DIY Sugar Skull Garland - Quiet Lion Creations

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.

DIY Sugar Skull Garland - Quiet Lion Creations

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!!!

DIY Sugar Skull Garland - Quiet Lion Creations

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), Swarovski crystal flatbacks, nail polish, fabric and Gem-Tac.

DIY Sugar Skull Garland - Quiet Lion Creations

Step 2: Use the metallic nail polish to paint the ornament however you’d like.

DIY Sugar Skull Garland - Quiet Lion Creations

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.

DIY Sugar Skull Garland - Quiet Lion Creations

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).

DIY Sugar Skull Garland - Quiet Lion Creations

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.

DIY Sugar Skull Garland - Quiet Lion Creations

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!

DIY Sugar Skull Garland - Quiet Lion Creations

Simply tie or tape the ends over your windowpane for a cool sun catcher effect.


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The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations

No dark magic here, we’re not about that life, just a bit of simple sorcery in the form of sparkly DIY statement jewelry. Inspired by the cult classic AHS Coven, an iconic red, black and white color trio trickled its way into this shoot. Cracking candlelight flames add that chicly creepy effect – perfect for creating a totally witchy mood.

I’ve been stuck with a bunch of leather (faux, of course) spools that have sorta been stumping me – I don’t usually work with leather that much. Probably because it doesn’t sparkle. Ha! Well…..how about if we mix it with chains, rhinestones and more? Leave long fringe as a super-statement? I like it……

I’ve got the leather piece layered under another chain necklace, but it can be worn alone just as easily. To create it yourself, start by cutting a piece of 16″ large curb chain. These links need to be chunky. Add a clasp and 3″ extender chain on the ends. It’s really helpful to create this necklace on a mannequin – if you don’t have one, I’d definitely suggest getting one. It’s insanely helpful, no lie. You can see exactly how the piece wears as you make it….

Cut varying lengths of leather, using the longest in the center of the necklace then decreasing lengths up the sides. Thread the leather through each chain link, matching up the ends. This means you’ll need to cut double the length you want your final piece of leather to be. Then, use 6mm jump rings to “crimp” the leather in place, right under each chain length. Use jump rings that are the same color as the cable chain. You can also choose to bead weave crystals through the cable chain – use monofilament so it’s invisible. I also wove on another chain piece atop the crystals, so it’s part choker. Chokers are where it’s at.

If your leather isn’t laying flat, use a flat iron on LOW temp to help straighten. The leather fringe is surprisingly lightweight – which makes it a great alternative to heavier beaded pieces. Make in all different colors, or even try color blocking the leather for cool effects.

Like any good witch, always pair your DIYs with the appropriate wardrobe. We live by Fiona’s Golden Rule: “wear something black”….. Supreme status achieved.

Top from Urban Outfitters / Kitty flats by Charlotte Olympia

The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations
The Supreme Halloween Lookbook - by Quiet Lion Creations


All photos copyright Quiet Lion Creations. Email me at info@quietlioncreations.com for permission to use or re-post.
Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.

Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Calling all witches, warlocks, fortune tellers and gypsies alike – gather up the squad for some spells, stories and maybe a spirit or two…..

This wooded cove provided major Blair Witch vibes with its gnarled branches and secluded locale. The subtle crunch of littered leaves cut through an eerie silence, while the breeze between tangled branches added creepy creaks and ghostly whispers.  Oh, what’s that say?! 🎃 P-u-m-p-k-i-n-n-n-n—–S-p-i-c-e-e-e-e-e-e…… Awesome! The promise of Fall’s best flavor is a surefire way to summon me.

A drearily grey overcast sky was perfectly fitting for a slightly spooky, bewitchingly wicked ambiance. What a perfect place to pull out your crystal collection, put out them tarot cards and light up some candles.

Gloom <without the depressing doom> is my aesthetic this season, taking shape in dark silhouettes, deep colors and the delightfully dreariest of DIY projects. Case and point – my Dracula Necklace (which you can learn to make yourself here) – stealing the show with its scarlet sparkles and silvery shine. Lace chokers are also necessary for the season. Add ribbon ends and a clasp to the ends to a piece of lace cut to fit your neck- usually around 15″. Simply add crystal drops off the bottom of the lace for extra detailing, if you prefer. This will become one of your go-to pieces, trust me. I wear some sort of choker every day (yes, of course they’re always black)…

As for my fortune-telling skull featured below, it’s a super-simple craft project as well. I found the ceramic skull base at Michaels and decorated it with a mix of crystal flatbacks, glitter, colored feathers and rhinestone cup chain. A great statement piece for any Halloween tablescape — a memento mori that’s far less gruesome and far more glam. Keep it up year-round if you’re hardcore into the Hallo season.

Ok, enough talk, gotta get back to my potions, please……

Ouija shirt from Hot Topic (where else?) / Burnout Kimono from PacSun

Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations
Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations
Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations

Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations
Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations
Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations
Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations
Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations
Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations
Halloween Fashion by Quiet Lion Creations


All photos copyright Quiet Lion Creations. Email me at info@quietlioncreations.com for permission to use or re-post.
Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.