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DIY Gothic Skeleton Cameo Barrettes - Crafting Chic Demo

Updated on October 2, 2014

Skeleton cameo barrette with spider hanging from chain

Easy, breezy Gothic vibe craft piece
Easy, breezy Gothic vibe craft piece | Source

Let's make the gothic skeleton cameo barrette in the picture.

Frilly and frightening, how Gothic is that?

I was looking around for some scary type hair accessories for the Halloween season.

It's much preferred when such items can be worn outside the scary holiday in venues like as clubs, concerts, parties, things with a Gothic vibe and so.

Who wants to be stuck with a barrette you only get to wear for one week out of the year? Not me.

After much searching online and off, I came to the conclusion what I wanted just was not to be had in the style, colors and price range I was looking for. Does that ever happen to you?

No worries. Here's how to make it yourself for about two dollars total. Let's check it out.

Female skeleton DIY cameo barrette

lace and chains with skeletons and spiders, how scary.
lace and chains with skeletons and spiders, how scary. | Source

What materials are needed to make the barrette?

  • A barrette back
  • Ruffle ribbon with net backing
  • A paper doily
  • Magic markers
  • Mod Podge
  • Chain
  • Stickers

The cameo part of this barrette steals the show.

In reality, it is not a cameo but rather, a three dimensional sticker of a cameo. The real skull and skeleton cameos I looked at for making this project cost a few bucks each, minimum.

The whole sheet of 3D cameo stickers came for less than two dollars. I still have four left over, so not bad on the crafty type budget stretch.

The frilly looking background began life as a plain white paper doily that came in a package of 30 for less than a dollar.


Cameos date back to the 6th century B.C.

Was it Japan? China? How many thousands of years? According to Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine they were first invented in ancient Egypt.

Handmade Gothic cameo barrette

Lolita cameo barrette with spider chain
Lolita cameo barrette with spider chain | Source

This is a scary simple project to complete.

While anyone can pull this off easily, it does take some time, if you do it the way I did. I'll give you some time saving substitutions when we hit that step of the directions.

Safety concerns before we start:

  • Children and developmentally challenged individuals can do this project with relative ease as long as they can safely use a glue gun.
  • Children under ten years of age should really be supervised when using glue guns.

If a glue gun is not a good option, substitute rubber cement for all steps except connecting the chain. One could use beading wire for that step.

Gothic skeleton barrette on stand

The black netting at the bottom is so easy to fray up.  Snip here, snip there and done in an instant.
The black netting at the bottom is so easy to fray up. Snip here, snip there and done in an instant. | Source

Would you like to use a real cameo? Cool cameos come in skulls these days.

Lucite Oval Cameo Black With Pink Lolita Skeleton 30x40mm (1 Piece)
Lucite Oval Cameo Black With Pink Lolita Skeleton 30x40mm (1 Piece)

Think pink with a razor edge for ultra feminine with attitude.

 

The parts to make this ghoulish Gothic garb

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Let's make one of these.

Things are going to get messy making this project. Be sure to lay something over the top of the table your working on to keep it from getting messed up.

Grab the glue gun, plug it in and let's get to it.

We don't need a lot in the way of materials here. The cameos are stickers. How cool is that? The frilly lace looking trim is just a paper doily colored with magic marker.

Add in some ribbon, a little chain, glue and such and it's all gravy covered ghoulish hair pieces.

Corpse cameos can be cute too.

The twinkle in her eye is really a rhinestone nail art sticker.  It's tiny and shiny.
The twinkle in her eye is really a rhinestone nail art sticker. It's tiny and shiny. | Source

Black and white is so classic, even in a deathly duo.

Lucite Oval Cameo Black With Cream Lolita Skeleton 18x 25mm (2 Pieces)
Lucite Oval Cameo Black With Cream Lolita Skeleton 18x 25mm (2 Pieces)

I love the idea of paired cameos for matching barrettes. Hey, a girl wants options when it comes to the do.

 

Female skeleton cameos have a name

Typically, they are called Lolita but I don't see why you can't name her anything you want.

The lacy looking trim around the skeleton cameo

Remember, the colors will run and blend somewhat so lighter is better to start with.
Remember, the colors will run and blend somewhat so lighter is better to start with. | Source

The tools required:

Scissors

Glue gun

Small paint brush

How to make the lacy looking trim around the cameo

This part takes the longest due to drying time, so let's do it first.

Take a paper doily and color it in magic marker. I used grey, purple and black here. The doily itself makes a great guide for patterns.

I colored in the little flowers with circles of purple, did the edges and inner circle in grey and dotted black all over the inside. Once you like the look of it, paint it with a thin coat of water to bleed out the colors.

Mine was way too light the first time around. I did it twice more and lastly went over the entire thing with pink before the last water coat.

It takes about three minutes to dry between coats. When you are happy with the appearance, give it a quick coating of Mod Podge and let that dry. Move the doily frequently while wet to keep it from sticking to whatever its laying on.

If you don't want to deal with the waiting, just use something the color you want to start with. A colored napkin, lace or fabric square would work well needing only the one coat of Mod Podge.

The spider cameo hanging from the netting

The spider cameo hanging on the bottom of this do it yourself barrette is also a sticker.
The spider cameo hanging on the bottom of this do it yourself barrette is also a sticker. | Source
Lucite Oval Cameos - Black With Red Lolita Skeleton (Left & Right) - 2 Pairs
Lucite Oval Cameos - Black With Red Lolita Skeleton (Left & Right) - 2 Pairs

This red color would go so well with rosettes, lace, so many things. From matching earrings to the trim spaghetti straps on that little black dress, these will take the edge factor up a notch or ten.

 

The colored trim is one whole piece.

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How to connect the trim to the skeleton.

This was so easy a three year old could do it. Grab the dry colored doily and pinch it in the middle. Give it a twist. Holding the twisted middle, spread out the layers.

The sticker was placed directly onto the now somewhat ruffled looking doily. Use some form of glue to do this. I used a hot glue gun but white glue, rubber cement or such would work fine.

The sticker will not stay or stick well on its own because the doily surface is no longer flat. We need some form of a liquid adhesive to create a good seal that will hold over time.

Skeleton cameo with colored faux lace trim surround

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Lucite Oval Cameo Pink With Cream Lolita Skeleton 18x 25mm (2 Pieces)
Lucite Oval Cameo Pink With Cream Lolita Skeleton 18x 25mm (2 Pieces)

The color here is so delicate, the theme so macabre. The combination makes for a visually interesting statement. Teens, tweens and those with an appreciation for the dark will love these cool little accents.

 

Give the cameo some support with cardboard

To make the barrette base, up-cycle something headed for the dump.
To make the barrette base, up-cycle something headed for the dump. | Source

How to make the base for the trimmed out cameo

At this point, our Gothic ghoul is somewhat flimsy, downright weak and floppy even. Not to worry. We can add structure, a needed base and some rigidity by up-cycling.

Grab some old cardboard. A cereal box would work, any kind of box really. Cut the cardboard to roughly the size of the sticker and glue it directly to the back.

Be generous with the glue at this point. This thing will get significantly heavier when we add the chain and such.

The base to attach the barrette back

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This was a really small piece of chain robbed off a broken necklace

Broken jewelry completes the chain for the spider to hang from
Broken jewelry completes the chain for the spider to hang from | Source
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How to make the bottom of the Lolita skeleton cameo barrette

It really doesn't get any easier than this.

Cut off about six inches of black ruffle ribbon with net backing. Alternatively, you could use just plain ribbon and a layer of separate netting under that. You get the idea. Play around with what you have.

Black lace would look good too. If you don't have any, grab another doily and color it black and grey. Coat it with water just like before and soon as it is dry, you have imitation black lace.

Gather the cut ribbon and glue it when you get it bunched up in a manner you find visually appealing. Using the hot glue gun, affix the bunched ribbon to the back of the base you made.

Use a good bit of glue here. The chain is going to be heavy. Spread out the folds and glue the chain right into the middle. Be careful it's very hot.



Barrette secured to base of ghoulish Gothic barrette

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Lastly, connect the bottom spider cameo and finish up the netting.

Using a pair of scissors, make little snips in the netting here and there.

Clipping off small triangle from the strips made gives it a frayed and somewhat curled up look. Go all the way around.

Remember, less is more. Once it's gone that's it, so I suggest small cuts.

You may want to do the same to the ruffle ribbon. I did.

When you get it like you want it, you can leave it bare, give it a quick coat of Mod Podge or even hairspray.

If you want it really rigid, give it a quick covering of Stiffy brand sealant.

To connect the bottom spider cameo, simply make a cardboard base just like before and glue the chain onto the base.

For the final step, flip it over and glue a plain barrette back to the base.

If you don't have a plain one, you could use any old one you had laying around that's flat on the surface.

Finished DIY Gothic skeleton cameo barrette

Gothic hair piece craft project, Lolita cameo with chained spider barrette
Gothic hair piece craft project, Lolita cameo with chained spider barrette | Source

I love the way this project turned out.

It's got an edge, yet it has a feminine vibe at the same time. It's totally wearable, not too heavy and unique.

When putting together your next scary, Gothic, edgy or just kooky fun ensemble, consider doing up some of the accessories the do it yourself way. It's fun, affordable and everyone will want to know where you got it. Happy crafting guys and gals.

© 2014 Rhonda Lytle

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ bethperry - Thank you very much. I hope your daughters enjoy the project. I like the look of a lot of Goth type stuff too though not necessarily the lifestyle. I have to admit to having a serious type passion for the darker fashions. God bless and most happy crafting for you and the girls!

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      Rhonda, these are awesome. I will definitely have to show my daughters this Hub; they love the gothic stuff. Thanks much for posting and VU!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ paperfacets - Too true. The same directions could be applied to all kinds of accessories. I was thinking it would make a cool looking purse clasp close. Happy Halloween! God bless and stay safe for the spooky.

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Awesome tutorial for Halloween accessories. A brooch, barrette, necklace can use the same steps.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Nell Rose - Thank you :). I'm right there with you in the not so suited to the style anymore but I still get such a kick out of it, especially this time of year. God bless and most happy projects!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      That is awesome! and so clever! I went through a goth stage, so I wish I still had the shape, the age and the style to still wear them! lol! but this is great for halloween, and did I tell you how clever you are? lol!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ FlourishAnyway - Thank you so much. By the way, I have to mention how much I love the screen name especially in light of all the changes, the ups and downs of writing online. Happy, happy Halloween and God bless.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      How gorgeous is this? Pinning to my Halloween board!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Pawpawwrites - Yes, the scary season is starting to raises its head :).

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Perfect season for this cameo.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Corrinna-Johnson - Thank you :). I hope she enjoys. God bless and happy upcoming Halloween!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Jennabee25 - Thank you so much :). This one was fun. The cat thinks so too. She keeps eyeballing it. Knowing her it's going to be finding its way to her toy box soon as she thinks I'm not watching. God bless and most happy and successful crafting projects.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ billybuc - The two subjects do seem worlds apart, that's for sure. I like both. The political pieces typically raise my blood pressure to dangerous levels, the craft pieces bring it back down :). Thank you much for the read and share. God bless you!

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      So pretty and gothic! I know someone who would wear one all year long. I will pass this along to her. Thanks!

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      Love your ideas! You've got excellent instructions, too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A year ago, reading your political discourses, I would never have guessed how crafty you are. I am in awe of anyone who can create something beautiful from nothing...so well done. I'll pass this one to friends.