Halloween Haunting 101: DIY Halloween Plaques

Good evening, Housemates!

I’ve been quite occupied with fun Halloween craft projects the last couple weeks- one of which I wanted to share with you guys here!

So, the wheels have been turning for the party as I shared in one of my last posts. I decided that this year, it’d be fantastic if I made my own trophies for the costume contest. Now, i’ve done gift baskets before, small plastic trophies, gift bags, etc etc. This year I wanted to try something different.

I always worry that once someone gets their costume contest prize home, it ends up trashed or lost amongst a box of random junk. Yes.. insert sad, sad whimpers here.

This year, I thought I’d make it more interesting. What better way to celebrate your costume prowess than with a “plaque” that you can hang on your wall all year round?!

I came up with the idea to use canvas and certain items to create three-dimensional award plaques! Not only was this super easy to execute, but I think it will be immensely effective once completed and presented.

I know that if it were me, this shit would be up on display all year round!

Photo Oct 08.jpegNow, mind that these are still being completed. The basic concept is what we’re talking about right now, and how you want to proceed beyond this starting point is up to you and your lovely imagination! πŸ™‚

Also don’t limit yourself to making plaques for a party- you could definitely just make these for some flair in your favorite room of the house!

You don’t need much to start…

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  • Glue gun or other industrial strength glue (this glue gun has Gorilla Glue cartridges- real deal, man!)
  • Craft Paint- colors of your choosing!
  • Brushes- duh.
  • White canvas- I went with a medium sized canvas but you could go bigger or smaller depending on what prop you’re mounting.
  • Plaque shaped apliques – this is optional and I ended up holding on using mine until I finish everything.
  • Statement prop – Pick a prop any prop! In this case I used several masks, a rubber knife, and the Freddy glove.

Start with some paint…

Photo Oct 07-1.jpegPaint up your canvas with a few layers of the color of your choice. The Michael Myers one is going to be black and orange vertical stripes. I worked on three different canvases at once to try to get as much finished in one night. πŸ˜€

Place your prop!

Photo Oct 08-1.jpegThis particular canvas I wanted to mount a Freddy glove. I initially wanted it to have the hand dead center with the fingers slightly fanned, however, I’d have to stuff the shit out of the glove and try to place it just right. Not gonna happen. So I vouched for making it look as if the hand was raking over the canvas.

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I angled the glove over the edge and staged the fingers to see if it would look effective if I started gluing things down. The biggest issue was adding dimension to the fabric part of the glove as it looked so very stupid laying flat.

I used the carton for which the glove came in and cut a strip of cardboard off the top. I then curled it and sized it to the wrist of the glove, gluing the cardboard together, and slipping it in place. I then let the glove open folded the bottom edge over the edge of the canvas, adjusting the length so that there was so slack at eye level. Once that piece was glued to the lip of the canvas, I pinched together the excess and sides and pulled them back over the lip as well to glue the glove shut. Once together, I adjusted the cardboard accordingly.

It was a lot but hey, it was well worth the few minutes it took to get everything just right!

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From there I propped up the fingers and staged them in a way that worked for me. You can certainly bend and spread these puppies any which way you like!

Taking a glue gun, I carefully glued the tip of each blade down.

Now in most glue projects, all that excess lumpage surrounding the tips of the blades would look totally fucked up. In this case, you can use all the glue you want and make it work to your advantage.

Paint some details…

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The best comes after you finish gluing all the shit down. I used a bit of red paint to make it look like this glove had raked across the canvas and was creeping back up over the edge. This is where your glue job comes in handy. The more blobby dimension you add the more it will look as though your blades are embedded in the canvas like flesh. Blend out your edges with a toothpick or brush before allowing to dry.

Once finished, hit this with as much gore as you’d like! I used a darker red and a bright red to add a little bit of dimension. You can also put some paint down and drag some sloppy hot glue over it, pulling a toothpick through after wards to create a really fun 3D effect. Follow that with some more red paint and you, my dear, have quite the masterpiece on your hands!

Finishing touches…

I found small paper placeholder shaped tags at Michael’s and used them to create the award plaques at the bottom of each focal object. Voila! You’re done and your party guests have a trophy they can proudly hang in their house all year long!

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So, tell me: Is this a project you’re going to do for your party or for your favorite room in the house?? What titles would Β you crown with these plaques at your party?? Sound off in the comments.Β 

Until next time!

-Sarah

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Sweet Spooks: “Plagued Doctor” SFX MakeupΒ 

I have had the strangest bit of luck as of late. 😳 

First my knee gets smashed, and tonight I stepped outside for a few minutes only to have my foot stung by a very hateful bee! 

A bee! 🐝 

The only stinging creature I go out of my way to protect! 😦

It was my first bee sting! I’ve been stung by wasps but this was new. Suffice it to say, my left foot is swollen and my right knee is still healing. πŸ˜”

On the upside! I was able to do a new makeup inspired by the swollen little welt on top of my foot. ☺️

I imagine being a plague Doctor has its disadvantages… πŸ’€

  
Catching the plague for one.☺️

  
This was a complete mess to put together and it really looked pretty gross by the end. I wish the wax had behaved better as I would have been able to paint the buboes a deeper black and feathered it out more. 

  
  
I used actual black slime for the drippy bits you see and for the black drippy bits on the mask. I made the mask myself with a blank plague Doctor mask from the craft store, some safety pins, and liquid latex as glue. ☺️

End result was good, and had I used more wax to make more blisters, I’m sure this would have been ultra disgusting! β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜‚πŸ’€

Overall, only an hour of work and super simple to throw together. ☺️

  
So, what do you think? Gross? Effective? I do love your comments. πŸ’œ also, I’m currently trying to come up with new ideas for makeup. I’m all ears if you’d like to tell me about what spooks you… β˜ΊοΈπŸŽƒπŸ’€πŸ’œ

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah 

Sweet Spooks: ‘The Purge’ SFX Tutorial Success

I have been wanting to delve into my makeup all week, but was just a bit too busy.

But last night! Last night was another story!☺️😏

I got home, crashed, woke up, made two pumpkin cookie cakes for my parents and my sister, and a big batch of sugar cookies that I decorated for a friend I’ll be seeing tomorrow. ☺️ 

I do so love baking.πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

  
So! After that, I sat and watched Halloweentown with Frankenstein.πŸΆπŸ’œ he loves that movie! ☺️

I decided that the night was young and I could manage to try a makeup before bed!πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰

Now, I went with an all makeup, zero practical effects, paint because I really truly want to improve my makeup and body paint skills. Right now I have zero in that department lol!πŸ˜‚ but, I’m making an effort to try from now on. 😌

Makeup blogger and overall awesome girl, MadeYewLook, has some of the most amazing body paint tutorials ever! πŸ’œ She’s my body paint fave, the way Glam and Gore is my SFX fave.πŸ’œβ˜ΊοΈ

I decided to try her Purge mask makeup tutorial because it didn’t seem that difficult…

Holy shit bombs was I wrong, but the payoff was great😏πŸ”ͺ…

  

 
For an extremely intricate makeup that involved a lot of light-play, I think I did okay! I was shocked it came out remotely alright lolπŸ˜‚ 

I seriously had to go through the process twice because everything just looked so muddled the first time. πŸ˜” I tried to follow her steps to a tee, but they just weren’t applicable for what I was working with. πŸ˜’

I ended up kinda using my own freestyle method on the eyes to get the same effect she had in the end, and also used a darker rose colored lipstick with a light brown blush dusted on top to make the lips pop. ☺️

  
In the end, it looked fucking crazy lol but in a good way! πŸ˜†πŸŽ‰πŸ”ͺπŸŽƒI could definitely improve, and having a proper array of body paints and colors would most definitely help. β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘πŸ»

I’ll need to have like a Go Fund Me or something to pay for that business. πŸ˜‚β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

All in all, pretty neat, yeah? πŸ˜€ Share your thoughts because I love you and love it when we talk! πŸ’œ

Til then… Let me purge? πŸ”ͺπŸ˜€πŸ”ͺ

  

  
 
πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

Sarah

Sweet Spooks: ‘Masque of the Red Death’ SFX Run ThroughΒ 

Well, I’m still down for the count with my knee injury. πŸ˜”

It seems to be improving, just at a really slow rate right now. Hopefully I’ll be much much better this time next week. Fingers crossed!πŸ€πŸ˜†πŸ€

The last few days I haven’t done much outside of sleeping, but I did find the energy Sunday night to do a SFX makeup! πŸŽ‰

I haven’t done one in a while and I figured I’d work with the mask I had already prepped and the new liquid latex I just bought! ☺️

This was the result:

  
Overall, effective but not entirely what I had hoped as far as dimension goes. The major issue here was getting that mask to sit flush with my face. Not at all possible as it had very little give and would just pull the latex adhesive off from underneath (serious ouch for me mind you😣). 

For as lovely as that mask was to work with in prepping, it was a pain to try to negotiate with on my face. πŸ˜‚β˜ΊοΈ This look would have been way better had I used the elastic band to hold it in place, and worked the edges around that. Which would be possible if! It wasn’t so hard to see once it was on ☺️ lol! 

The edging was done with liquid latex and paper towels and quickly turned into a mess as I couldn’t tell how much blood was being added. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ» yes, this wasn’t the easiest or my best endeavor lol. 

  
Overall, it looked okay, but I would definitely do a few things differently:

  • Use the flimsy plastic masks in prep as those are way more malleable and would probably be easier to adhere.
  • Consider using blackout contacts for things like this- or discover a much better, sheer black fabric for use! ☺️
  • Buildup the edges more and use scab or gel blood to reduce that weird muddling you see on my cheeks there lol

  
I really love the idea though! And the name seems fitting 😏 (Shout out to EA-Poe!) but I’d approach it a little differently in the future. ☺️

VIDEO:

Not my best work but still a lot of fun! I had the #mask laying about already waxed in red and wanted to test out the new #liquidlatex I bought! Overall, worth it at least for that! ☺️ I also learned that even though these primed thicker #masquerade masks are awesome quality, they don't mold to your face very well at all, and with all the #blood I dripped with limited vision, this just became a soggy, loose fitting mess lol! ☺️ still lots of fun. Thoughts? I'd do this again with one of the light weight flimsy plastic masks for sure. I think it'd sit better and flush with my face a whole lot better. #sfx #specialfx #specialeffects #makeup #beauty #horror #masque #cosmetics #diy #halloween #love #fall #autumn #scary #gore #goreporn #selfie #instavideo #cinderella #disney #disneyside

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So! What do you think? You know I love your comments. πŸ’œ

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah