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A Spooktacular Skull Makeover – DIY

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Do you want to add something spooktacular to your Halloween decorations? Well then we’ve got just thing for you. This boootiful skull candle holder is really easy to make and it’s guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

Boootifully scary

All you need is some black and white Acrylic paint, PVA glue, a tube of Burnt Umber Oil paint and a polystyrene skull. You should be able to get one at any self respecting craft store.

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

A craft store polystyrene skull

Paint the entire skull with black Acrylic paint and let it dry.

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

Paint the skull black

Then brush a layer of PVA or wood glue all over the black paint. The glue seals the skull and is the best way I’ve found to create realistic looking cracks and spooky skulls need cracks, right?

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

A thick layer of glue

I wanted large cracks on the top of the skull with finer cracks everywhere else, so I applied a really thick layer on top. The thicker the glue the larger the cracks in the skull will be. While the glue is still tacky brush on the white Acrylic paint, avoiding the eye sockets and nose area. Now sit back and watch those cracks form.

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

Paint over while still tacky

Wait for the painted glue to dry completely and then mix a dollop of burnt umber oil paint with a good dose of turpentine and rub it all over the skull using an old t-shirt or a rag.

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

Mix some burnt umber and turps

I think the burnt umber stained turps adds such a lovely patina (is that the right word?). Anyways, whatever the word is, it gives a lovely aged effect to the skull.

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

Scared yet

Oil paint mixed with turps dries very quickly so you won’t have to wait for ever before making a hole in the top of the head. Yay, that’s my kind of craft 😉

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

Cut a hole for the candle

I sealed the hole with some more PVA glue and put in a bottle top with a nail in to hold the candle. The bottle top is sturdy and a bit larger than the candle so when we light the candle it catches the first drips and then starts over flowing  and dripping down the skull. Please be careful, candles can be dangerous. Don’t leave them unattended or put them where the pose a fire risk. Before adding the candle, we sealed the skull with some shellac.

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

Our spooktacular skull

The spooktacular skull keeps Matilda the spider company on our mantle and they’ve become really good friends. We can hear them whispering at night. I’m not sure what they’re plotting but it’s going to something really wicked.

A spooktacular skull makeover. Would you believe this was a polystyrene skull before we added a little magic? Full tutorial on the blog

Boootifully scary

Will you be upping the scare factor for Halloween? I’d love to hear what you have planned so stop for a spell and leave a comment. Oh and for you convenience I’ve added some affiliate links below, in case you want to make something similar.  Disclosure: If you click on them, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more crafty ideas to share with you 😉

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P.S You can see how to make Matilda the little spider here 😉

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Comments

  • Posted: October 25, 2017 15:43

    Amber

    Fantastic makeover! Thank you so much for linking up to Hauntingly Beautiful Decor!!!
    • Posted: October 25, 2017 15:48

      acraftymix

      There was so much inspiration there Amber. Thanks so much for the invite 🙂
  • Posted: October 26, 2016 08:47

    Laura

    That's really well done. Your skull looks so realisticly creepy. I love the whole vignette. Did you make Matilda or buy her?
    • Posted: October 26, 2016 08:49

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Laura, glad you like it. Matilda is one of our wire works and I've been meaning to post a tutorial on how we did it for a while now. I'll try make a plan.
  • Posted: October 18, 2016 07:08

    Will

    So, So Spookingly Awesome :) PS Tell us more about the Spiddy, and the Frame?
    • Posted: October 18, 2016 07:10

      acraftymix

      Thank you Will and yeah your right, I need to get my butt into gear and post how we made Matilda. I'd completely forgotten ;-)
  • Posted: October 17, 2016 16:54

    mommabearTrax

    Wow! Thats reallly good! A bit too spooky for my little kids, but my grown nieces and nephews are having a halloween party and this would be perfect for them! May I ask which craft store you used? Cause none here in CT seem to stock halloween goodies.
    • Posted: October 17, 2016 17:21

      acraftymix

      Hey Tracey, we always get our stuff at Herr Annies. It's a really nice craft store in Centurion. But I believe that they get some of their stuff from Health Care technologies, which is based in Cape Town. I'm not sure if you have to buy in bulk from them, but it's worth a try. http://www.healthcaretechnologies.co.za/product-list/
  • Posted: October 17, 2016 14:37

    Sadhna Grover

    This s really spooky, you did a great job. The steps you have explained, it seems it easy to do. I am impressed dear.
    • Posted: October 17, 2016 14:50

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Sadhna
  • Posted: October 17, 2016 14:30

    yvonne

    This is so cool, I really love it. I think I need to up my halloween game this year - the kids understand everything a lot more! I am always up for paint drying quickly, nothing worse than having to wait until the next day to finish. Thanks for the idea :)
    • Posted: October 17, 2016 14:49

      acraftymix

      Who has time to wait for paint to dry, right? Thanks so much for coming to say Hi Yvonne
  • Posted: October 17, 2016 13:12

    Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    This looks fantastically spooky! I love how the glue/paint mix created the awesome cracks in the skull finish. It looks old and scary! The aging with the umber really helps to make this look like it's been around for years. You are so creative with your ideas, but make it simple for us to recreate! That's the best kind of tutorial! Thanks.
    • Posted: October 17, 2016 13:14

      acraftymix

      Wow, thank you so much Nikki. I'm really glad you like it
  • Posted: October 15, 2016 15:33

    Julia - Vintage with Laces

    What a great spooky vignette! You did a super job painting the skull, Michelle!
    • Posted: October 16, 2016 05:02

      acraftymix

      Thank you Julia ;-)
  • Posted: October 14, 2016 20:56

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    How cool! Your skull looks great! I love the frame with the spider and web too!
    • Posted: October 15, 2016 11:00

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Linda. I keep on forgetting to post how we made Matilda. She's right up your ally. Love your latest creation BTW
  • Posted: October 14, 2016 16:02

    Maya

    You've done a marvelous job with this!
    • Posted: October 15, 2016 07:03

      acraftymix

      Thank you Maya ;-)
  • Posted: October 13, 2016 17:59

    Keri

    Michelle, this skull is so spooky. The wax drippings was a nice touch! I'm glad Matilda has a friend. ;)
    • Posted: October 14, 2016 04:46

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Keri, I'm happy for Matilda too :D
  • Posted: October 13, 2016 15:03

    Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom

    Ahhhhh I'm kind of obsessed with this project!! So cool. :D
    • Posted: October 14, 2016 04:43

      acraftymix

      Obsessed is good ;-) Thank you Sarah
  • Posted: October 13, 2016 08:43

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    This is so cool - love it!
    • Posted: October 13, 2016 11:55

      acraftymix

      Yay, glad you like it Sarah
  • Posted: October 13, 2016 05:03

    Katrin

    Uh, this looks really spooooky Michelle! A cool Halloween deco and how clever to cover the skull in glue to make it look real! I can see that Mathilda found a friend, the skull actually has a sweet smile ;)
    • Posted: October 13, 2016 06:01

      acraftymix

      Lol, we had a friend stay over last night and he covered the skull with a towel. He said it was to spoooky for him ;-)

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