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Since our nest has been empty, my Halloween decor has become much more "Gothelegant" which is a word I just this second made up to combine gothic and elegant. Lots of jewels and metallics. Less whimsical ( although I do have some of that too!). But let's just say about the Darth Vader meme "Come to the dark side, we have cookies" is a perfect fit for me! I've wanted to do something with an old doll head but my thrifting trips the past few years haven't yielded the kind of doll head I want so I'm still on that particular hunt BUT I found some creepy plastic doll heads in the Halloween stuff at Walmart and they just spoke to my deep dark little Wednesday Addams heart!
- Doll Heads ( Walmart, $4.88 pkg of 3)
- Foam Pumpkins ( Dollar Tree, while things are still $1)
- Glass Candle Holder (Dollar Tree, ibid)
- Craft Paints (Apple Barrel Gloss Black, Craftsmart White)
- School Glue (Elmers)
- Glue gun / glue and strong cold bond glue ( eg E-6000, I used Beacon 3 In 1)
"They're creepy and they're kooky, they're altogether spooky".
Dollar Tree has these foam pumpkins every year and they're great. You can paint them. You can cut them. You can wrap them in fabric. So many possibilities. For this project I painted them.
They take paint really well and this Apple Barrel Gloss only needed one coat. Then I did my go to glue crackle.
To finish the pumpkins, I went over the glue with white paint and then used my craft room blow dryer to hasten the crackling.
The doll heads were already pretty perfect but what fun is that? I got out my silver Rub N Buff and just added some spots of it here and there.
This highlighted the scars already on the heads and then I dry brushed and wiped off some black paint so it would get in the cracks.
Creeptastic! Now it's time to glam them up. I had some clear flat backed jewels in my collection so I randomly glued them onto the skulls and finished with smaller self adhesive rhinestones. Glamtastic!
Once you're satisfied with your jewels it's time to assembler. I used hot glue to attach the skulls to the painted pumpkins and then the Beacon 3 In 1 to attach the pumpkin to the candleholder. I have found that hot glue doesn't always last on glass but it will work, just may come loose after a while.