The Undead Halloween D.I.Y. ☠
Don’t get spooked… but I am proud to present my first full-blown Halloween post of 2010! A step-by-step guide for creating highly decorated, bohemian undead decorations.
It doesn’t take much–start off with one convincing skeleton decoration (almost life size, mine is about 5 feet tall when you consider her skirts). They retail at $40 but if you wait until a few days before Halloween, any pop-up shop will be offering her for half price (indeed, I found her for $20!).
Hang her up somewhere near your bed until you’re ready to work, so you can terrify yourself repeatedly whenever you take a nap or doze off watching NY1. When you’re ready, bring her over to the work area.
The important thing to remember when DIY-ing with the undead is, you have to keep them in good spirits. Or else they will be very difficult to work with. Here, my new friend is simply not up for the challenge of becoming a beautiful (yet terrifying) bohemian decoration and has refused to sit cooperatively in the chair.
All I had to remind her was that instead of eyeballs she now has rubies (or plastic flat back gems) in her eye sockets and that made her cooperative again. She still didn’t sit up though, because she doesn’t have any legs.
So first, grab some paint and brushes with various sized tips. I used literally whatever was laying around, but acrylic is probably a good choice unless you’re taking her to a pool party.
Paint some designs on her face following the contour or mimicking tribal/decorative/spiritually applied paint via various cultures so you have a conversation starter when you introduce her to your friends on Halloween. Show them just hoooow cultured you are! (Or just have fun.)
Once her makeup is done, get some sheer gold spray-paint (or any color of your preference).
Hang her in a well-ventilated area and spray her robes, her eye sockets (don’t worry, she likes it!) and her bony frame. This will give a fabulous glittery sheen to her haunting presence, and it’ll look especially awesome when she’s posing for flash-photos on the big night.
The next steps are rather self explanatory. Use any and all trims and embellishments you may have around and drape them across her arms. Stitch them to her gauzy attire so they won’t fall off. With a few more stitches, attach a veil to her head. The more exotic the print, the better. You can reinforce your sew-able additions anywhere along her pre-attached fabric with a needle and thread, (or even safety pins).
The end result? Basically what I’ll look like after I’ve risen from the dead. Except the jewels replacing my eyeballs might be pink, rather than red. Note that this could easily transition over to a Dia de los Muertos decoration which you can bring with you to any bar or house party.
Now, the next step is crucial. As the days pass and you’re waiting for the Halloween party, be sure to hang her in every available doorway until you’ve adequately scared everyone you live with.
And remember to note reactions. Haunting is all about trial and error. If it isn’t scary enough when the first person comes home, make it more scary! Whoever opens this door next is getting a face full of undead glamour. ♥
Helpful hints for dealing with undead friends who you just DIY’d:
☠ Be sure to explain to your new undead friend that even though she looks great, she’s not getting any drink tickets at the party. That would be a total waste, because she is an inanimate object.
☠ If anyone falls in love with her, be sure you’re sensitive to their feelings when you explain she’ll be rolled up in a bag and packed in your storage closet for a whole year until they can see her again. The only exception is if another inanimate object falls in love with her, in which case you may have to purchase that object from another person and put it in the bag when you put her away for the season.
☠ If you want your rent deposit back, wash that glitter off the wall when you spray her as she’s hanging in the hallway. Oops, already dry? Sorry! Happened to me too.
Small price to pay. BWA HA HA.