Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooktacutlar Halloween Decor

BEWARE!! You are about to be sucked into a long post with lots of pictures!
 Enter at your own risk =)

On Pinterest I saw some really cool bottles turned into Halloween decor. I really wanted to try to make my own so this summer I started looking for glass bottles at garage sales. I found several!  

Here is a before picture of my Spider Venom bottle

I started by finding a spiderweb image (Monster Bash Image Set) in Cricut Design Space. 
I cut it out, ran it through my Xyron sticker machine and attached it to the bottle. 

Then I put a thick layer of Liquitex Gel Medium all over it. I wanted the bottle to have a rough texture...I was able to create that buy dabbing the Gel Medium with a foam paint brush. 

Gel Medium takes forever to dry! I let it sit over night and it still wasn't dry, but it was dry enough...
I used hot glue to "draw" the spiderweb onto the bottle.

Many of you would be able to "draw" the spiderweb with out having the die cut on the jar. However, I do not trust my drawing abilities enough to do so. 
  I painted it black and then let it dry (all this drying time is driving me nuts!)
When the black paint was dry I painted it again, this time I mixed black and red paint together and dabbed it on with a foam brush. MORE drying time required! 

In between drying time I worked on the tags for my bottles. I designed the tags in Cricut Design Space and then used the new Print to Cut feature. I love this feature! I wasn't sure how much I would use it but, I have to say it works very well for the little projects. 
The font I used is Scary Halloween Font from dafont.com. They have lots of awesome fonts to chose from. 

Once my tags were cut out I distressed them by running my scissors along the edges, crumpling them up and then inking them with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. (Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge) 
I used cheese cloth in between the red and black card stock for a spiderweb look. 

Once the Redish black paint was dry I used a paint brush to paint the spiderweb white. While waiting for that to DRY, I put red glitter glue on the back of my spiders and then hot glued them to the bottle. 

Alligator Eyes!!!

 This bottle didn't take nearly as much time to decorate.  
I used etching cream to make the bottle have a foggy look on the edges. I put a thick layer of cream on and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I scraped off the excess cream and put it back in the jar and then rinsed the bottle off. The bottle sat over night to make sure the inside was dry before I put the eyes in. I used the same distress inks as mentioned above, to distress the cork and the tag for this bottle. 

I bought the eyes at Joann's. They are actually little bouncy balls.

Whew! You made it through the entire post! 

I still have several bottles to decorate. Hopefully I can find the time to do that before Halloween! 
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have been inspired! Happy crafting!

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