"Pack-O-Fun: October 1965"
I found a lot of these vintage "Pack-o-Fun" magazines on Etsy recently for a great price! They usually cost about $6-$9 on eBay, and I only paid that much for a lot of 4 of them
They're all so fantastic! There are so many amazing projects I would have never thought of. I have plenty of "modern" and "hip" craft books and while I love them to bits, nothing beats a good vintage magazine. They are little kitsch and maybe really cheesy (and that's probably why I love them); without all of the pretense of the modern craft community. If you want to tape candy to a paper cone, do it!
They have inspired me to be less shy about all aspects my aesthetic.; not everything has to be sleek and streamlined. I like a sort of kooky, folk art style and these seem like the perfect thing to make me feel more comfortable with my personal place is in the crafting community.
That seems incredibly sentimental. I forgot I was talking about the magazine for a second.
I guess the reason I'm thinking about this so much is because for the past two days, I've been working on a secret tutorial for a blog that I'm a guest on next Monday. It's decidedly "kinder-craft" looking; googly eyes are involved. I've been wondering all day if it's too cheesy to share. After flipping through these books, I took a few minutes to reflect on the history of crafting and the importance of these kitschy little tomes.
If anything, I'm now severely excited to share the tutorial with the readers of "sparrows and arrows" and I'm almost positive that their readers will love it as much as I do.
The best costume ideas!
I'll post a reminder when it's time to go check things out! It really is the cutest Halloween decoration in my house!
PS- There are close-ups of the illustrations on my Flickr page! If if you would like a close up of any of these directions leave your email in the comments!
-the finished Bird Mask.
-MORE Vintage Halloween Inspiration
-a pile of Finished Fabric Pumpkins
-and maybe a finished sock?