How to Create a Hair-Raising DIY Skull Topiary
My daughter likes scary Halloween decor so she wanted me to make a skull topiary for the front door. Let’s get started!
Tools and Materials:
- Skulls - I used 3 in each topiary
- Skull with crow - I used 2
- 2 pots
- 2 metal signs (any will work because you only need the metal stick)
- Spanish moss
- Paint (black, white and red)
- Stain (Waverly Wax antique and clear)
- Hot glue gun
1. Prepare the Skulls
To start with, remove the labels from your skulls.
2. Set Up the Base
Next, cut a piece of Styrofoam to fit into the pot. You can glue it to make sure it's secure. Then, take your metal pole from the metal sign and stick it through the center of the styrofoam.
It doesn't matter what colour the styrofoam is as you won't see it when we are done.
3. Arrange the Skulls
Take a lighter or heat gun to heat up the top of the metal pole. I had to do this because I didn’t have a drill bit that would go all the way through the skull and I wanted to make sure they lined up nicely.
Then, push your skull all the way through and bring it to the bottom of the pole.
Do that with all the heads and stack them on top of each other. I used 3 in each pot but you could make them taller if you’d like.
4. Paint, Stain, and Add Detail
Now, remove them and begin to paint and stain them to make them look more realistic and scary.
I did 2 of each of the skulls in different colors.
For the first, I used the Waverly Wax in Antique as it’s brown looking. I rubbed it all over and then used a sponge and dabbed it to give it more texture.
The paint makes a big difference!
Next, I used my black paint and a thin brush to highlight all the crevices. It doesn't have to be perfect. Make sure you get between the teeth and in the mouth too.
Then use your white paint and a dry brush to paint over his teeth.
I repeated the same steps using my clear wax in my white paint and then clear wax in my black paint.
I painted the other skulls to change their base color.
5. Add Moss
I then used my hot glue to stick the Spanish moss to cover the styrofoam.
Then I stacked my skulls on top of each other onto the metal pole again.
I then used some Spanish moss to cover the pole in any spots that were sticking out. This also added a little creepiness.
6. Finish With a Topper
Now, drill a hole through your topper and add it on.
DIY Halloween Skull Topiary tutorial
I love how they turned out! Very creepy but perfect for our Halloween outdoor decor.