Sunday, October 28, 2012

DIY: Crystal Skull Wine Toppers

Last week I was taking a fun stroll through Target in their Halloween section and was so excited when I found these fun skull wine toppers for about five bucks each. I picked up two for my friends from Pittsburgh who were visiting me in KY, one for my best friend's birthday, and of for me. Even though they are perfect as is, I had an idea to make them perfect little McQueen-inspired gifts.

What you'll need: black nail polish, clear nail polish, assorted crystals, tweezers

Before I started, I filled in the eye sockets of the skull with some black nail polish. This is definitely optional, but I liked the way it added a little extra depth.

I'll note that the first time I tried gluing in the crystals, I used a strong clear super-glue. It worked fine until it dried. It did NOT dry very clear and residue ended up getting all over the skull. for the second trial, I used a clear nail polish. It holds just as strong and dries completely clear and shiny. I put a generous amount of clear nail polish in the eye sockets, waited for it to dry a LITTLE so that it was a little tacky, then placed the crystals in the eye sockets with tweezers.

I set the toppers into water bottles while they dried (overnight).

I really liked the green + emerald crystals and you can't go wrong with an original clear. I got an assortment bag with red, orange, blue, purple, green, and clear. Any of these would look great!

Now pop open your favorite bottle of vino and enjoy your toppers as a great decoration + convo starter! HAPPY HALLOWEEN WEEK!

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