I love making big projects and Walnut Hollow wood shapes are the perfect surface to work big with. Their Halloween shapes make a great top border for my rolling gate and the large pumpkins layered with skulls and the letter “B” can be combined to spell the word “BOO”.
This decoration looks great during the day (both from the front and back) and super cute at night lit up with twinkle lights and battery-powered tea lights in the eyes of the skulls.
Tools and Materials
2- Bat signs
2- Cat Signs
2- Ghost signs
DecoArt Paint in black, white, orange and brown
Optional: 4 Tea lights, twinkle lights
This project is perfect to get the kids involved with as there is lots of painting that no special skills are needed. I really enjoyed the time I spent first giving everything a coat of base color with the DecoArt paints.
Next I added dimension to the pumpkins with brown paint on the edges and in crescent moon shapes on the pumpkin to shade in the curves.
For the black cat and bat I used white paint on the edges and to give the bat details on the wings.
For the ghosts and skulls I brushed a bit of black paint on the edges.
To decorate the fence I simply slid the picks of the signs between the top pole and the chain links.
The attach the pumpkins, letter “B” and skulls I used a bit of floral wire to wire them to the fence.
To attach the tea lights in the skull eye holes I used a bit of double stick foam tape.
I hope you’ll try your hand a painting up a bunch of Walnut Hollow shapes and sharing your Halloween spirit with your neighbors.
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Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements.
Perfect! Also hang a few bats from trees or the tops of the fence posts so they look as if they are in flight. With a slight breeze blowing, they will be the crowning touch to top off a frightful night of trick-or-treating.