October 18, 2012

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Banner + Celebrate Crate

Happy (almost) Friday, friends! Today I've got a fun tutorial for a Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Banner. And, news flash, Halloween is right around the corner! I know this because on Wednesday my neighbors pulled out the faux spiderweb stuff and wrapped their entire house in it. Without even looking at a calendar, I knew there were precisely 2 weeks until Halloween.

Yes, I can track the date based on the behavioral patterns of my neighbors. Can't you?

Anyway, before I dive into that tutorial I mentioned, I wanted to tell you about a FUN concept for the craft and party lover. Celebrate Crate is a monthly subscription box filled with party supplies and ideas. And, the contents are a complete surprise every month! How awesome is that?! They sent me their October "crate" and, I'm not even lying, it was like Christmas. I loved diving in and seeing what my treats were! 

See? I was so excited I shared on Instagram! Being October, the contents were, of course, Halloween themed!

I got: 

  • Fred & Friends Bone Chillers Ice Cube Tray
  • Thompson's Water Spigot
  • Ping Pong Eyeballs
  • Deco Art Glow in the Dark Paint
  • Fall Card By RuffHouse Art

  • Fun, huh? Last weekend I hosted a girls' craft night and was able to use some my Halloween party supplies! I decided to use the Glow in the Dark paint for a Halloween banner, and I'll share that quick tutorial now.

    Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Banner

    Glow-in-the-Dark paint
    chipboard pennant (one pack had nine pennants)
    orange ribbon
    black sticker letters (or vinyl letters using a vinyl cutter) to spell Halloween

    1) Gather supplies. Use a craft paint brush to paint 2-3 coats of glow-in-the-dark paint on the front of your chipboard pennants. Paint goes on and dries clear 2) Gather sticker letters to spell Halloween or use a vinyl cutter 3) Place one letter on each pennant 4) Cute orange ribbon into 8 equal lengths (about 3 inches each) and then 2 longer lengths for the ends 5) Tie each pennant to the neighboring pennant using a length of ribbon. Tie longer lengths to the two ends. 

     During the day, the banner is super cute and simple. It was the perfect addition to my treat table (psst...my Free Halloween Printable can be found here!)

    When the lights go out, the banner is a spooooky, glowing surprise! I love the way it turned out.

    Of course, I didn't JUST use the paint, I also used the googly ping-pong eyeballs in a simple candy corn arrangement. I filled two Dollar Tree vases with candy corn and then the eyeballs. Then I took sprigs of orange berries (from the floral department at Joann) and stuck that into the vase. I added some washi tape trim and called it done! Easy as can be.

    I also couldn't resist the fun ice cube tray! Instead of ice, I melted marshmallows and spooned that into the tray. I let the marshmallows reset in the freezer before removing them from tray. I will admit, this is a messy, sticky process. And, it's not exactly easy. The crossbones didn't come out looking like crossbones, but the skulls held up pretty well. It's a lot of work, but worth it when you're sipping hot cocoa with skull marshmallows!

    I had so much fun using the supplies from my Celebrate Crate box and I love the concept! Go check out their site when you get a chance. I think you'll love it too!


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    1. How cool is a glow in the dark banner? Really cool if you ask me.


    2. Oh my goodness... what do I comment on first? Love the printable I was able to download, 'cause I agree less tricks and more treats is the way to go! Can't go wrong with glow in the dark paint, either!!! And let's face it... it just wouldn't be Halloween without a mallow skull sticking out of your hot cocoa! Love every detail!!! jules

    3. Glow in the dark?? What a creative and amazing idea! So cute!

      I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

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