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Palace Daily News: October 2, 2020

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Greeting Palace Peeps! We have finally arrived to Spooky Season!! I'm your host, sofieology, back with some more fun Halloween activities for you to try at home! This post specifically is dedicated to the hauntingly epic @TheCraftyBatman as we are going to learn how to make some DIY Haunted Mansion decor today! Let's dive on in!


Ever wanted to have the Haunted Mansion sign on your front door? Well now you can using this DIY! If you want more detailed instructions, this project can be found on "The Imagine Ears" website!!

For this project, you will need the following:

  • A round frame (oval shaped)
  • A leaf silicone mold
  • Gorilla Glue
  • 1 Plastic Skull
  • 1 Plastic Horned Monster Head
  • Masonite
  • Acrylic Paint (white and teal)
  • Testors dull coat (small rattle can)
  • Rustoleum spray paint - "Oil Rubbed Bronze"

To start, take the silicone mold and smooth resin into the molds. Then, allow the molds to dry overnight and take them out. Repeat this step until you have cast enough leaves to cover the oval frame.


Then, use the gorilla glue to attach the leaves to the frame. Let these dry for a couple hours as well. Then, attach the small, plastic skull to the bottom of the frame using the glue.


Next, use the glue to attach the Horned Monster Head to the top of the frame. If you want to get a more accurate head, you can try the more complicated route, but this is much easier to do. More Difficult Method: Sculpt the head onto a template cut out of polystyrene. Sculpt the bulk of the face with Super Sculpey to get the details right. then, sculpt the hair and snakes out of Smooth On Free Form Air to keep the weight of the piece light. 


Once the pieces are attached, use the area of the frame in the middle (where the mirror would have gone) to trace an oval out of Masonite. Place this into the middle and hold in place with glue - this will be the center of the piece.

Then, seal the parts of the frame with a few coats of acrylic paint and Testors dull coat in a small rattle can. Do not use spray paints if you decide to use the Sculpey approach and it will react to the spray paint. Next, coat the entire piece in numerous coats of Rustoleum spray paint called Oil Rubbed Bronze. Once dried, you can mix up a few different shades of teal with some water to create some soupy water washes onto the piece. 

Finally, for the lettering, print out a stencil of the mansion logo and cut it out using masonite or thick cardboard. If you want to include your own words, the Haunted Mansion font is called Ravenscroft and you can type up your own stencil and print it out And viola! You're created your own sign!



Now, for a bit easier of a DIY, let's make a Hitchhiking Ghosts Mason Jar!


For this project, you will need the following:

  • A mason jar
  • Purple paint
  • Water
  • Paint brush to stir paint and water
  • Bowl
  • Black artist pens
  • Stencil below to print
  • Tape
  • Paper Plates & Towels


Now, to start, print out the stencil above and cut out the best size for your mason jar. Then, tape the stencil on the inside of your mason jar. Use the black artist pens and trace the stencil to the outside of the mason jar. Remember, you will need to let the ink dry between tracing, otherwise the artwork will smear. When finished, take out the paper stencil. Then, mix 1 part water and 3 parts paint and stir. Pour the mixture into the mason jar to fill up about ¼ of the jar. Swirl the paint around the jar until the inside is completely covered in paint. Then, put the jar face down on a plate to drain the extra paint inside. Make sure you wipe the inside of the jar every 15 min. Once dry, place a candle inside the jar and enjoy!

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