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I love crafts, and my daughter Christina does, too, so we decided to make something together, using dollar store items. I am all about saving you money, and this is a great craft you can enjoy with your kids, too.
- 1 plastic Halloween platter (I bought it last year, then never used it, so grabbed it out of my Halloween storage box). I believe it was purchased at a dollar store
- 6 plastic dollar store glow-in-the-dark skulls
- 2 sets of dollar store plastic yard stakes with attached plastic “chains”
- 1 plastic dollar store bird skeleton
- 1 plastic dollar store human skeleton, small (comes in a string of four. I snipped one off at the top of the head)
- 1 dollar store flameless candle tea light
- e-6000 glue (the only thing not from a dollar store, but which I already had in my craft supplies)
- Various dollar store candies
If you’re anything at all like me when doing crafts and projects, you’re messy as hell, so the first thing we did was to place a large trash bag over our dining room table, just to avoid getting any glue on the table. I used scissors to cut open the plastic packages the skulls came packaged in, and because we wouldn’t be using the plastic stakes from those packages, we tossed them, with quite a cavalier attitude, to the other side of the table.
The yard stakes we bought were plastic, had one flat side, and one side with an ever-so-lovely 3-D spider (yikes for the arachnophobes out there!), and had attached plastic chains. We gently removed the chains from the stakes and tossed the yard stakes over with the stakes from the skulls into a growing pile of cheap plastic wannabe vampire-slayer tools. The chain’s links weren’t fully closed, so it was very easy to remove them from the stakes.
On the black plastic Halloween platter I had purchased last year, there are 3-D skulls, and in between the skulls are decorative bumps. We decided to place one skull on each of the bumps. Okay, okay, it was my daughter’s idea! She’s a smart one, that girl! She’s also a much better photographer than me, so if you see a really great picture on my blog, it’s probably one she took, although I do occasionally get lucky and take a decent shot.
Out came the handy-dandy E-6000 glue (<—affiliate link, y’all). We placed a generous gob of glue on a bump, then placed a skull onto the glue. It isn’t an instant dry glue, so in order to make sure it stayed in place, we taped the skull to the platter while it dried, and also propped up the jaw area with one of the stakes from the skull bag. Poor guy looked decidedly odd all taped up and with his jaw being held up by a stake the likes of which I haven’t seen since the last time I watched Dracula.
Once that had dried, we glued the chain pieces to each side of each skull, stringing them together. Again, because the glue doesn’t dry instantly, we used tape to make sure the chains stayed in place while the glue dried. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet, but E-6000 is, like, messy. Super messy. It comes out in big globs, and if you aren’t careful, you’ll have your fingers stuck to everything, and there will be strings of glue like ribbons of snot strung all over your work surface. So yeah, be careful with it. It might help to have a little wooden chopstick or something with which to remove glue from the opening of the tube, rather than squeezing the tube. Anyone else think of Mr. Whipple (“Please don’t squeeze the Charmin”), or am I alone in being that old?
While the glue was drying on the chains/skulls, I checked to see if the flameless tea light would fit under the rib cage of the bird skeleton, then glued it in place, making sure the on/off switch was at the front, just to make it easier to turn on or off. After unsticking my fingers from his naked spinal column, I set him aside to let him dry.
After the glue on the tealight was set, about twenty minutes, we put the human skeleton onto the back of the bird, pulling the legs through the wing bones, so it looks like he’s riding the bird. My daughter had made an extra chain using the biggest links from the original chains, which we had removed since we didn’t need those. She placed the new chain around the neck of the bird, so he has his own bling! Yeah, baby!
When the glue was dry on both the skull bottoms and chain areas, we removed all of the tape, placed the bird skeleton with its human skeleton rider in the middle of the plate, then scattered candy all around the dish. I decided against gluing the bird to the plate, just in case I later want to put something else in the center. You never know, the bird and skeleton dude may decide to ride off into the sunset together.
My original thought was to put a strand of Christmas lights under the candy, but since the dish would be placed in the center of our dining room table to be used as a centerpiece, we nixed that idea. We didn’t want a cord running from the table to a wall outlet, because someone might trip over it, and it also wouldn’t have looked very good.
Check out the picture gallery below, then let us know what you think! This is such an easy project that just about anyone could do it, and it’s cheap enough to make that you can make several for a party.