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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Hear No Evil Skeleton

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Here is another Dollar Store Halloween Item that I added several elements to in order to make it custom one-of-a-kind. Everyone wants something that you CANNOT find in the stores. The stores were just about sold out of all Halloween in my area. Only costumes and candy remain.

I found this little guy at my Dollar General close to my home. He was by himself, so I didn’t know they also had SEE NO EVIL and SPEAK NO EVIL. I saw those later in another DG store. But I liked the HEAR NO EVIL best. It kind of looks like he is just sitting with his head in his hands.

I had this really tall candlestick and wanted to use it for Halloween. The skeleton has a hat on that has a purple butterfly. That led me to want to paint the candlestick purple. I mixed two different kinds of paint to make a perfect purple. One was a COLOR SHIFT purple which gave it a mystic feel. Then I antiqued it with my favorite antiquing wax.

I put together this project on a FACEBOOK LIVE. Click HERE to see that video.

The skeleton would have been able to sit on the candlestick without the round disc but it would not have been very secure. So my Mom made a round disc for him to “perch” on. I love how his knees bend.

I added a pirate necklace that I bought at GOODWILL. I added some purple metallic paint to it too to match all the purple.

I added black eye lash trim all around his sitting perch. The black matches his hat and the beads on the pirate necklace.

Go make some Halloween crafts. I hope your stores have some left. They are so much fun. Keep the FUN in Halloween.

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Jazz Up Dollar Store Halloween Decor

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I bought this cute little stack of books at Dollar General. But I wanted to make it more substantial. So I added a pedestal for it to sit on.

I used a candlestick that I bought at a thrift store. I painted it white and antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. I then had to add some of the wax to the hands on the books to make them match. They were too pale.

So moral of the story…you can change up your current decor or buy inexpensive decor and jazz it up or refresh it each year by adding something to it.

It’s getting close to Halloween….and that means closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas! Fall is my favorite time of year. I think it’s the anticipation of all the holidays.

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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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Glamorous Flourish Finial

You may already own something similar to this finial. It might be stored away in your attic or basement or garage. Maybe you are tired of it. It no longer matches your decor. REFRESH it. Add paint and embellishments that match your CURRENT decor or turn it into HOLIDAY DECOR.

I have redone so many of these finials that I don’t even remember what color it was to begin with. But I like the SHABBY CHIC style so I painted it white and then antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. I then added sparkling ribbon and rhinestones.

I used a pin from TOTALLY DAZZLED.

It is now even Wedding worthy. But it could have easily been painted to fit in with your Fall Decor or Christmas Decor.

Think outside the box, and redo, repurpose, refresh, rehab some of your decor. I am just here to shoot out ideas to you. Have fun! If you try something like this comment below and let me know.

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