In the hushed corners of forgotten blogland lies a tale that beckons with a blend of morbid curiosity and haunting allure. Picture this: a grimacing, dirt-encrusted skull, half-buried in the soil, its hollow, sunken eyes transfixed on a floating bottle eerily suspended overhead.

This Halloween, unleash your inner sorcerer with a DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

It’s a spectacle that challenges the very laws of nature.

Unleash your inner sorcerer with this DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter tutorial! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

How does that poisoned vial elude the clutches of gravity?

Unleash your inner sorcerer with this DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter tutorial! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

What sorcery is this?

Unleash your inner sorcerer with this DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter tutorial! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

And when the sun dips below the horizon, the bottle’s poisoned elixir casts an otherworldly glow over the scene heightening our sense of wonder.

Unleash your inner sorcerer with this DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter tutorial! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

It’s a story that tests the limits of our comprehension and makes you take a step back and ask…. How did she do that?

Unleash your inner sorcerer with this Halloween with a DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

Well, fear not, my beloved readers, I’m here to help you unravel the mysteries behind this uncanny tableau 😉 But before we embark on this journey into the unknown, why not follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram? And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need

  • Threaded rod
  • Clear Silicone or polystyrene glue
  • Shrink wrap/saran wrap/cling film
  • Fairy Lights
  • Empty bottle
  • Free Poison Label printable
  • Mod podge
  • Sand/Dirt
  • 2 part epoxy glue
  • Skeleton hand
  • Skull with detachable jaw
What you need - skull and floating bottle planter

You’ll also need plants (faux or real) and a suitable container. I used a large enamel bowl and filled it with soil and black Mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens,’).

Ageing and prepping the pieces

If you bought a cheap skull and skeleton hands, like I did, you may want to prep and age them first so they look the part, aka, old, dirty and slightly sinister.

Prepping the skull and hand

Detach the jaw from the skull and remove any plastic ridges using a sharp craft knife or sandpaper.

Cut or sand away any ridges on the skull and skeleton hands

The joints on my skeleton hand were fused together, which is perfect if you want to use them as ice tongs. It’s not so good if they need to grip a bottle.

Most skeleton hands have fused joints that need to be cut so they can grasp the bottle

If your hand looks the same, you can slice through the joints with a craft knife.

Most skeleton hands have fused joints that need to be cut so they can grasp the bottle

It’s easier if you only slice halfway through the joint. But if you make an oopsie, don’t worry, glue will fix it later.

Most skeleton hands have fused joints that need to be cut so they can grasp the bottle

Ageing the skull and hand

This part is optional. My skull and skeleton hand were different colors and didn’t look as old and grungy as I pictured in my head. Easy enough to solve with a little paint and PVA glue. You only need three colors: black, white, and burnt umber. Burnt umber is a warm, slightly aged brown which is perfect for something like this. The white and black is cheap craft paint, while the burnt umber I used is oil paint. I love the richness of the oil compared with its acrylic, water-based counterpart. You can use either. Start by painting both the hand and the skull black.

Paint the skull and skeleton hands black

Leave the paint to dry completely. Working in sections apply a liberal amount of PVA glue. When the glue gets slightly tacky, apply white paint. You can brush or sponge it on. As the glue dries it will start to form cracks, exposing the black paint underneath. The more glue you use, the bigger the cracks.

Paint on a thick layer of PVA glue

Keep the eye sockets and nose cavity black.

Leave the eye sockets and nose cavity black

Once you’re happy with the cracks, use a smaller paintbrush and black paint to emphasize the sutures in the skull.  

Use a little black paint to draw in the cracks in the cranium

Mix the burnt umber with turpentine (if you’re using oil paint) or water (if you’re using the water-based version) and dab it all over the skull and skeleton hand. It will instantly give them a well-worn and aged appearance.

Thin down the paint with either thinners if it's oil or water for acrylic and laytex paints

Prepping and ageing the bottle

Wash the bottle in warm soapy water and leave to dry. Print out the free poison label and glue it on.

Glue on the label

Using a sponge, dab Mod Podge onto the bottle. While it’s still wet, randomly sprinkle a little bit of fine sand over the bottle to age it. If you prefer you could use this tutorial to turn the bottle into a metal relic.

Dab on Mod Podge and sprinkle it with fine sand or dirt

Leave to dry. Mix up a batch of 2-part epoxy glue and attach the skeleton hand and fingers to the bottle.

Use a 2 part epoxy glue to attach the fingers to the bottle

Right, so that’s the skull, hand and bottle all done.

The main pieces needed for this planter are ready, including the skull, skeleton hand and bottle

Floating bottle and poisoned elixir

Ahhh, now for the bit you’ve been waiting for; the floating bottle effect. And it’s soooo easy to do. We’ve made quite a few things float on the blog, from ghostly tin cans to succulicious teapots, and they all involve one magic ingredient……. A strong piece of metal 😀

Making the magic rod

For this glass bottle, I used a threaded metal rod. Its strong enough to hold the weight of the bottle without bending. Slip the rod inside the bottle and mark the rod where it comes out of the neck. Place the rod in a vice and bend it at a 30-degree angle on the mark.

Mark where to bend the threaded rod using the bottle as a guide

To disguise the rod and help it tone in better with the poison elixir I painted it gold.

Paint the threaded rod gold

Slip the bottleneck over the bent rod and check if you’re happy with the angle and height of the bottle. Adjust where necessary by either cutting the thread shorter or tweaking the bent angle. Keep in mind that a piece at the bottom of the rod will go into the ground once the planter is ready.

Test fit the threaded rod and bottle and make adjustments

Flowing poison elixir

To disguise the metal rod and create that flowing poison effect I used fairy lights, cling wrap, and clear glue. Wind fairy lights around the threaded rod, starting about 1/3 of the way up the threaded rod. You want to leave a piece at the bottom of the rod free of lights so you can stick it in the ground. Wind the fairy lights all the way to the bend in the rod and back down again. Just make sure the battery pack is at the bottom of the rod. Cover the fairy lights with cling wrap (Saran wrap). Whenever possible we try to salvage out plastic waste for crafts like this. 

Add fairy lights and wrap the threaded rod in cling wrap/Saran wrap

Layer the cling wrap so it’s thicker towards the bottom of the rod. Remember to leave a piece of the rod clear. That’s the bit we’ll be planting in the ground later.

When adding the cling wrap, bulk it up towards the bottom of the threaded rod

To add large, gooey drops of poisoned elixir, I used polystyrene glue. It sets pretty quickly and dries crystal clear. You can also use clear hot glue. Stick the threaded rod in the ground before adding the glue drops and let gravity work it’s magic.

Add drops of clear glue over the cling wrap

Add as many drops as you want until you’re happy with the look and leave to dry. Drizzle a little of the burnt umber mix over the flowing poison to change the color.

Use thinned down paint to age the cling wrap and glue

Since I’ll be staging my skull and floating bottle with real plants that need water, I wrapped insulation tape around the exposed wiring that goes from the fairy lights to the battery pack. If you’re going to use faux plants, you can skip this step.

Wrap insulation tape around the wiring to protect it from water

And that’s it. All the pieces are ready to assemble and create a Halloween scene that defies gravity and conjures a sense of eerie wonder.

The main pieces needed for this planter are ready, including the skull, skeleton hand, poisoned dripping elixir, and bottle
The main pieces needed for this planter are ready, including the skull, skeleton hand, poisoned dripping elixir, and bottle

Planting the skull and floating bottle

Find a container or planter that’s wide enough to fit the skull and the plants. I used a large, rusty enamel bowl and added black Mondo grass. Any low-growing or creeping plants will work, as long as they don’t overpower the skull or hide that beautiful, glowing poisoned elixir.

Fill the container with soil and add the plants

Bury the back of the jawless skull in the soil. You want to embed the skull deep enough with the eyes looking straight up at the floating bottle. Insert the threaded rod flowing poisoned elixir.

Embed the skull in the soil with it's eyes facing upwards

Reposition the battery pack so it hangs outside the planter.

Let the battery pack dangle outside the planter to protect it from water damage

Attach the jaw around the flowing elixir.

Unleash your inner sorcerer this Halloween with a DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

Adjust the skull and elixir until you’re happy.

Unleash your inner sorcerer with this DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter tutorial! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

Slip the poison bottle onto the threaded rod and glue in place.

Unleash your inner sorcerer this Halloween with a DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

Place the planter in a spot where its gravity-defying secrets can lure unsuspecting guests and ghoulish creatures alike.

Unleash your inner sorcerer this Halloween with a DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

And now as the sun sets on our tale of the skull and floating bottle, we hope it will evolve and continue spreading thrills and chills for generations to come.

Unleash your inner sorcerer this Halloween with a DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

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Unleash your inner sorcerer this Halloween with a DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

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Unleash your inner sorcerer this Halloween with a DIY Skull and Floating Bottle Planter! We’ll show you how to get the bottle to defy gravity and create a dripping poison effect that casts an otherworldly glow over the scene at night. The tutorial includes a free poison label printable and loads of pictures to guide you through the process. No special tools needed. #ACraftyMix

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. And if you’re looking for more quick and creepy Halloween crafts, then you’ll love these ideas:

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