Decoupage Witches’ Hat and Lighted Pumpkin
Erik D Shipley
It all started with a dollar. A dollar, a dollar store and some napkins. A dollar store is a great place to get craft supplies. I saw these amazing candy skull napkins in a local store. My first thought was not “I’d like to wipe my mouth with those.”. My first thought was decoupage! Decoupage is the art of gluing paper to things. So, here is what you will need to do this project:
Napkins (dollar store)
Mod Podge glue
Something to glue the paper to. I found this hat and pumpkin at Michaels. You can also get the glue there.
Exacto Knife and Scissors
**Battery powered tea light (dollar store).
**Do not use fire powered tea lights in this project. I cannot stress this enough. You would be putting fire into something that is made of paper and flammable glue. DO NOT PUT A REAL TEA LIGHT IN YOUR PAPER MACHE/DECOUPAGED PUMPKIN!!!!!!
Now, that we have that out of the way let’s get started. Here is what my work space looks like. I have my hat, pumpkin in the upper right corner, mod podge, brush and napkins. Put some newspaper down to protect your surface.
I cut around the skulls leaving the black but not using the purple line. I used the purple for the hat band at the end. The napkins will most likely be two-ply. Take the back ply off. It will make a big mess. It will stick and the top part will fall off. Trust me on this one! Separate the plies! Brush some glue on the hat (or whatever you are decoupaging) and put the napkin on it gluing in to the piece. Then lightly put some glue over the top. Cover the whole object.
Next do the same to your pumpkin. This is where the “fire bad” comes into place. My pumpkin looked cool but it needed that “wow factor!”. So, I cut out the eyes and nose of one of the skeletons. Make sure to place your napkins so you can do this. Also, make sure your project is completely dry before doing this. Otherwise it will just be all goopy and what’s the point? Really? Tell me!
Then I cut a hole in the bottom so I could put the non-flame, no fire, not real, uses batteries, emits no smell, completely battery powered tea light in it to light up the eyes and nose hole. I didn’t take a picture of that but I did take a picture of the bottom. I took some paper and glued it inside, across from the holes because I didn’t want to look at the newspaper inside. My pumpkin had ad’s inside. Not very interesting.
Here it is close up and finished with the non-flame… you get the picture, tea light inside. Pretty darn spooky cool. See the pumpkin paper in the back? Way better than looking at ads.
Other things you could do with the hat… put some elastic band on it and wear it! Turn it upside down and fill with candy. Visit me @ shipsmanor.com and on facebook. Show us what you’ve done on the Very Halloween facebook site.