Thank you so much for all of the lovely comments and support after our last post about our Etsy shop launch. We feel very excited that our products are out there at last and even more thrilled that we have sold a few things!
Before we crack on with the Halloween crafting, I must just digress and tell you a funny little story….
So my youngest is a Halloween baby. Her due date was the 17th of October so she really took her time and after an agonising wait, she decided she was ready to meet us on the spookiest night of the year. I was at home for most of my labour, which started in the morning. I got in and out of the bath, in and out of bed and I paced up and down making ungodly noises (my eldest said I sounded like a cow!) pretty much until it got dark. At which time of course, Halloween activities in our local area ramped up a gear…....
You may have guessed what is coming next. My waters finally broke and I was feeling really hopeful that this would signal the beginning of the end. Er…..you know what I mean...I thought perhaps that this hellish pain would soon be over and we would finally meet our little bundle of joy! We had just called the midwives at our local hospital who encouraged us to get down there as soon as we could, when there was a knock at the door. We heard cries of, “Trick or treat! Trick or treat”, at which point I groaned and thought, “If we ignore them, they’ll go away....surely?” Well my husband had different ideas, yes he did. He answered the door! He then proceeded to have a good old chat with these trick or treaters (who we knew actually), remarking on the brilliance of their costumes, finding sweets to give them and so on. Nothing in his voice signalled the impending baby situation. You know, that there was any need to hurry to get his wife, who had been in labour for about 20 hours now, to the hospital!
But then it was as if he could hear me thinking, “I’ll give them a Halloween fright!, I’ll show them horror!”, and before I could drag my gruesome self to the door, he suddenly seemed to remember that I was bent double in agony and he told them the good news, to which they gave joyful cries of, “Oh wonderful!” and “Good luck!” and he closed the door to them and called a cab. The cab driver was so anxious that I was going to give birth in his taxi that he dropped us at the wrong entrance to the hospital and I had to hobble to the correct one! My sweet, little girl was eventually born in the water a few hours later and this story is one I love telling anyone who will listen every Halloween! So thanks for ‘listening’!
Anyway, having a Halloween birthday is pretty fab but at some point when she is older she may get tired of this recurring and possibly unavoidable theme each year. So with her birthday party in mind I went looking for some great little themed ‘things’ (e.g. buttons) that I could use to make other things (e.g. rings) to pop into the party bags. I found some fab plastic skulls in our local Poundstrecher (budget store) and with a bit of spray paint, a drill and a junior hacksaw, transformed them into necklaces, keyrings, pencil toppers and little pots! I think these skulls would be great at any time of the year too!
I love spray paint!......
What you need is:
Plastic skulls (approx. 5cm height) such as these
Spray paint such as this - I used a gleaming pink, copper chrome, shocking white, black and raspberry
Jump rings - I used 8mm, necklace chains and keyrings. This website is great for jewellery findings.
Washi tape such as this - you can get washi tape in most good stationers but I warn you it is so hard to choose and you'll end up with a washi tape habit!
A junior hacksaw like this one ( I know I’ve cracked this one before but when I grow up, I’ll be allowed an adult one!) - for the little pots
Protective gear for spray painting. I make sure I spray paint outside and wear a dust mask but if you wanted to go the whole hog, you might want something like this!
What you do is:
Plastic Skull Necklaces and Keyrings
Make two marks 3mm apart on the top of a skull, going from front to back as opposed to side to side.
Drill (I used a size 2 drill bit) 2 holes into the skull, using those marks as a guide and ensuring that the holes are 3mm apart and not closer. If they end up closer, it will be difficult to get the jump ring through them.
Repeat with as many skulls as you are making.
NB : You should do this next stage outside! Place the skulls upright and spray paint them the desired colour, ensuring you protect the work table using newspaper and yourself by wearing protective gear such as a dust mask. After the first spray, allow to dry and then turn over to spray the bottom. Again, allow to dry.
Once dry, using jewellery pliers, first attach a jump ring (this is tricky and I lost a few but on the plus side, these skulls rattle!) and then attach the chain or the keyring.
Admire your work and perhaps have a cuppa!
Plastic Skull Pencil Toppers
Drill a hole in the bottom of the skulls. I used a size 7 drill bit, chosen to make a tight fit when the pencil is inserted into the skull. Check the size of your pencil and experiment with drill bit size.
Spray paint as above.
Whilst the skulls are drying, cover the pencils in washi tape. Stick the washi tape lengthways from the bottom of the pencil to the top, cutting the washi tape as you go. I used two strips of tape per pencil. I also used pencils that have rubbers/erasers at the top but this is not necessary as this part of the pencil will be inside the skulls!
Once the skulls are dry, poke your pencil into the hole. Making lists is so much more fun now!
Plastic Skull Pots
Mark a rough circle at the top of the skull.
Clamp the skull to your surface and using the junior hacksaw, cut a hole in the top, using the circle as a guide.
Sand the edges of the hole to ensure they are smooth and have no sharp bits.
Spray paint as above.
Once dry, add sweets, little chocs, paperclips or even a little plant!
I hope you enjoyed these fun, skull makes. I think the necklaces would jazz up any halloween costume or party outfit and the keyrings are cool. The little pots would add a bit of fun to any desk and I especially like the pencil toppers. My little one’s party bags are going to be great!
Remember skulls are not just for halloween! Oh and also remember that if you are ever in the presence of a woman giving birth on halloween, don’t answer the door to the trick or treaters - they might get more than they’ve bargained for!
Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!