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Make a creepy Halloween sign

Make a creepy Halloween sign

Use our Halloween Moulds to make this frightfully crafty sign. Watch craft expert Heather Robertson make creepy lettering, ghosts, bats and spiders and follow the step-by-step instructions below. 

WATCH: Halloween Craft Project by Heather Robertson

 

Moulds and materials to make the sign:

Plus:
Jute wire, plastic coated garden wire, acrylic paints in white, black and orange, watercolour paints, cornflour, paint brushes, a small drill (electric or manual), glue and modeling tools (or your fingers!).

 

Step 1 – Creepy Letters

Lightly dust the Creepy Horror Alphabet Mould with cornflour and tap out the excess. Press a small amount of Hearty Air Drying Clay into the mould using your fingers and/or a Dresden/modeling tool. Heather finds that using slightly drier clay works best for this. Pull the clay away from the edge of the mould, and twist and wriggle the mould gently to release the letters. If they break, just roll the clay back into a ball and remould. Leave to dry on a flat surface.

Step 2 – Pumpkins

Lightly dust the Pumpkin Face Mould with cornflour and tap out the excess.

Using Black Hearty Air Drying Clay, mould the eyes, mouths and eyebrows needed for your pumpkin face and leave to dry.

Once the facial features are dry, mix white and orange Hearty Air Drying Clay, together to get the shade of orange you want then press the orange clay into the pumpkin cavity of the mould. Pull the clay away from the edges, and gently twist the mould to release your pumpkin

Select which facial features you want to use and carefully push each piece into the soft pumpkin, being careful not to distort the shape too much.

Using white acrylic paint, add the teeth and eye highlights to the pumpkin faces. Set your pumpkins aside to dry.

Note: Drier clay works best for the thin facial softer clay works features and softer clay works best for the pumpkins. Use one of the eyes to create a round mouth. You can also press letters into your pumpkins to create spooky words.

Step 3 – Ghosts and Bats

Lightly dust the Ghosts Mould and The Bat Mat Mould with cornflour and tap out the excess. Using black, white and yellow Hearty Air Drying Clay mould the ghosts, stars, moons and bats, tearing away any excess clay, and being careful to pull the clay away from the edges, and from the eyes and mouths of the ghosts. Gently twist and fold the mould to release your pieces and set aside to dry. 

Note: It is best to mould and release one piece at a time for easier release and to avoid distorting the shape.

Step 4 – Spiders and Spider Web stamp

Lightly dust the Spiders & Web Mould with cornflour and tap out the excess.

Roll out a sheet of Hearty Air Drying Clay and cut away any excess. Gently press the clay into the mould, being careful to fill all the cavities. You can gently roll the clay flat, but be careful not to stretch the clay and distort the shape.

Turn it over and gently remove the mould buy rolling it off the clay on a flat surface. Cut away the excess clay with scissors or a cutting wheel. Leave to dry on a flat surface.

Press a small amount of Hearty Air Drying Clay into the spider cavities of the mould using your fingers and /or dresden/modelling tool. Heather finds that using slightly drier clay works best for this. Pull the clay away from the edge of the mould, and twist and wriggle the mould gently to release the spiders. If they break, just roll the clay back into a ball and remould. Leave to dry.

Step 5 – Painting your MDF Nesting Plaques

Choose a large and small MDF Nesting Plaque and paint each one with a base layer of white acrylic paint, gesso or primer. Once dry, sponge paint each one with acrylic paints in the colours of your choice. Heather has chosen to paint the top plaque in black and the bottom plaque in bright orange. She has left the centre of the bottom plaque unpainted as this is where the glue will go. Leave to dry.

To add the spider web to your MDF, paint some white acrylic paint onto a tile, plate or non-absorbent flat surface, and press your spiderweb stamp onto the paint.

Alternatively, you could use a stamp pad or carefully paint the clay onto the stamp, being careful to only paint the raised areas.

Press this carefully and firmly onto your MDF and remove to leave the web print. Leave to dry.

Once dry, glue the two plaques together with tacky glue or wood glue.

Note: If your spiderweb impression is too bright or strong, lightly paint some black paint over the top in a few places to tone down and fade the image.

Step 6 – Leaves and wire curls

Lightly dust the Maple Leaves Mould with cornflour and tap out the excess.

Press light Green Hearty Air Drying Clay into the mould using your fingers. Pull the clay away from the edge of the mould, and gently twist and fold the mould to release your leaves.

Note: Heather often makes the leaves and sticks them to her projects before they dry, so that she can bend and squash them to fit where she wants them to go.

To create wire pumpkin curls, wrap some wire around a knitting needle, pencil or paint brush, and then remove. Stretch and twist to the desired shape.

Heather has used 20-gauge florist wire, but softer garden wire or craft wire also works well.

Step 7 – Assembly

Once all your pieces are dry, play around and plan where you want each piece to go. When you are happy with your layout, then start to glue everything in place with craft/tacky/wood glue. Heather has also used some extra heavy gel medium where she wanted a thicker adhesive. Silicone glue can also be used.

Extra leaves can be made and stuck into place at this point.

Push the curly wires into place while the thick glue is still wet.

Play around with the word placement, and if you’re not happy with it, then change it. Leave to fully dry.

Step 8 – Making the wire hanger

Heather has used crafting jute wire and plastic-coated garden wire to create the hanger.

Drill two small holes at the top of your Halloween sign. Heather has used a small manual pin drill.

Make a long curl of green garden wire. Thread the Jute wire through one of the holes in your sign and then thread the wire curl onto it. Thread the jute wire through the other hole and decide how long you want your hanger to be. Cut it to the desired length, wrap it around itself to secure it and remove any excess wire with wire cutters.

Stretch out your wire curl and if it is too long, remove what you don’t need. Uncurl some of the wire curl and bend it to the desired shape. Remove any excess wire with some wire cutters.

Step 8 – Final painting

Heather has used watercolour paints in orange and dark green to add extra depth to the design.

Paint the pumpkins with a darker shade of orange, and then wipe away the paint from the surface with a wet wipe or damp towel, so that the paint only remains in the crevices.

Do the same with the leaves, using a dark green. You can also add a splash of orange in a few places too. Leave to dry and hang in place.

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Bonus Ghost Sheet!
Lightly dust the Ghosts Mould with corn flour and tap out the excess. Using black, white and yellow Hearty Air Drying Clay fill each ghost, star, moon and bat cavity. Tear away any excess clay, and be careful to pull the clay away from the edge of the mould as well as the eyes and mouths of the ghosts. 
Roll out a sheet of clay in a contrasting colour. Heather has used grey with a hint of blue.
Press the mould with the filled cavities firmly onto the rolled-out sheet of clay and cut away any excess. Turn it over and gently press the clay down to ensure that the shapes already in the mould stick to the sheet of clay. Turn back over onto a flat surface and carefully peel the mould away to reveal your multicoloured sheet. Cut away any excess clay and leave your sheet to dry on a flat surface.
Try making them into Halloween decorations using the Large and Medium Vintage Frame Moulds.

Heather Robertson Ghost Frames

 

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