These were made with mirror vinyl (bought from a Chinese seller) over craft foam held together with various glues.

This is the process / tutorial used.

Use the following chart when adhering materials so they stick well:

  • Vinyl front to vinyl front: Super Glue / Krazy Glue
  • Foam to vinyl front: Coat the foam in a very thin layer of hot glue, let it dry, then use Super Glue / Krazy Glue
  • Foam to vinyl backing: Contact Cement / Contact Spray
  • Foam to foam: Hot Glue (or your favorite method…this is my preferred)

Others have used contact cement to hold the foam to the vinyl backing but because contact cement smells like death to me, I prefer the contact spray adhesive instead.

Really love using this method as it’s fast, easy, and light. Luckily, my armor did not have any complex curves because if it did, I would have used Worbla instead.


~Orange Hot Chocolate~


  • 12 oz. premium white chocolate
  • 8 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • orange food color
  • whipped cream & chocolate nonpareils (for garnish)

Cooking Instructions

Coarsely chop the premium white chocolate, transfer to a medium-size heatproof bowl and set aside. Heat milk in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, until bubbles begin to form at edge of surface, about 4 minutes.
Immediately pour milk over chocolate.

When chocolate begins to melt, stir until combined. Whisk in vanilla extract and 2 drops orange food color; whisk until a light foam forms on surface. Pour into 10 mugs, garnish with whipped cream and chocolate nonpareils, and serve immediately.

From the book Halloween Tricks and Treats by Matthew Mead (Time Inc. Home Entertainment,  2008).


How to make apple chips:

  1. Preheat oven to 200.
  2. Select and wash apples, and thinly slice (or thickly if you like less crispy chips).
  3. Arrange on a baking sheet and brush with agave or other sweetener and vanilla.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  5. Bake for one hour, or until crispy.

These are especially wonderful because they make your house smell like fall when they’re baking!

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