Hey, Salty Friends!
Have you ever felt like dressing up a crow? I didn’t think so. I hadn’t either until I saw somebody else’s fancy, dressed up crow. The power of suggestion was, well . . . powerful and I decided I needed to dress one up too.
This is the naked little Halloween crow I found at Michael’s.
Everybody else gets a costume at Halloween, so why not this bird?
Fancy, huh? Any excuse to play with paper is a good one, and this was a really fun, quick project. The biggest element here is the rosettes. They’re the easiest thing in the world to make and I wrote about them when I shared this gift topper.
Small folds with fragile paper can be done by hand, but for stronger paper I use this Martha Stewart Scoring Board. When I first saw this scoring board, I scoffed at the idea of needing a guide–I don’t recall why–but I’m here to tell you, this tool comes in crazy handy and I use it all the time. I have the regular size and a travel size and I’ve actually traveled with it and used it in the car on road trips. [shrugging] When you gotta craft, you gotta craft.
In this post I show how it creases the paper and helps you make great medallions or rosettes (whichever you like to call them). Make it worth your while and make a bunch all at once. You’ll get into a groove and get pretty good at making them. They can be used for garlands or cupcake toppers or any number of other fun, festive items.
I like crafting with book pages and I have a bundle of books that I pull apart for projects. The first time you tear a book apart it might feel like sacrilege, so make sure it’s a book that you don’t care about. As you can see from the picture below, I trim the margins off before folding because I like to have the print, not white margins. For this project, the medallion on the crow needed to be small so I cut the pages down the center to make a smaller finished circle.
I used a paper punch to make the brim of the hat and made the top with another piece of book page paper. The hat is rimmed with tinsel garland and I used the N31 bingo piece since Halloween is on the 31st. The details are what make every project like this unique. If you did this, your crow’s costume would look entirely different than mine. Think of the possibilities!