Halloween Decor- DIY Skull

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Happy October ghoulies! Halloween is my favourite holiday so I’ve been having a lot of fun doing some decor DIY’s.  Today i’m showing you how to customize a skull to your liking! This is something you can do on your own, or it’s also a fun idea to do with some friends for a spooktacular night 🙂

What you will need:

  • Plastic skull
  • Paint brush or sponge
  • Paint (I chose acrylic)
  • X-Acto knife
  • Fake floral arrangement
  • Glue
  • Old newspaper, flyer or an old towel

Time required: 1 hour

This is such a simple DIY and I love how you can really make it your own by choosing your favourite colours. Personally, I decided I wanted a black matte skull with red roses on the top, but you can pick whatever you like! Also, it’s such an inexpensive DIY as I picked ALL of this up at the Dollar Tree.

Step 1

First I put down a flyer I was not going to need because I will be painting the skull and carving into it.  You will need a plastic skull like this one:

Step 2

Next it’s time to paint the skull using the colour of your choice. I picked up my black acrylic paint and brushes from the Dollar Tree:

TIP: I used a glove to hold the skull so that I wouldn’t get paint all over my hands. However, if you use acrylic paint it does come off of the skin pretty easily with soap and water. Following the painting I let it dry for about 40 minutes (I did 2 coats).  I cut a plastic water bottle in half and I set the skull on this to ensure the paint on the base of the skull would dry.

Step 3

Cut a hole in the top of the skull with an x-acto knife.  Unfortunately I did not take a photo of this step, but it’s really easy to do. If you have the same skull as me from Dollar Tree be very careful as it is quite soft and really easy to cut into.

Step 4

Now it’s ready to add your floral pieces.

You can glue these down with some traditional liquid glue like I did, however, I would suggest using hot glue if you have it.  All I had on hand was white liquid glue and this did work, but I had to stay there and hold the flowers in place while the glue dried or they would have fallen off. If you use hot glue you won’t have to do this.

Tip: I also suggest trimming the stems of the flowers off as this helps you get the flower as flush with the skull as possible.

Step 5

Let your skull continue to dry for an hour or so to make sure the paint and glue are fully dry.  You could also glue on some jewels in the eye sockets, or draw on some sugar skull designs with some paint. I chose to keep my skull pretty simple as this was the look I was going for.  Now you have your very own personalized skull to add to your decor!

Let me know if you try out this DIY and tag me in your creations on social media, i’d love to see what you come up with.

Happy Halloween!

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