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Halloween Skull Decor: Queen of Candy!

Make a unique Halloween skull decor display with a paper mache surface – this “Queen of Candy” is perfect for the season!

Skills Required: Beginner. You should know how to use Mod Podge before beginning this project. Especially for m’lady’s crown.

Queen of Candy Halloween Skull Decor

Morena from Morena’s Corner is quite the Mod Podger, so I’m thrilled to have her here guest posting, especially about Halloween.

Morena knows her way around a skull or two, so she’s made this lovely queen skull display to jazz up your home for the big day. If you love DIY Halloween decorations, this is a unique project and frankly, it looks super cool.

Let guests admire your craftiness as they grab a candy from the tray. Here is Morena to tell you how it was made.

queen of skulls Halloween skull decoration

Isn’t she a sight? We’ve been calling her the Queen of Skulls around my house. I wanted something shabby yet elegant, spooky but not to scary, and I think she delivers.

Halloween Skull Decor

For this project you’ll need:

  • Lace
  • Plate
  • 3-inch candlestick
  • Paper mache skull
  • Sheet music paper
  • Mod Podge Glitter, Mod Podge Shimmer, Mod Podge Paper
Preparing lace, a skull, and a candlestick with Mod Podge

First up: prep the lace. I dug into my vintage lace stash, but any lace ribbon would work, too. Place it on a piece of freezer paper and generously apply Mod Podge Glitter to lace. Flip it over and repeat on the other side. Let dry.

Adding book pages to a charger with Mod Podge

Spray paint the plate, skull, and candlestick black. When it has dried, apply Mod Podge Shimmer to the skull and candlestick. The MP dries to an amazing metallic shimmer!

While that dries, start on the plate. Tear sheet music paper into pieces. Cover the plate surface with MP and begin adhering the pieces. After it has dried, trim the edges and seal with MP

Assemble your skull decor

Back to the lace: once it has dried, it will be stiff yet malleable. Peel the lace off the paper. Trim off any excess MP, and shape the lace into a crown. You can glue the ends together or if the MP is still tacky just press the ends together firmly and they will stick.

Now to assemble our queen! Use a glue gun to attach the skull to the candlestick. Next, glue her lace collar on to the base of the skull. Now you can glue the candlestick to the plate and top it off with a lace crown!

Halloween skull decor with candy

I think it looks good a little askew. I think she would look great at a more sophisticated Halloween bash, perhaps laden with fine chocolates?

Make a Halloween candy plate with skull decor

She looks good coming and going! All hail the queen?

If you enjoyed this Halloween skull decor, I’d love for you to check out these other projects:

Shawna Bates

Tuesday 9th of October 2012

Lol cute. Had a giggle over the pink bow lol

Stephanie @ henry happened

Sunday 7th of October 2012

wow, this is very spooky! love it!

Friday 5th of October 2012

I am such a sissy, I can't have spooky stuff at home haha. But I love this -- so creepy and totally awesome.

Morena Hockley

Friday 5th of October 2012

Awww, thank you!


Friday 5th of October 2012

ooh - this is very cool! but i think i'd want to show her off all year... :)

Morena Hockley

Friday 5th of October 2012

Yes, I think she'll be hanging around long past Halloween in my house. :)

Erica Bodker

Thursday 4th of October 2012

This is so cute but creepy lol! thanks for sharing

Morena Hockley

Thursday 4th of October 2012

Ha! Thanks, Erica!