Posts Categorized: halloween

DIY + halloween + illustration + printable / Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014

Halloween menu printable

free printable Halloween menu card for your dinner party by Danielle Kroll for The House That Lars Built
Free downloadable menu card for your Halloween party by Danielle Kroll for The House That Lars Built
For our Halloween vanitas party (read up about it here and here), we had gorgeous Menu cards illustrated by Danielle Kroll, whose work I just die over (pssst: she has a line of products at Anthropologie like this and lovely prints in her shop!). 
And today she’s provided a free template that you can print off yourself for your own Halloween party. Click on this link to get the print-ready file (with the full menu printed. Stay tuned for the recipes!) or click here to get a blank menu.

illustration by Danielle Kroll
photography by Alpha Smoot
floral styling by Sarah Winward
art directed by Brittany Jepsen

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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Monday, 13 Oct 2014

Girl with a Pearl Earring costume

Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween costume tutorial
This might be my favorite costume of the Tortured Artist party bunch. Think of the looks you could give at a party! You wouldn’t even have to talk to anyone…just look. To the side. Carli made Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring costume with some gorgeous fabric from our sponsor, OnlineFabricStore.net, which has an amazing variety of fabrics.
For this costume, we have tutorials on how to make the pearl earring, the head wrap and shawl, as well as a make-up tutorial. See all of it below after the jump.
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween costume tutorial
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween costume tutorial
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
 

HEADDRESS
 
Materials
  1. Cut the blue fabric into 2 strips about 6-8 inches in width. 
  2. Cut the yellow fabric into a strip about 10-12 inches in width.
  3. (optional) Press the cut edges under on both sides so that they don’t show.
  4. Imitate the painting as best you can. I started off by putting the model’s hair into a high bun and draping the yellow fabric over top. The bun gives the yellow fabric the volume. 
  5. I had her hold the tip of the yellow fabric against her forehead as I wrapped the blue pieces around her head, making sure to cover her hairline. 
  6. Hide the ends of the fabric by tucking them underneath the folds. You can cut off extra fabric that isn’t needed. If your worried about it staying put, you can use safety pins to keep everything in place.
BROWN WRAP
For the brown wrap, simply drape the fabric around the shoulders and secure with safety pins.
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween earring tutorial
PEARL EARRINGS
 
Materials:
  • inexpensive craft clay (the kind you bake in the oven)
  • dangle earring clasps
  • metallic acrylic paint (Folk Art has a Pearl White color)
  • paintbrush
  • baking sheet 
  • oven
  1. Form clay into the desired teardrop shape.
  2. Bake clay in oven following packaging directions and then let cool.
  3. Paint the clay. I had to put on about 4 coats of paint. Let dry.
  4. Attach dangly earring claps. I just used clasps from a pair of old earrings!
Done!!
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween earring tutorial
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween earring tutorial
Girl with a Pearl Earring Halloween earring tutorial

MAKE UP TUTORIAL BY RUBIE HUBER

 
This face was so much fun to do but also a challenge!  While our girl Morgan did look strikingly like the gorgeous original painting, she also had VERY dark eyebrows we wanted to down play.  Getting rid of eyebrows can be tricky. You’re going to have to use elmers glue sticks if you want it to look super legit, here’s a good tutorial for it here
 
For Morgan I just combed out her brows with normal brow brush and set them with gel.  Once that dried I used a Maybelline Cover Stick (get it here) in white to go over them a few times. I set that with transluscent powder and then covered the full top half of her face with a pale full coverage foundation.  Spreading the pale base from the top of the forehead over the eyelids and to the top of the cheekbones really gave her a light and airy look.  
 
For her eyes I used white eyeliner on the lower waterline, then some light grey shadow underneath to create the same effect as the painting.  Finish the eyes off with a single layer of mascara.
 
My favorite thing about this look is the wet lips.  I used a pinkish red lipstick all over her lips, then covered it with juicy wet lipgloss, the kind you had in jr. High that just goops on deliciously. 
 
I set the whole face with a few sprits of NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (get it here) instead of powder, so her makeup would stay, but keep that oil painting sheen. 
 
Here are some items you will need to get the look:
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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Friday, 10 Oct 2014

Mona Lisa Halloween costume

DIY Mona Lisa Halloween costume
You don’t have to go to the Louvre to check out the Mona Lisa. Be her for Halloween! It’s super easy! This one’s great for a last minute idea or one that you don’t have to spend too much time on. Plus, all it requires is a simple (mysterious) smile. Muhahaha.
DIY Mona Lisa Halloween costume
DIY Mona Lisa Halloween costume


Photography by Alpha Smoot
Make-up by Rubie Huber
Hair by Aubrey Nelson
Model ME Hammond
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

Check out more Tortured Artist costumes here. 

See full tutorial below.




You will need:

Directions:

1. Glue poster of Mona Lisa to poster board.
2. Cut out the face of Mona Lisa with your craft knife. Make sure it’s a good size hole to fit your face.
3. Frame it with your pretty frame.
4. Practice your Mona Lisa smile!

MAKE-UP TUTORIAL by Rubie Huber

That enigmatic face of all enigmatic faces! 
Ok, make up confession, my one regret here is not glueing down and covering her eyebrows better, but darn it all I forgot my Elmer’s glue stick in my make up diddy bag. If you want to take this one step further, cover the eyebrows like shown here. If you wanna go my route, just use eyebrow gel and white concealer.  
What happened to the real mona’s eyebrows?  Its a mystery.
After you get the eyebrow situation covered, cover the entire face in a creamy, full coverage foundation.  I like Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse. I went one shade darker than her normal skin since Mona has a dark bronzed/antique look.  Wipe the same foundation over your lips.  
For the eyes you’ve really got to look at the picture to shade them with a brown shadow.  She’s got interesting shading that’s difficult to mimic, but looking at the picture will help you a lot.  Use a tiny dab of the same brown shadow on the corners of her mouth and under her cheek bones.  Steer clear of the mascara and eyeliner, but instead use your brown eyeliner to draw that curved line across the top of the forehead, just below the hairline.  
All you have left to do is practice your mysterious smile.  
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DIY + Food + halloween + Party / Thursday, 9 Oct 2014

Vanilla bean skull cake for Halloween

This. Is. Edible! It’s a skull, but it’s a cake. It’s a skull cake! I love the vanitas still life it created for our Halloween party so it acts as decor AND deliciousness. And let me tell you, this recipe is delicious! 
Also, I had to do it:

And here’s a teaser for our dinner table for the party. There are a number of decoration ideas and recipes. You might die (muhahah! pun shamelessly intended) with all the delicious gorgeousness.

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Floral styling by Sarah Winward
Props from Mary Lee
Cake by ME Hammond
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See recipe and instructions below

See more Halloween ideas here. 

Vanilla bean skull cake

Materials:

We used this skull mold from Wilton (and it’s super cheap if you use this link on Amazon)

3 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 3/4 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 c. butter
1 3/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 T vanilla
2 vanilla beans
1 1/2 c. whole milk
For glaze:
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Prepare the skull cake pan by thoroughly spraying the pan with non stick spray and lightly flouring
3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
4. Slowly add eggs, vanilla extract, and vanilla beans
5. Combine dry ingredients in small mixing bowl
6. Add dry ingredients and milk alternating approximately 1/3 at time beginning and ending with dry ingredients
7. Once the batter is mixed place it in the prepared skull cake pan
8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
9. Allow cakes to cool for about 30 minutes until the cake it only slightly warm
10. Unmold the cakes from the skull pan
11. Allow cake to completely cool, cut the tops of the cakes to be even and place the cakes back to back to create the 3D skull
12. Glaze cake and allow glaze to harden before serving
14. Viola! You have a scary skull cake!
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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014

Vincent Van Gogh costume

Vincent Van Gogh costume recipe

Continuing on with our Tortured Artist themed Halloween party, we have perhaps the most tortured of them all, Mr. Vincent Van Gogh. He fits in nicely at the dinner party.

We chose to go in less of the bandaged ear direction and more in the “I paint beautiful flowers” direction. Here’s how to get the look below…

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Make up by Rubie Huber
Costume crafting by Victoria Riza (with her red-bearded husband as Vicent, thanks Jordan!)


Materials: 

Make up tutorial by Rubie Huber
Now you can have a grand old time painting an entire face Van Gogh style, but our model was already basically the spitting image of the painter.  So I just added some tiny touches.  Using a dark red/orange eyeshadow, swipe some strokes under the cheek bones and on the outside corners of the eyelids.  If you don’t have naturally red hair you can use this to dust out a beard and eyebrows.  Get it wet to create lines.  

Van Gogh seemed to really love that blue vein look we often try to cover up under our eyes and in the inner corners, play it up with some turquoise eyeshadow!  Throw on your tortured artist expression and your ready to go.  
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