Tutorial: Pac-Man Ghost Hair Pin

I got this idea about a month ago and these little hair pins have been a huge hit with my friends. They are not price-y at all to make. I make all sorts of hair pins and normal pins, but today you are going to get the tutorial on how to make Pac-man Ghosties.

Surely you know Pac-Man the wonderful arcade game where Pac-Man must run from all the ghosts unless he consumes a special circle thingie that renders them vunerable to him. There was four ghosts: Blinky (red), Pinky (pink), Inky (blue) and Clyde (orange). For this tutorial I will be making Clyde.

  • 2 felt cut outs of a ghost (same color)

  • 2 white felt circle cut outs (for eyes)

  • 2 black tiny felt circle cut outs (for pupils)

  • Transparent Nylon thread + Needle
  • Fiberfill or some kind of stuffing

  • Hair pin

  • Hot glue gun + Hot glue

Price: Hair clip (0.25 cents each), Felt (0.25 cents each, but make many ghosts), everything else on hand

Step 1: Place the two felt ghosties on top of each other

Step 2: Begin sewing the two pieces together, leaving a tiny bit of a border

Step 3: Continue sewing until there is just enough left un-sewn to stuff the ghost

Step 4: Stuff the ghost and sew him shut

Step 5: Ready the glue gun!

Step 6: Glue the Hair pin to the back of the ghost

Step 7: Make sure the ghostie is dry and even before continuing

Step 8: Flip the ghostie over

Step 9: Glue the eyes and pupil onto the ghost

AND YOU ARE FINISHED!!!! Make more ghosts and have a ghostie party!!!! They are great for gifts and really very simple and cheap to make. I hope you liked this tutorial. Comment if you have any questions or comments :)

Yours in DIY Glory,

Zombies Zombies Zombies

Halloween is about a month away and the world has gone Zombie crazy and I am happy to jump on board. I have been seeing nonstop ads for Zombieland, which comes out this Friday (10.2.09)! The movie has one of my favorite actors Woody Harleson! This movie is guaranteed to have laughs, blood, and guts! All the necessities for a great movie.

I also recently discovered a great PC game, called Plants vs. Zombies. I am officially addicted to this game. In the game you strategically garden your yard to destroy any zombies who dare step on your property. It retails at Wal-mart for $20 dollars and online for $9.99 (comes with no disk).

In the spirit all this brain-munching fun I crocheted a cute little zombie. I used the "Cyber Zombie" pattern in the Creepy Cute Crochet book and added my own violent touches. I made the zombie green, instead of white. Green=dead. I added some exposed brains, an eyeball hanging out of his socket, no hair, and blood squirting out of his arm socket. I thought the Cyber Zombie required a little too much explanation, so I tried to make an amigurumi that was obviously a zombie. I hope you liked my zombie and did not think that I blasphemed the good name of Creepy Cute Crochet. =]

Yours in DIY Glory,

Decoupage Outlet Covers

My house has lately been feeling a bit boring. Then I suddenly realized it was those bothersome light switch covers. They were just dragging down my house as a whole and I decided it was time to do something about it! Haha, j.k. I got this idea off one of my favorite blogs, Mod Podge Rocks. I thought this would be a GREAT first decoupage project. I did not want to ruin anything terribly expensive. I think I did alright.

This first one to the left was made from a page from a Star Wars Comic book. I am a huge Star Wars fan and am constantly searching for snazzy ways to decorate with Star Wars memorabilia, without being obnoxious about it.

I sprayed painted the heads of the screws I used. I had a really bright cream color painted on the screws and I think the black makes them less noticeable on the designs.

This second one on the right was made from a page of The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass (DS) pamphlet that came with the game. I love The Legend of Zelda series and I think nothing is cuter than the Windwaker/Phantom Hourglass style of the games. The plugs fit perfectly with the picture.

I used a sharp scrap booking knife to cut out the boxes for the switches. I think I found a great deal at Big Lots. $3 for the knife. It is a really nice and super sharp.

For my last plate I used a picture of a painting in an old European History book I had. This has to be my favorite of all the light switches.

For more information on how to make your own decoupaged light switches/outlet plates, or on decoupage in general visit Modge Podge Rocks

Yours in DIY Glory,