Blinged-Out Skeleton

Spotted: a skeleton more glamorous than gory, more fabulous than freaky, and perfect for the front porch!

Erin Madsen from Die Cuts With A View spills the DIY skeleton secrets.

For our most recent trip to the Craft and Hobby show in Chicago, Illinois, Die Cuts With A View decorated our booth with original, fun, and unique pieces—all with Halloween flair. One of those pieces was our “blinged out” skeleton, Girdy.

Before we began the crafting process, Girdy was not a feminine-looking skeleton; rather, her paint and overall texture gave her a much darker feel and presence. Undaunted, we gave her a few coats of chalkboard paint. Then we took out our pencils and added fun and whimsical doodles. By using our pencil first, we were able to make several changes along the way before her designs became permanent.

Once we were satisfied with our doodles and sayings, we took out our bistro marker and started tracing over all the pencil marks. We chose to use this particular medium on Girdy, as she would be required to travel hours away in a crate before being set up and wanted to make sure she looked just perfect. For your personal crafting, however, we would recommend using chalk to make your designs. You can seal it in place as you go with a fixative spray.
When we finished tracing over all the designs, we thought Girdy needed a little something extra—so we pulled together an assortment of jewelry-making supplies and went to work. We came up with an assortment of 8 necklaces, as well as a stunning, blinged-out crown. She finally looked complete!

Recipe for Chalkboard paint:
1 cup of paint
2 TBSP of Unsanded Tile grout

Mix these together and paint away.

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