Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Spider Cider

I think we all know that paper crafting is kind of difficult for me. It doesn’t come as easily as things like sewing and DIY projects. I recently received Lifestyle Crafts new die cuts “Be Spooked. Be Stuffed”. They are fabulous shapes,and I had a lot of fun with them because they challenged me to work outside my comfort zone and push my creativity.
Spider Cider Jars Purple

I was immediately drawn to the spiders. If you haven’t ever used the Epic 6 Letterpress (one of the PRIZES in the “Crafting with the Stars” competition BTW), here’s a breakdown of how it works.
Using letterpress with die cuts
I also received a die cut that had foam on it. I wasn’t sure what the foam meant, so I ran it through with some paper and it worked just like a regular die.
Someone help me out here if I’m missing something about the foam.
Spider border
I loved the spider web, but didn’t know how to use it. I guess it would be a great border for scrapbook pages, but I don’t scrapbook, so I was figured I needed to wrap it around something. This got my brain thinking of bottles, like a drink, but that seemed a little too classy for Halloween. Then I remembered that Amy of The Idea Room used mason jars HERE, and mason jars seemed much more appropriate for Halloween.
Spider Cider Jars White

I spraypainted the jars gray, then started sticking everything on. For the tag I used nesting circles and nesting scallops.
Close up jars
I have to say that while this might not seem like a big thing to some of you, I’m pretty pleased with it. I made something with paper and actually like it. I think these jars will be fun to use at our Halloween party.

Look how cute some of the other dies in the set are:
They even have Thanksgiving die cuts in this set:
You can see the entire line of “Be Spooked. Be Stuffed” HERE.

And since I know you all want a delicious holiday drink to put in the jars, here’s the cider recipe. Actually, I’m not a huge fan of cider by itself so it’s wassail, and it’s yummy!

Spider Cider (Wassail)
1 gallon apple cider
27 whole cloves
8 cinnamon sticks
1 quart pineapple juice
1 can (6 oz) frozen orange juice concentrate
Mix all ingredients in a large crock-pot or pan and simmer. Stir pot. Serve hot.

As always, you can save 20% on all Lifestyle Crafts products with code “SEWDANGCUTE”.


  1. These are really cute! I think you did a great job, and I can totally relate with the whole paper crafting thing, I'm not as comfortable with it as sewing or painting.

  2. I love them!!

    All dies have foam on them. Sizzix have black foam and Quickutz had sheets of foam that you applied yourself. They are to keep the paper from getting stuck in the die. ;D

  3. This is such a cute idea! I featured it on my FB page. Love it!


  4. Love it! Great idea, thanx for sharing! I want to try it!


  5. These turned out darling Tam! What a fun way to serve a drink at a party. :)

  6. Okay, I totally adore these mugs.

  7. Adorable!!!

    I featured them on my TT&J facebook page :)


  8. So cute! My only question is, would they be safe to drink out of?

  9. Those are sooooo cute!! You are so creative....first time visitor :)

  10. Carrie-

    They are completely safe to drink out of. I only sprayed the outside of the jars and had the lids on when I was painting them, so nothing got in the inside.

  11. I just posted on my blog about Halloween Decorations and I added a link to your Spider Cider! I love them, they are way too adorable!

  12. This is seriously amazing. Love the recipe and the presentation! I would love for you to check out my Halloween spooktacular when you get time...

    Coley @

  13. Absolutely ADORABLE! I seriously love this. I can't decide if I want to make them for the kids or for the adults!!! I think it's cute for kids but wonder if it would be too heavy and breakable... we have some kids as young as 3 coming over for Halloween. Maybe it will be for the adults and I"ll have two different types of drinks...one that you listed and then something else with alcohol added.... THANK YOU for sharing! :0)


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