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Glitter Skull with Holographic Illusions™

By: Crafts by Courtney
October 29, 2020

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Glitter Skull with Holographic Illusions trade
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Looking for a last minute Halloween craft to do before this weekend? Then look no further! This Day of the Dead project is perfect for anyone having a Day of the Dead themed Halloween party this weekend! After I found this great wooden plaque at the craft store I decided to pair it with DecoArt® Holographic Illusions™ now available at Hobby Lobby and JOANN's. This paint has large flakes of glitter that really add a special pop to any craft.

I loved the idea of using their new glitter paint for a project like this. The Day of the Dead is so bright and colorful I was able to use a lot of the glitter paint options. I get the beautiful sparkles without the mess everywhere!

Let's get started!

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Holographic Illusions 2oz - Fairy Pink
  • DecoArt Holographic Illusions 2oz - Dazzling Teal
  • DecoArt Holographic Illusions 2oz - Enchanted Blue
  • DecoArt Holographic Illusions 2oz - Mystic Black
  • DecoArt Holographic Illusions 2oz - Divine Purple
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Peony Pink
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Lamp (Ebony) Black
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Ocean Blue
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Peacock Teal
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Brilliant Purple
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Snow (Titanium) White
  • Wooden Day of the Dead Plaque


I started off by painting the entire plaque with Americana® Acrylics in Snow White. With Day of the Dead projects the background is almost always a solid white. I needed to do a total of three coats in the main areas, where the colored paint was not going.

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Now let's add some COLOR!! I went through my paint stash and found the perfect colors that match up with each glitter I'm using.

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I went over all the little details on this plaque using the Americana® Acrylics, I have a list of the colors I used in the "items needed" section. Since I was adding glitter over the paint colors I only needed two coats of each color.

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It's GLITTER time! I was super excited to use the new Holographic Illusions™, I just LOVE a glitter project. I think all these colorful glitters are perfect to use for a Day of the Dead project, don't you agree?

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I did a total of three coats for each section, letting each coat dry for 15 minutes. Can you see that SPARKLE!

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This will be perfect to add on the mantle or on a wreath for your Halloween party!

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As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Be sure to visit Crafts by Courtney  for more projects and to learn more about Courtney.


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