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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Samhain Crafts -- Skull Garland

Thursday, October 6, 2011
While it may seem stereotypical skulls are an iconic symbol of Samhain. Yet like it or not they are that for good reason. Since Samhain is the Festival of the Dead, you may want to decorate your house in things representing that, much like the Mexican Festival of the Dead.

That being said here are instructions for making your very own skull garland;

You'll need the following:
  • Felt in a variety of colors 
  • Embroidery floss
  • Cotton balls
  • 1/2" wide ribbon
Start by cutting out skull shapes from the felt. The ones in the photo are about two inches long and about an inch wide. You'll need two pieces -- a front and a back -- for each skull you plan on making.

To make the faces, snip a pair of small circles for the eyes. Place a contrasting piece of felt behind the holes, and then use the embroidery floss to stitch them in place. Once you've done that, add other features like noses or teeth. Get as creative as you like -- add flowers, swirls, dots, etc., to your skulls.

Once you've decorate the face, place the backing piece of felt on, and stitch about 3/4 of the way around the edge of the skull. Stuff the inside with a pair of cotton balls, and then stitch closed.

After you've made all your skulls, measure out a length of ribbon. Use a whip stitch to anchor the skulls to the ribbon, about 8 - 10" apart. Hang your garland over your door or place it on your altar.

courtesy of about.com

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