DIY Plague Doctor Mask

I decided to go as a plague doctor for this years Halloween party. My version has a black mask, not the white one that is commonly seen, simply because I had black paper on hand at home…! But I’ve concocted a backstory where the mask is really made out of black leather, making it much more medieval:ly.. Anyways – here’s a look at how it was made. Above – I started with some newspaper that I molded around my face and taped together.

I made a large beak, big enough to fit a bunch of herbs. The thing with plague doctors is that people used to think it was the miasma i.e. bad odor, that spread disease. So to combat that doctors wore these big masks that fit sweet-smelling herbs inside the beaks.

I taped the beak to the mask and cut out holes for the eyes. I made ridges around the eyes using some paper and some tape.

Then I glued on lots of black paper along the mask in several layers. I glued some cut out plastic circles to the eyes (you have to cover everything! Otherwise you’re not a proper plague doctor and might succumb to the plague yourself!) and finally some black ribbons to the back of the mask.

I wore a black turtle-neck, black pants, a black cape and a black top hat. Not seen on the picture is my walking cane which I used to poke people with to check if they were still alive…! (which is what the plague doctor mainly did – check if people were dead or not)

It was a fun costume to make. But I only wore the mask at the beginning of the evening – it got too hot in there!

 

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DIY Window Monsters

These monsters were really easy to make, and give an instant Halloween-vibe to our house.

I folded a thin black paper into two and cut out a place to stick the eyes, and a scary mouth plus some evil looking ears/horns.

Then I taped the monster to the window, added a pair of glow-in-the-dark eyes.

I think we’re ready for Halloween now!

 

 

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Concrete skull DIY

Halloween’s a-coming, and we needed more skulls in our house. Especially ones that also doubles as candle holders!

I went and got some clay and did some sculpting. The skull turned out okay, but then when I made the mold it went a bit wonky! The clay hadn’t hardened enough so the skull got a bit of a different look than I had planned. But this works too!

It didn’t look like this when it went into the mold! But the crooked smile somehow works despite it.

When the mold was done I poured concrete into it. One of the skulls has a glass jar inside and doubles as a Halloween-vase. 

One of the other skulls was a bit flat on top – it’s the perfect candle holder for fat candles!

The concrete was rather rough, making for a weathered look.  

We’ve also got one skull for single, thin candles, but my favorite is the vase – we don’t have that many flowers growing right now in the garden, but that doesn’t matter when your vase is a skull! any old flower remnants suit the skull perfectly!

 

 

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Scrunchies – the 80s are back!

So apparently I have kids who want scrunchies! You know, those old fabric-thingies that we all wore in the 80s. I used to make them myself, and now I’m making them for my kids!

Just take a long strip of cloth, sew together one of the long ends and reverse the fabric. I used a pen, because I couldn’t find my ruler anywhere, but usually I use a ruler that is longer than this pen.

Then thread a piece of elastic string through the fabric ”tunnel”, tie it off and sew together the edges of the fabric.

It’s super easy to make, and you can make the scrunchies in any fabric you like, making them truly unique to you.

Perfect for anyone who needs to tie their hear back!

 

 

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The summer garlands

I just removed our summer garlands – and almost summer along with them! At least it feels a bit chillier, but I don’t mind – as long as we still can enjoy being outside, it’s all good.

The summer garlands are made out of old pieces of fabric – linens, table cloths and what have you, that I cut and sewed together using bias tape.

I hang them out at about Midsummer’s just to get a little bit of extra summery feeling. Sometimes our Midsummer’s can be rather bleak affairs, but hanging up a bunch of garlands that sort of look like white laundry out drying always gives it that extra nostalgia kick.

I love making up my own traditions in this way!

 

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DIY Gult hårpynt

Jag syr smycken och gör hårpynt nästan på löpande band, men glömmer liksom bort att blogga om dom! Det här hårpyntet gjorde jag innan påsken. Gult och härligt vårskönt!

Jag färgade en hel bunt med spetsar gula och sydde dem fast på ett hårband. Spetsarna var stuvbitar som nån skulle slänga och som jag tacksamt tog emot.

Sen sydde jag fast gula blommor (före detta ljusmanchetter) och glaspärlor.

Jag gillar att göra hårpynt! Och dottern älskar att bära dom – win-win!

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Nytt förkläde – nästan helt retro!

Dottern har blivit så stor, och ville ha ett nytt förkläde – och det hon ville ha var ett som var exakt som mitt gamla! Hon liksom ”lånar” mitt hemmasydda förkläde hela tiden, så nu var det på tiden att hon fick ett eget.

Det här är gjort i afrikanskt tyg som jag fyndade på en loppis ifjol. Perfekt för vår familj!

Och retrobiten, då? Jo, den här modellen är alltså exakt samma modell som jag använde när jag för flera decennier sedan sydde ett eget förkläde!

Jag gick på femman och tyckte förklädesmodellen var så fin, men att tyget var sååå tråkigt (vit och rött med små blommor).

Det gick perfekt att använda den gamla förklädesmodellen och uppdatera den lite grann!

Nu har dottern sitt drömförkläde. Och jag är på jakt efter fler fina loppistyg – jag vill ha ett lika fint förkläde jag också!

 

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