How to make a skull vase for Halloween

This DIY Skull Vase is so pretty, it will stay on your window sill long after October has been and gone.

There are so many ways you can personalise this - why not experiment with painting it different colours in neon or pastel or adding embellishments such as glitter or gems. 

Before you get started, here are a few tips... 

What you will need: 

  • A foam skull - I bought mine online, but they are widely available online
  • A recycled jam jar - it needs to be tall enough to fit flowers, but small enough to fit inside the skull
  • Acrylic paint of your choice. If you want a matte finish, add a spoonful of tile grout
  • Embellishments such as gold leaf, gems, or glitter
  • A stanly knife and spoon 
  • Modge podge glue


What to do:

1. To get started, measure your jam jar next to the skull to make sure it will fit. You want it big enough to put a small posy, but small enough that it will fit happily into the skull.

2. Be careful when you carve, the foam is quite stubborn so you'll need to use a bit of grit. I used a stanly knife, a kitchen knife and a spoon. If you're doing this craft with kids, I recommend involving them at the decorating stage.

3. You may find that if your jar is at an angle, the skull will keep toppling over. Try carving a bit more away so it sits straight up, or you can rest it on a large lid like I did to help keep it stable.

4. When the paint is dry, you can start to apply your gold leaf - which you can buy at most craft shops. I didn't bother with the specialised glue you are meant to use with gold leaf, as I find modge podge (available at craft stores) does the job fine. As you apply the gold leaf, brush it over with a stiff paintbrush to work it in and remove the excess.

5. Give a final layer of modge podge to seal. Leave to dry and you're done!

Top tip:

It's best to keep a vacuum cleaner on hand - this is a very messy craft and there is a good chance you'll get foam everywhere when you start carving into the skull!

Watch the video below for the full tutorial.

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