This blog is updated in 2020
With Halloween right around the corner and a 10-year-old girl, my house is already filled with reminders that the spookiest night of the year is in exactly 25 days. We always have some neighbors and friends over for some fun before we head out for trick-or-treating downtown and, of course, we always have a theme. This year we’re upping our game and creating some seriously stylish DIYs to scatter about our home based on some of our favorite Halloween characters, themes and the patterns they incorporate. Since my daughter and I are big readers, we decided it would be fun to pile up some thrifted scary books for haunted library vibe. We’ll be gifting everyone a book and, as much as I love candy, a good nail-biter of a book — complete with a creepy DIY bookmark — is way better.
These three DIYs are simple, fun and kid-friendly so grab some paint, brushes, ribbon and your favorite seasonal fabric from the Waverly Inspirations collection and let’s get started. Click through to see our mood boards and DIY instructions. P.S. The Waverly Inspirations damask screen prints are so “haunted library!” –Caitlin
Image above: Waverly Inspirations polka dot fabric decoupaged skull DIY // Image below: Waverly Inspirations damask print fabric background + their bright white ribbon DIY bookmark
Our three themes are:
- Haunted Library
- Bride of Frankenstein
Our three DIYs are:
- Painted thrifted vases and votive holders (stripes for our Beetlejuice theme and wavy stripes for our Bride of Frankenstein tribute)
- Ribbon bookmarks for our thrifted scary book party favors (displayed on Waverly Inspirations damask fabric background)
- Decoupaged skull planter fabric (w/ black and white polka dot fabric to add to our pattern theme!)
Decoupage Skull Materials:
- Waverly Inspirations black and white polka dot fabric 12″ x 12″ square
- Styrofoam skull (we found ours at Goodwill)
- Clear drying glue
- Paring or X-Acto knife
- Air plant (or a hardy flower like mums)
Decoupage Skull Instructions:
Step 1: Cut your 12″ x 12″ fabric into strips that measure 1/2″ wide by 3″ long.
Step 2: Apply glue to the skull in one area at a time. The space you brush the glue on the skull should be approximately the size of the strip you’re sticking to it. You’ll add the strips one by one, making minor adjustments with scissor snips as needed, like around the hole for the plant.
Step 3: Once you apply a strip of fabric, brush a layer of glue onto the top of the fabric and smooth into the skull contours with your finger.
Step 4: Using a paring knife or an X-Acto knife, dig out a 1″ deep hole on the top of the skull where you’d like your air plant or flowers to sit.
Step 5: Continue decoupaging the rest of the skull and let dry for 2 – 3 hours. When the glue is dry, add your plant or flowers and you’re finished!
Painted Vases & Votive Holders Materials:
- Waverly Inspirations Indoor/Outdoor Acrylic Paint (We used Super Premium Semi-Gloss in White and Ink (black) for Beetlejuice vases & votive holders and White Opal & Black Opal Glitter paint for our Bride of Frankenstein votive holders.)
- Waverly Inspirations 1/2″ flat paint brush
- Thrifted vases and votive holders
- Masking tape
- Battery operated votive candles
Painted Vases & Votive Instructions
Straight Striped Containers (Beetlejuice)
Step 1: Use masking tape or painters tape to tape “stripes” around your vases or holders.
Step 2: Using Waverly’s 1/2″ flat brush, paint the glass in between the tape with the high gloss black or white paint.
Step 3: Let paint dry 1 hour and add a second coat and let dry.
Step 4: Once paint is dry, remove the tape at a 45-degree angle slowly. If any paint peels up from the glass, simply press it gently into place.
Step 5: Using Waverly’s 1/2″ flat brush, paint the glass in between the painted stripes with your contrasting color. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
Step 6: Add exotic flowers and/or votives and you’re finished!
Wavy Striped Containers (Bride of Frankenstein)
To get the “wavy” effect, we did this stripe freehand so we could stipple or wiggle the paintbrush as we painted the glass.
No need for tape on this one! Just paint wavy stripes with one coat of the translucent glitter paint and let dry 1 hour. Once one color is dry, use the second translucent glitter paint to add the contrasting stripes.
- Cardboard or card stock cut into 8″ tall and 2″ wide strips
- Fabric cut into 8″ tall and 5″ wide strips
- Waverly Inspiration Ribbon
- Novelty items like fake spiders or bats
Fabric Bookmark Instructions:
Step 1: Brush glue evenly onto one side of the card stock and place it in the center of your 9″ x 5″ fabric.
Step 2: Brush glue onto the other card stock side facing you and fold the sides of the fabric over onto the card stock one at a time. They should overlap a bit so be sure to add some glue on top of the first folded flap so that the second flap adheres to it.
Step 3: Let dry 2 – 3 hours.
Step 4: Cut the end of the book into a 1″ tall upside-down “V” or add some embellishment like a plastic spider with glue.
Step 5: Let dry overnight and your bookmark is ready to use or gift!
Ribbon Bookmark Instructions:
Step 1: Cut a 9″ piece of ribbon.
Step 2: Cut the end of the book into a 1″ tall upside-down “V”.
Step 3: Add some embellishment like a plastic spider or a bat with glue.
Step 4: Let dry overnight and your bookmark is ready to use or gift!
Our Inspiration Boards
Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!