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!

In honor of my 24 Halloween crafts in 24 hours, I’m giving away a Swell & Spooktastic Halloween prize pack. Click here to check it out and enter!

Check back next hour for another spooktastic craft idea!

Ornament Thursday: Something’s brewing up!

cute witch canvas

This month, we didn’t have as many Thursdays in September, so I totally flaked on Ornament THursday! I got caught up with other things. So my project is a day late, and a dollar short, huh?

The theme for Ornament Thursday this month is “Brew”. so I decided to share this project that I did last year that I posted on myspace. I wanted to create a retro witch wall hanging that was cute and fun and divalicious. I haven’t gotten her out yet for this year, but hopefully will in the next week!



Americana Acrylic Paints:

Jack O’ Lantern Orange

Royal Fuchsia

Bahama Blue

Flesh Tone

Cherry Red

Americana Acrylic Writer:


Dazzling Metallics Paints:

Purple Pearl

Ice Blue

Craft Twinkles Paints:

Purple (DCT15)

Orange (DCT13)

Crystal (DCT1)

Christmas Red


Flat brush, liner brush


8×10 white art canvas

Additional Supplies:

Fuchsia sequins

12 small crystal rhinestones

1 large purple rhinestone

1 medium crystal rhinestone

1 starbust sparkle

Sakura Gelly Writer Silver Pen

craft glue

Water basin

paper towels

paper plate

tracing paper


Sharpie marker (optional – see optional ideas section)


1. Draw or trace onto canvas

2. Paint in face area using Flesh Tone.

3. Squeeze out Black writer onto plate and paint hair, inside glasses area and hat stripes (refer to photo)

4. Paint around glasses Royal Fuschia.

5. Paint lips Cherry Red.

6. Paint hat brim and stripes Purple Pearl.

7. Paint wider stripe just above brim Jack O’ Lantern orange.

8. Paint background Ice Blue.

9. When background is done, paint stars Bahama Blue and swirls Royal Fuchsia.

10. Paint stripes on side of canvas alternating between orange and black.

11. Use black writer to outline hair, neck, chin, nose, and hat. Let dry.

12. Use silver pen to add details around stars, swirls, and for reflection on glasses.

13. Use matching twinkle color to paint over selected areas…For Purple Pearl, Purple Twinkles; Cherry, Red; Jack O’ Lantern, Orange Twinkles; and Black, I mixed it up and gave it a purple twinkle tint as well. For stars, Ice Crystal twinkles was used.

14. Once all is done, adhere sequins and embellishments with craft glue.


1. Glue gun a matching tulle or grosgrain ribbon to the top of your canvas for hanging.

2. Use a Craft Twinkles paint pot instead of buying every single color of Twinkles or get a similar effect by just applying Ice Crystal Twinkles over selected areas.

3. For finer details (instead of using Black Americana Writer), use Sharpie Marker.

Also, I can put the pattern if anyone wants it on my flickr. I will have to draw it up though. So, if you’d like to have it, please e-mail me at

Here’s what the other ladies of Ornament Thursday have brewed up!

Art Bead Scene
Jennifer’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Bracelet

BeadStyle & Milwaukee’s heritage
Linda shares her Amber Bock Bracelet

Brewin’ Up A Few Witches
Witches born of glass

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
New Beads are Brewing…

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble…
Joolz by Lisa has a “Hairy” Twist on OT Brew

It’s not easy being green
Michelle yearns to be the Wicked Witch of the West – we think she’s hit pay dirt here.

Strands of Beads
Something wicked is brewing at Melissa’s place

Until next time Swellions!


All content/photos copyright, © Alexa L. Westerfield, 2008