I can’t get enough of Halloween and that’s why I wanted to craft these quirky, vintage-inspired Bump Chenille Monsters and Bright Neon Glittery Candy Holder Coffins.
Beginning mid-September it’s full throttle skulls, glitter, pumpkins and more (it’s like a lifestyle choice and not just a holiday celebration). That’s why I was super excited to get the chance to shop Consumer Crafts with $50.00 in credit from them. Their prices are off the hook amazing and I’m for sure going to them first for craft supplies in the future. I decided I had to use bump chenille, glitter and coffins since I want a lovely fun way to display candy on my Halloween party table.
With my $50.00, I was able to buy the following from Consumer Crafts to use for this project:
2 packs of 12 1″ Styrofoam balls
2 packs of 12 1 12″Styrofoam balls
1 pack of each of 12″ orange, black, and white bump chenille
1 12 pack of Martha Stewart Neon Glitter (AMAZING!)
1 12 pack of Martha Stewart Glittered Flocking
1 set of 18 paintbrushes in a carrying case for only $7.97 (something like this would usually cost you $20 or more
3 pack of cardboard coffins
I love bump chenille for this project, it’s vintage looking and adds great dimension and expressiveness to these little table monsters (they can also be used as ornaments).
Other supplies needed (and available from Consumer Crafts – I just already had them on hand):
Note: This craft is SUPER FUN! And SUPER Glitter and Glue kind sparkly sticky. I recommend covering your craft surface, and if you have space, consider crafting outside. Oh, and kids will have fun with this project too. Can be as fancy, simple, or silly as you like.
The 1 1/2″ styrofoam balls are used for the bump chenille monsters. Each ball is covered with glue and tissue paper to create a paper mache effect. The balls are placed on toothpicks stuck into an old piece of foam for drying.
Once the glue and tissue paper is dry, the head is painted with acrylic paint. Let the overall color dry and then go back and do the hair, eyes, mouth etc…..
When the paint is all dry, add your glittered flocking (the pumpkin has orange flocking, the vampire has black flocking over his painted black hair, the cyclopse has green flocking). Do not flock the face.
Bump Chenille Bodies:
Mix and match bump chenille colors as you like. For the monster bodies a ” bump chenille piece was folded in half. Where you folded the body twist it together so it forms a point (this is where the head and the body go together). For the arms, a 12″ bump chenille piece was cut in half. Twist things so they stay tight but poseable.
When the heads are dry pull out the toothpick and put a little craft glue in the hole, then place a little glue on the chenille and poke the tip of the chenille body point into the head. Let dry. And your poseable table monsters are ready to creep on your candy coffins.
Paint the inside of the coffins with acrylic paint (used here a pretty metallic teal).
Next take the Neon Martha Stewart Neon Glitter cover each side (doing one side at a time) with craft glue and cover with glitter. Shake off excess and return that glitter to the bottle (used here the old folded paper glitter retrieval method). The coffins were not painted. My preference here was to let the brown show through and have them look a bit rough. You can paint the coffins first before glittering, if you like.
The inside of the coffin lid is coated with craft glue and flocking is applied to give a velvet glittery look to it (love love love the feeling and look of the flocking).
Lastly, the outside of the coffins is coated with acrylic sealer (this dulls the glitter a pinch but since these will be actively used as candy bowls I wanted to protect the surface).
These are perfect for Halloween party decor or fill one of the coffins with candy, put a monster on top and give as a fab Halloween gift.Bump chenille monsters also make excellent ornaments.
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