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.
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.
Paint the entire skull with black Acrylic paint and let it dry.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 😉
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.
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.
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 😉
P.S You can see how to make Matilda the little spider here 😉