Even though I love traditional Halloween decorating, I love the fresh, new look of Pastel Halloween Decor. It’s kind of fun to mix it up a bit! This month as a DecoArt blogger, I was able to use Americana Neon Lights Fluorescent Acrylics paint to make a fun Halloween DIY witch’s hat planter, with bats in fun colors (Pink Explosion, Radiant Yellow, Green Energy, Knock Out Blue, and Peach Punch)!
I bought the plastic bats at the craft store, and started painting. It was after the paint dried, and it started peeling right off of my bats that I realized my craft fail.
I didn’t use a Paint Adhesion Medium, which helps the acrylic paint adhere . You would think after 11 years, I would have figured it out by now, like when I paint furniture!!! So, learn from my mistake, and if you are going to paint something with a slick surface, use the medium before the paint.
While those were drying, I made my DIY witch’s hat.
First, I cut out a cone shape (template at the end) that would be the main part of the hat from the old painter’s tarp, and then a round circle that would be the brim.
I rolled my cone shape canvas and glued the edge. I then used some extra cardboard to make another cone to go inside the hat to give it support. I painted both parts of my hat in Americana Black Paint.
I put the top part of the hat on the cardboard cone and let dry. It got kind of slouchy at the bottom of the cone, which I liked. It made it look more “hat like”.
I also let the brim part dry. If you decide you are going to use it on a dowel rod like I did, Cut an x in the bottom before painting… Another craft fail. I cut mine after it was dry, and it was much harder to cut through the painted canvas.
Once it was dry, I glued the top of my hat to the base, and glued my bats on. A strong,multi-purpose tacky glue , or a hot glue works best. If this is going to be outside, even under a covered porch, use a clear coat of a varnish to help the durability.
After that, you are ready to put your planter together! I have that post ready for you for early next week! I also painted a few pumpkins with the Neon Lights Paint, and glued some of the extra bats to the pumpkins, witch made (ha ha see what I did there?) for fun decor.
I added some sticks from the yard, and it made for a fun Halloween front porch scene, or in my case, front step.
Who says Halloween has to be black and orange?
If you love Halloween, you might love this Edgar Allen Poe mantelscape, this tutorial on how to paint fake pumpkins to look a little but more realistic, and
This post was sponsored by DecoArt, opinions are entirely my own.