Crafting and more: Halloween Day of the Dead

We love the simplicity of our stencils, and how they give all children the confidence and ability to create a fabulous piece of art on their t-shirt. However, sometimes you need a little guidance or inspiration, and we hope our Crafting and more series of blog posts will provide some fun and simple craft projects and tutorials to help you get the most out of your stencil kit. Our products are designed to use again and again, and with a few basic materials, you can make all kinds of things!

Cardboard masks

For this project, we have taken our Halloween Day of the Dead stencil and made masks for you to wear with your t-shirt for a great DIY themed costume. 

We have used a black felt pen to draw around the outlines and added scrunched-up tissue paper ‘flowers’ to make a colourful 3D crown inspired by Frida Kahlo.

You will need:
White card
Stencil tape
Felt pens
Scissors
Hole punch
Tissue paper
Elastic/string
Glue 

  1. Secure the stencil to the card with tape and draw around the image with a black pen.
  2. Cut out the skull, leaving space at the top to add the flower crown.
  3. Gently fold over the mask to cut out eye holes, and use a hole punch to make a hole for the elastic on each side.
  4. Colour in the mask or leave black – you decide!
  5. Tear off pieces of tissue paper (we used bright pink, yellow, orange and red) and scrunch into little balls.
  6. Stick the flowers around the top using glue, and attach a piece of elastic by knotting through each hole. 

Alternative mask ideas

  1. Simplify the skeleton mask by only drawing around the basic lines.
  2. Use a black outline when drawing around the stencil shapes and colour inside the lines.
  3. Stencil the flower and heart motifs onto card, cut around them and stick them around the outside, overlapping for the effect of depth.
  4. Use felt tips or crayons to colour in the whole mask for maximum effect.
  5. Use the stencil tape to change the skull into a mummy! Stick the tape in stripes across the face, dab black paint all over the top and once dry, peel away the tape to reveal the ‘bandages’.
  6. Make a half-mask by only drawing the top section of the skull and curving the shape up to the top of the nose. 

Festival vibe t-shirt

For this t-shirt design, we used the bunting stencil to make a necklace-effect around the top and dotted the heart motif to create a repeat pattern. We created the fun festival-vibe sleeves by dabbing rows of colour across the fabric, and then cutting small strips all the way along front and back. Don’t forget to wait for the paint to dry first, and iron it before cutting! The t-shirt is knotted at the bottom for a cropped and voluminous shape, and worn with a bright tulle tutu skirt and our handmade mask.

We hope you have fun with your stencils, and we’d love to see your what you make. Don’t forget to tag us on social media #fabdabdo_ and if you need any help or advice with these projects, contact our craft expert at info@splattermake.co.uk