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!
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.