This is the second part of our mantle how-tos. If you would like to see part one, go here.
FYI – I don’t feel too well and my daughter didn’t nap this afternoon so this will be short and sweet. I’m sure I will be back and wordy soon.
On Monday I shared how I made the spooky books, the branches and bats, and the banner. Part one includes a free printable of the banner.
Today we’re going to start off with the glittered skull.
I saw several versions of the glittered skull in stores but couldn’t decide which one I liked best so I waited until inspiration struck.
While browsing the Habitat for Humanity store I found two candlesticks, each for $1.00. When I saw them I instantly knew they were perfect for my skull project.
I also bought a foam skull from the craft store for $3.50 (with coupon). Sliver glitter is shown but I also mixed it with equal parts orange glitter once I started. And any good crafting project always uses Mod Podge.
First step: Brush some mod podge onto the skull – I found it best to cover about a quarter of the skull at a time.
Pour glitter over the mod podge.
Once the entire skull is covered with glitter and completely dry spray with surface sealer (found at craft store).
Hot glue the skull to the never touched perfect as is when bought candlesticks. Told you I wouldn’t be wordy.
My two completed glitter skulls sit on the extreme left and right of the mantle. Smaller versions of these skulls would also be fun to attach to a Halloween wreath.
Next up, the Three Witches stamp art in the large frame.
As with the branches, I needed some height in the middle of the display so I used a frame I had stored in my closet. The skeleton directly in front of the frame was from a candle party I went to a long time ago.
I contemplated writing the “Three Witches” but decided against it because I was worried I would slant the ends of each sentence if I used a marker. In reality using the stamps presented the same problem. I did end up slanting a bit but I think it looks fine.
I took out my stamps from when I taught in the classroom and went to work late one night. It’s really a simple project but I think the variations in ink make the paper look a little old. This stamping turned out really well when I used it in a Thanksgiving display too.
I created a printable of the same scene which you can download here.
So I think that covers the mantle and the how to’s.
(The large spider web on the left is actually an outdoor light I bought on clearance a few years ago. The “31” is just a quick print out and framed. The haunted house is from a store in Wisconsin which I bought last year during a sisters weekend. The splashes of purple are Mardi Gras beads placed in flower jars.)
So in the end I was a tad wordy.
I’ll leave you with a quick Halloween joke. Enjoy.
Why was the skeleton afraid to cross the road?
It had no guts…:)
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