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Sep 10, 2009

Creepy Crawlies treat WITH tutorial

Hi all!  Today, I have a Halloween treat to share with you!  :)  I am busily preparing for Halloween by making treats for teachers and friends. 

For this project, I used 2 different stamp sets: Too Cute to Spook and Ghoulish Label Set.  I played off the sentiment from the label set: Creepy Crawlies and added another sentiment found in the set, GRUB.  Of course I thought of gummy worms!  :) 
Here is a peek at the top:
I took step-by-step pictures as I was making this treat so I could share my idea with you!
Materials needed:
Perfect Paper Panel
Bag of gummy worms
Polka dot ribbon
card stock
OK, let's get started!
Grab some brown card stock and a pair of scissors!  Let's make some DIRT!  :)  Cut thin strips of card stock with your scissors (your could use a trimmer, but it was easier for me to just cut it).  When you have a little pile of strips, grab them and roll them around in your hand to "distress them" a little and then throw them in your jar.  Repeat this set until you have enough "dirt" in your jar.
Now, you'll need a piece of acetate.  Typically I am a measure and be exact type of girl, but that just doesn't work for this project!  LOL  Cut a rounded square shape out of acetate and see if it fits in your jar.  Keep cutting it down until it will lay flat and mostly cover your "dirt".  See my piece of acetate sitting on the rim?   I continued cutting until it fit correctly.
Here is my acetate sitting on top of my dirt.  I used this as a barrier between my dirt and creepy crawlies.
Time to grab your creepy crawlies!  I am sure there is a great variety of Halloween candy that would fit the bill for this project (if you live in a bigger town than I do where there are REAL stores to shop at).  I settled for some gummy worms from Walmart (THE place to shop in Alamogordo, NM).  They are CHEAP and yummy, so this makes for an inexpensive gift. :)
Lay your creepy crawlies on top of the acetate in your jar.  When you are doing that, make sure to remove a handful of your favorite color... those will be your snack as you finish decorating the jar!  LOL  Note my stash of red/orange gummy worms semi-hidden behind my jar.  LOL 
Now, just decorate your jar!  :)  I added a band of yellow, polka dot ribbon to jazz it up a bit.  It conceals my "line" between the dirt and worms a bit, but it is really not necessary.  I hung a little tag from my ribbon for fun. :)  The top is stamped and labeled.  I stitched around the circle with my Janome.  My tip for doing this is to use the turning, crank wheel thingy on the side of the machine ONLY.  The minute you press on the pedal, you will likely sew out of place and that would be bad.  As ridiculous as this sounds, my hand was ACHING after I sewed around the circle using the wheel thingy.  OUCH!  LOL  Well worth it, though... :) 
I hope this inspired you to make some creepy crawly gifts.  If you replicate this gift, please link back to my post so I can check out your creation!  :) 
Happy Halloweeny!
Ink: Chocolate, yoyo yellow, summer sun, tangerine, black
Paper: Perfect Paper Panels in white, black, chocolate
Accessories: janome sew mini, oval punches, sponge, air art tool, red line dimensionals, circle mask, yellow polka dot ribbon, black twine, silver jumbo ribbon brad (Paper Studio), Perfect Packaging Jar, circle punches, Curvy Cutter circle cutting tool with glass mat


  1. These are fab, I NEED some of those little jars I wonder if they are available in the UK, so much isn't :-(
    thanks for sharing

  2. This is fantastic! What a fabulous idea!

  3. Jody,

    I'm a follower of your blog and just realized that you live in NM!

    I'm in Albuquerque, so @ least I have Michael's and Hobby Lobby and of course Walmart!

    Will you be driving up to Albuquerque for State Fair or the "Rubber Stamp" show Oct. 31?

    See me!

  4. this is super cute. What a genious so smart and creative!

  5. This is darling Jody! I have some of the jars, but I haven't made anything yet! What a super idea!

  6. Oh my some yummy worms!! Too cute!!

  7. Fabulous project, Jody! Love the DIRT you created! That's some patience you!

  8. I tell you what, I don't even do Halloween and all this looks fabulous enough to copy!


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