Halloween will soon be here. I brought supplies along with me to my babysitting gig and this morning I made this skeleton key holder. I have some cool skeleton keys to hang from it when I get home. I think I might have gotten the chalkboard hanger at either Dollar Tree, Dollar General, or Walmart. I’ve had it awhile. The skeleton napkin came from Dollar Tree.
I tore away the napkin around the head and decoupaged it on using Varathane water based polyurethane in a matte finish. Then put a coat on top and on the whole chalkboard area. I did not paint it a light color first. I wanted it to be dark and gloomy and full of wrinkles.
The items staged with it are Halloween decorations I made for them last year. The bottles were a brand of hot sauce my neighbors used a lot and gave the empties to me. Lol I found the labels online and how to make the bottles look old and dirty. Visit my blog post below to learn how to make these potion bottles.
Pinterest inspired. They used bigger skeletons, but I had a package of these little 6” ones and a wooden block for a bench …. so ……
I just needed scissors, a block of wood for them to sit on and a lot of hot glue. I dry brushed and wiped off a bit of black paint on them afterwards to make them look even dirtier and to disguise any hot glue that showed.
I am making the claim that no skeletons were harmed in the creation of this project because well, you know why… but seeing as skeleton bones are rather brittle lol, I did have to remove their upper arms and not use them and cut off their legs and reset them so I could get them into position. 😂😂
The other items on the tray and the tray I had already made.
I had one more little skeleton left. I think I figured out how to turn him into “The Thinker”.
And then….my neighbors came bearing a gift of about a dozen or so hot sauce bottles they saved. They really like this hot sauce. I knew right away those would make awesome potion bottles. So, of course, I had to make one. Just one…to see how it would look.
I loved how it turned out so much, I knew I had to make a few more. So, I did. I also used one of the other bottles they had given me. I think it might have been an olive Oil jar.
Here’s my first set of Harry Potter-Style Potions. I used various colors of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint to get the look of dirty glass. I filled them with colored water, weak tea, Cream of Wheat, and Baking Soda. 🙂 One stopper was already green. The others I stained darker.
This set is available for porch pickup now or will be in one of my booths closer to Halloween.
Meet Gus, Gertie, and Georgie, my latest project. They are a happy garden ghost family….not scary at all!
Who knew when I bought a small ceiling fan with short blades at a yard sale several years ago, one of the blades would become Georgie. My original intent was to paint the blades for my grandson’s bedroom with a bunk bed, but never got around to doing that. So Georgie and his three friends have been patiently waiting for some action.
Then, along comes our neighbors doing some remodeling, and gifts us with a ceiling fan and a ceiling fan with lights. I’ve already started making lanterns with the light covers, and am now the proud owner of two different sizes of fan blades from this gift. 🤗
So what’s a crafter to do? And then it hit me….. make some spooky? families for the yard. I put them up against a door and Yes! I could see a dad, mom, and kid. Can’t you?
1. Prep – I cleaned them thoroughly with Windex, my go to cleaner.
2. I filled in the holes with KwikWood, my favorite wood repair putty, just so I’d have more of a finished look when finished. After all, who wants a ghost with holes in his head?
3. Once the filler was dry, I sanded it and scuffed up the blades front and back with 220 sandpaper.
5. Next, I free hand drew their faces on a piece of card stock and cut them out to use as stencils. I traced the faces onto the blades with a pencil, then used a black oil-based Sharpie paint pen to color them in.
6. I didn’t want them falling over in the garden and getting hurt so Danny found 3 4×4” blocks about 4” tall and screwed them to the wood blocks. These happened to be left over pieces of treated lumber he had stored away in the shed. He left a bit of the treated lumber showing just so the fan blade would be resting on the ground.
7. My final step is spraying them with Varathane SPAR Urethane to protect them from the weather. Fan blades are a manufactured wood product (MDF). Even though they won’t be out in the weather for a long period, this will help keep them nice for many Halloweens to come.
And here they are again! They seem so happy to be in the garden. I’m a fan! How about you? 🥰
I’m now making two more families. These are for my kids. The first set is complete and has been delivered. We have Dad, Mom, sister, brother, and can’t forget the family dog.
Our granddaughter helped screw each one to a block of wood so they would stand up without falling over. A girl is never too young to learn to use a power tool.
We put mom and dad on a bit of a slant toward the kids. And here they are!