DIY Skull Craft

With Halloween in full swing here at the Merkley home I’m happy to share with you guy a fun DIY Skull craft that I made this past week using some old supplies and Mod Podge.

About a month ago I was at Home Goods and saw this amazing Skull Vintage piece that I wanted… really bad. The problem – it was $24.99! I guess that’s not too expensive but I just couldn’t get myself to pay that much for him when I knew I could make a cuter one for less (I know – it’s the cheapy crafter in me). I didn’t get him but ended up buying a broken black and glittered Candle Stick holder in the clearance section for $5. I knew I could make it the base of my own Skull if I ever got the time to do it. I’m happy I finally found the time and made my little guy this week because now I’m in love. Look how it turned out:

Pretty sweet, huh?

Besides buying the candle stick he sits on, I had all the other supplies, which means I only ended up paying $5 for him (lots cheaper than that $25 I could have paid for the other guy).

I am SOO glad I decided to make this because I love how this one turned out ten times more!!

Here is how you can make something similar as well…


– Glitter Skull (bought mine on clearance last year for $1 at Target)

– Candle Stick

– Party Hat

– Scrapbook Paper

Mod Podge

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

– Embellishments (ric rac, glitter scrapbook paper)

– Hot Glue

– Crepe Paper (I used black and white)

– Sewing machine


 1. Gather all your supplies together and decide how you want to embellish your skeleton. I knew I wanted him wearing a hat because this is what would make him look vintage.

2. From there I wanted to Mod Podge my party hat. I knew I wanted it to look a little older and paper-mache-like and knew the Mod Podge would do just the trick. I ripped pieces of scrapbook paper and mod podged them to the hat. The hat turned out exactly like I had hoped!! From there, I let it dry.

3. Then I sewed my crepe paper. To begin I cut about half inch off of the inside crepe paper color (in this case, the white).  From there I sewed the white crepe paper onto the black. I did a straight stitch and back stitched at the beginning and sewed about 4 feet of crepe paper. I left the stitch open at the end so I could pull the thread and scrunch the paper. I know some machines will automatically ruffle crepe paper, but mine doesn’t so I have to pull and scrunch the paper, which is easy but takes a little time.

4. From there I embellished my hat. I begin by hot gluing the crepe paper around the bottom as well as adding ric rac to the hat. I added a circle of crepe paper to the front of the hat as well. I also wanted to use from Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (one of my new favorite crafting tools) and added it to some glitter numbers I cut out from glitter scrapbook paper. I was too impatient to let them dry completely before I glued them to the hat, but I would advise that you be more patient than me let it dry completely first (which is about 3 hours). :)

5. I also decided to glue some crepe paper around the rim of my candle stick to make it a little of a collar for Mr. Skull.

6. From there I hot glued the head on and also made sure the hat was on so it was glued on as well.

Now I have this almost 2 foot Glitter Skull on display that fits in perfect with my Black and White Halloween decor!!

I love how he turned out and and am even more happy I decided to make my own for only a fraction of the original price!

Gotta love cheap but adorable and Vintage Halloween Decor!


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  1. 1

    so cute, I love that!
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  2. 2

    Ok, so the hat on this guy just makes me smile :)
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  3. 3

    LOVE this! I have wanted to make almost everything of yours lately!!! lol. Where did you find the candlestick for us that want to make our own?!!?

  4. 4

    Ooops I re-read and see at HomeGoods! lol

  5. 5

    I love this so much! I hope you’ll stop by tonight / tomorrow and link up at my weekly link party. Should be up around 5PM Pacific time.

  6. 6

    Wow, it looks fantastic! I think I remember seeing your cute self – & meeting you at the SNAP conference. Happy to be following you on Google+.

    Warmly, MIchelle

  7. 7

    Kristyn I love him! such a fun idea. your vignette is so cute, I seriously need to pull out my halloween stuff
    marissa recently posted..Handmade Halloween: Gryffindor Tie Necklace Tutorial and Hogwarts Student CostumeMy Profile

  8. 8

    love this

  9. 9

    Sooooo cute Kristyn!!! :)
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  10. 10

    Kristyn, Looks like we share a lot in common with our mutual affinity for glitter and skulls in party hats. I love the polk-dots and ruffle in your whimsical Halloween creation. I know you’d appreciate my Halloween Open House post — where you’ll be sure to spy a few little partying skeletons as well as some very dapper skulls. Check it out and enjoy when you have a chance:

    Happy Halloween!
    Jenn/Rook No. 17
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  11. 11

    I love the party hat you made for the skull! Super creative. Isn’t dimensional magic the best?!?!
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  12. 12

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog, I wanted to say that its really well written Ive enjoyed browsing it. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon! But not on my iPhone as the layouts a bit off!

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