This candy-colored DIY sugar skull garland is super cute for the Halloween season and beyond! If scary-spooky skulls aren’t your thing, this is a colorful alternative to your decorating.
I’ve simply taken some metal ornaments from Joann and decorated them with nail polish and Swarovski crystals. Create this garland in any color scheme you desire. This tutorial is great for kids and beginners as well, as it’s basically a matter of just painting and gluing. Scary simple!!!
Step 1: Gather materials. You’ll need small sugar skull metal ornaments (I got these at Joann! They have a variety of different Halloween shapes), assorted crystal flatbacks, nail polish, fabric and Gem-Tac (it helps if you have a glue pen like this, and a wax stick to pick up the crystals).
Step 2: Use the metallic nail polish to paint the ornament however you’d like.
If you have spots where the polish has leaked or overflowed, use a Q-tip and nail polish remover to quickly fix. Let the ornament fully dry.
Step 3: Use Gem-Tac to glue on crystal flatbacks (especially around the eyes!) to your ornament. I used contrasting colors for a “pop”. Repeat painting and gluing crystals to the remainder of your ornaments (I had 4 total).
Step 4: Once all your skulls have fully dried, use strips of recycled fabric for a bohemian look to create the finished garland. I cut an old tie dye skirt into long strips and let the edges fray.
String the skulls onto the fabric and use smaller pieces of fabric to tie knots, holding the skulls in place. If you want a cleaner look, you can use organza or silk ribbon to string the skulls. You can even use jute!
Simply tie or tape the ends over your windowpane for a cool sun catcher effect.
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