Guess what, guys! Halloween is now just six weeks away. To most people, that probably means it’s almost time to start decorating. For me, it means I’ve already been working on my costume for weeks. Growing up, Halloween was always my favorite holiday. Now that trick-or-treating isn’t involved, it’s lost some of its appeal, but I still get giddy when October approaches.
A while ago, I came across a post on Cupcakes and Cashmere about Emily’s Halloween decor. Predictably, I fell in love with this black glitter skull from Z Gallerie.
via Cupcakes and Cashmere
I just had to have one, but the store near me didn’t have them yet. My extreme impatience led to ambition, and I decided to attempt making my own.
Apparently, Michael’s likes to give crafty holiday lovers some lead time on the decorations, because they already had plenty of Halloween pieces. I spotted a shelf of paper maché skulls, and I was in business. I also grabbed some black spray paint and gorgeous fine black glitter.
Creating a glitter skull seemed like a fairly simple process in my head. 1) Spray paint the skull. 2) Hit it with a buttload of spray adhesive (my favorite is 3M Super 77). 3) Dump a bunch of glitter on top. 4) Step back and admire.
I already owned a nifty funnel tray to catch and re-use the extra glitter. So quick and easy, right?
It looks all right in that photo, but trust me – in person, it ain’t pretty. The glitter was clumpy and uneven, and I couldn’t touch the damn thing without getting glitter all over my entire life. Even after a coat of Krylon Clear Sealer, the glitter wouldn’t stay put. Luckily, I had a back-up plan.
While I was at Michael’s, I had spotted a product I hadn’t seen before: Krylon Glitter Blast in “Starry Night.”
I had purchased it in hopes of adding some extra sparkle on top of the regular glitter. But when I tried it out on the ground (my expert testing area), I found that it was incredible on its own. I immediately ran right out to buy more in “Golden Glow.” I already had gold spray paint, because … duh.
I hit my next two skulls with Krylon Spray Primer, then coated them with some gorgeous, glossy spray paint.
Before I started spraying the glitter, I wondered to myself if it was actually made of colored paint PLUS glitter, or if it was just glitter with a clear coat. Being the genius that I am, I tested it out on … my hand. While wearing my engagement ring and wedding bands. Yeah, I still haven’t gotten the little black bits off. Not sure I ever will.
FYI: It’s just glitter with a clear coat. Good to know.
Anyway, I made one gold skull and two black skulls – one for me, and one for my fellow-glitter-skull-loving-friend, Jeff. I lined them up for a photo shoot with the jacked up original skull (all the way to the right) because I felt sorry for it.
I have to admit that the gold one is my favorite. I named him Disco Skull.
I intended to put the glitter skulls in my foyer with the rest of my Halloween decor, but I love them too much to be so far away from them. I think they’ll live in my office, where I spend most of my time when I’m at home.
I have to be honest: they’ll probably stay there all year long.