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DIY Gothic Skeleton Cameo Barrettes - Crafting Chic Demo
Skeleton cameo barrette with spider hanging from chain
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
What materials are needed to make the barrette?
- A barrette back
- Ruffle ribbon with net backing
- A paper doily
- Magic markers
- Mod Podge
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
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
Would you like to use a real cameo? Cool cameos come in skulls these days.
The parts to make this ghoulish Gothic garb
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.
Black and white is so classic, even in a deathly duo.
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
The tools required:
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 colored trim is one whole piece.
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
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
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
This was a really small piece of chain robbed off a broken necklace
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
Store bought Halloween or DIY?
Do you like to make your own costumes and accessories or purchase them?
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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
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