Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beauty School Dropout: Dia de los Muertos Dummy

I just got a couple of heads from the beauty school down the street. As you may have guessed, their hair was preeetty fucked up. No worries! We can still use the faces on them, like I did here:

I used 3 coats of gesso to get the face super white, then added acrylic paints over it. I used an image search online to find some design ideas to use here and there.

I also stuck on a thrift store wig, because no beauty school dummy should have fucked up hair.

Here are some progress shots:


  • It's all about symmetry. When you make a design on one side of the face, do the same thing on the other. Think about a mirror going straight down the middle, between the eyes.
  • Keep your lines organic and flowy, not always straight.
  • Try not to put the same color designs next to each other.
  • I like to pop a design with a highlight, like with the blue lines I did on the sides of the face. I added white to the blue and made a light blue inside line to make it stand out.
  • In your image searches, try typing "_____ tattoo design" (the blank can be rose, flower, etc.).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paper Mache Sugar Skull

Today I finished a rad sugar skull that I'm pretty fucking happy with. Instead of over-explaining this one, I'm gonna just upload a few pictures and some very simple steps for you to give it a try.

Do it!

1. Mix 1 part flour to 2 parts water. Get all the lumps out.

2. Blow up a balloon (not all the way) and knot it. Cut a book page’s two right-hand corners off. Masking tape it to the balloon to form the jaw.

3. Shred newspaper into strips and dip into flour mixture.

4. Make a mess. Add strips going one direction all over the balloon, tape, and paper.

5. Allow to completely dry.

6. Add more dipped strips, going the opposite direction. Make another mess.

7. Allow to completely dry. Pop the balloon from the bottom with a pin.

8. Smooth all over with sandpaper.

9. Coat with gesso or primer. Allow to dry. Add a second coat and allow to dry.

10. Use an image search to find inspiration for painting the face.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY Fascinator

You guys know I'm a sucker for vintage accessories, right? How about a handmade, upcycled vintage accessory? Umm, fuckin A!

Check out how to make a fascinator from Broke With Designer Taste!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wooden Tikis

This is a super easy project that has 1,000 or more variations.


  • Block of Wood
  • Yarn or Rope
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Nails (for Franken-tiki)
  • Hot Glue or White Glue (hot glue for rope; white glue for yarn)
  • Brayer (for the golden tiki)


Start with a block of wood and hammer a couple of giant fucking nails into the sides. Crooked and big are fine! Do a Google image search for franken-tikis to pick a good face to start with. Sketch it onto a block of wood using a pencil. It will leave a slight indentation on soft wood. Pick the best shade of ghoulish green yarn.

Paint it a sickly green. I mix yellow and black and add water so that the wood grain shows through.

When it's dry, outline the pencil marks with white glue. Cut the yarn to size and press it into the glue lines.

Add more paint in different shades of ghoulish green. The eyes should be white/yellow, and keep in mind that the low brow will leave a weird shadow just below it (that's why I didn't fill in the entire eye space; leave the tops of the eyes dark).

Using a dry brush, add a few more splotches of color, and make the hair black.

Rope Tiki

Draw a face onto a block of wood with a pencil.

Trace the pencil lines with hot glue and follow with cuts of rope.

Golden Tiki

Do the same as above, only use white glue and any motherfucking color yarn.

Use a brayer to add iridescent paint onto the yarn part only. If you use a brush, you risk getting the shiny shit onto the dull background.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Strainer Earring Holder

I've seen lots-a earring holders that are cute and all, but most of them are mainly for dangle earrings. This one will accommodate both dangles and posts. Ready to make one? Listen up:

  • Cheap-ass Strainer
  • Pliers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Rick-Rack, Sequins (not "sequence," dummy), Ribbon, etc.
  • Iron-on or Patch
  • Wire Cutters

Plug in yer hot glue gun so it has time to warm up.

I found this hand-held strainer at Daiso (goddamn, I love that place), but they are available in any type of dollar store in any strip mall. The idea is to bend the handle back so that it becomes a stand, leaving enough room for you to put the earring backs on. This one was a teeny bit tough to bend, and if yours is too, use wire cutters to snip a little bit of metal to allow the handle to fold back.

Use pliers to bend it if you can't do it by hand.

Play around with the handle as well as the 2 loopy-legs in front until it stands up by itself.

Now add your rick-rack, sequins, ruffle, fabric, beads, etc. around the outside of the circle. I started with black rick-rack...

...and used a coffee stirrer to press it into place. You may think you're immune to hot glue burns, but trust me, motherfucker, you aren't. Don't fucking burn yourself.

... then I added red sequins on top of that.

Finally, glue a patch or iron-on at the top, hiding the seams.


  • Experiment with a necklace, fabric, fringe, pom-poms, chain, fur, etc. to glue around the outside, but be sure to start at the top. This way the patch will cover up where the two ends met.
  • Stick a bunch of patches or photos all the way around the outside.
  • These strainers come in lots-a sizes. Make some big ones, and some small. 
  • Spray paint the strainer.
  • If you're looking for a-fucking-dorable stud earrings, check out Metal Monk.