For your Halloween mantel: Make a sparkling, polka-dot Halloween topiary

What’s displayed on your mantel this fall? If you’re still planning your Halloween décor, here’s an idea – paint a sparkling, polka-dot Halloween Topiary with Krylon Glitter Blast. Remember the Glittery Jack-‘o-Lantern from last week? I used what was left in my sample cans of Glitter Blast to make this week’s Sparkling Halloween Topiary.  It was super easy to make, and now I wish I had made several of varying heights, and one painted in reverse, making it orange with black polka dots. There are so many ways you can change up this topiary for Christmas, Easter, or even a wedding.

Create a Halloween vignette

The Sparkling Halloween Topiary adds an elegant touch.

To make a Sparkling Halloween Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” cone (or other sizes of your choice); 2” ball; scrap of foam
  • Krylon Gitter Blast: Starry Night, Orange Burst
  • Circle stickers, 2”, OR contact paper
  • Crepe paper roll, black
  • Ribbon, 3/8”
  • Newspaper
  • Low temp glue gun & glue sticks
  • Tools: Toothpick; scissors; rubber gloves; sewing machine OR needle & thread

To make a Sparkling Halloween Topiary:

1. Before you start, carefully read label on the can of Glitter Blast. Cover work area with newspapers. Spray cone with Orange Burst Glitter Blast. Let dry. (Glitter Blast darkens as it dries, so be careful to not overspray. If you overspray, the finish can run.)

2. Insert toothpick into 2” ball. Spray with Orange Burst Glitter Blast. Insert toothpick into scrap of foam and let dry.

Glitter Blast Topiary

Once the basecoat has dried, adhere your 2" stickers. Be sure the edges are firmly securred to keep the topcoat from bleeding.

3. Make your polka-dot masks. If using contact paper, cut out 2” circles. Remove backing from circle stickers or contact paper circles and arrange randomly on painted cone. Pay special attention to the edges, pressing them down firmly so the paint doesn’t bleed under the masks. 

peel away polka dot masks

Carefully peel away your stickers, or masks, to reveal polka dots.

4. Spray entire cone with Starry Night Glitter Blast. Let dry. Carefully remove stickers.

5. Set sewing machine on longest basting stitch. Stich down center of crepe paper; crepe paper will ruffle as you stitch. Glue ruffled strip around top and bottom of cone. Or, using a needle & thread, hand stitch down center of crepe paper strip, gently pulling to create a ruffle as you go.

6. Glue ribbon around middle of crepe paper ruffle.

7. Glue orange glittered ball to top of cone.

Fall mantel display

I wish I'd made a grouping of these, and at least one that was orange with black polka dots.

Do you change out your mantel decorations each season? If you do, what’s on your mantel right now? Do tell.

Happy crafting!


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13 Responses to For your Halloween mantel: Make a sparkling, polka-dot Halloween topiary

  1. St says:

    Super creative and very attractive. Thank you for the share.

  2. DebbieK says:

    This is adorable, Sharon! Where do you buy Glitter Blast? I’ve not seen it in any stores in our area.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Debbie! So glad you’re inspired. Do you have a Michaels by you? Michaels carries the line. Let me know and I can keep checking. Sharon

  3. Linda says:

    Love this project, Sharon! Might have to adapt it for Christmas around here!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for visiting, Linda. How are you? Glad you like the tope — easy to do and Glitter Blast is a natural for Christmas, too. Hope to see you soon!

  4. Ann Butler says:

    Love this idea Sharon…

  5. Diane W says:

    I want to know where your pattern is for that ‘awesome’ candelabra – that is too kewl too! :0)

  6. Eileen Hull says:

    What a great project Sharon- so quick and easy! Love the little crepe paper ruffles… 🙂

  7. Katiria says:

    I don’t have a mantle but on top of our TV I have a plastic pumpkin. He’s got a really cute face. For Thanksgiving I have a stuffed toy turkey who sits on top of the TV and for Christmas I switch it out for a fat little Santa.

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