Gilded Insect Wall Plaques

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A few years back, I edited my Halloween decoration collection. I sold and donated a lot of what I call generic Halloween decor. Don’t get me wrong, I love those items, but I wanted to elevate my collection. Since then I’ve made and try to buy unique Halloween items. Something that will set my house apart from the rest.

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These Gilded Insect Wall Plaques are the latest addition to my collection.
They didn’t break the bank to make and have a touch of sophistication about them. They say Halloween without screaming it and I love that.

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Here’s how I made them. I picked up these wooden wall plaques at my local craft store. I believe all three cost under $10.

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I painted them black. It took a few coats.

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Once dry, I attached a piece of black ribbon to the back of each plaque with a staple gun for easy hanging.

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Onto the bugs! I had plastic insects on hand from Halloween pasts, but you should be able to find some at the dollar store.

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I brushed liquid gold leaf onto the front and sides of my bugs. I’ve never used liquid gold leaf before. I love this stuff! Be sure to wear gloves and a mask when applying it. Let me tell you- it is potent!

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When fully dried, I attached the insects to their individual plaques with super glue. Super glue is no joke either! I brushed it on and wore gloves.

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I’m just getting started on Halloween posts. Stay tuned for more inexpensive, unique Halloween creations.

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