This month the A Paper Pumpkin Thing team are playing with the Haunts & Harvest kit. It was originally designed with 3D treat packages in the shape of apples and pumpkins. However the team has lots of other ideas too.
One of the great things about the Haunts & Harvest kit is that it suits people who like to ‘do’ Halloween, and those who don’t. It all depends on how you decorate the boxes using the pieces in the kit. Me? I wanted to see what else I could make and came up with some quite different ideas.
TAG / DECORATION
For my first project I began with one of the raffia covered wire pieces from the kit. I bent the wire into an oval and twisted the ends together. Then I tied on a piece of gold cord from the Simply Elegant Trim pack.
Next from the kit I took one of the small white labels and the Soft Succulent ink spot. Then I chose “You’re a Blessing” from the stamp set and stamped it onto the label.
With that done I inked up the solid maple leaf stamp and stamped-off onto some scrap paper to remove a little of the ink. Then I stamped onto the back of one of the maple leaf die-cut pieces from the kit. I repeated this on the back of a second maple leaf, before stamping the leaf vein image on both sides of both leaves.
Finally using glue dots from the kit I attached the sentiment across the front of the wired oval. Then I fixed a leaf onto the sentiment strip to hide the hole, before attaching the second leaf behind. In no time at all my first alternate project was complete.
URN STYLE TREAT BOX
While I liked the treat boxes in the kit, they are remarkably roomy so I thought for my next project I’d make something a little smaller.
I began with one of the box pieces from the kit and cut off two sections from the end without the side tab. Then I set the two-section piece aside while I created a new box from the remaining four sections.
Following the instructions in the kit I gently curved the top part of each section, and then assembled the box using the adhesive strips from the kit. Obviously the base of the box no longer fitted and I could have trimmed it down using Paper Snips. Instead though I decided to leave it as an extended base as it would help the urn-style box to stand.
Next, I took a white sentiment label from the kit and stamped “You’re a Blessing” using Soft Succulent ink. Then I laid the sentiment against one of the box sections so I could trim the sides of the strip with Paper Snips. Once that was done I attached the sentiment to my box and project number two was complete.
FINAL HAUNTS & HARVEST PROJECT
Of course I still had the odd two section piece that I’d trimmed off the box at the beginning, and I wasn’t going to let that go to waste. As I turned it over in my hand suddenly a monster of an idea popped into my head.
Taking a short adhesive strip from the kit I placed it on the tab at the bottom of one of the two sections. Then I fixed a long adhesive strip from the bottom tab and up the edge where I’d cut the sections from the rest of the box piece. After removing the backing paper from the strips, I folded the sections along the pre-scored line and pressed them together. Now I had a long narrow pouch.
At this point I thought that the tabs at the bottom looked odd, so using Paper Snips I rounded them off a little. That was much better. I also remembered to trim off the hook shaped piece using the other section as a guide. With that done I used a couple of glue dots to add two googly eyes from my stash.
Finally all I had to do was slide a small emery board into my monster’s mouth and my third alternate projects was complete.
It was only afterwards that I realised that with the exception of one additional white label and a couple of bits from my stash, all three of my projects were made using just the pieces provided to make one original treat box. Now that’s what you call getting more for your money!
In case you missed it, I posted another alternate project in my blog post Less haunts and more harvest.
HAVE A PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS
Don’t forget to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin to get the October kit called Peaceful Christmas. While officially you have until October 10th to subscribe, stocks are limited and may run out before then. If you get the kit and decide you don’t like it simply contact Stampin’ Up! and let them know. Every Paper Pumpkin kit comes with a satisfaction guarantee and and they will be happy to resolve any issue you may have.
HARVEST SOME MORE IDEAS
Meanwhile for even more alternate project ideas using the Haunts & Harvest kit make sure you check out the rest of today’s blog hop. You’re currently at number 2 – Tracy Elsom.
If you missed the Haunts & Harvest Kit, or got it but want more to make more, the Haunts & Harvest Refill Kit is still available to buy. Please note that the Refill Kit does not contain the ink spot or stamp set that was part of the original kit, hence the lower price. Everything else needed to create the 12 treat boxes is included. Stocks are strictly limited so make sure you order it while you still can.
Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration ends today. That means it’s your last chance to get free products with a qualifying order. It’s also the last day to join and choose a free stamp set and tool bundle to add to your Starter Kit. Make sure you check out my Join Stampin’ Up! page for all the details.
And last but not least… here’s the other products I used to complete my three projects. The googly eyes came from Dollarama.