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DIY || Neutral Halloween Skulls

DIY neutral halloween skulls
Last fall was my first time spending it in Ohio due to the pandemic. For the past 10 years, I have spent the fall season in Memphis so I had no decor for our house. I love decorating the house for the holidays and now that my kids are old enough to enjoy it I have even more fun! A couple of years ago I shared a DIY post on colorful skulls that my friend had created. She did all of the work but it was too cool not to create a DIY blog post.

When October 2020 came around I followed that blog post and did my own version of DIY neutral Halloween skulls that matched the decor of our house and I am absolutely obsessed. Below I’ll give you the steps to create this neutral Halloween decor and the materials I used. It is the same as the colorful skulls, just slightly different materials. I’m glad I am able to share this in September because this gives you plenty of time to get crafty before October!
DIY neutral halloween skulls


What You Need
|| skulls
|| spray paint
|| painter’s tape
|| glue gun/tacky glue
|| clear tacky glue
|| Sharpie
|| paintbrush
|| sand or glitter
|| rhinestones/pearls
|| twine
|| pebbles
|| scissors


What You Do
Buy the cheapest skulls you can find, the ones I used are $5 each from Target. Spray paint your skulls the color of your choice. Since I was going for colors to match my house I went with a soft white called Clamshell and a light taupe called Sand Dollar, both in a matte finish. You can use a matte, high-gloss, or metallic finish. I also saw these mini skulls that could easily be spray painted and added to a bowl or jar.

diy halloween skullsAfter the spray paint dries (you’ll need to spray 2-3 coats depending on what color your skulls are and what color you are spray painting it) use painter’s tape to tape off your design, this is where you will use the paintbrush to paint on the clear tacky glue. You could also use a paper towel to spread the glue. Make sure the tape is pressed down well so you have a clean line.

diy neutral halloween skull decor
Paint the glue in the section you want to put the sand or glitter on. I used sand because I didn’t want too much bling added to my skulls and I couldn’t find anything at the craft store that I liked. While the glue is still wet dump large amounts of glitter or sand on the glue. You may want to do this over a paper plate or paper so you can reuse the glitter/sand. I applied the glue and rolled my skull in the sandbox since we had one.

DIY neutral halloween skullsWhile the glitter and glue are drying, take your glue gun or tacky glue and apply your pearls, rope, or string in whichever design you prefer. It was difficult to come up with designs for my skulls and was just applying items as I thought of them. So you can always do the glitter/sand later, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of other items you plan on applying. I never figured out what to do with the leather string I bought but I did a couple of things with the twine, I braided it for a headband and swirled it in one of the skull’s eyes. The felt eyebrows were a last-minute idea, I just saw the felt from something else and thought I could make it work. You can look around your house and in your craft boxes for materials, you can make anything work.

Below you can see how I styled my skulls. I put a few on the shelves that flank our TV and a couple on our entry table. I had no idea how to pair them at first but I grouped them by their materials. The group on the shelf all have pearls and the two on the table both have sand on them. These were so fun to create and I will definitely be doing these again with my boys!

diy neutral halloween skullsdiy neutral halloween skullsIf you decide to try this DIY neutral Halloween skull project please tag me @marylereve so I can check it out! I’d also love to see what materials you used!

Happy DIY-ing!

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DIY || Colorful Halloween Skulls

 diy colorfull halloween decorThis post is brought to you by my good friend Cristina of Lemon Events. She is the most creative person I know when it comes to decor and events and I had to share her DIY colorful Halloween skull decor! If you follower her on Instagram then you’ve seen these cheerful, edgy, fun and funky skulls, if you don’t follow her then click here and make sure you do! I sat down with her over the weekend to get a better glimpse of her pretty skulls (did you know skulls could be pretty? Me neither.) and get the step by step process because I just had to share. Halloween doesn’t have to be dark and scary and full of black and orange.

These skulls can be done using craft items you already have in your home. Each skull is unique and the best part about them is you can’t go wrong, be creative with your colors and textures. Cristina used leftover spray paint from previous projects as well as sparkles, jewels, feathers, glue, and other fun decorations.
colorfull halloween decor diy
colorfull halloween decor diyWhat You Need
skulls
spray paint
painters tape
glue gun
clear tacky glue
black Sharpie
paintbrush
glitter
rhinestones
ribbon
studs
scissors

What You Do
Spray paint your skull the color of your choice. You can use a matte, high-gloss or metallic finish.
colorfull halloween decor diy
After the paint dries use painters tape to tape off your design, this is where you will use the paintbrush to paint on the clear tacky glue. You could also use a paper towel to spread the glue. Make sure the tape is pressed down well so you have a clean line.

Paint the glue in the section you want to put glitter on. While the glue is still wet dump large amounts of glitter on the glue. You may want to do this over a paper plate or paper so you can reuse the glitter.
*If you are adding studs like the pink skull then make sure you use your hot glue gun and add the studs before applying the tacky glue and glitter. Spread the glue

colorfull halloween decor diyWhile the glitter and glue are drying, take your glue gun and add the headpiece. Cristina used decorative trim and added a stud to the front and back of the trim. Once the hot glue is dry and the glue and glitter are dry to the touch you can remove the painter’s tape. Now you have an extremely cool and colorful Halloween skull.
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Below are a few other skulls that Cristina decorated. I love them all and each one I saw was my favorite. They are all created the same way: paint, tape, glue, glitter, accessories. Except for the pink one, she added the studs before adding the glittler.

Which skull is your favorite? If you decide to try this DIY Halloween decor project please share with us your colorful Halloween skulls and tag @lemonevents and @livinglereve so we can check it out!

Happy DIY-ing!

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DIY colorful Halloween decor