So, this one was actually a success, if I do say so myself. I found this little project on Pinterest. It was cheap and easy, so even a craft failure like me could handle it.
Did you know the Dollar Tree sells Christmas Villages? Well, they do, and you should buy one ASAP, because it's enough to do 2 different projects.
See what I mean? That's a lot of pieces.
I split it in half and chose the pieces I thought would look the creepiest painted black. I'm saving the other half for Christmas.
I used some kind of black car spray paint that I got from Ollie's, but I'm sure you can use any kind.
The link above is right about the figurine faces. They're dollar store quality, which means they're super scary looking already, so I covered them with my kids' Play Doh (shhh!), and spray painted around the faces.
First coat of paint. Nice and shiny.
Got the brilliant idea to cover that with Glow in the Dark spray paint, which dulled the finish and honestly didn't add the cool effect I was hoping for. I would probably skip this part in the future.
Since I didn't have glitter paint, I again raided my kids' stuff and found their glitter glue. The link says to highlight with the glitter paint, but why would you only highlight with sparkles, when you can make the whole thing shine? I had a bunch of different colors, and I think they turned out pretty.
Check out the spooky faces on the figures.
Here's the full mantle, 90% supplied by the Dollar Tree. The village is on the left, and the tombstones I also got from there are on the right.
Here's the village lit up, but it was still daylight, so it doesn't look very cool. I also determined I need more lights, because even at night, you can't see very much.
I was playing around in my closet with one of the black lights and 2 of the houses, and after seeing awesome glowing purple sparkles, I have determined that I need a string of black lights for the mantle.
So, overall a Winterest for me. The fail came in when I decided to spray paint inside the house. I used a plastic table cloth and was super careful not to get paint anywhere on the carpet, walls, etc. Where I was stupid was when I elected not to open windows or doors, so the fumes were apparently overwhelming when the fam came home. I got a nice lecture from the spouse regarding toxic fumes blah blah blah. He is an authority on the subject, as I was reminded, since he is an Environmental Health Manager for a University.
Ok, stupid, but here's why I spray painted inside. Have you guys seen The Vampire Diaries? I know I'm late to the party on this one, but I am a Buffy loyalist, and I felt that this was probably a high school bullshit vampire drama that could only pale in comparison, but after I finished watching the whole Buffy series on Netflix (again!), I needed something else to watch. On my sister's recommendation, I gave it a shot, and now I'm hooked. Anywho, I thought I could do my artsy fartsy stuff while getting my Damon on, which was apparently not the best decision. I did finish the first season, though, so a productive day all in all.