This month’s DIY Challenge from Walmart was to create a DIY Halloween decoration, so here’s a cute little Jack ‘o Lantern garland project I invented.
Yeah, you heard that right, I completely invented this. And I think it kinda looks like I invented it. . .but hey, the kids think it looks awesome, so I’m good.
Here are my supplies!
I was going for a slightly more classy look (and hey-orange plastic doesn’t really scream “class”) so I decided to paint them with the Rut-oleum Black Hammered Metallic Spray-paint. That was right around $6. . . but I only used a bit of the can and have plenty more paint left over for other projects.
Next I decided it would be really cool if I made them glow in the dark! I mean really-little glowing eyes peeping out at you. . .what could be more Halloween-y than that?
So I found this “Glo Away” paint for $4.97 and popped it in my cart.
After they fully dried I took them inside and applied the puff paint. At first I tried painting it on, but it was thin and patchy and just didn’t look right. Then I thought “duh-it’s puff paint, it squeezes out. . .”
This way was MUCH easier. I used little plastic cups to set the Jack ‘o Lanterns in while they were drying-I was afraid if I set them upright the paint might slide down a bit. As the glow in the dark puff paint dried it became more of a clearish-whitish color. The one I’m holding above is mostly dried, while one with the paint freshly applied is below it.
Once everything was dried I tied them on some orange string I had and hung them from the mantle.
They are cute, but maybe not quite as impressive as I had intended. Eh, live and learn. . . I think black string or twine would look even better. They would also look great as accents on a shelf or glued onto a creepy Halloween Wreath.