Halloween Motley Crew: “Haunted” Figurines

Halloween Motley Crew: “Haunted” Figurines

Here we go again with my latest contribution to The Good Life blog, the DIY/Lifestyle blog of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina. For October’s post, I went with a Halloween project (of course!) and decided to create something so ridiculously simple that anyone- and I mean ANYONE- can do it. Even if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body.

When you go to a Goodwill or any thrift store (or garage sale…or flea market), there will ALWAYS be a few figurines available. Whether they are ceramic, porcelain, clay, or other material, figurines are a secondhand shop staple. And as I was on my thrifting adventures over the past few months, I picked up a few along the way.

Repurposing thrift store figurines into "haunted" Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Unassuming critters on thrift store shelves…

I specifically kept an eye out for the “flawed” figurine- ones that had significant chips or cracks, or even some that were missing pieces entirely. Because this project is seriously the perfect way to upcycle the broken (and extra cheap) figurines on thrift store shelves. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

After I had hit a sufficient number of shops, I assembled my mismatched army of figures: from children, to cuddly animals, to a strange alligator coin bank.

Repurposing thrift store figurines into "haunted" Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Here’s what I gathered…

It is ridiculously easy to transform them into Halloween décor! First, I set up my spray paint station outside- basically, a sawhorse table with my figurines on top. I wanted to raise the figurines up (as opposed to spray painting on the ground/grass) so that I could make sure I was getting paint in all the nooks and crannies.

Using bubbles of wide painter’s tape, I temporarily secured the figurines to my makeshift table- which ensured they wouldn’t tip over from the force of the paint or a gush of wind. Then, I nabbed some black spray paint and my always-gotta-use trigger handle.

Painting thrift store figurines black to repurpose them into Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready for a spooky makeover?

Two coats later, they looked like this! Part of me wishes I had used a more matte black spray paint, but I wanted to use what I had (which was clearly glossy). Oh well, it’ll do…

Painting thrift store figurines black to repurpose them into Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Not NEARLY spooky enough…

Now comes the secret to giving these a spooky, haunted Halloween look: RED EYES! Now, I first tried a red paint pen, but I was dissatisfied with the color (it was more pink, less scarlet). So I ended up using chalky red craft paint, which turned out far better and was the perfect red against the black paint.

Painting thrift store figurines black with red painted eyes to repurpose them into haunted Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The haunting is all in the eyes…

A quick tip for painting the eyes- I didn’t use a small paint brush! Instead, I used the blunt round end of a bamboo skewer! It allowed me to pick up the amount of paint I needed and could dab it on the figurine in an eye shape! It sounds crazy, but skewers are a favorite secret crafting tool of mine.

And then they were done- my creepy, spooky, haunted Halloween crew. From sweet to scary in no time at all for very little money.

Painting thrift store figurines black with red painted eyes to repurpose them into haunted Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy DIY and SUPER CREEPY decor!

You could definitely change these up and still keep them spooky- grey spray paint for a more zombie-like appearance…or maybe an olive green for a more swamp-like or Godzilla look. But no matter how you paint them, it makes for super easy Halloween décor that fits into any budget. And going on a scavenger hunt for weird figurines is a LOT of fun!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Painting thrift store figurines black with red painted eyes to repurpose them into haunted Halloween decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Spooky cute♥

  2. Hilariously fun!

  3. What a fabulous idea! I think my sweet little yellow bird might become a raven!

  4. Props for the idea, even though they’re just a tad creepy-looking :). I guess that’s Halloween.

  5. Yeeessssss!!!! So creepy and perfect!

    And thanks for the spray comfort grip tip, my hands always get so sore from spray painting. Gotta pick up one of those.

    Well done 🙂

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I can’t spray paint without it! In fact, I only use Rust-oleum and Krylon spray paint because Valspar’s cans won’t accommodate my grippie!

  6. amazing!

  7. Kristie Cook says:

    I saw this on the Good Life blog and didn’t realize it was you! Duh moment! This is a great idea for all those weird figurines, although I don’t know if I could walk by them every day!

  8. I love it love it!! I’d leave them up year-round!!! Pinning to share!
    Hollie @ http://www.quirkybohemianmama.com/

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hollie, I like the way you think!! In fact, my husband took one to live in his office at work. 😉

  9. Great spooky fun…I love this idea!

  10. Who would have thought all those cute little figurines could be so scary! As always paint can do amazing things.

  11. Sadie, what an easy way to make spooky figures. You definitely took that from cute to spooky!

    xo Dianne

  12. I especially like the teddy bear! That is a really good idea of using painter’s tape to hold things down when outside painting. Clever, as always.

  13. These are seriously awesome!

  14. Sarah, these are fabulous! How creative! That’s a great tip about taping the figures while spray painting. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinned to my Halloween Board.

  15. yes, these guys are super creepy. i love their red beady eyes the best!
    b

  16. Haha…what a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. Sarah, what a collection you have! So cute. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

  18. What a fun idea. They can be as cute or as creepy as you would like. I will definately try this.

  19. These are so creepy cool! I actually like the glossy look. Pinning for next year. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Very creepy! I won’t be passing up those damaged figurines in the future. I find red nail polish works really well for creepy red eyes, too! Thanks for sharing with Celebrate Your Story!

  21. That is a great idea, I love the spooky little eyes. How cute! Thanks so much for joining us at the DI & DI Link party.

  22. These look AMAZING! I often wondered why anyone would buy some of the figurines they have in thrift stores – now I know!!!
    Found your blog via Creative Muster Party.
    Sarah https://www.enrichmentality.com

  23. What a clever idea! I have a great idea for next Halloween. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  24. Saving this idea, which I love! Even tho I’m reading this pretty well past H day. I can think of some figurines right now that would work great for this!

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