Glow in the Dork Wall Hanging

glow in the dork

Make a silly wall hanging from an old school photo! This is more for those people who like more fun and less scary Halloween decorations…very goofy and full of whimsy! I used a photo of myself from 4th grade. Geez, oh pete, cute hairstyle, huh? I think I am stylin’ in my shirt and zipper necklace. Ha, I kinda wish I still had that necklace, but at least I still have the pic. Anyway, here’s how you make this project!

Glow in the Dork Wall Hanging

What you need:
– wooden plaque (I purchased mine from Wal-mart for 97¢)
– Neon spray paint
– Tulip® Glow in the Dark dimensional paint
– B/W printout (pref. laser jet) of a goofy school photo
– Ribbon for hanging
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– foam brush
– scissors
– Googly eyes
– glue gun with glue sticks
– small brush

What you need:
1. Spray paint plaque with neon spray paint. Let dry.
2. Print out black and white photo to scale of plaque. Cut to fit plaque and glue down using foam brush and Tacky Glue.
3. Cover any white areas of photo with Glo in the dark paint using small brush. Word to the wise…I used an inkjet printout and it the ink smeared slightly, so this is why I think it would be better to use an inkjet print.
4. Dot around entire plaque with dimensional paint. Let dry.
5. Cut ribbon to fit on back for hanger and glue in place with glue gun. I actually used two ribbons in black/white polka dot and orange.

I think this would be funny if you made several of these with different kids or different family members. Nostalgic photos would be great for this too! I can just picture some funny hairstyles and classic “senior portrait” poses.

I actually lit this up with my blacklight! I love, love the look of neon colors under a black light (I practically foamed at the mouth when I saw the blacklight section in Martha’s Halloween mag last year). I totally want to have a party that is all blacklight one of these years! I love it. Oh, and on a random note, tie dye looks sooooo good under black light too. Looks very creepy and spider webbish.

Hope you have a great Tuesday! Until next time Swellions!


Bewitching Plaque

bewitched plaque

I have seen several gift manufacturers make super cute little Halloween plaques like this one at super outrageous prices, so I decided to take this idea into my own hands! Using stickers, paint, beads, wire and ribbon, I whipped this one up in no time, and I’m really excited with how cute it turned out! Here’s how you can make your very own!

Bewitching Plaque

What you need:
– oval wood plaque (I purchased my at Wal-mart for 96¢)
– orange acrylic paint
Black Scribbles paint
Collage Pauge Instant Decopauge medium in Sparkle
– 1″ foot 22 gauge wire
– Halloween ribbons in various colors (I also used tulle strips)
– random beads in Halloween colors
– handheld drill or power drill
– wire cutters
– stickers of your choice (these are all hand-drawn star stickers that I made)
– pencil

What you do:
1. Paint your plaque with orange acrylic paint.
2. Space out two holes about 5 inches apart from each other and at top of plaque. Mark with a dot for drilling. Drill two small holes for the wire to go through.
3. Freehand the word “Bewitched” or phrase of your choice on your plaque lightly in pencil. Shake Scribbles paint bottle, remove cap and start squeezing on a scrap piece of paper to prevent air bubbles. Now use Scribbles paint to trace the penciled word.
4. Dot around edge of oval with Scribbles paint in even pattern. Let dry.
5. Print stickers off computer (you can also use store-bought stickers). Place and position on plaque.
6. Brush Collage Pauge Sparkle decopauge over entire surface and let dry.
7. String random beads in asymmetrical pattern on wire. Cut 3 or 4 inch pieces of ribbon and tie in knot in between beads. Position and look compare strung beads to where they will lay with drilled holes. Remove/modify your design if for any reason it looks funky or too busy…do this before the next step!
8. Once you are satisfied with your design, poke wire through the holes and create wire-wrapped loops. Cut off excess wire with wire cutters.

Here’s a little detail of my ribbon and beads strung through the wire.

This really is a simple craft with a big impact! Everyone loves cute crafts that make them smile and this will def. put a smile on your face when you see it! Ha ha…when I was typing in the tags, I literally typed in Witch Craft. Hmm, I guess it is after all!

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Check back next hour for another spooktastic craft idea!