3 Ways to Decorate Halloween Skulls

3 ideas for cute Halloween skulls Halloween is almost here! If you’ve been wanting to do a Halloween-themed craft, but keep putting it off, this is your chance to make some last minute decor before the big day. And, since all the Halloween crafts go on sale as it gets closer to Halloween, why not get more than one and try each of these 3 ways to decorate with skulls. Ready? Go!

3 ideas for cute Halloween skulls 3 ideas for cute Halloween skulls For the first skull, I decided to look up some sugar skull inspiration and hand-paint some colorful elements onto one of the skulls. You’ll first want to paint the eyes, nose, and teeth a solid color and outline them. Then draw simple flowers and vines around the rest of the face with a thin marker (pay attention to where they place the flowers, like on the chin and cheekbones). Use more paint to fill in the flower petal details, and then go over the lines again with a thicker black marker to finish the look. Make sure to choose bright colors!

3 ideas for cute Halloween skulls 3 ideas for cute Halloween skullsFor the second skull, we are going to add glitter! I would suggest spray painting your skull the color of your glitter first (I painted mine gold), so that you don’t have to do as thick of a coat of glitter later. It makes it much less noticeable if there is a spot that shows through the bottom. Once you paint your skull, put your skull in a cardboard box and paint a large section with a thick coat of Mod Podge. Very quickly before the Mod Podge dries, sprinkle fine loose glitter onto the glue. Continue until the top half of the skull is covered. Wait until the glue dries, shake off the excess glitter, and touch up any areas as needed. Repeat process on the other side. Once you shake off all excess glitter, you can either leave the skull as is, or spray a clear coat to keep the glitter shedding to a minimum. I find that using spray clear coat over metallic or glitter finishes usually dulls down the shine or sparkle a bit, so I usually skip it so I’ll get maximum shine.

3 ideas for cute Halloween skulls
3 ideas for cute Halloween skulls For this last idea, we are going to add a funny prop! Spray your skull either a bold or metallic color and add anything that makes you laugh, like fake glasses, a small hat, or a bushy stick-on mustache. Bonus points if you have signature items that you wear, and you can get the skull to look like you!

3 ideas for cute Halloween skulls There you go! Now you’ve got 3 ideas to create last minute decor for your Halloween night. I already plan on keeping the gold skull on the mantel for a while after the holiday is over. That’s the perk of being a “skull” person all year round! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman, Project Assistant: Josh Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • What material is the skull made out of? It looks plastic, but I can’t really tell. I have tried to glitter a styrofoam skull before and it did not turn out so great. 🙂

  • The glitter one is amazing! ha, these pics are so much fun!

    xx Michaela
    from www.elastyle.at

  • Slightly obsessed with the dance it out print, any suggestions on where to get it?

  • I love these skulls!! I’m a big fan of skulls so I’m loving these.

    xoxo, Diana

  • Totally unrelated, but where is that flower pot from?? I’ve been on the hunt for a super basic planter and haven’t had any luck.

  • these are adorable! I love anything that is supposed to be scary, but isn’t. and genius, glittering that one skull up in the cardboard box. wish I could say that I would have thought of it, but no, probably not! thanks so much for the inspiration!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • I looooove the colourful one!

  • The nerd on is the cutest thing ever! I don’t like skulls for halloween but now I officially do 😉


  • Lovely post – I also did some Halloween crafts today but it was with a 2 year old and a 4 year old so nothing this sophisticated 😉 Still, they are pretty creative.


  • That gold spray paint turned out really nice! I’ve had bad luck with a few different spray paint projects in the past, but the finish on the last skull is very nice!

  • Love the glitter and painted one…prop is a quirky touch…


  • These are the cutest ideas! I’d keep them around all year ’round! 🙂


  • That sugar skull is super cute!! I decided to make mine into a bookshelf! (:

  • Lol…They are cute…But where did the skulls come form?


  • love these. i got a skull a few years ago after halloween on sale and painted it gold and it has been on my bookshelf ever since. halloween schmalloween. ha. skulls all year! 🙂

    but i do love halloween!!

  • Decorating for Halloween is so much fun!! I love the glitter and dia de los muertos!


  • I think the golden glitter one the most! A really creative and cool idea.

    Best wishes


  • 1st I am cracking up that peeps keep asking where! LOL It was at the beg of the post. Tee-hee!!

    I love them! Can’t decide which is my fav…it may be the painted one! 🙂

  • Now that’s using your head…or in this case…skull 🙂

    I love the Gold and the Gold glitter skulls the most. Great idea and one that everyone in the family can be involved in making.

    Thanks gals and take care.


  • I would love to know where you got the skulls! I would love to do this as well.

  • So cute! These are so fun thanks for sharing!


  • I love the first one! Thanks for the inspiration! These would be cool all year round 🙂

  • These are so fun! I love the glitter and the metallic – great DIY’s!

    Warm Regards,

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