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DIY Skeleton Fingers + Halloqueen Crown

October 25, 2016

halloqueen crown

This week’s Halloween diy might be my favorite yet! With an easy to make crown, you can go from Ghoul Next Door to Halloqueen faster than you can say Hocus Pocus.

skeleton finger

Skeleton Fingers
First you’ll need to make some skeleton fingers. I ultimately used them for the Halloqueen crown, but I could also see these being perfect table decor or festive plant tags. 

aluminum foil
coarse paintbrush
white + black paint

1| Roll up and mold a piece of foil to roughly a finger shape & size. Something tube shaped that tapers off towards the tip is perfect!

2| Wrap the foil in clay. The foil core will keep the finger light and easy to mold while creating the shape.

3| After the foil has been completely covered, carve out rough knuckle lines.

4| To add a little something extra to the fingers, create ridges along the top of the fingers and towards the knuckle joints with a ‘pinching together’ motion.

5| Bake/dry according to clay directions. If you’re planning on stringing these or attaching them elsewhere, pierce the fingers with wire before drying.

6| Once cooled, paint the fingers with the same layered stippling technique used in the faux stone skulls diy.

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halloqueen crown

Halloqueen Crown
With the skeleton fingers done, on to the pumpkin on top! Using a thick wire base, this crown can easily be adapted for any event. I went for silk flowers over real ones a) because white roses are impossible to find in Chicago b) my hot glue gun is bae c) all this work and I can wear it for years to come. But if any florist in the area wants to collaborate for a Thanksgiving of Christmas crown….

12 gauge wire (in your hair color)
skeleton fingers
silk flowers
hot glue

1| Gently bend the wire into an open circlet, curling the ends inward to avoid them poking into your head later. The crown is more flexible in a circlet form so you don’t have to worry about fit as much. I thread 2 bobby pins into the end circles to make the crown stay put, but you could also loop ribbon through and tie it off.

2| To support the fingers, add another piece of wire bent into a semi circle. Hot glue the joints to keep it standing up.

3| Using the wire inserted into the fingers before baking, twist tie each finger to the base and hot glue from the back to the support form.

4| With all the fingers attached, time for the flowers! There was no method here- I just cut and glued a bunch of black crysthanamum flowers I found in Michael’s Halloween section to the base and then to each other to get the full look.

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Tada! Some Halloween magic for you. Hang tight for the accompanying makeup look this Thursday to really bring it all together.

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Diy Faux Stone Skulls + How to Style Them

October 20, 2016

faux stone skull

I was looking for supplies for next week’s Halloween DIY when I found this bag of mini skulls at Michael’s. My weakness for small things took over before I could figure out what to do with them but they turned out to be a huge Hallowin!.

faux stone skull

With a quick little makeover they are now ready for all kinds of shenanigans around the house as candle props, pumpkin stands, and tiny bud vases perfect for Halloween place cards.

mini skulls (similar ones here)
sandpaper (optional)
coarse paint brush
pearl seed beads

faux stone skull

1| Sand down the seams. Sanding the extra plastic down will make the stone texture more realistic. If your skulls don’t sit well on flat surfaces, sand down the bottom as well.

2| Take the smallest amount of paint and perfect your dab technique. These skulls already had a nice color/texture so they only need a coat of white. If you’re starting from a different color, layer up from black to silver to white.

3| Attach the pearl beads with super glue and let dry. Your skullfully crafted pieces are ready for display. Need ideas? I’ve got three!

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faux stone skull bud vase

As Bud Vases
Use an Exacto knife to cut a small section from the skull. Most of the tiny skulls out there are hollow, perfect for this diy! Use them as place settings for the classiest Halloween gathering.

faux stone skull bud vase
faux stone skull bud vase
faux stone skull pumpkin display

As Pumpkin Displays
Glue the skulls together in a ring and have an impromptu stand for anything! I get a kick out of using them as a ‘throne’ for my mini pumpkins. Sidenote: hot glue seems to work the best on the painted skulls- it holds well short of pulling them apart.

faux stone skull pumpkin display
faux stone skulls candle holder

As Candle Flair
I was tempted to glue the whole pack together and make a spooky scepter, but thought a smaller version would be better for the house. These two are glued to the side of an old lab flask turned candlestick holder. Use extra hot glue to create faux wax drips.

faux stone skulls and candle display
faux stone skull

No bones about it, this group is the cutest fearleading squad that ever was. How are you decorating for Halloween?