Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween Tutorial

Happy Halloween everyone! To celebrate I want to share a lovely, fun Halloween tutorial for you to create the Pretty Little Studio papers and some old-fashioned elbow grease!


When I was visiting the states a few weeks ago my sister and I found these cute little wooden coffin boxes at Michaels. They measure around 7” long and 3.5” wide and are unfinished pine*.

Supplies Needed:

*note: the coffin in the supplies list is slightly larger than the one used for this project example.


Step 1: Paint the inside and outside of your box with the selected acrylic paint color, I used orange for the first box and black for the second.

Step 2: When the paint is dry, used the box as guide to make a cutting template for your inside pages.

Step 3: Accordion fold your cardstock leaving the first and last page slightly longer than the inside folded papers. The outside pages should be large enough for the template, and the inside folded pages should be slightly smaller so that when you cut around the template you do not completely cut the folds that hold the pages together. See the image below as a guide. Then lay the template over the folded cardstock and cut out the shape.

Step 4: Cut the Pretty Little Studio Scaredy Cat Collection paper to fit each cardstock page. Don’t worry about being precise, ragged edges add to the spooky look. You can also cut a paper to make a lining for the inside of your coffin. Attach your photos, and a Pretty Little Studio Scaredy Cat Collection lemon slice to the bottom of each.


Step 5: Coat the top of the outside of your box with glue and liberally apply glitter, make sure that you allow the glue to dry before shaking off residual glitter!

Step 6: While the glue attaching the glitter is drying on the lid of the box, accordion fold your crepe paper and attach the ends with tape to form a circle shape.

Step 7: Once the glue is dry, and all remaining glitter has been shaken off the outside of the box attach the crepe paper circle and the Pretty Little Studio Vintage Circle Tag to the front with a hot glue gun.


Step 8: Use a white pen, I like the sharpie poster paint pen to journal on the back of the mini-album cardstock paper (optional) and enjoy!


I love using my boxes for decorations around the house, it is so much fun when someone comments and I open the closure to show the little album containing our holiday memories! The little black box is heading to my sister back in the states…but secretly I really want to keep it…


- Katie


  1. Clever mini!! Love how you used the coffin shaped box. LOVE it!! TFS :)

  2. That is so cute! What a wonderful mini to fill with photos of each year's costumes.

  3. Love this Mini! You are so creatve! Love all the glitter on the black one especially! Great job all around! Hope that your Halloween is a fun one! -Amanda

  4. Super cute and creative!!! Love the black glitter look!!!

  5. GORGEOUS project! Love it :o)

    Sarah x

  6. That's adorable!! I love it!! It's so nice to "meet" you! :) lol. I'm a new follower so I hope you'll check my site out too. :) Thanks for sharing!

    Digger ~xoxo~


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