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.

Kids Easter Crafts – Egg Puppets

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Me and the children have had a great deal of fun making fab little egg puppets.

You may be thinking ‘What is this crazy lady talking about, who makes puppets out of eggs?’

These are actually made from Polystyrene eggs so there won’t be any messy accidents involved (well, if you don’t include the gloppy mod podge and paint mixture, that is)!

The puppets are great to make with kids. There are endless possibilities when creating these. With the magic of their imagination these puppets can be created in a variety of designs! This is a real great alternative to traditional Easter crafts and one we’ve enjoyed immensely.

To make these you will need…

Polystyrene eggs, 1 per puppet Make as many as you desire. (PoundLand 12pk)
Pink acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Black paint
Deco Art pens or markers (black & red)
Glitter
Mod podge
Sticky eyes (Baker Ross ltd)
White bow embellishment
Glue dot
Sticks (i’ve used some long white lolly sticks, which are ideal as they don’t have sharp points)

Any other items you want to jazz up your puppets (beads for earrings, bows as hair accessories etc)

I’m going to simply demonstrate how to create a rather basic egg puppet. You can jazz these up how you wish, change the colour of the hair and skin with different paints etc.

First I took one of my sticks and pieced the centre bottom of the egg (the flattest end).

Then I painted the egg in pink paint. I mixed around 4 parts white to 2 parts pink to create the desired shade for my puppets skin tone. The stick also makes the process much easier and less messy which is why I’d advise inserting your sticks into your eggs as a first step. Give egg two thin coats being careful to avoid drips.

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Once dry (within 20 minutes) I was then ready to apply my puppets hair. For this I mixed some mod podge gloss, some dark blue course glitter and black paint. (I roughly used 3 parts glue to 6 parts paint) this is to ensure the mixture remained black and didn’t turn grey.

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I them painted the mixture onto my egg to create the hair of my puppet. The added glue makes the mixture dry really glossy and the glitter not only gives it subtle hints of sparkle but a good course texture too.

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I left to dry for a least an hour before using a red deco art paint pen to add my puppets mouth.

The nose was added with a black deco pen which I also used to outline the lips.

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One of the final details was the eyes in which I used sticky eyes that I got from baker Ross (excellent as they have so many designs to add character to your puppets).

I left it for a while to ensure the paint was properly set before giving my entire egg puppet a coat of mod podge. Sometimes traces of paint end up on your brush once mod podge is applied, however this isn’t a problem so don’t worry about it.

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Lastly, add a glue dot to the head where the hair parts and securing a white bow embellishment in place.

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And that’s it! You can make allsorts of great egg puppets. These include people, animals, princesses and kings… Make plain old simple ones like that above or fancy ones like some of these below…

MR Duck:

Made with yellow paint, sponge, sticky eyes and feathers

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MR Alien (Glow in the dark egg puppet)

Made simply using Green & black paint, glow in the dark paint, Yellow Deco pen, sticky eyes and a piece of fur.

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Then all that’s left to do is have fun playing with your egg puppets. We have a great little puppet studio, the perfect place to put on a show.

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And finally here’s a super quick round up off some other great Easter Crafts for kids I’ve found online…

Right at the top we have the ever fabulous Naturestore with her fab Easter Potato Printing

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One of my all time favourite blogs for fun kids activity and crafts, ‘Mummy Mummy Mum‘ shows us how to make funky, dingy little hats for our eggs.

Over on the Blog ‘Me and My Shadow‘ you can find out how to create the most simplistic, yet super cute bunny cards.

Domestic Goddess demonstrates how to put together a cute fluffy bunny wreath…

While Mama Owl shares some great ideas from tissue paper eggs to the most delicious looking Easter cake.

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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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