So, my ever so full of life granddaughter Lillian decided she was going to be a werewolf for Halloween this year. Of course, I wanted to compliment her theme. What to do? Ahh yes…Full moon! After searching far and wide for ideas, it became clear I was on my own. So, for all of you wanting to shine in the dark of the night, here’s what I did.
- Cardboard (big enough to cut 2 large circles to cover your front and back)
- Exacto knife
- Bat cut-outs ( * optional I downloaded and printed)
- Spray Adhesive (i used 3M general purpose)
- 1 can Almond spray paint (I used Krylon color master. Dries in 10 minutes)
- 1 can Black spray paint
- Glow in the Dark Paint (I purchased mine from Joann’s)
- Nylon Rope 2 pieces 1/2 inch in diameter approx 20inches in length each
- Large cratered sponge
- Large size all purpose paint brush
Optional Face makeup:
- Clown cream white
- Sponge Applicator
Now that you have you supplies…let’s start with the cardboard.
Lay it out on a roomy flat surface. While there are many ways to draw a circle, most require measuring or puncturing, so I chose to make it very simple. But if you want perfection, there’s oodles of Youtube videos to choose from. Cut your string to the desired length (measuring top to bottom) you want your circle to be.
Tie the string to the top of the pencil. Next, you can either tape the other end of the string to the edge of the cardboard at any point, or just hold it in place yourself.
Making sure the string is taut with the pencil upright and on the cardboard, draw your circle.
Repeat…using your X-Acto knife, cut out 2 circles.
Next, hold the circles up to your body and decide placement front and back. If you’re making this for yourself, it’s easier to have help for this step. Mark 2 spots about mid shoulder where the rope will be attached and puncture both pieces of cardboard. (2 holes each)
Hint: latex or rubber gloves are really nice here!
Using the almond paint, spray front sides only of both circles with 2 coats. Allow to dry 10-15 minutes between coats. If you spray a little thicker in areas it looks more authentic! Once they’ve dried, spray a large cratered (big holed) sponge with a small amount of black paint and dab it onto both boards in a stipple pattern anywhere you’d like. I had mine sweeping around just one side and through the middle for a cratered affect.
Once your paint dries you can now apply a few cut-out paper bats if you want. I swear by 3M adhesive for all my basic craft needs. If you haven’t tried it, this is a great excuse! Just lightly, lightly spray a little on the back of your cut-out and and apply to your board. Easy peasy!
If you’re not in a hurry, allow all the boards to set overnight. But if you’re halfway to the costume party already, let’s make it glow!
First let me be clear, there are many types of glow paint, but not all glow outside, or on all surfaces, so my advice is to read labels carefully and BUY IT EARLY! Stores run out fast in October. Where do you find it? Joann’s, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Beverly’s to name a few. Lastly, the amount you will need will depend on the size of the cirlces so keep that in mind when purchasing. I needed 2-3 2oz bottles. If you plan on being outside to glow, DOUBLE what the bottle says to use.
Now paint your circles. Try to paint evenly so as not to miss any spots and give it a nice covering. Repeat 2-3 times. Of course, as with any glow paint, a good charge of light before use is really going to determine how well and long it glows.
Lastly, take your 2 pieces of rope and cut them to desired length ( if needed) using your body placement measurements. Attach them to your boards by pushing one end through the front side of what will be your front board ( use a pencil to push rope through hole), and tie a knot in it. Repeat on the other side. Now continue the rope through the board for your back by pushing the rope through the unpainted side. Tie the end rope in a knot. Repeat on the other side. If it is hanging to low you can untie the knots and make the rope smaller.
And there you have it!
If you want to do the face makeup, I just applied white cream face makeup to my entire face and down my neck a little. Then using a sponge applicator, I mixed the grey and black and applied it in the same pattern as the moon. I applied the dark colors somewhat heavy to create the crater affect.
Fell free to email me with questions or share your ideas. And of course I want to see your pics!