  • 1 – wishbone
  • 1 – chipboard tree
  • 1 – skeleton
  • 1 – ghost
  • 2 – silver glitter clock hands
  • 2 – black jumbo paper clips
  • 1 – metal binding clip
  • 1 – dangling charm embellishment
  • 1 – Pumpkin Pie card stock alphabet letters/numbers set
  • 1 – Elegant Eggplant card stock alphabet letters/numbers set
  • 2 – doily die cuts
  • 3 – layered scalloped mats
  • 1 – spider embellishment
  • 1 – stamped colored skeleton embellishment
  • 1 – Happy Halloween skeleton layered embellishment
  • 1 – Happy Halloween ticket embellishment
  • 10 – assorted leaves die cut
  • 1 – glittered skeleton rosette
  • 2 – pocket mats
  • 1 – folded photo mat
  • 4 – stamped spider circle embellishments
  • 1 – Snap Shot page accent
  • 1 – clock face card stock embellishment
  • 5 – paper ribbon die cuts
  • 1 – Trick or Treat layered circle embellishment
  • 5 – card stock tags
  • white & green bakers twine
  • orange sating ribbon
  • purple stitched ribbon
  • rhinestones (clear)
  • white pearls (3 sizes)
  • jumbo sequins (silver)
  • additional photo mats and hand stamped accent strips for pages

Items required to complete the album are:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Cropadile/hole punch
  • Gray and White ink-Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate and White Craft preferred
  • Sanding Block/File
  • Sponge

I hope you like the album.  Even though it is a skeleton I tried to make it bright and fun so it won’t be too scary and offensive.

Thank you for stopping by!