I grabbed a few of these skeleton garlands from the Dollar Store, took the ropes from around their bony little necks and spray painted them a shiny silver. Once they were dry, I started playing around with them to make a shape.
I painted a piece of wood a glossy black, then laid out my skeleton design.
I used painter's tape to create a "stencil" for my W. You guys, I have to tell you that I just swear by FrogTape . It. Does. Not. Bleed. (This isn't a sponsored post, I just really like this stuff.) Measure if you need to in order to ensure that your letter is even. Sometimes even we eyeballers need to break out the measuring tape.
Take it outside and spraypaint the exposed wood with the same color silver that you painted the skeletons with.
Peel off the tape and then begin to glue down your skeletons. You cannot use hot glue for this. I ended up keeping my center skeleton's legs in place with a can of chipotle peppers. You can use whatever. (obviously.)
I popped the board into a frame, and that was that. If you wanted to, you could use the cardboard that comes with a frame, instead of using a board for this project. (It would be easier, actually.... I just had a board that happened to be the same size as the frame.)
The finished project? A fun, quirky, Halloween spin on a traditional monogram.
OK, this project isn't for everybody... If your initial is an S or a C or something similarly curvy, this might not be the craft for you. But, if you're a W or an H or something straight and/or angular, this is easy for you.
Speaking of W... 10 years ago today, Handsome Hubby and I got married. (You can read our first love-love lost-love found story HERE.) From the time I was 15 years old I knew HH was the love of my life. I used to write Mrs. W on my folders and books in high school.
Happy Anniversary, HH. You are my better half and wake up each morning, loving you a little more than I did the day before. xoxo
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