It’s the big, less than two week countdown to Halloween!! I knew I had to do one rather spooky project this year and I knew just what I wanted to do – some skeletal hand sconces that could go indoors or outdoors. When I found these skeleton hands at Michaels, I grabbed them and came home all excited! Mr. Smarty Pants noted, “You’ve got two left hands there.” WHAT? Yep, I did! No right hands were to be found, so this eerie little, bone chilling (ha!) project has, fittingly, become “Left “ The Light On Skeleton Hand Scones. Hubby and I both LOVE these!
They were super easy to make! After the two “left” hands, I started with 6 1/2 “ round wooden plaques, also from Michaels. The back of the “hand” was traced on the wood and hubby cut out the traced area, which is where the hand will be attached. I sanded down the cut-out area so it was fairly smooth.
The wooden plaques got two coats of Plaid’s outdoor paint in black. I found some fun skeleton paper at JoAnn, which I adhered to the plaques with Outdoor Mod Podge. I used silver Stickles around the perimeter of the paper and the plaque and gave the whole thing a few more coats of Mod Podge. Oh, and you know who reminded me to attach the sawtooth hangers to the back of each plaque BEFORE I did anything else. I definitely would have forgotten! 🙂
I wrapped some black, paper twist around the hand’s wrist to look like a sleeve. You could use black felt, which I was going to do until I found I had every color BUT black! Well, we make do with what we have! Put the hand in the opening and if you need too, adhere with hot glue. Mine were such a tight fit I didn’t even need any glue. I was working so hard to get that darn hand in the space and pushing on the fingers with way too much pressure, one of the fingers snapped off! Oops! Kind of forgot they’re bones! Hot glue to the rescue!
I thought that it’s probably best to have something not too heavy in the hands, so I whipped up two more small, toilet paper roll candles using black corrugated paper and black electric tea lights. I couldn’t resist these paper embellishments from Jolee’s Boutique – they went on the candles and at the top of the sconce.
Since I lost my head – thanks goodness not my hands! – and used paper embellishments and “candles”, we don’t want to put them outside just yet. Our foyer, like our house, gets little light and while this is not a great photo, I wanted you to see how awesome they look on the wall! If the weather holds, we plan to move them outside on Halloween morning on either side of our front door. I think our trick or treaters will love them! If I can find more of these hands, I’m making a whole pile of bone hands for the walkway next year!
Hubby is happy that we have something a little on the spooky side to go with our pumpkins! What do think? If you come to our house for Halloween, I promise to “left” the light on for you! 🙂
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