Hands down Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love all the treats, the costumes, the spooktacular Halloween parties and especially the creepy decor! This month the FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® team challenged me to create a Halloween post using the new FloraCraft® EPS foam hands and arms. This year I plan to amp up the scare-factor in our Halloween Decor, and this DIY Creepy Halloween Hand Picture Frame will definitely do the trick.
I love Halloween so much and I’ve been collecting decorations for years. When we moved to a new house two years ago our neighbor, who was helping my husband get boxes down from the attic, was blown away by how many boxes of Halloween stuff we had. We have almost as many boxes for Halloween as we have Christmas. This year I’ve decided on a “Haunted Mansion” theme for our Halloween decor and I’m on a mission to add lots of ghoulish decor. Visitors will be dying to come in after they encounter the haunted guest on our front porch, so I thought it was only fitting that we carry the macabre mood into the living room with terror-ific haunted mansion decorations for my mantle.
Last year I spotted this creepy hand backdrop on Pinterest and I’ve been trying to track it down ever since. I was never able to find it on the company, Grandin Road’s website. But, inspiration hit when I found out I would be working with the new FloraCraft® EPS foam Halloween hands and arms. I was so excited to create this project, it was a very easy project to make and I just love how it turned out. If you are feeling inspired, here is what you’ll need.
- Foam Hand, sold at Michael’s
- Foam Arm, sold at Jo-Ann’s
- Krylon Stone Texture Spray Paint
- Krylon Stone Fine Spray Paint
- Old Picture Frame
- Wood, cut to fit inside your picture frame
Lay your arms and hands on a tarp and start spray painting a base coat with the Krylon Stone Fine spray paint. Here’s a tip, don’t get too close to the foam as you are spray painting it. The spray paint has a tendency to eat through the Styrofoam, but if hold your spray paint can far enough away you should minimize this from happening. But, don’t worry if a few spots get messed up, these creepy hands are supposed to show age and imperfections. Once the first coat of paint is dry add texture to it with the Krylon Stone Course spray paint. I absolutely loved how this stuff worked. It gave each of my hands an old stone look, that reminded me of old stone graveyards.
Let the arms and hands dry and while they do get your picture frame ready. I spray painted an old frame I’ve had lying in the closet for a few years. Then I cut a piece of wood to fit in the opening, and pre-drilled screws into the areas where I wanted my arms and hands to stick out from the frame. Carefully screw the screws into the hands to secure them to the wooden board. Sorry, I didn’t get pictures of these steps, but it was a little tricky figuring out how to attach these and we had to go super slow to make sure we didn’t break the hands.
That’s it. There really isn’t much too it! I originally wanted to hang lanterns from the hands, but I couldn’t find anything lightweight enough and I was afraid to ruin my masterpiece. Instead I placed mini lightweight skulls and a raven in the palm of a few hands, and I think I love it even more than my original idea.
I decided to display it on my mantle with the other creepy creatures and haunted house Halloween decor. It’s the perfect addition to our haunted Halloween decor and this year’s theme. I seriously love it! What do you think?
Set the macabre mood at your haunted mansion with our DIY Creepy Halloween Hand Picture Frame. Happy Haunting friends!!
Disclosure: I am a member of the FloraCraft® Make It Fun team. I received compensation and product for this post. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own.