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How to: Halloween decoration with PlastiKote spray paint

Halloween is big business with costumes, decorations and spooky treats filling the shelves at this time of year. If you want to join the fun but are on a budget, get creative with a can of PlastiKote spray paint. One can of PlastiKote Twist & Spray paint in Black Matt or Satin would be enough to do all of these projects!

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Recycle an old wreath – spray it black and then be creative with the decoration. We stuck on fluorescent BOO but you could twist toy snakes around it, hang bats or spiders from it, even stick bits of old dolls to it – macabre!


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A plain door mat has had a Halloween message sprayed on using a stencil made from a cereal box.


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Using newspaper and masking tape to define the features, spray faces on pumpkins for a twist on the traditional jack o’ lantern.


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Spray some twigs in black, push them into a pumpkin and use a bat stencil to make some paper bats to hang from the twigs. Use the stencil to spray a bat shape on the pumpkin.

Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to have a go. Share your ideas with us on Facebook or Instagram #plastikoteuk – we’d love to see them.

For more Halloween inspiration, check out our Pinterest page.

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Reader project: colourful Quidditch with PlastiKote spray paint

Quidditch is a team sport in real life – who knew? We happened upon Megan’s Instagram page – thebroomcupboard  – and saw her fabulous, customised broomsticks for Quidditch players, made using PlastiKote spray paint. Having Googled real-life Quidditch, we were fascinated by this team sport – looks like great fun and good to see mixed teams playing.

Megan loves the sport and explains how she decorates the broomsticks:

“So, I probably should start by saying in Quidditch we use PVC pipes instead of brooms in the traditional sense. I know its disappointing, we don’t fly either. However, it does mean they’re easy to custom paint.


After making the broom, I draw the design on paper, tape it to the pipe and engrave it on with a Stanley knife. After it’s engraved, I put PVA glue on the sections I don’t want paint on, then when the PVA glue dries I spray paint over it with PlastiKote.


The paint dries on top of the glue so I can just peel it off leaving the underneath untouched. The glue also doesn’t strip pre-existing paint so I can layer my designs with lots of different colours. If I need to do small sections, I PVA the immediate area around the design, then use electrical tape to layer paper around the design.

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After the design is done, the brooms get a top coat and are left to dry before they’re posted off to their new owner.

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Quidditch is a full-contact sport and we play in all weathers so the paint needs to be very durable.


Image courtesy of CatxPhotography
Image courtesy of CatxPhotography

My first broom has been to several muddy tournaments, twice-weekly training sessions and carted all around the country and it’s still going strong. I still have my first spray can as well, the pigment in PlastiKote is so strong that I only really need two layers, even on black PVC.”

We love Megan’s designs and hope her ‘thank you’ gift for sharing her project with us – some PlastiKote spray paints – come in handy for future broomsticks!

If you’d like to see more of her work, take a look at her Instagram and Facebook pages.

For more information and inspiration from PlastiKote, visit our website here.

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Top tip: long-lasting pumpkins with PlastiKote spray paint

Traditional jack o’ lantern pumpkins look fabulous with their scary Halloween faces (Fascinating fact – did you know that the original jack o’lantern was not a pumpkin? The tradition was introduced to America by the Irish but pumpkins did not exist in Ireland – they carved turnips!).

If you have a look at our ‘How To’ section this month, you’ll see how we created faces on our pumpkins with PlastiKote spray paint – not particularly scary but you get the idea!

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For a more stylish decoration that will take you from October through to Christmas, pick up unusual pumpkins, squashes and gourds from your grocer and spray with Clear Sealer.

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Thoroughly covered, the pumpkins will be sealed and shouldn’t decay for a good few weeks. These were done in mid-October and were dispensed with to make way for Christmas decorations in December.

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They look stunning layered up in a rustic basket or as a centrepiece for an autumn dinner party.

Follow us on Instagram @plastikoteuk for more ideas and projects.

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Competition: win a £50 Hobbycraft gift card with PlastiKote spray paint

Enter our easy competition for your chance to win a £50 gift card to spend in Hobbycraft.

Pimp up a pumpkin with PlastiKote spray paint! It’s so quick and easy to do and you can match your pumpkins to your décor. Metallics work well with autumnal colours. Which of these would look good in your home?

To enter this month’s competition, just email your choice of colour – Chrome, Gold Leaf or Copper – together with your name, address and phone number to and put OCT COMP as the subject. We’ll pick one lucky winner at random after the closing date of 31st October. Good luck!

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We run a competition every month and entrants’ email addresses are added to our database to receive our monthly newsletter. If you wish to enter our competition but do not want to receive the monthly newsletter, please state NO MARKETING in your email.

Thank you to everyone who entered our September competition. Our congratulations to Laura from Inverness who chose the Stone Effect bottle upcycle as her favourite. Laura will receive a £50 gift card for Ikea.

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For the terms and conditions of our October competition, click here.

Want to know more about PlastiKote spray paint? Visit our website here for more information and lots of inspirational ideas!

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