DIY Halloween Mantel With Eyeball Garland and Decoupaged Glow-in-the-Dark Skull Stantions

0.diyeyeballgarlandskulls_introphotoYesterday I made some DIY Spooky Pictures for the wall, today I want to take the mantelpiece decorations a step further with a creepy Eyeball Garland made of paper cutouts (super easy!) and Decoupaged Glow-in-the-Dark Skulls on DIY Stantions. (I don’t even know if they’re actually called stantions per se, I just like how fancy and architectural that sounds;-) You can make these too very easily with just a few supplies. Here’s how:


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DIY Skull-Print Scarf with Simply Spray Stencil Spray Paint

Simply Spray is a non-toxic, non-flammable aerosol fabric spray paint, available in a range of colors and easy to use.  The company sent me a 3-can kit of Simply Spray Soft Fabric Paint and Simply Spray Stencil Spray Summer Love Kit to try out in a project, so I decided to take the opportunity to jazz up a boring white scarf I had.  (I’d always wanted to try an
Alexander McQueen-inspired skull scarf
!)  Here’s how to do the same…

You Need:

stencil (or, if you want to create your own stencil like I did, you need: digital image for stenciling  /  Sharpie  /  adhesive stencil film  /  cutting blade  /  cutting surface)  /  painter’s or masking tape  /  item for stenciling (mine is a plain white lightweight Summer scarf from Target)  /  Simply Spray Stencil Paint  /  old newspapers or something to protect your surface  /  paper towels

How To: (more…)

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DIY Cutout Skully T-Shirt (like Pleasure Principle and Barak)

I’ve been hankering after a cutout skull tee since I saw some in last year’s S-Cawaii Magazine [Japanese] from the brand Barak (nothing to do with Prez Obama, I assure you). Trendy Tokyo girls wearing pastel-colored lightweight tees with skull-shaped cutouts over striped tees? Lovely!

(And ironically, Childhood Flames posted her own DIY cutout skull tee inspired by a Pleasure Principle shirt a few months later that had the blogosphere all agog.) How did I go about making mine? (Okay, I know, it’s kind self-explanatory, but…keep reading…)

Regardless of who was first and all that rubbish (likely Barak ripped it off from Pleasure Principle, though they probably took it from the cutout skully tees from the 80’s that just about every hair metal band had back then…), I decided to make my own Barak-style tee, with two el cheapo tees from Target (the striped one, incidentally, is not sewn from striped fabric…the fabric was actually screenprinted with a striped pattern and then sewn together. Like that was cheaper for the manufacturers than actually sourcing a black-and-white stretch striped fabric. Sheesh.) Though I’m technically a Medium, I bought a large for my skully tee, so it will be loose enough to drape over the second layer. Here is the skull that I drew for my pattern:

If you’d like to use these drawings as a pattern for your own T-shirt, right-click on each above [or control-click if you don’t have a 2-button mouse] to save each drawing, and print out landscape format on TWO 8.5″ x 11″ pieces of paper.  Alternatively, you can just print out the entire PDF pattern + instructions here.

Line up each paper under your tissue-wight tee…

…trace the outlines lightly with sewing chalk or a fabric pen…

…and cut with fabric scissors!

Couldn’t be easier!

I also tried layering the Skully Tee over a black t-shirt for a more Gothic look, and a white tank for a summery ensemble. You could also try with just a bra if you’re daring!

Have fun cutting and slicing, and Happy DIY’ing!


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