Halloween is my favorite holiday, and yet, this year I’ve been sadly lacking in spirit. Or spirits. Or I am lacking in spirit spirit, and perhaps I need more spirits. Where’s the BOOze? Somebody stop me, please.
My husband is overseas, my daughter is away at college, and I’m home alone on a farm in the middle of nowhere. That means no trick or treaters for this gal, unless a stray sheep shows up with a bucket in tow. I’d bust out the glittered crows and the jack o’lanterns but…
Insert tiny violins playing Beethoven.
Wah, wah, wah, wah….meh.
However, I managed to EEK out this Sparkling Skull DIY inspired by this rhinestone encrusted sparkling skull from my crafty pals Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza and if all goes well I have a bit of faBOOlous pom-pommery on the way. All hope is not lost for All Soul’s Day! So there’s that! I found this ceramic skull in the dollar bins at Target, the old buttons are from years of haunting thrift shops and yard sales, and the crystals are a combination of Swarovski and plastique. It’s a bit of high and low for your craftertainment. If you don’t have a Crystal Katana tool from my crafty pal The Crystal Ninja, you need one. Trust me.
Without further aBOO, let’s get crafty!
You will need (These are affiliate links, if you click on a link and make a purchase we get a small percentage of the sale. That’s how we keep our candy corn coffers stocked.)
Cream buttons of various sizes with flat backs (Note: you will need two 1″ buttons for the eye sockets, which should be in the mix, or you may have to purchase separately)
2 Small flat back navettes
Multi-sized plastic gems
Crystal Katana Tool
Rhinestone mesh ribbon
Hot glue gun
Hot glue stick
Step one: Apply a small amount of adhesive to top center of skull. Use a disposable brush to spread it so it’s not too gloppy. Pick up buttons and place into glue with tool, compress into glue with the metal end of tool. Work in small sections, allowing them to dry to a tacky stage to prevent slipping. You can cover the entire skull with buttons, I liked the look of a skull cap. This is a less is more or a more is more situation. You do you!
Step two: Add more buttons, and place crystals in centers and in between buttons randomly using tool.
Step three: Add crystals to the two larger buttons. Allow to dry.
Step four: Cut trim into a single stripe long enough to fit around bottom of buttons, apply using adhesive and tool.
Step five: Apply hot glue to top and bottom back of button, place in eye socket and hold until it’s secured. Repeat for opposite eye.
I like this so much, I may keep it around after Halloween!
Oh, and yes, I like candy corn, and I realize this is a polarizing topic. But just in case you’re thinking of digging in, you have to get past this Sparkling Skull first.
I love color, but there’s something about this white, silver, and cream combination that’s simply scary good!
If you make a Sparkling Skull, we’d love to see it! You can post on our Facebook page or tag us in your comments!