I’m not usually a great decorator for Halloween. But let’s face it – this is 2020 and it’s been Halloween since March 😉 .. Typically we had planned a combined Halloween/husband’s birthday party this year as it falls on a Saturday. Of course couldn’t let Halloween go by without doing something to mark the occasion. So let’s create a spooky picture frame.
I used an old picture frame that I found in the loft. The glass had broken but otherwise it was in pretty good shape. A bit dusty, that’s all so it had a good clean.
I took off the hardware on the back of the frame and removed all the screws and staples.
I painted the frame black with some wood paint I had to hand. However, as this project is not going to get a lot of wear and tear I think acrylic paint would do the trick just as well!!
what you need for your picture frame
Next I grabbed some random items that I found in some of the local shops. As well as some of the standard crafting materials.
- An (old) picture frame
- Some black paint
- A “Creepy” cloth
- Spider’s webbing
- Some spiders (Ewww, definitely NOT my favourite!! Even the fake ones creep me out)
- Some eye balls
- A small skeleton. I got mine from a local shop, but Amazon do this alternative
- A small RIP sign – got mine from a local shop for a £1 but couldn’t find the same one online. You could go for another tinsel decoration like this creepy spider instead
- Some black flowers
- Hot glue
I started by cutting the creepy cloth to size, going for roughly the size of the frame. Make sure you cut it slightly generous so can attach it to the back. You can always cut off any excess. I stapled this down with a normal household stapler. I did one layer but decided I wanted a double one so repeated the same process.
Next, cut your flowers off the main stems, but leave them as long as possible. With some floral wires, attach them to the picture frame. Hot glue them down where needed to create a “corner”. To add some extra security you can add some floral wire to keep them in place but to be honest, it didn’t need it.
Spooky halloween fun on facebook
I don’t have any photos for the rest of the project as I made this on a Live on FB. And yes, we had some Halloween fun, with some spooky make-up too!
The skeleton was next. I went for a small skeleton that had some cloth around it, so I could “pull” the arms and legs into different directions to “fill up” this particular corner. Hot glue down the material in different areas to space it out. I used the RIP sign to hot glue on top to hide some of the hot glue points. Here’s a close up of what it looks like:
I then just randomly stuck some of the webbing in the frame. Hot glue this to the sides of the frame and to the cloth. You’re looking at filling up some of the empty areas of the frame. As it is, I have a black tree with lights (similar to this one) that is going to be placed behind the picture frame, but just use your imagination to work around the frame. Attach some of the spiders onto the webbing. In my experience you don’t need to glue these babies … these little suckers stick to anything!!
Finally, add some of the eye balls in random areas. I attached some to some of the gaps in the flowers, and hot glued some to the actual frame. There’s no rhythm or reason to this – just add as many or as little as you want.
And that’s it!! – a spooky Halloween frame that you could use as an alternative to a wreath for hanging on a door. Or propped up on a side board as a back drop for a creepy buffet at a party. You could use “glow in the dark” spiders to give it a creepy effect at night too.
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