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Project

Glittered Skulls, Bones, and Bugs

These glitter bones and bugs are an eerie but elegant decoration for Halloween.

Materials

  • Skull and bones
  • Glitter
  • Craft paper
  • Craft brush
  • Glue
  • Large shallow bowl or tray
  • Plastic bag

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Working over a sheet of craft paper or newspaper, use a craft brush to apply glue to half of a skull or bone.

  2. Step 2

    Hold object over a large shallow bowl or tray. Spoon ultrafine opaque glitter over glued surface, making certain the glitter falls into all the crevices and sockets. Place on a tray; let dry for at least an hour.

  3. Step 3

    Tap or brush off any excess glitter. Repeat gluing and glittering process on uncoated surface of each piece, and check to see if other areas require a touch-up.

  4. Step 4

    Apply glue to bugs. Place bugs in plastic bag filled with glitter. Twist top of bag and shake.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October Fall 2007

Reviews (31)

  • thisgirlluvs2cook 20 Oct, 2011

    I had to add that I also went out today and bought silver, purple and orange glitter and a small bag of skeleton hands. Did different colored skulls and hands and they are adorable! MS glitter is the best, very fine and has a beautiful & brillant gleam. I finished them by spraying with clear adhesive so the glitter will stay put and I can use them for several Halloweens!

  • thisgirlluvs2cook 24 Sep, 2011

    I made these just a few days ago using small skulls to place in apothecary jars. I bought the skulls at my local craft store for about $1.49 a bag. The Martha Stewart glitter was the most expensive, at $9.99 a large bottle, and the large bottle isn't all that large. To make the large skulls as shown, you will need a lot of jars of glitter. It's not a cheap project, but they did come out really cute. I made some in black glitter, some in purple glitter and the rest in M.S glow-in-the-dark glitter

  • sarai 8 Sep, 2014

    i want to make this for halloween

  • ttena 9 Sep, 2011

    Where do you buy the skulls and bones?

  • HDRyder 5 Oct, 2010

    We used the Martha Stewart glitter packets. Her glitter is pulverized to almost a powder which creates an amazing finish. We combined Green Agate and Olivine for the main areas and shadowed with Olivine and Black. The shadowing in the eyes with the dark colors results in a stunning effect. My only warning is that this glitter is so fine, it ends up everywhere if not carefully contained. I just pulled out bed sheets from the dryer and the lint was glistening with glitter!

  • ppalmeri 26 Jul, 2010

    The instructions say ultrafine fine glitter but the color she uses comns in chunky style. Which is the correct size to use on this project?

  • ppalmeri 25 Jul, 2010

    does anyone know the exact color of the glitter?

  • prod_test690 23 Oct, 2009

    I glittered a pumpkin this year it was great.

  • dockar 27 Oct, 2008

    I absolutely love Martha's glitter. I'd like to know what other colors to use. I glittered a skull in black...it came out awesome. The dollar tree dollar store had bones this year. Multiple bones in a pack....for a buck!!!!! Couldn't beat that. I was a glitter maniac.

  • rsvoboda 26 Oct, 2008

    To save from year to year, you can spray the object with polyurethane. I saw this was done to glittered candlesticks.

  • icedbycarrie 21 Oct, 2008

    I made these last night, and they're SO CUTE and creepy! Michaels has all their Halloween stuff on super sale - the bones are now 50% off! I might go back and get some more bones and more colors of glitter - I want to glitter everything! I love all of Martha's glitter colors... trying to figure out what I can glitter for other holidays. :)

  • LeannaO 8 Oct, 2008

    I was wondering if anyone know what I can put on them after I am done to make them last while being packed away for the year so that the sparkles will not all fall off?

  • LeannaO 8 Oct, 2008

    I was wondering if anyone know what I can put on them after I am done to make them last while being packed away for the year so that the sparkles will not all fall off?

  • Kendall811 7 Oct, 2008

    I was at Michaels's Crafts today and they have the glue and glitter at 30% off
    plus I was albe to find the bones in a bag for $9.99 less my coupon. I think the
    color glitter used is peridot, real pretty colors of glitter.I also picked up a bigger skelton head that was sold by iit self. Hope this helps KD

  • Kendall811 7 Oct, 2008

    I was at Michaels's Crafts today and they have the glue and glitter at 30% off
    plus I was albe to find the bones in a bag for $9.99 less my coupon. I think the
    color glitter used is peridot, real pretty colors of glitter.I also picked up a bigger skelton head that was sold by iit self. Hope this helps KD

  • Kendall811 7 Oct, 2008

    I was at Michaels's Crafts today and they have the glue and glitter at 30% off
    plus I was albe to find the bones in a bag for $9.99 less my coupon. I think the
    color glitter used is peridot, real pretty colors of glitter.I also picked up a bigger skelton head that was sold by iit self. Hope this helps KD

  • danamy 5 Oct, 2008

    Could someone share what colors were used?

  • brookeklay 4 Oct, 2008

    I found a "bag o' bones" @ Michaels craft store today in Fort Myers,FL. Even better that they were 40% off! Best of luck!

  • boyyblu 4 Oct, 2008

    I was disappointed to see that Martha's website(s) do not offer the skull/bones for sale, just the glitter. Does anyone know where I can find the skull/bones for sale? I did a web search for them, but I could not find them anywhere. Any suggestion would be helpful since my party is days away. I bought the glitter last year, but did not buy the skull/bones since I could not afford it at the time.

  • sarahd98 20 Sep, 2008

    I attempted this craft and used spray adhesive. The craft comes out looking awesome - but your fingers will not because of the spray glue. I picked up Martha's glitter at Michaels - and the glitter goes a LONG way!

  • lexx349 20 Sep, 2008

    I did these last year and am now a glitter addict. Martha has a glitter set out, I bought a new kit at A,C, Moor yesterday, I have tired and would not recommend spray adhesive or the cheaper glitters. Not nearly as fine as Martha's, and her glitter goes a long way.

  • lexx349 20 Sep, 2008

    I did these last year and am now a glitter addict. Martha has a glitter set out, I bought a new kit at A,C, Moor yesterday, I have tired and would not recommend spray adhesive or the cheaper glitters. Not nearly as fine as Martha's, and her glitter goes a long way.

  • ClassAct 17 Sep, 2008

    Martha used her own glitter for these - does anyone know which colors/what the names are?

  • julilarson 15 Sep, 2008

    has anyone tried making these using spray adhesive?

  • tcw61 15 Sep, 2008

    This is great idea. But I might add that if you don't want to spend the price Martha has it on here. "Dollar Tree" and "Micheals" has it abit cheaper.

  • ladyhaley 15 Sep, 2008

    i just got my glitter and i can't wait to try these fun ideas i'm also glad to hear that its an easy craft.
    yay halloween!

  • SHess2004 15 Sep, 2008

    I made these too! I loved them last Halloween and finally did it the other day. They turned out great and I can't wait to decorate the hosue and set these out.

  • jmeisen 15 Sep, 2008

    I agree with the other comments, you don't get any easier than this. The Martha glitter is beautiful, if you haven't seen them, you have to check them out. Very elegant, not chunky and kid-like.

    I've started glittering everything, her black glitter is gorgeous and I have all kinds of new glittering projects planned for this Halloween too!

  • TheMarquise 15 Sep, 2008

    These are so elegant! I'm doing some up in shade of purple and mulberry.

  • KatieLja 15 Sep, 2008

    I just finished up making these to prep for my big Halloween party next month and they came out fantastic! It's so easy and looks great!

  • ducky1313 11 Sep, 2008

    last fall, my 2 1/2 yr old begged me to make these. we did and it was a blast! there was glitter everywhere including on the dogs, but they turned out so spooky and it was fun to make together. we are planning more glitter crafts for this year (but outdoors this time!)