Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween Sparkle Sign (with Mod Podge)

Happy October! It is officially (for me) time to break out the pumpkins and gear up for a few months of crafty and homey fun. Today brings a craft tutorial...I'll show you how to make a Halloween Sparkle Sign with Mod Podge. My girls are absolutely thrilled with it. Since we can't have a real cat (darn T and his allergies), a paper cat covered in sparkles and shine is just as nice. The best part? I made it with a cabinet door!
Sparkle Halloween Sign with Mod Podge, from Serenity Now blog

I wanted to keep costs down for this craft. I spotted the cabinet door base at the local ReStore for just $2.00!
Halloween Sign from Cabinet Door, from Serenity Now

In addition to a board, cabinet door, or similar flat surface, here's what you'll need to try this at home:
Halloween Sign Mod Podge Supplies, Serenity Now blog

-Sparkle Mod Podge
-"Original" Matte Mod Podge (not pictured)
-Wrapping paper or scrapbook paper for base
-Scrapbook paper for your silhouette shape
-Foam brush or Mod Podge applicators
(I used a 4 inch brush applicator, the "professional tool set," and a roller top with a 2 oz. bottle)
-3D foam adhesive mounts
-Paper plate and plastic knife or popsicle stick for stirring
-Ribbon (optional)

How to Make a Sparkle Sign:
Make a Sign from a Cabinet Door, Serenity Now blog

1. If you're using a cabinet door like me, remove any hardware.

2. Sand your base. I didn't go all the way down to the grain...just enough to rough it up a bit.

3. Spray paint. I used a dual paint and primer spray paint that dried quickly. Two coats.

4. Measure and cut a piece of paper to fit in the center of your sign. I used printed wrapping paper from Target's Dollar Spot.

Sparkle Halloween Sign from Cabinet Door, Serenity Now blog

5. Use a large brush (or foam brush) to apply the original matte formula Mod Podge to the surface.

6. Cover the entire area generously.

7. Apply more Mod Podge to the back of your paper and carefully press onto the flat surface.

8. Use the brayer to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. (This was hard to do with thin wrapping paper)

Sparkle Halloween Sign from Cabinet Door, Serenity Now blog

9. Let the Mod Podged area dry for 15 to 20 minutes.

10. Use a popsicle stick or plastic knife to stir your Sparkle Mod Podge and pour it onto a paper plate or into a roller top bottle.

11. Use a foam brush or roller top bottle to spread the sparkle MP on top of the paper. Let dry completely.

12. I had planned to use my Silhouette machine to cut a cat silhouette, but had to hand cut them because my mat wasn't sticky enough. I cut one smaller than the other and layered them.

Halloween Sign Tutorial, Serenity Now blog

13. I used the adhesive 3D mounts to stick my cat silhouette to the Mod Podged surface.

14. I loved how the mounts gave the piece some depth, so I hand cut some Halloweeny stars and used the mounts for those too.
Halloween Sign from Cabinet Door, Serenity Now blog

I chose to keep the knob on my cabinet door, and I used it to hang some wooden "BOO" letters from Target's Dollar Spot with some sparkle ribbon:
Halloween Craft, from Serenity Now blog

My Sparkle Sign has a new home next to my TV armoire, which is all decked out for Halloween. I'll show you the whole view later on, but here's another shot of the sign for today.
Halloween Sign with Sparkle Mod Podge, Serenity Now blog

Love my Mod Podge!
Mod Podge Halloween Crafting, from Serenity Now blog

Have you done any Halloween crafting lately?

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Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Mod Podge and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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  1. Super cute! I love crafting with my kids, but I'm trying really, really hard to keep the crafts smaller this year so they don't take over!


  2. That is so cute Amanda! I really need to break out the Mod Podge more- you have a giant stash! p.s. My hubby is allergic too.

  3. Golly. Now I won't be able to look at old cabinet doors and leave them! This is great! Love that you left the knob on and hung the BOO cute!

  4. Amanda that is so cute! I love that you used the newspaper for the background and all the glitter makes it so fun and girly!

  5. I've been wanting to hit our local Habitat for Humanity Restore for a while, now I really have to go and get a cabinet door to make this project! So adorable for the spooky season ahead!!

  6. Cute! I bet your girls love all the sparkles! :)

  7. So cute Amanda! I think this turned out great and I am sure your girls love the cat.

  8. You're going to be the ModPodge queen with that box full of goodies!

    I really like your project, and I love that you made it with the cabinet door. I'm sure the girls love it, too--it's so cool and Halloween-y!

    So T's allergic to cats. Hmmm. Sounds like a good allergy to me! (I'm such a dog person!)

  9. so fun for Halloween. i bet your girls love the sparkle!!!


  10. So cute. I love the sparkle and the purple. Fun project.

  11. Oh my cute! Kate would love making one!

  12. Using a cabinet door for your base is such a great idea! I love the colors you chose for this project. I'm like you and wait until October for pumpkins and Halloween decorations.

  13. So cute, Amanda! And great tutorial for podging the paper down. That can be so tricky!

  14. This is just too cute. And not spooky. Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing! Super excited to try my own.

  15. Love all that sparkle, Sparkle mod podge is my favorite ;) Great job with that cabinet door!

  16. this turned out so cute! love the sprakles on top of the text

  17. I love it! I just recently did a craft with a cabinet door from the ReStore too! Awesome :)


  18. This is so cute, I love all things glitter. If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up at my Pin Party.


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