As we approach the spooky season, I’ve got a quick and easy craft idea to share with you this week. It literally takes a few minutes to make. However, you do have to wait a few days for the Halloween seed skull to sprout. So be sure to make one in advance if you’re planning on using it in your Halloween décor.
But it’s sooooo worth it.
It’s a little weird and totally freaks my hubby out 😀
He’s okay with the skull, but the seeds make him go ewwwwwww.
I love it, though. It’s the perfect combination of chic and creepy.
What you need
For this Halloween craft idea, you’ll need a rough or textured skull. As weird as it may sound, the best place to find one is at a pet shop 😀 Or look for aquarium skulls online. They’re inexpensive and usually have a rougher texture which helps to keep the seeds in place. I’ve added a few affiliate links at the bottom of the post that will get you going. You’ll also need:
- A small, shallow dish
- Spray bottle
- Large, clear, plastic, or glass bowl or a mini hothouse
- Organic, edible sprouting seeds
I used organic chia seeds on my skull. If you can’t find chia seeds, you can experiment with cress, white mustard seeds, alfalfa, or any other small seeds that will sprout on damp cotton wool. I haven’t tried them, so I can’t guarantee the results.
How to make a Halloween seed skull
Fill a shallow container with water.
Pour a handful of chia seeds into the container and leave to soak for a few minutes.
The chia seeds are ready once they form a gooey, glutenous mass.
Use your fingers or a spoon to cover the top of the skull with the soaked seeds. Spread the seeds evenly in a single layer.
There should be enough space between the seeds so they don’t overcrowd each other while growing.
Make sure you cover all the areas where you want the chia seeds to grow.
Cover the seed skull with a large clear bowl or pop it in a mini hothouse.
Place the skull in a sunny spot and spray the skull daily with fresh water.
If the weather is really warm, you may need to give the seeds an extra spritz. Make sure to spray the entire skull and that there’s no pooling water. Keep the Halloween seed skull covered while the seeds sprout. This is what mine looked like after four days.
The seeds are ready to harvest when they are about 3 – 4 cm long (about a week). Or, if you’ll be using them as part of your Halloween décor, you can put the seed skull under a pretty cloche and watch them grow tall and strong 😀
Can you eat the chia seed sprouts?
Yes, you can. Serve the fresh seeds on a salad, or allow them to air dry and sprinkle them over your favorite spooky foods. Chia seeds add a tangy taste to soups, salads, dips, and sandwiches.
And according to dieticians, sprouts are easier to digest and higher in calcium, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. I don’t cook, so I put my Halloween seed skull on display for everyone to see 😀
Can we just take a minute to admire that really perfectly preserved little bird skull at the bottom of the pic? My son found it in an abandoned nest many years ago.
I wouldn’t grow seeds on that one or any real skull, but an aquarium skull is a different story.
And these chia seeds must have been supercharged. They’re even growing inside the skull 😀
Sooooo… what do you think? Is the chia seed skull creepy enough to add to your Halloween décor? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear your thoughts.
Would you sprout seeds on a skull for Halloween?
If you like the idea of growing your own Halloween Seed Skull, don’t forget to pin it for later.
What creepy decor do you have planned for Halloween? I’d love to hear about it, so stop for a spell and leave a comment. And if you’re looking for more quick and creepy Halloween crafts, then you’ll love these ideas:
- Realistic of eyeballs with free printables
- Matilda the spider and her wire web
- 5-minute vampire wings
- A magical floating tin can filled with ghost breath
- Loving skeleton couple and the ghost in the mirror
- Working skeleton hands ice tongs for that extra creep factor
- Fairy graveyard with spooky gravestones
- Miniature witch legs in a cauldron
- And this spooktacular skull makeover
Oh, and for your 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
And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.
And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.