Too early for Halloween stuff? No way, right?! It’s kinda funny that I complain about stores putting out their Christmas stuff too early and yet, would have no problem if the same stores put out Halloween supplies out in the middle of Summer. Hell, put them out in May and I might just be able to complete 10% of all the Halloween crafts on my Pinterest list!
So, I was walking through Dollar Tree a few weeks ago and I came upon an entire army of miniature complete skeletons. Of course, I had to buy a couple of them…ok, five of them. I wasn’t too sure what I was going to do with them but at a dollar a piece, I could afford to be a little spontaneous. It wasn’t until I was browsing Pinterest and saw a great tutorial for another Halloween wreath on Ready, Set, Craft! that I knew my little skeletons were destined to be hung on my door. So here it is, my Skeleton Wreath made from small dollar store skeletons:
2. Disassemble skeleton parts and sort into categories. (Note to toddler parents: allowing your toddler to do this step will give you at least 3.5 minutes of free time…go use the bathroom or maybe grab a bite to eat. You can thank me later.)
3. Loosely plan out where the skeleton parts will go. You’re looking to have them evenly spread out and covering as much of the insulation tubing as possible.
4. Start gluing parts onto wreath…carefully! I burned the crap out of one of my fingertips while talking to my sister on the phone. Bad thing: I no longer have a fingerprint on my middle finger on my left hand. Good thing: Won’t have to worry about leaving fingerprints at my next crime scene from my middle finger on my left hand.
5. Working through one category of bones at a time, gradually glue all the skeleton pieces into place. You might have to hold some of the bones in place while the glue hardens.
6. Watch your ridiculously cute toddler feed asparagus to Lamb Chops while all the glue sets completely. Intervene just in time to prevent your “ridiculously cute” toddler from sticking asparagus up his nose.
7. You can, of course, leave your skeleton wreath just like this if you so desire. My high quality, dollar store skeletons’ paint job left much to be desired so I decided to make it metallic. Started with an even coat of Champagne Silver.
8. After the silver paint had dried completely, I lightly sprayed the black in quick spurts over the silver. The black metallic paint really adds a nice subtle difference, I think.
9. Thread some wire through the bones and around the insulation pipe at the top of your wreath. Affix to your front door and start counting down the days until Halloween! (39)