The other day I spoke with the lady who owns a local store and displays my crafts for sale. She told me she's having a Halloween event so I started thinking that would be a wonderful time to have some theme items in the store!
A Dollar Tree trip later and I'm ready to get busy! I bought a package of red, white, and black paper clips. I only wanted black but that wasn't available at the time
Oh well. Red and white can stick around for Christmas crafting! I also got a couple of packs of those cheap-o plastic Halloween toys. Little skulls and spiders on rings and whatnot. Top it off with some ribbon (again, low stock at the time, must have been almost truck day!).
Start by gathering these items, scissors, hot glue gun with 2-3 sticks, and krazy glue or super glue type adhesive (optional).
First, unbend the paperclips into triangles. Optionally you can close the hole between the two ends with the krazy/super glue.
Next trim any plastic backings off the toys. Mine were rings and very soft plastic that cut very easily with regular scissors.
Using generous amounts of hot glue, adhere the plastic toys onto the paperclip. I like to put them on top of the spot where the ends join. That hides any glue spots or holds them together nicely if you don't use glue (I did some both ways).
Cut lengths of ribbon. I was thinking necklace but if you'd prefer bracelet or decoration that'd be cute, too! I cut different lengths from a short necklace to a rather long length. I used black and white. I did find a little orange satin ribbon in my stash that made about 3 short necklaces. I think they look nicer with the satin ribbon but my Dollar Tree did not have any orange or black when I was there the other day so I got black and white curling ribbon.
At this point, your local feline may come to make sure all that ribbon is behaving itself and not giving you any problems.
Finally thread the ribbon through the triangle and give it a good knot to keep it from falling off.
I did these six this morning while my girl was getting ready for school. This evening she and I walked up to the store (about 1.5 miles each way!) and gave them 100 to sell
Cute, easy and cheap! What else could you want in a craft???