DIY Crackled Halloween Monster

Do you ever feel like someone’s watching you?  What if you were to turn around and actually see a face in an unexpected place?  That uneasy feeling is what sparked this idea.  You don’t expect a tree to have eyes, or even a face, for that matter!  Here’s an inexpensive, quick project you can make to give your front yard some life.

Face in the trees DIY

Project estimate:

  • Door Knocker, $1
  • Paint, on hand
  • Crackle Paint, on hand or $2 and up
  • Clear spray (optional), on hand

Total:  $1 and up

suppliesstep 1

Step one:  Remove the loop from the knocker.  Paint the face (found at Dollar Tree) with a base color.  Let it dry.

step 2

Step two:  Apply crackle paint over the entire face.  I used Tim Holtz’s Crackle Paint in Tea Dye, but you can make your own crackle paint.  DSC has a great tutorial here.

Step three (optional):  Use a clear spray to seal the paint.  You could also paint over it with glue or outdoor Mod Podge.

DIY The Trees have eyes

Simply hammer a nail into a tree to hang your creation up.  Part of what’s so funny about this decoration to me is that people don’t always notice it immediately, so when they do finally see it they are startled.  I’m heading back to Dollar Tree to buy several more faces.  I want to make the walk to my front door as eerie as possible for trick or treaters!