Monday, September 14, 2009

Spooky Halloween Photo Display Tutorial!

The thing I love about this halloween idea is that you can totally make it your own!
You will need:

A picture frame (no back or glass needed)
A picture printed on regular paper (black and white, or sepia tone work best)
Mod Podge
Batteries for the lights
A tiny bit of red paint
Glue gun

For the optional picture matting:
A brown lunch sack
A tiny bit of black paint
1. Cut a piece of cardboard for the backing of your photo, sized to frame. If you want to make a matte for the frame, cut one extra piece of cardboard to the same size. If you are not planning on matting your picture, skip to step 4.
2. Cut out the inside of the matte, sized to picture.
3. For cool texturing, rip up a brown lunch sack and crumple the pieces. Mod Podge the scraps around the frame.
3. One the Mod Podge dries, mix a tiny bit of black paint with water on a paper towel. Rub the towel along the matte to highlight the crinkles in the paper.
4. Mod Podge your photo to the cardboard backing.
5. If you made a matte, hot-glue it to the top of the cardboard backing. Punch small holes (just big enough for one christmas light) through the eyes of the picture. This may be sad because your kids, like mine, are so cute, but remember that it is for halloween!
6. Paint your lights with watered down red paint.
7. Poke them through the photograph, and marvel at the extra-special spooky display you made! I used the glue gun to secure the lights in place.
My kids think it's super funny, and they won't let me turn the eye-lights off.

Happy Fall. Yum. Fall.


jen said...

Ha! This is so funny...what a great idea!

the mama monster said...

i love it! so funny/creepy and my boys would love to see themselves as monsters. thanks for the great idea lovely!

The Henderson Family said...

So cute! I love all your awesome ideas!

aezra noell said...

wow, you're talented!

Jessica Bjorn said...

That is too stinkin' cute! I might have to get off my lazy decorating buns and do something like that this year!

Scott and Lori Smith said...

I wish I could do all those cute decor things...poo on school!

Teresa said...

What a fun Halloween idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

Crystal said...

It's gonna be weird when you stop by for a visit and I've stolen your ideas ; )