It's that time of year again - Halloween is just around the corner and we thought we'd use this opportunity to roll up the sleeves of our cloaks and temporarily brush away the cobwebs of our favourite Halloween crafts!
Pumpkin Pompom Garland
How adorable is this pumpkin garland?! Hang it over your doorway for the perfect touch of Halloween or drape it around the edges of a table.
What you'll need:
- Two rolls of wool
- Green felt
- Hot glue gun
- Pompom maker (or download our template for a card version below)
- Get your pompom maker ready and start wrapping the wool around it. Continue until the wool is four layers thick. Cut the wool with a three inch tail.
- Slide your scissors between the two pieces of card and cut the wool all the way around, making sure to hold on tight so they don't fall apart.
- Take another length of wool and thread it between the two pieces of card. Tie it in a knot around all of the other wool, making sure it is tight and secure. Double knot for good measure.
- Fluff up your pompom and give the edges a trim to make it neat.
- Cut a long rectangle from the felt. This will be your stem. Fold it in half and hot glue the ends together to make a loop, then hot glue it into place on the top of the pompoms (you can hand-stitch it if you prefer).
- Repeat steps 1 through 5 until you have as many pompoms as you require (we suggest around 12.
- Tie the pompoms onto a long length of wool and place them wherever you want - simple as that!
Bat drink stirrers
These are sure to add some dark glamour to your presentation. Use them for drinks or push the boat out and glue them around cocktail sticks or toss them in with the Trick or Treat bowl.
What you'll need:
- Black card
- Drinks stirrer or cocktail stick etc.
- Print off our bat template and cut it out. Trace around it on the black card with a visible pencil and cut. Repeat for as many times as you want.
- Fold the bats over where they join together at the wing and glue around your stirrer.
- Optional - add glue to the outside of the bat and shower with glitter for that extra glamorous look!
Be the Queen of Halloween with this simple mask! Easy to make and absolutely gorgeous.
What you'll need:
- Papier mache mask (make sure it fits comfortably!)
- Poster paint
- An assortment of beads
- Plastic spiders or other Halloween accessories (optional)
- Paint a layer of white poster paint over the entirety of the mask. This will keep the other colours bright and bold as you go.
- Use a pencil to draw on various shapes and patterns. Make it abstract or stick to delicate floral designs. Experiment!
- Paint your design in a glorious kaleidoscope of hues.
- Let dry.
- Add spiders, glitter and any other Halloween inspired decoration to your mask using PVA and hot glue.
Halloween is coming and here at Attic we couldn't be more excited! We love the spooky season - it gives us an excuse to be creative and dress up, to invite our friends over and, especially, make some spooky treats for us all to enjoy. Here's one of our favourite recipes for Halloween cookies!
225g Butter (kept at room temperature)
340g self raising flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 175C
1. Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl. You can use an electric mixer but we prefer to beat it by hand with a wooden spoon (if you have the time!). The mixture will become a soft, creamy white once all the sugar is mixed in.
2. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
3. In a separate bowl, sieve the flour and the salt together. Gradually add to the wet mixture, stirring constantly until you have a tight dough that you can lift and shape with your hands.
4. Prepare a clean surface and dust with flour. Roll out the cookie mixture until it is half a centimeter thick all over.
5. Pick your favourite spooky cookie cutters and cut out your cookies. You can collect the off-cuts and roll them out again to minimise wastage and maximise cookies!
6. Lay a sheet of non-stick baking paper on a baking sheet. Carefully place your cookies on the sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges turn a very light golden colour. Let cool for 20 minutes.
7. Prepare your icing by warming 50ml of water. Add icing sugar until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon without dripping excessively. Add food colouring (we suggest gel based for consistency) to your liking.
8. When your cookies are cool to the touch you can start decorating them! Add sugar paper cut outs, sprinkles and sugar pearls for more decoration. Make them super scary or cute and adorable, full of colour or black and white ghosts - but most of all have fun!
9. Sit back and enjoy! Share with your friends or keep them all to yourself and enjoy the Halloween season.
Here at the Attic, we see mindfulness as an easy way to relax our minds, let go of our daily stresses and let happiness in. Here are just a few simple things to keep in mind as the Summer draws to a close.
Take in your tea
Though most of us enjoy tea all year round, now is the perfect time to settle back into your favourite chair, your best mug in hand and watch the world around you bloom with golden hues. We suggest trying a new tea this Autumn, really taking the time to appreciate its colours, vibrant aromas and flavours that you might not have come across before. Let the calmness wash over you and know that a moment spent in peaceful enjoyment is never a moment wasted.
Summer is so fast-paced an exciting that sometimes we forget to simply take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Now that Autumn is here you have the perfect excuse to take some time for yourself. Indulge in a deep bath, read a book or take a stroll outside to admire the world in a blaze of golden colour.
Remember to feast
Autumn isn't all about the harvest - feast your eyes on the changing landscape as the trees shed their leaves and make a deliciously crunchy carpet beneath our feet; feast your heart on those magical feelings of a crisp autumn morning, when the light breaks through the mist in sparkling rays of palest gold; and of course feast your stomach on blackberries, apples and honey roasted pumpkins. Take in all that is around you, sit back and enjoy as the seasons change.
We're the Attic family and we can't wait to share our ideas with you. We'll talk about everything from style tips inspired by our icons, craft projects that we love or our favourite books. We can tell you about our two gorgeous stores located in Broadstone and Westbourne, or about our creative studio where we design products and plot grand gifting schemes. Most of all we hope you follow along and enjoy our blog!
You can also find out what our sister company, NuNu Jewellery is up to here: https://www.nunu-jewellery.co.uk/news/
With love from Team Attic xx