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September 18, 2013

Skull Bookends DIY

I usually turn and run when the barrage of orange and black decorations hit the craft stores for Halloween (it’s just not my color palette, ok? I mean, where are the mint colored pumpkins?). However, this year I’ve made quite the Halloween decor turnaround for one reason alone- skulls! I’ve been snapping up skull ribbon, skull paper straws, and all the other cranial paraphernalia I can get my hands on so I can spread my love of skulls long after October is over.

The halloween aisle at Michael’s is where I found this little plaster skull gem. The moment I saw it I knew it was destined to reside in my house as a DIY project. Anyone wanna make some sweet bookends? Good.

I made a pencil mark down the center of my skull and used a simple handsaw to slowly saw the skull in half. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be; the plaster cut really well and the skull was thick enough that I wasn’t worried about it breaking. Once the skull was separated into two halves, I used a clear gloss sealer to seal the outside of the plaster and followed up with a white gloss spray paint to give it some shine. I bought a 3 1/2 inch wide poplar board (any wood will do) and cut the board into two pieces that were 9 1/2 inches long. I painted those boards white with an acrylic gloss paint and glued each skull half onto a board with E6000 glue. That particular glue takes a little longer to dry than most glues (but it’s really strong when dry), so I used painter’s tape and heavy items on either side of the bookends to hold them upright while drying.

I wasn’t exactly sure how these would turn out when I first thought of the idea, but I knew if they turned out well it would be so worth it. And you know what? I LOVE them (especially paired with my painted books)! If I saw these in a store, I would audibly squeal with delight and snatch them up immediately.

You can make yourself a pair for Halloween, but mine are going to be rocking out my bookshelf all through the year.

xo. Laura

May 19, 2013

Laura Loves: Skull Edition

Skulls- everybody who’s anybody has one. I mean you LITERALLY have to have one to be considered a someone. Oh, sure, there are creatures like jellyfish that don’t have skulls, but you don’t see them on the cover of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful” edition, now do you?

My birthday was almost two weeks ago now, but I got two pretty sweet skull presents amidst the birthday booty. One was a skull bracelet from my brother and his girlfriend, and the other was number 5 on my skull roundup this week- a silver metallic skull from Z Gallerie courtesy of Todd. It’s actually glittering before me as I type this, sitting on my desk with its hollow sparkly eyes fixed upon me. Awesome.

Obviously, there’s still plenty of delightful skull treasure out there that I don’t own yet, so here’s a few of my top finds for this week: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

If you’re ever feeling low or down on yourself, just think, “I have a skull. I’m a SOMEBODY!”