Earlier this year after my mother-in-law surprised myself, my two sister-in-laws and my niece with a trip to Disneyland my niece requested a Jack Skellington themed party for her birthday in April. Since my birthday happens to be Halloween and I love the Nightmare Before Christmas I was naturally very thrilled about this choice!
I knew that since it would be nearly impossible to find Halloween seasonal items that this would provide me with the perfect excuse to create some amazing decorations that could serve double duty for Halloween later that year too! So, away I went scouring Pinterest for ideas. My sister-in-law had a collaborative board where she pinned something about DIY dollar store candy dishes, so I went shopping. When I saw the dish and candlestick pictured below the perfect idea hatched! Jack Skellington was born and would make the perfect containers for her candy buffet.
- Rounded candy dish
- Candle Stick
- Foam art sheets (any color will do)
- Black acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
- Purple acrylic paint
- Orange acrylic paint
- Gray acrylic paint
- Hot glue
- E6000 adhesive glue
- Glue gun
Step 1: Use the E600o adhesive glue to secure the candy dish to the candlestick and allow 24 hours for the glue to dry. Note: It can take up to 72 hours for the adhesive to reach its maximum adhesion.
Step 2: Freehand the bat bow tie base using a pencil in the same silhouette as pictured above. The head will be drawn separately.
Step 3: Take a glue gun to the candlestick base to create the webbing design. I basically hot glued down the corners of the candlestick and then did a horizontal half circle shape following the shape of the candlestick.
Step 4: Once the glue has dried, use black acrylic paint to paint the candlestick black all over and wait for this to dry.
Step 5: Using a fluffy, soft bristled paint brush dab all over the base where the spider webbing is at, adding only a light coating of the gray paint (you want it to almost appear sponge painted).
Step 6: After the paint has dried, repeat the same process using either the purple or orange paint as desired. You will need use another fine tip paint brush to run down the “veins” of the webbing to make it stand out more.
Step 7: At the top of the candle use the white paint to make the pin striping of his suit.
Step 8: Draw the desired face for Jack (if you look up images on Google you will see he has many faces to choose from).
Step 9: Paint the front and back of the bow tie and head using the black paint about 2-3 coats to fully cover the foam art.
Step 10: Use the E6000 to glue the head to the bat body and then glue directly to Jack.
Since you can pretty much buy everything you need for this project at the dollar store except for the paint and E6000 glue, the entire project should not cost you more than around $10.00 to complete if you already have the paint! The candy jars that I found pictured above may be difficult to find. Once I saw how awesome they were and showed my friends they asked if I could make them some, so I went back and bought all they had and sadly I haven’t seen this dish since.
Happy Halloween everyone and remember it’s all for the love of craft!