Sugar Skull Tee Shirt

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I saw a shirt like this done last year and I wanted to do it ever since. I went to my Dollar Tree as soon as they began putting out Halloween, way back in August/September and bought two wooden sugar skull outlines. One has a rose and one has a top hat. I chose the one with a rose to make on my tee shirt. I got this idea from Barb at “THE SHABBY TREE”. Please go follow her page if you don’t already. (She has over a million followers so you probably already do…lol)

I made a combination fast play and regular play 3 minute video on how I made this.

You can see it on YouTube HERE.

You can see it on Facebook HERE.

But I did take some screenshots and posted those pictures below. They are all mixed sizes, so please forgive me.

Here is a closeup of the wooden sugar skull outline

I already had a burnt orange, long sleeve tee shirt that I already had worn last year. I thought it would look nice with a little bleach for Halloween. I like how it turned out a light terra cotta color.

I bought both the lady skull and gentleman skull.
I put a rubbermaid tote lid inside the tee to protect the back.
Lay the skull in the middle of your tee.
I used a spray bottle of half and half. Half water, half bleach.

Spray lightly. It will look like nothing is there except water. That is okay. It takes at least 5 minutes to start showing. You can always go back and add more in 10 minutes if you want. But the danger of spraying too much is that it will bleed through and drip over into other areas and you will lose your design.

Here it is right after I sprayed it.

It takes between 5 and 10 minutes to start fading the ink/dye of the shirt.

I took off the wooden outline.
I sprayed some on the sleeves too.
As it sits and dries a little, it really begins to show.
Almost dry here. I washed it soon after.
I wore it on a FACEBOOK LIVE and took this quick screenshot.

Try this technique for other holidays too. Maybe a red or green tee shirt with a Santa or Tree? Or maybe a red tee with a heart cutout for Valentines? Barb from THE SHABBY TREE has also used lace doilies. These are fun to make and I hope you give it a try. Something fun to try with children too. Just wear old clothes in case you splatter bleach. 🙂

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Gold Sequin Covered Pumpkin with Owl

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Here’s another paper mache pumpkin I made but instead of painting it, I covered it with fabric. I chose a gold sequin fabric to match all the gold embellishments. Everything was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I did a FACEBOOK LIVE while I made this pumpkin that you can watch here: Sequin Fabric Pumpkin Video

This is another idea from my Hero/Shero, Kathy from Royale Funky Junque on Facebook. Please go follow her page. For this pumpkin, you do not paint it or anything. You do have to cut a hole in the top and remove the stem. Make it big enough where you can put the excess fabric inside. I used a yard of fabric cut in half along the folded edge from the bolt. Buy fabric everything at Hobby Lobby when they run their sales.

Pull the fabric as tight as you can and hot glue it to the pumpkin. Put all the excess fabric inside the pumpkin. Voila, you are ready to embellish. MUCH FASTER than painting.

Embellish it to your heart’s content. I chose the same ivory flowers I had been using bought in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. I also used all the same picks. The only difference with this pumpkin I found a sparkling owl to put on top. It is the cutest owl with the cutest eyes!

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Leopard Decoupaged Pumpkin

Do you love LEOPARD PRINT? Here is a pumpkin for you!

These were made with the paper mache pumpkins purchased at Hobby Lobby. I made two Decoupaged Leopard Print Pumpkins using tissue paper also from Hobby Lobby. One went into our booth in Crowley, La and the other one went to our shelf space in Broussard, La. I got this idea from my Hero/Shero, Kathy at Royal Funky Junque. Please go follow her Facebook, YouTube, and website for GREAT ideas!

You can watch my FACEBOOK LIVE Tutorial by clicking HERE.

Below are some pictures of the finished pumpkins and there are some pictures interspersed with the written instructions.

I tore strips of the tissue paper to be about 2 inch by 2 inch sections. I don’t like to cut the paper. I always tear for a more organic look. As you can see this print lends itself to collage very well. You cannot even really see where one paper ends and another begins. It looks very natural.

After I got the whole pumpkin covered, I sealed it with another coat of Mod Podge. Then I antique waxed it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. Just a light coat to make it look more vintage.

After it dries, then the REAL FUN begins with all the embellishments. I bought everything at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas section and it was forty percent off.

Here’s a close up of the tinsel and the gold sparkling rose.

I used gold tinsel to line all the grooves. Hot glue works the best since it is a curved surface. The tinsel really sheds so put down paper to catch all the little edges. I still had to vacuum, lol.

Here in this photo you can see how I lined up the glitter picks to be linear.
Here is a close up of the little glitter bird. They have several to choose from.

Next, I used two of the ivory flowers on each side and then one bird and one rose for the other sides. I also put two gold glitter picks coming out the sides for a linear design. You could put these all the way around if you wish for a more circular design. I hot glued all these on and it worked perfectly.

I love these ivory flowers because they match all kinds of paints and fabrics. They look both FALl AND CHRISTMAS!
Another close up of the rose.

I always like to place my pumpkins on a stand or pedestal of some kind. For the first one I made, I had a mythical creature metal stand. I painted it white, antiqued it and added antique gold RUB N BUFF on the highlights. The pumpkin fit perfectly.

This is the shorter mythical metal stand.

For the second one, I used a metal stand I purchased at Goodwill. It did not have a top or it was made for an orb of some kind. But my pumpkin did not sit and fit into it properly. So I painted a silver tray to match. I used my Hero’s paint technique of mixing regular black acrylic paint with copper metallic paint to get an oil-rubbed bronze color. Then when it dries, I add antique gold RUB N BUFF. I think this one is my favorite.

Here you can see the gold RUB N BUFF I put along the highlight edges.

The pedestals make the sets too heavy to ship. But if you did want to purchase the pumpkins they are for sale by themselves and you could go thrifting to find a pedestal to refresh. It’s fun to go on a search like that.

Thanks so much for reading my blogs about my pumpkins. I have made so many this year. They are addicting. So many paint choices to chose from. I also wrapped one with gold sequin fabric. So there are also so many fabrics to chose from.

Here is the taller metal pedestal.

If you try decoupaging a pumpkin, please leave a comment below and let me know what kind of paper and design you used. I love hearing from you!

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Three Silver Trays Make a Pumpkin

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This is my take on the three silver trays turned into a pumpkin creation. This has been done by so many crafters, I certainly cannot take credit for the idea. But I had an inspiration to do one in blue. My inspiration was a little blue pumpkin that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I wanted a blue toile look. You will see a picture down below.

I bought my trays at a little flea market and probably paid too much. I like to keep the local markets in business. lol….But you can buy these at Dollar Tree and save money. Scroll to the bottom to see my supply list.

My blue inspiration was a little blue pumpkin bought at Hobby Lobby.

I began by decoupaging some scrapbook paper to the inside of each tray. I then glued two rows of twine all around the edges. That way any imperfections in the scrapbook paper cut is hidden. Twine matches perfectly with almost anything. But you could also use pearls or bling to line the edges. I then added a little antique gold RUB N BUFF to all the scroll edges.

I began by putting the two trays together. I overlapped them, but I suggest putting them exactly side by side. I still used a popsicle stick to secure them together.

After these are securely glued (you may want to wait before adding the third tray on top.) Hot glue alone does not adhere well to metal. It gets cold too quickly. I had to use both hot glue and E6000 glue. The E6000 takes about 24 hours to set up.

After getting all three trays put together, I began making the stem. I wrapped twine around another popsicle stick so I would have something for my TOTALLY DAZZLED pin to glue to. I chose a really big pin with a lot of swirls and large and small stones.

I wish this picture did the TOTALLY DAZZLED pin justice. It really sparkles and makes a beautiful stem!

Thank you so so much for reading my blog! Below are the supplies I used.

~~~SUPPLIES USED~~~

–3 Oval Silver Trays (you can buy at flea markets or Dollar Stores)

–Scrapbook Paper of your choice (you can also use tissue paper, rice paper or napkins)

–Mod Podge to decoupage the paper onto the tray and used as top sealer

–Twine

–Large Popsicle Sticks

–Hot Glue and E6000 Glue

–Bling or any Fancy Brooch or Pin to use as a stem decoration

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Purple Witch Leg on a 4×4

Here’s another CUTESY Halloween Decor Item. We had several 4×4’s used as pumpkins and candleholders that we repurposed into some Halloween decor. This particular one held the one leg I could find at Walmart and a witch hat pick.

I painted the 4×4 solid black and my Mom drilled some holes in the top so the leg and hat picks would fit into them. Below is a picture I took from my Facebook Live explaining what I was going to do. I love that the Dollar Tree napkins matched perfectly with the colors in the picks.

Here’s the BEFORE PICTURE.
I decoupaged the napkin on the front and back and randomly added Purple Dots.
I love the sparkly purple and black stripes and feathery trim on the witches leg.

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Count and Lady Creepy

I wanted to make some Halloween decorations but didn’t know where to start. I bought the skulls at Dollar General but they needed something to sit on. I had three 4×4’s that were painted black and white and decorated as pumpkins. They were Farmhouse Style. I decided to use those for the base of these Halloween Decorations. To Repurpose, Revamp, Refresh is my game!

I repainted all three solid black. My only regret is that I did not take a finished picture with them both before taking them to our craft space at the Market in Broussard. I guess we were in a hurry and I forgot. But I did take pictures there at the Market and screen shot some pictures while I was making them on a Facebook Live. Lady Creepy has already sold.

Here they are sitting on the floor at our space at THE MARKET AT BROUSSARD COMMONS.
Here they are on the top shelf. They didn’t show well on the top shelf, but Lady Creepy sold from here and so did the Witches Leg.

I made both of these on two different FACEBOOK LIVES. See below to click on these videos.

First Video Here: Click Here. Second Video Here: Click Here.

I bought the two skulls from Dollar General. I knew I wanted to make a gentleman; a Count Creepy with a TOP HAT. I had already made a finial with a skull on top and loved that look and wanted to recreate it using the 4×4 as a base. But how could I decorate the base? I thought a spider WEB would be pretty easy to draw and paint on. I had bought some spiders at Walmart that were the perfect size to put on skulls. So a WEB was the perfect coordinating feature.

The skull was larger than the one I had used before and yellower in color. I attached the top hat and put a red bead in one of the eye sockets. Just for fun! Then I added Diamond Dust to the whole skull. See pictures below.

The top hat is a snowman hat bought in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby.
Adding diamond dust.

Then I added a spider to the top of the skull. One of my Facebook Friends said I should add a spider coming out of this mouth too. So I found an extra spider and did just that. I love listening to my Facebook Friends suggestions.

First spider.
Second Spider.

I painted the WEB on three sides of the 4×4 base. You can see two sides in the picture below.

The web is on three sides.

Now for LADY CREEPY. I was just going to put a hand on the top of the other 4×4. But again one of my Facebook Friends (who happens to be a friend from High School) suggested making a HIS AND HER. So that is how Lady Creepy came into being. Thanks Carlos for the suggestion!

Here I was just going to put the hand on top.

I bought the skeleton hand from Dollar General too. I also bought the bracelet and ring set from Dollar General. I wanted both characters to look like they had just come from a Halloween Costume ball all decked out in their finery. So for her I knew I wanted a red feather boa to put around her neck to match her jewelry.

She has yet to be Diamond Dusted and they don’t have their feather boas yet.

Then I didn’t know what kind of hat to put on her. But…..the CROWN was perfect. Already red to match. If I were a a better artist, I would have painted red roses on the sides of the 4×4. But red polka dots were the next best thing.

You can see Lady Creepy’s polka dots here.
All finished. Sorry I didn’t take any staging photos. Thanks for coming to visit my BLOG!

Please go watch the two Facebook videos that show more on how I did this. If you don’t decorate or celebrate Halloween, I completely understand. ——-Making creepy fun.

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Metallic Teal Pumpkin

I decided to make a pumpkin to fit into my own home decor. I bought this teal paint at the same time I bought the metallic pink paint. I knew I wanted feathers to be one of the decor features of this pumpkin so I was lucky enough to find two feathers at Hobby Lobby. Their feather section was VERY low at the time of this purchase.

What I didn’t know was what I was going to put down the grooves of the pumpkin. I really wanted a silver sparkly ribbon but I couldn’t find any at the time of purchase. So I decided to go with pearls and I REALLY LIKE it better. I also added pearl picks bought from the Christmas section at Hobby Lobby.

I used pearls from a ribbon roll. I am not sure where I purchased these from. I have small pearls too but these larger ones looked perfect.
Here is a picture without its pedestal. I think I like it better WITH.

I bought white daisies in the wedding section of Hobby Lobby and those were my accent pieces for the top. They were part of a brides bouquet and already had bling for their centers. I waited to buy it when the HIS/HER brand was 50% off. (This pumpkin didn’t come together all in one day)

I also bought one large blue hydrangea for the middle from Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t believe how it matched so perfectly with the paint…as if I painted the flower with the same paint. It was $9.99 but I bought it when florals were 50% off.

I bought the side feathers from Hobby Lobby. I went back a few weeks later and bought some feathers from Michaels. I added one of those to the top. I thought it needed height. And with the top feather it also needed the pedestal. I had taken the pedestal away so it could be seen better on my buffet. Below is a picture BEFORE the top feather so you can see the difference.

Here is a picture without its pedestal.

I made the pedestal from a Dollar General candlestick. It was black and then I painted it the same color. I then white washed it with watered down white acrylic paint. And then I antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. I did not want the pedestal to be the star of the show. I wanted it to fade into the background more and the pumpkin to stand out more.

Perfectly Grand!

I adore this pumpkin now with it’s top feather and pedestal. It will sit on my buffet until after Thanksgiving. LOVE IT!

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Halloween FUN BLACK CATS

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Last year we made these cute Black Cats all in a country farmhouse theme. This year, I wanted to change them up and jazz them up. So, on one set, I put dapper black and white houndstooth ribbons and on another set I put white feather boas. Totally Dazzled Bling had to go on them too! I tried to do a video with the “Green Acres” song, but it was nixed. I understand because I don’t have permission to use it. But it was a really cute video.

My Mom made these last year out of 2×4’s. They are SO CUTE! Whether you want a country cat or a city cat…..(Town and/or Country Style) these are FOR YOU! Have fun for Halloween. No fright…..just fun!

We made all our cats like this last year. Too cute! Raffia was their embellishments.
Here’s our uptown cats. Black and White Houndstooth ribbon with Bling.
Here’s our Park Avenue Cats. I put feather boas on them along with some Bling. I also added eyelashes.

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Metallic Pink Pumpkin and Birthday

Hi My Blog Reader Friends! Today is the one year birthday of my BLOG. I want to thank all of you for reading, looking at my photos, liking, commenting and subscribing! Every view counts! It brings joy to my heart to know there are people who like what I post. This post is about an unconventional color for a pumpkin. It turns out very elegant and upscale.

I just wanted to say that there are times when you just want to give up on social media, blogging, etc. It is not easy. It is time consuming. You wonder if there is ANYONE out there enjoying what you post. But another blogger, who was also my business coach for awhile said, “The first year is the roughest. If you can get through that year and keep going you will see benefits.” I hope she is right.

I got the idea of a pink pumpkin from Kathy at her Facebook Page…..Royale Funky Junque. Go follow her she has terrific ideas.

I knew I wanted mine to be a metallic pink instead of a soft, pale pink. I found all the rose gold/pink embellishments at Hobby Lobby. I also bought the paper mache pumpkin from Hobby Lobby. Pictures of all the supplies will be at the very bottom.

The first thing I did was paint the brown pumpkin white. I thought the true color of the pink would come through much better if I primed it. I was right. Then I painted a good coat of the metallic pink paint. Deco Art Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz. I then had to paint a light second coat in some areas. I did not paint my stem because I knew it wouldn’t show. I used the stem to hold the pumpkin while I painted. I could have left it brown. But from now on, I think I will paint it the color of the pumpkin so it all blends.

After it was painted and very dry, I did a Facebook Live and put it all together. You can watch it here: Facebook Live Video

Here are some pictures I took before, during and after.

Here is the pumpkin BEFORE.

The paper mache pumpkin. If they no longer have these, you can use any pumpkin even if it has uneven grooves.

Here are some pictures DURING.

First I painted it white.
Then I painted it 2 coats of pink.
I had to paint the top and let dry and then paint the bottom.

Here are some pictures AFTER.

Here’s a close up of the little bird.
Here’s a close up of the ball.
Here’s a close up of the flower.

The candlestick is what will make this project unique—one-of-a-kind! I bought it at a thrift store and it was dark brown. I dry brushed it with the same metallic pink paint. It is beyond gorgeous. Pictures do not do it justice. I sold this pumpkin the day after my Facebook Video. It is on it’s way to it’s forever home.

The beautiful candlestick

Here are the supplies I used. I bought everything at Hobby Lobby. At the time of purchase all Fall and Christmas was 40% off.

Brown Paper Mache Pumpkin. Here’s the price for 2021. I got 40% off.
This paint is old and I do not know where I bought it from. Just use any white or ivory paint for the primer.
This paint is a beautiful color and has a great sheen to it. DecoArt Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz.
You will find these items in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. This is the tinsel I used for the grooves in the pumpkin.
Here are the flowers I used. I used only two, but my Hero/Shero used three or four I think.
The picks matched the pinkish rose gold of all the other embellishments and were found on the pick aisle.
These were the other embellishments I used. The balls were on a pick and came with three balls per pick. I only used one. The birds came in a package of four. I only used one.

I truly hope you try your hand at making this pumpkin or one like it in your favorite color. I plan on making a teal color pumpkin soon. I already have made an oil rubbed bronze color pumpkin with more traditional colors. Make these for YOUR store or craft show. Good Luck! Happy Fall!

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Skull on a Finial, Make Creepy Fun!

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I am two days away from the one year birthday of my Blog! I am trying to do a blog almost everyday in celebration. We have so many ideas and crafts to share. Here is a fun one to try or change up to be YOUR STYLE.

I bought this skull from WalMart and it had a hole already in the bottom. I tried setting it on this finial and it worked! I thought then that it would look great all glamorized up.

I added Diamond Dust to the entire skull. To make her a little more creepy, I added a spider to the top of her head. Then after that she needed a pearl in one of her eyes. Then I couldn’t’ resist adding two feather boas and some bling to the finial.

For the finial, I had already used the magic of Rub n Buff. I wish I had stock in that company because I LOVE Rub n Buff.

Here, you can kind of see all the sparkle from the Diamond Dust on the skull.

I hope you liked this UNEXPECTED, creepy but glamorous addition to our Halloween Decor. If it made you smile in some small way, we did our job well. I don’t like the DARK side of Halloween. I like to keep it light, bright and fun.

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