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.
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.
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:
- 3-inch candlestick
- Paper mache skull
- Sheet music paper
- Mod Podge Glitter, Mod Podge Shimmer, Mod Podge Paper
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.
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
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!
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?
She looks good coming and going! All hail the queen?
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