I’m sure it will surprise you not even slightly to learn I’m already in full-bore Halloween mode. There’s only 2 months to go, you know! Don’t worry, I won’t be blogging Handmade Halloween just yet (even I’m not THAT bad!), but I do have something a little skullalicious for you.
Remember how, before my holiday (and before I went off on one about the UK’s lack of decent Halloween decorations) I posted about chalk-painting all that hideous bedroom pine? Well you may recall I mentioned making my own skull cabinet knobs for said furniture.
If you’ve been waiting patiently for the tutorial, then today is your lucky day!
Honestly, these are so easy to make, they hardly need a tutorial. But you will need either shop-bought skull stickers or a cutting machine. As you know, I use a Cricut Explore Air. It’s recently had an operating system overhaul making it better than ever, so you can just imagine the sort of workout it’ll be getting for the next month or so!
In a utopian world where I don’t have to worry about pennies, I would have loved to furnish my newly painted drawers with real skull knobs.
Real as in shop-bought, I mean. Not real as in… well…real!
Something like the one Beloved bought for my Apothecary Cabinet (more on that to come).
But I had to concede that 26 knobs at north of £2.50 each + delivery could be more wisely spent elsewhere.
Like Halloween stuff from America.
So I went to work making my own skull cabinet knobs and they came out great. We’ve been using them daily for almost two months now and they still look as good as new, so they’re holding up well.
As a reminder, this is where we started.
How to make your own skull cabinet knobs
1. Paint your knobs (no sniggering at the back) – I painted mine the same colour as the furniture, with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite. I also used dark wax because a) I wanted them to match the furniture and b) I actually don’t like the feel of unfinished chalk paint!
If you don’t either and you’d like to know how I made my own dark wax, click here to access my library of free resources.
2. Cut out your skulls in your vinyl of choice – I used gold DC-Fix from Wilko’s.
3. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge or PVA glue onto the knob, then adhere your vinyl/sticker. You might be able to get away without the additional glue but I needed to, because of the wax.
If like mine, your knobs have a curved surface, you might need to make a tiny snip in the sides of your skulls. You can see where I did mine in the picture above. This helps lay them a bit more flat and avoids creasing the vinyl. Check out this video for more information on this technique.
4. Once the glue is dry, you might want to seal your knob (snigger) with a light coat of sealer – I used PlastiKote Satin Spray Sealer, which I happened to have after buying it for another project, but use what you have. Just make sure you try it first! I suggest sacrificing one of your vinyls/stickers before cracking on, just to be sure of compatibility.
And that’s it!
I told you they were easy. I think you’ll agree, they look pretty good, too and the gold really stands out against the black.
Sometimes, in certain light, having painted the knobs in the same colour as the furniture means all you can see are the skulls. And I love that!
What about you? Do you think you might try this project? You don’t have to use skulls. You can use any image you like; the world’s your oyster!
I would just say that if cutting your own, I’d recommend keeping your shape simple – these skulls are only 3cm/1.1 inches tall and the smaller the image, the less intricate your machine may cut it.
Other than that, have fun! And as always, if you like this project, let me know by dropping a comment below. Alternatively, or if you have any questions, head over to Facebook or Instagram for a chat. See you there!
A hui hou,