Before I get started on the actual tutorials for the 13 Days of Halloween calendar project, I want to share some of the supplies that I use again and again throughout the project, as well as some helpful tips that you can use as you’re making the individual crafts. Oh, and I need to give you the numbers to download, too!
I’ve made two sets of numbers: one is the original set that you see in the calendar that I made, and the second set is one uniform design. One of the great things about this project is that, if you’re pressed for time or just don’t feel like making all of the projects, you can choose a favorite or two and make the entire calendar using those projects. And, if you have kids and want to make the calendar with them, projects like the tissue paper ghosts (Day 12) or the treat boxes (Day 11) are very kid-friendly.
Circular numbers can be punched out with a 1″ circle paper punch, and I’ve left a bit of room to move within the circle so the cut lines won’t show when you punch out the circles.
Most of the “core” supplies used in the individual crafts are things that you probably already have on hand if you craft, and many of these are used in multiple projects, so you can gather them together and keep them on hand as you move through the different projects.
- a pair of small craft scissors
- glue dots (small Zots are a great size to use in this project)
- large toothpicks (the ones I use are 4″ long) or skewers cut to size
- Martha Stewart glitter in the following colors (I’m obsessed with my Martha glitters!): Sterling, Hematite, Onyx, Fire Opal, and Golden Beryl
- a ballpoint glue pen ( Martha Stewart has one with a fine point that makes it great for filling in finer lines and small areas)
- school glue
- an Xacto knife
- a cutting mat
- a ruler
- various paper punches
- a pencil
- a small paintbrush
- a double-ended stylus for scoring
- a hot glue gun
- a bone folder
I used a few old school chalk and crayons to display my calendar, but you can use a small shelf, cardboard/acrylic/wood boxes, or any small, freestanding piece that has little compartments for the different days.
You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and use the number files. Download the reader for free here. These templates are for personal, non-commercial use only.