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…

SUPPLIES:

– 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

DIRECTIONS:

 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!

ENJOY!

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Lil' Luna
Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 7 to 6 months) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.
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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 7 to 6 months) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    so cute, I love that!
    sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more recently posted..If We Didn’t Have Bad Luck…..My Profile

  2. 2

    Ok, so the hat on this guy just makes me smile :)
    Steph @ Crafting in the Rain recently posted..Better Mom Day 3: Please (also Spider Web Jewelry)My Profile

  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: http://www.rookno17.com/2011/10/halloween-open-house-tour-tricks-treats.html

    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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