Altered Art Skeleton

Materials

  • 4-5 Inch Wooden Base
  • 1 – 1 to 2 Inch Wooden Ball – Flat with Hole in One End
  • 1 Large Wooden Spool
  • Mod Podge™
  • Black Felt
  • Heavy Floral Wire
  • Pliers
  • Acrylic Paint – White, Orange and Black
  • DecoColor™ Paint Pens – Black and White
  • Sculpey™ Clay – Orange and Black
  • Fine Black Wire
  • Decorative Paper
  • Large Craft Stick
  • Measuring Tape and Printed Copy of Measuring Tape
  • Two Tiny Buttons
  • Hot Glue
  • Black Sharpie™ Pen
  • Embroidery Thread – Orange
  • Fine Sand Paper
  • Craft Punch – 3 inch Scalloped Circle
  • Craft Knife
  • Washi Tape – Black & White Polka Dot, Black and White Stripe
  • Small Wooden Dowel

  1. Paint wooden base orange on the top and black around the sides. Let dry.
  2. Lay measuring tape on copy machine and create a printed paper copy. Cut out a 6 inch section.
  3. Mod Podge™ the copy of tape to a large craft stick. Let dry.
  4. Using a knife or pliers, taper the edges of the stick to resemble angel wings. Lightly sand smooth. Set aside.
  5. Paint the wooden ball white. Let dry.
  6. Add a decorative face to the skeleton using Sharpie™, and DecoColor™ paint pens. The gray around the eyes is created by adding white paint pen close to the outside lines of the eyes, pulling a bit of the black into the center to create a gray color. The black center of the eye is added on top with the accent of the white on top of the black when dry.
  7. Apply decorative paper around the inside of the spool using Mod Podge™. Let dry.
  8. Apply 3 small strips of Washi tape around the spool. Cutting to fit, and spacing on top of the decorative paper.
  9. Add two tiny buttons that have been painted orange and accented with the black Sharpie™ pen to the top front of the spool.
  10. Cut two pieces of floral wire each 5 inches long. Cut two more pieces of wire – 3 inches long.
  11. Carefully add the black and white striped washi tape around the wire pieces at an angle. Twist each end of the 3 inch long pieces into a small circle, and angle to resemble arms. Twist one end of each of the 5 inch long pieces to resemble a foot.
  12. Hot glue the arms to the sides of the spool.
  13. Turn the spool upside down and carefully create two small holes into which you will twist in the legs and hot glue in place.
  14. Add accents around the decorative paper on the base with the Sharpie™ pen.
  15. To the painted base, Mod Podge™ a decorative piece of paper that you have punched using the scalloped punch. Let dry.
  16. Add the polka dot washi tape to the top of the painted base. Leave a 1/8 inch to ¼ inch border of orange paint showing from the edge.
  17. Add stitches around the orange painted strip by using a Sharpie™ pen.
  18. Insert a small piece of dowel into the base hole in the head. Hot glue in place. Insert the bottom of the dowel into the top of the spool body. Make sure that the fit is good. Remove the head from the body hole. Squeeze a bit of hot glue into the body hole and insert the head in again, carefully tilting to the right. Let cool.
  19. Hot glue the standing figure to the base.
  20. Cut out two 1 inch circles of felt for shoes. Cut from the back of each circle to the center. Using a drop of hot glue on the top of the skeleton's foot, secure the felt with the cut in the back of the foot. Wrap at the cut and secure again with hot glue. This will resemble a shoe.
  21. To create the pumpkin, sculpt a round ball of orange Sculpey™. Add facial features using the black Sculpey™. Press into the front of the ball to create a jack-o-lantern. Insert a pencil top's eraser into the top of the jack-o-lantern to create an opening or bowl shape. Poke two tiny holes in each side so that after the clay is baked, a small wire can be inserted as a handle.
  22. Bake jack-o-lantern at 275  for 15 minutes. Cool.
  23. Insert the wire for a handle and loop over the hand of the skeleton.
  24. To make the spider, cut 4 – 1 ½ inch pieces of black wire.
  25. Lay on a metal work surface. Add a drop of hot glue to create a spider's body. Let cool.
  26. Color spider with DecoColor™ paint pen. When dry, use the white DecoColor™ paint pen and add small eyes.
  27. Loop a small piece of orange embroidery thread around the body of the spider and add a drop of hot glue to the tummy side to create a leash.
  28. Tie the top of the embroidery thread to the hand.


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