I absolutely must gush about Pack-o-Fun Magazine,a scrap-craft magazine that was first published in 1951 and still around today. Lyle Clapper, son of the magazine’s founders, has said,”It’s the oldest craft magazine in existence, certainly nationwide and probably worldwide as well.”
My late grandmother, who I spent a lot of time with growing up, subscribed to this magazine and we had stacks and stacks of back issues I loved to go through, trying out various crafts with things you generally could find around the house. But the ultimate issue came in 1976, when I was five and just starting to learn to read and fumble around with making things with Grandmother. Even as a child, I seemed to love the spooky and macabre, because I was instantly drawn to the Halloween issue and wanted to make items from it. Check out the cover!
These marionettes are made from tights and pantyhose. The photography on this cover is just perfect.
The funny part was that there were some crafts that did not include photos as to their end result; the illustrations were lots of fun to look upon but you never quite knew how the end project was going to look when you finally cranked it out. For instance:
Grandmother, bless her, helped me make the Crisco-tin monster head,the gremlin-face cups, and the little jar face. The Crisco tin thing came out the best; back then all egg cartons were this pulpy cardboard stuff and it made great monster teeth. We started to attempt the hat but we didn’t have any balloons, if I remember correctly. Still, it was great fun. I treasure those times.