DIY Halloween decor: typography glitter plaque

DIY Halloween decor - Typography glitter plaqueIt’s Halloween, and I can’t tell you how excited I am! If you have been around this blog for awhile, you already know it’s my favorite holiday – and you know that I’m always looking for fun DIY Halloween decor ideas. What you may not know is that one of the biggest reasons I love Halloween is because I get to use black glitter. I love black glitter. Who am I kidding – I love everything about Halloween.

I’m participating in a blog hop today where all of us are using Krylon Glitter Blast, and the result is this Halloween plaque that I love so much. I also got to use orange pom pom trim, my favorite Sizzix Big Shot die Award Ribbon and Mod Podge. It’s a total win-win.

I will tell you before I start that this tutorial isn’t short. But If you really love me then you won’t skip it. Kidding. Sort of. Here’s how to make a Halloween plaque just like mine.

Gather These Supplies

  • Krylon Glitter Blast – Starry Night
  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Glazed Carrots, Pure Black, Purple, Wicker White
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Wood plaque and decorative wood frame
  • Wood numbers “3” and “1”
  • Wood circle – 2″
  • Fabric – scrap piece in coordinating colors
  • Scrapbook paper – Halloween patterns, small scraps
  • Halloween embellishments – ribbon, orange pom-pom trim, small black crow
  • Stencil tape
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

IMG_4520First step is to paint the plaque and the wood frame with Pure Black. I reused a plaque from a project I was going to do last year but never finished. Whoops. I only painted the edge of my plaque. At this time, you should also paint the numbers, which I didn’t take a picture of. Paint them Glazed Carrots. Let everything dry.

IMG_4522My next step was to tape the plaque using stencil tape. I just wanted to hit the edge with glitter, so I taped around the top edge and then put wax paper down in the center.

IMG_4511I took the plaque and frame outside and placed them both on wax paper (love wax paper lately, thanks to the inventor). I sprayed the crap out of them both with Glitter Blast. I was shocked when glitter actually sprayed out of the can. A lot of glitter. A ton of glitter! It really looked amazing on the black paint. Let dry.

IMG_4513Next step was to prepare the fabric using Mod Podge. I laid down a piece of wax paper and spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top. This makes it easy to cut. Let it dry before cutting though.

IMG_4518I measured the fabric to fit inside my decorative wood frame and then cut out an oval.

IMG_4533I laid the oval down in the center and traced around it. You’ll see why in a minute.

IMG_4536I painted the purple around the edges – not inside the oval I just traced. Coat thoroughly and let dry.

IMG_4537I painted white in the center of the oval I traced. Why? I’ll tell you. My fabric is black and natural colored – if I put purple paint below it, the purple would show through the natural part of my fabric. Yep! It’s always smart to paint white behind lighter colored fabrics before Mod Podging down to a dark surface.

IMG_4540Mod Podge the oval to the center of the plaque and then Mod Podge the entire top. Let it dry. DO NOT Mod Podge over any glitter. You will dull it.

IMG_4542Glue the frame down over the fabric, making sure to cover up the edges.

IMG_4541Bust out the Sizzix big shot and make an award ribbon out of scrapbook paper. If you don’t have a fancy machine like this, use free clip art online to trace and cut out the same shape.

IMG_4544Mod Podge the award ribbon.

IMG_4545Glue the numbers and award ribbon down and let dry. Glue the ribbons down at this time, right onto the bottom of the award ribbon.

IMG_4548Paint your wood circle with Wicker White, cut out a circle shape from one of your scraps of paper and then Mod Podge it to the top.

IMG_4549Glue the circle AND the bird to the award ribbon.  Let it dry and your project is complete.

IMG_4568Check it out! I’m pleased. Just need to hang it, but in the meantime I’ll let it sit on my little table with Skully.

IMG_4557Here is a close-up of the Glitter Blast. It’s even more amazing in person. So what do you think?


  1. Anonymous says

  2. Fifi says

    this is awesome!!!

    just hopping around different blogs this morning, looking forward to more of your posts!!

    your newest follower!

  3. Craft 4 Change says

    Wow…cute! I love Halloween too! Glitter? Can’t have too much of it in my opinion.~~Robyne~~

  4. The Paupers Castle says

    OK….So I see you used this product! Love your project and results. New follower!

    Love the look of glitter blast, hated the clogging cans. Here is my review:

    I would love some insight. Especially if you have tips on how to make it work! Krylon was no help! I do love the look and I think it has great potential, but to much hassle for the expense in my opinion …or at least as of right now!