Do you want to add some budget-friendly scariness to your Halloween décor? Well, then we’ve got just the thing for you 😀 This boootiful spooktacular skull candle holder is really easy to make (or makeover in this case), and it’s guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder.  #ACraftyMix

Doesn’t it look so real and old and ….. well, creepy 😀

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder. #ACraftyMix

Look at all that gorgeous, old, worn texture.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder. #ACraftyMix

And the makeover takes less than an hour to do.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder. #ACraftyMix

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What you Need

To age the skull and give it a spooktacular makeover

  • Black and white Acrylic paint
  • PVA glue
  • Burnt Umber Oil paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Polystyrene (Styrofoam) skull

If you can’t find a polystyrene skull, a cheap Dollar Store skull will work too.

To turn the skull into a candle holder

  • Pop soda top
  • Craft knife
  • Small nail
  • Hammer

What you need to give a skull a spooktacular makeover

How to age a skull and give it a spooktacular makeover

Did I already mention this is a very easy craft tutorial? And you can use the same technique to age a plastic skull. Start by painting the entire skull with black Acrylic paint. Leave to dry.

Paint the Styrofoam skull black

Then brush a layer of PVA or wood glue 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?

Add a thick layer of craft glue in the areas you want the cracks to appear

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.

Cover the skull with white craft paint, avoiding the eyes

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

Drizzle the skull with thinned down burnt umber

We use the “thinned down burnt umber” technique in so many of our craft projects. It’s one of the easiest ways to get that aged look.

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Oil paint mixed with turps dries very quickly, so you won’t have to wait forever for it to dry. My kind of craft 😉 Once you’re happy with the aged effect, you can call it done. Or take the spooktacular makeover to another level and turn the skull into a candle holder.

How to turn a polystyrene skull into a candle holder

Mark the top of the head and use a sharp craft knife to cut a hole. Remove some of the polystyrene to create an indent.

Use a sharp craft knife to cut a hole in the top of the skull's head

Since the skull is polystyrene (Styrofoam) we need to add a protective barrier between the candle and the actual skull. The best thing I could come up with was to use one of those metal pop-off tops you find on soda bottles. And to make sure the candle didn’t fall over, I hammered a small nail in the center of the lid first.

How to stabilize the candle using a pop off lid #ACraftyMix

Add a good dollop of craft glue inside the hole in the skull and place the pop-off bottle top inside.

Insert the pop off lid inside the hole

Make sure the bottle top is level. Wait for the glue to dry completely before using the skull as a candle holder.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder. #ACraftyMix

I love the way the candle wax runs down the skull. It gives it such a creepy effect.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder. #ACraftyMix

Please be careful, candles can be dangerous. NEVER leave them unattended or put them where they pose a fire risk.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder. #ACraftyMix

And if you’re worried, a battery-operated candle will work beautifully too.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder. #ACraftyMix

Let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

If you like the idea of making a spooktacular skull for Halloween, don’t forget to pin the tutorial for later.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder. #ACraftyMix

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This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to age a Styrofoam or polystyrene skull and give it a spooktacular skull makeover. Can be used as a Halloween display or as a candle holder. #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:

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 😉

Sale Winsor & Newton Artists' Oil Color, 37ml (1.25 oz) Tube, Burnt Umber
GOTIDEAL Acrylic Paint Mars Black Tubes(120ml, 4.1 oz) Non Toxic Non Fading,Rich Pigments for Painters, Adults & Kids, Ideal for Canvas Wood Clay Fabric Ceramic Craft Supplies (Mars Black)-Glossy
GOTIDEAL Acrylic Paint Titanium White Tubes(120ml, 4.1 oz) Non Toxic Non Fading,Rich Pigments for Painters, Adults & Kids, Ideal for Canvas Wood Clay Fabric Ceramic Craft Supplies (Titanium White)

Or if you prefer to buy rather than DIY 😉

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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