Halloween Upcycle Project – Neon Skulls In A Jar

Check out this fun project I’ve been working on…

I had these old plastic skull Halloween decorations that looked a little less than spooktastic so decided that instead of showing them to the trash I’d give them a little TLC.

List Of Items I Used…

Clean Un lidded Glass Jar (Medium Size)
7 Small Plastic Skulls
Pink Fluorescent Neon Pink Paint
Black Sharpies Permanent Marker Pen
Selection Of Flat Backed Crystals And Gems
Illuminator Paint (Glow In The Dark Paint)
Black Netting (Type You Get Marbles In)
Plastic Black Spider Ring
Jet Black Paper Ribbon
Mosaic Adhesive

First I painted all my boring skulls a Fluorescent neon pink (total of two coats, leaving to dry fully in between).

Then I used my sharpie permanent marker pen to highlight and add bone structure and additional features.

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Once complete I used a good strong Mosaic adhesive to add some bling into the eye sockets of all skull. As you can see some got blue gems others got green, some even got heart gems making them more a sugar skull than a scary skull.

I left eyes to fully set for at least an hour before giving all skulls to coats of Illuminator paint (this dries clear so if you try this yourself then don’t panic!)
Be sure to let dry a few hours in between coats or you will cause the first layer to go funny.

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Once fully dried I carefully arranged them into my jar and covered it with the black netting. I secured the netting by twisting it and adding a little spider ring. To finish I added my black curly ribbon.

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Display in or out their jar

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These are UV reactive and will glow in the dark (charge with a UV torch).

The skulls are available in my etsy chic collective store. I made one for myself and one for the store. Go grab it or have a try at making your own.

#homemadehalloween – Crafty Creations

Being a bit savvy and liking a challenge meant this Halloween was full of crafty fun..

Hearing about the MoneySupermarket homemade halloween competition I knew instantly that I wanted to have a whirl at.

Halloween costumes can be expensive, especially when your dressing more than the one child. Is there a solution? Yes… DIY job!

Creating costumes is a great way to unleash your creativity while letting the imagination run wild. Halloween costumes are one of the best.You can really pull together some wacky inventions that are unique, a true one of a kind.

Having a homemade Halloween is not only cost efficient but great enjoyable too. If you do have children along with some crafty bones in your body creating homemade costumes is a great family activity that can be enjoyed together.

So, on to my creation that falls into the category of kids costumes. Note… The competition consists of 3 categories, which are kids, adults and groups. My creation was for my daughter, ‘Alice-Sara’ and was one of two costumes I pulled together for her. She informs me that 2 parties = 2 costumes, so wasn’t I pleased that I’d be making her costumes rather than buying them this year!

Now, like me you may assume that by creating your own costumes, you’ll be required to do things such as having to sew! I hate sewing… If truth be known, I’ve never really learnt such skills and have therefore remained pretty poor at such a task. For this reason I have to think outside the box when it comes to costumes and with my daughter demanding that my creation is spooky but glam the pressure was on.

We didn’t want to go with your everyday wicked witch or blood thirsty vampire… So, taking inspiration from her beloved interest in Monsters High Dolls, here’s what I came up with.

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I think it looks pretty Spook-Tastic and was therefore left feeling pretty pleased with spooky creation and of course myself… especially given how little money I spent on materials!

Here’s a run through of how I did it and how much it costs to me to create.

Materials Needed To Make A No Sew Cobweb Tutu Dress…

1x Halloween cobweb design scarf (£1 PoundLand)

Medium size piece of hot pink Tulle (50p Charity Shop – Barnardos)

Roll of basic elastic (20p Barnardos)

Hot pink & purple mixed ribbon ( 40p Barnardos)

Reused old dolls hair cut & tied together (Free upcycled from home)

Large tube blue acrylic paint (for dying hair) £1 ‘The Works’

1 x Comb hair grip (50p per 3 Pack Bootfair)

2 x Black Sacks (taken from a value roll of 30) 50p Bootfair

Face paint sticks (£1.99 Lidl)

Packet of sticky crystals 50p (Reduced Tesco)

Total Cost £6.60 (The above materials would be enough to make 3 of these costumes) therefore making it even better value.

How I Did It…

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1. With the elastic I measured around my daughters waist, then to secure the fit I tied the elastic into a double knot.

2. I cut both the tulle and scarf which was made of very similar material, into long strips. I did this by cutting down the length of each piece of material as opposed to the width.

3. For the pieces of cobweb scarf I placed each piece over the elastic so that it covered both sides. I then stapled to the elastic. With each stable I used a staple flattening tool to ensure there was no sharp edges. For added effect with every one piece of cobweb material added, I would then add a piece of pink tulle rotating between the two. Now note, I did not staple the tulle. Instead I added to the elastic in the same way only in replacement of staples I securely tied each piece of tulle in place.

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IF YOU MAKE ONE OF THESE TUTU’S BE SURE TO LEAVE NO GAPS BETWEEN MATERIAL, INSTEAD OVERLAP SLIGHTLY AS YOU GO.

4. Once I had completely covered the entire piece of elastic, I took my sticky crystals and added randomly over the tutu (not to close to one another).

5. I then tied some long light pink and dark purple ribbon where the knock is found on the elastic.

To make the top part of the dress…

6. Alice put the tutu on so that I was better able to design the top section to complement that of the completed bottom. I took 2 black sacks cutting each along its sides so that both bags would open out and reveal two large sheets of black plastic.

7. I then cut length ways down the bags to make long strips of plastic. Note… If you decide make one of these dresses you may only need one black back depending on how thick it is (the thicker the better as this way it isn’t see through). Note…. The thicker black sacks do tend to cost a lot more than the thiner type I’m currently using.

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8. I then took strips of plastic bag and wrapped them around Alice tying each into a bow at the back. I did this till I had reached the top of the tutu as if I had just created a Basque. As my black sacks were rather thin I had to be careful not to spilt them during the process of wrapping and tying. I also needed to double some of the layers as to ensure it wasn’t see through.

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9. I then took another strip of black sack and cut it in half. I then folded the strip and secured the fold by tucking it in and sticking it to the top of the dress, taking it around the neck as to create a halter neck.

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10. Lastly, I wrapped another long strip of black sack around my daughters middle, this time tying into a bow at the front of the dress as to give detail.

So… That’s the spooky cobweb tutu complete.

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How I Made The Blue Hair Piece.

1. I remove the hair from a styling head (doll) that Alice had outgrown.

2. I tied all loose hair tightly together with a rubber band.

3. I then half filled a washing up bowl with cold water and added half of the blue paint followed by the hair piece.

4. I left the hairpiece for a few hours, in till the hair had absorbed all the water and its contents.

5. I then shook of the excess water and repeated the process again adding the last of the blue paint.

6. Once complete (a few hours later) I removed from the bowl and left over night to dry without brushing.

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7. The next day I grabbed the hair tying it loosely in a band, as to create a very messy updo.

8. With the use of strong adhesive, I glued the now blue messy hairpiece onto a comb hair glip ready for use.

Then all that was left for me to do was, paint her face, arms and hands. Which I would normally do with the use if Snazaroo but with the low cost element I decided to grab a pack of Face paint sticks from Lidl for the bargain price of £1.99 and actually turned out to be really good.

I then took a moment to think, asking myself what I could paint that reflected her wishes to be spooky yet glam. The monsters high look we were aiming for was brilliant, however, we needed a little extra something for the paintwork in-order to give it that final touch of edginess.

So with this we did our take on the sugar skull… Pretty glam but deadly freakish. A full face paint and twirly spirals of webs and spiders crawling up her arms.

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So… What do you think? Its pretty cool for a homemade creation isn’t it?

Did you have a homemade Halloween? Maybe you make costumes for all different occasions and holidays ? If so please leave a comment and share your thoughts and stories, I’d love to hear from you.

This is my entry into the Moneysupermarket #homemadehalloween competition. Hurry and enter, you still have time.

How Too Make Batty Hanging Glowing Bats

Yes, you do still have time to make a batty bat. Yes the paint takes a while to dry but it can dry as it hangs.

What you will need…

2 A5 Self Adhesive Black Foam Sheets
Bag Black Sequins (mixed sizes)
Baker Ross Luminous Paint ( best tried)
2 Tiny Googly Eyes
Fishing Line Thread
Glue Dots

Tools…

Scissors
Precision tool
Pencil

Here it goes…

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Your done… Now hang and wait for the darkness to see you bat glow.

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Glowing Batty Bat…

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How Too Make A Tissue Paper Googly Eye Wreath

So here’s our second Halloween craft project of the day.

As promised these are last minute craft ideas that don’t cost very much money to create. 🙂

This spooky tissue paper googly eye wreath took less than 30 minutes to make.

You will need…
Large Polystyrene Ring
4 Large Sheets (Orange Tissue Paper)
4 Large Sheets (Green Tissue Paper)
Dress Pins
Small Sheet Felt (spooky design)
Pack of Googly Eyes (self adhesive)
Pack of Sticky Gems (Small, Self adhesive)
2m Satin Orange Ribbon

Tools…

Just Scissors

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All done… I think it looks pretty spook-Tastic for a load of tissue paper, how about you?

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How Too Make Spooky Tableware Window Display

Today is Halloween and I’m in a hurry to post some awesome last minute crafts, myself and the kids have been creating early this morning.

This spooky tableware (Champagne style glasses) are great for this project. I saw these plain yellow plastic glasses being sold in a charity shop yesterday. I brought all 3 for £1.

I wanted to make a window display but you can use these spooky glasses at your Halloween party and you still have time as they only take minutes to make.

You will need…

Any plastic glasses (Champagne style look fantastic)
Super sticky gem stones
Porcelain pens (black & red) or any waterproof paint.

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That’s it all done… Display on a glass plate with some spooky sequins for added effect.

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How Too Make A Spooky Halloween Door Sign

You will need…
2X A4 Foam in choice of colours
1X Strong Card (Any Colour)
1x Door Handle Template (can make 1)
A5 Black Self Adhesive Foam
A5 White Self Adhesive Foam
Sticky Gems Small and Large
Black, White & Red Deco Pen (paint or felt tip is Ok)
Halloween Spider & Bat Sequins
Halloween Ghost Seqin

Tools Needed
Dark Pencil
Bostik Sticki Pen (or other glue stick)
Sharp Scissors

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Fright-Tastic Last Minute Halloween Comps

The spooky night is almost upon us. This can only mean one thing…

Online spooky competitions to win awesome prizes.

I did want to share this earlier in the week but this lady has been a busy bee with lots going on.

So here are my list of last minute spooky UK comps…. Be quick and get entering!

O2 #lookscary Instagram Competition

Win 1 of 3 Blackberry Curves with O2 who have a photo comp running till the 2/11/12. They want to see your scary Halloween makeovers. Get your creative juices following and dress up with the aim to scare. Upload your scary pics to instagram and use the hashtag #lookscary for your chance to win. Winners will be announced by 5pm on the 9th November 2012.

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Visit O2 for full T&C

Jones + Jones Win A Dress Of Your Choice

Jones + Jones want to see your extravagant Halloween costumes!
Send them a picture of your spooky/glam costume and their favourite will win a jones + jones dress of their choice!

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To enter tweet with your image attached to their Twitter account with the hashtag #jonesandjoneshalloween
Competition closes at midnight on Sunday the 4th of November 2012. The winner will be contacted via email and/or mobile. See the Jones + Jones site for full competition details.

MoneySupermarket HomeMade Halloween (Prizes include PS3, toys DVDs and more).

MoneySupermarket Want to see your homemade Halloween costumes that you’ve created on a budget. They are awarding spooktastic prizes for the most innovative and creative within these 3 categories: Adults, Children and Groups.

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How to Enter: To enter you need to put together an outfit and write a blog post about how you made it, where you got the bits and pieces from and how you did the whole thing on a budget. Moneysupermarket ask that you do please include a picture of the finished outfit. Once complete email post URL to… competitions@moneysupermarket.com making sure to enter “Homemade Halloween” in the subject line. Competition closes the 5th November. For full details cost the MoneySupermarket site.

Goodtoknow Halloween Photo Comp To Win A Nikon COOLPIX S9300

Goodtoknow are asking you to send them a picture of your little monsters in their costume, homemade or bought, and 1 goodtoknow parent will have the chance to win a Nikon COOLPIX S9300 compact camera, worth £279.99.

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Enter via their Facebook page or email your picture to with the subject line Halloween picture competition.
Closes on Sunday 4th November 2012 at 23:59pm. Check out the goodtoknow site for competition details.

Wacky Warehouse Pumpkin Carving Competition To Win Free Entry Into Wacky For A Whole Year

Wacky WareHouse want to see your children’s carved spooktastic pumpkins. The winner will receive a the fantastic prize of free entry into Wacky for one whole year.

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Enter by uploading your finished pumpkin to their website along with your details by the 31st October 2012.

Tesco Pumpkin Carving Competition To Win 1 of 5 £100 Tesco Vouchers

Tesco want to see your spooky or even funny photos of your pumpkin creations. Entries are judged but will be displayed on their Facebook page. Competition closes on the 31st of October so must be emailed before then.

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See the Tesco Facebook Page for more information and email address details.