Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BOO! The Sequel

Remember my Boo sign?  I had a few requests for a tutorial, which surprised me, because I really didn't do a whole lot to make it.  But since I love a good tutorial (no promises that this one is good) I decided to oblige.

I have a few scraps of wood I have been saving.  I took one outside and spray painted it.  First this brilliant color of orange, and then the sides and back in a dusky black.
I learned that spray paint eats through Styrofoam.  Oops!  I probably shouldn't be using either, though as they are both horrible for the environment. 
Now I am feeling all guilty. 

At the same time I painted a chipboard letter B with the lovely orange.

Also, I learned that melted styrofoam likes to fuse to wood. 
I sanded down the melted mess and mod podged on some scrap paper leftover from my last sign and mod podged the B.
Once that had dried I thought distressing the B would look nice.  I rubbed the edges with my ink pad.  Evidently mod podge and ink are super friends.  A lot more ink got on the B and despite my best efforts, it was beyond hope.  I decided to try again.
While I was waiting for the paint and mod podge to dry, I glued the googly eyes and a spider on.
Pause for a little moral support

Back to work.

I cut the backs off some spider rings and glued them randomly around the Boo.  I also glued a ribbon around the edges of the block of wood.
I didn't want to add a bow again, as that is a little too sissy for Halloween.  So I tried it with just the spider.  It wasn't working for me. 
As I was putting Faye down for her nap and changing a few accidents, I had a stroke of brilliance.  (Humor me, okay?) I cut off a bunch of different lengths of ribbon and glued that on top of the wood, then glued the spider back in place.
Done and done!

Now, you can make your own!  or, if you are lazy and lucky, you can just try to win this one.

And now, for the grand giveaway!  I am going to give this Boo sign to a random reader.  Guess what, you don't even have to follow me!  (I hate giveaways with strings attached.)  I would, however love to hear your favorite Halloween or Fall traditions.  I will leave this giveaway open until Friday night.  Good luck!  And if you don't want to win the sign, please share your traditions with me anyway.  :) 
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