Hello spooktabulous friends mwah ha ha ha! I hope you don’t mind if I share a little Halloween project with you today. I was looking to make something new for my mantel to add to my decorations this year and this is just the perfect piece!
This was a CHEAP project to make, as in it cost me all of $1.63! Unfortunately, I can’t promise that it was quick and easy. Although, it was one of those projects that isn’t labor intensive and you can sit in one place (unlike most of the projects I take on), so I was able to relax and get some good thinkin’ done. Don’t you love projects like that? It seems I’m not alone with my thoughts very often these days.
“Being creative is good for the soul.” -Christy K. James
(Looks like a legit quote when I add my name to it, huh?)
Have you ever quilled before? I had not, and actually wasn’t exactly sure what it was called when I started!
My inspiration came from this framed Victorian print I found at the thrift store. It was the perfect size and I knew I could do something fun with it.
I originally only bought it for the frame. It was $3.25 and half off…love that.
I started by removing the glass and spray painting the frame and picture, including the mat, satin black:
While they were drying, I found a picture of a skull online and enlarged it, then printed it out. Don’t reach for your glasses…it’s a fuzzy picture!
Then I started making my quill strips. You can buy strips of paper made for quilling already cut at your craft store, but I am the serial do-it-yourselfer you see, so I had to make my own 🙂
I used my paper-cutter and cut my cardstock to a little less than 1/4 of an inch wide:
Then I gathered the rest of my supplies:
(Two sheets of white card stock, one sheet of black cardstock, glue pen, scissors, quilling tool or very small flathead screwdriver)
After cutting around the edge of the head, I took my strips of paper and outlined the facial features, starting with the eyes:
I used the glue pen to secure the paper in place.
After all the facial features were outlined, I started rolling my paper strips. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of strips! I only used two pieces of white card stock to fill in the skull, but being so tiny, that is a lot of strips!
To roll the paper, I wrapped the end around the flat head portion of my tiny screw driver and continued to roll the entire strip.
There are several things you can do with your rolled paper to achieve different looks. I started filling my skull in with a flower:
I made my large petals first and glued them in place. Then to make the center pieces, I rolled my paper, let it unwind to the desired size, and added a dab of glue to keep it from unraveling. Then I pinched one side to make a teardrop shape.
You can pinch both sides to make another shape.
If you were using different colors, you could really get creative with it. I did use black for the eye sockets.
After I was finished filling in my skull, I used a few of the leftover to strips to create a thin border to break up all the black:
I attached my skull to the spray painted print and replaced the glass. From far away, it just looks white. Up close, you can see the all the detail.
Fun, no? And not bad for $1.63 since I already had everything else to make it on hand.
You can’t see it in these photos, but if you look closely at an angle, you can still see the perfect impression of the Victorian house. It looks like a hollogram of a spooky old house in the background… a really cool unexpected effect!
My mantel is very high and shallow, so it’s a bit hard to work with, but here’s a close up:
And the full frontal ha ha (The banner came from Target. I was too pooped to make one after making the skull art!):
I love this sassy skeleton lady. She was a T.J Maxx find a couple of years ago.
Brennan came over to see what I was up to and when he caught a glimpse of the skeleton head, he just stood there staring at it. I’m not sure what his little mind was thinking.
He just went through a phase of pointing to everything and asking me what it is.
This is my project for our Get Your DIY on Party this Sunday(7:00pm EST). Our theme is Thrifty Halloween Projects. You can’t get much thriftier than this that’s for sure!
Thrifty Halloween Mantel The Happy Housie
DIY Halloween Sign House by Hoff
DIY Batmobile Just a Girl and Her Blog
Happy Halloween Sign The Hankful House
I know ya’ll have some awesome thrifty Halloween projects, so don’t forget to come back this Sunday, Octobert 13th at 7:00 EST, and link them up!
Even if you’re not a blogger, these parties are just as much for you! Come get inspired. This Sunday’s party will be full of fun Halloween decorating ideas!
Here’s one more peek at my pretty skull…
He needs a name, don’t you think? I need to work on that. In the meantime, thanks for visiting! And if I haven’t told you lately…I appreciate each and every one of you! 🙂
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