Learn how to create a surprise spooky cameo using glow-in-the-dark Mod Podge. Once the lights go out, a creepy green skull appears…
Sometimes ideas strike when I least expect it. I was planning all summer to do some sort of Halloween spooky mirror craft. Then I saw Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge at the craft store. It really got my creative wheels turning! I decided that rather than making a mirror, I would use a picture frame and create a Surprise Spooky Cameo instead! Here’s how I made it…
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- 5 x 7″ Fancy Frame
- 8.5 x 11″ Sheet of Cardstock
- Free Template ( I created this using free clip art): Download HERE
- Paper Cutter (Optional)
- Sharp Scissors
- Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge
- Craft Brush
Print out the free template onto the piece of cardstock using Adobe Reader and the fit to page option. This ensures that the template will print at the correct dimensions to fit in the frame.
Trim the papers down to size. Make sure that they match up, so the skull will be in the correct location once you paint!
Place the cameo print in the frame.
It is likely that you will need to trim the skull stencil to fit in the outside of your frame. Using sharp craft scissors, carefully cut out the black parts of the stencil. Unless you have a cutting machine, the teeth will likely have to be left intact (but I will show you what to do!). The eye will also have to be removed- I left it in to show you positioning.
Place your stencil inside the frame, being sure to check positioning over the cameo. If positioning is off, trim the stencil until it is positioned properly. I also added an eye back in with painter’s tape.
Now for the Mod Podge-ing! Use your craft brush (a foam brush would actually be preferred for this step!) and begin dabbing the Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge into the stencil. If you try to brush it on, you will lose the shape of the skull quickly! You do not need to put it on thickly at this point.
To add the teeth, use a tooth pick and space out three teeth evenly along the bottom, and four along the top.
Before it is completely dry, peel up the stencil and masking tape eye. At this time, I recommend that you begin adding additional coats of the Mod Podge to get the maximum glow-in-the dark effect. I used a smaller brush so that I could easily outline the skull. Wait 15-20 minutes between coats. I used 4 coats total.
Allow to dry completely. Above was what the project looked like when I left it to dry.
And this was what it looked like after drying! So pretty, and it blends in perfectly with the rest of my Halloween decor! You can ever so slightly see the hint of the skull if you are looking closely, but it is mostly invisible.
However, as soon as the lights shut off, the spooky skull becomes very apparent!
Here’s an even closer up! It was such a fun project, and I really love the impact. The boys love going into the room and turning the lights on and off to recharge the glow :) I know this is probably very obvious by now- but I love Halloween! I can’t wait to share more Halloween inspiration with you in the coming days!
If there’s ever been a more perfect project for a GIF, I can’t think of it! I know this is probably very obvious by now- but I love Halloween. I can’t wait to share more Halloween inspiration with you in the coming days!
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