Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Skully Coffin Boxes

Skully Coffin Boxes

I’m having fun with a neutral Halloween palette again this year and black and white fits right in. You’ve probably seen these little coffin wood boxes at Michaels or other craft stores. Michaels had some for $.99 and some for $2.99 that make noise when you open them. Yes, I bought both kinds.


My camera battery was charging when I was making these so I didn’t get a lot of pics along the way but it’s pretty easy to follow along even w/out step by step pics.

Decide on your color scheme ( you could go bright and whimsical with this too). I painted my plain boxes black, let dry, then painted a layer of white school glue ( plain old white glue) over the black paint. Let almost dry and then went over that with white paint. Oooohhhh crackle crackle.

White Glue Crackle

Ann at Make The Best of Things has a great tutorial here.

I traced around my boxes on the back side of the scrapbook paper I chose ( Recollections Spider Web) and cut out tops and bottoms for my boxes. Mod Podged those on using MP Matte Formula ( my go to).

While everything was drying, I grabbed a Bag O Skulls. Literally:

Bag Of Skulls

I picked these up last year at either Dollar Tree or Michaels or Target or somewhere I was scrounging around after season. I debated whether to leave them the color they were or paint. Went with paint.

Used Martha Stewart Craft paint….that stuff sticks to anything including cheap plastic skulls.  Went over that with Martha Stewart glitter paint in sterling.
Skully Head
These are fashionable skeleton heads. Must have glitter! Glued them to my boxes and embellished.
Skully Coffin Boxes

Pulled out RIP letters from my stash of alphabet embellishments. These were clear acrylic which didn’t show up well so I painted the back with a white paint pen.

Coffin Spider Box

In addition to the must have glitter, must have rhinestones. The black on black doesn’t show well here but I like it in the middle of the spider webs and it picks up the light.

Skull Coffin Boxes B&W

Total cost: $3 (if that)

If you want to see another great coffin box idea, check out this one from Sarah at Alderberry Hill: A Glitzy Halloween Coffin

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Megan @ PolishTheStars.com said...

Those turned out great! We picked up a coffin box the last time we were at the craft store and I have been trying to decide what I wanted to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Alderberry Hill said...

How sweet of you, Thanks so much. Your coffin rocks, I like it so much more than mine, that scrapbook paper is awesome!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Too cool, love them!

Michelle L. said...

Spookalicious! Love the white-backed letters.

Netty said...

wow loving your spooky coffin boxes. x

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

These are so darn cute Carol. My favorite part is the glitter on the skeleton heads. Oh yes, so fashionable.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How fun! Love that little bit of creepy for Halloween! Thanks for stopping by, Carol!

Niki said...

These are so adorable! I can't believe they even make noises. You made them so cool!!

lisbonlioness said...

awww, how cute is this?
I NEED me a bag of skulls and some coffins. This is going to be a go- to tutorial for years to come!
Thanks for posting this.

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

These look great and thank you for the crackling tips! Have a great week!

Take care,


Johnnie said...

Very cute! This gives me an idea for making a coffin with my scroll saw. Thx. xoxo

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