Create Gothic Charm with this Dollar Tree Halloween Skull DIY

Inside: Make your very own bone-chilling decor under $10 with our Dollar Tree Halloween skull DIY. Check out our awesome video tutorial on how to make it, along with a list of some super spooky Halloween decorating ideas that you can do with items from the dollar store!

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Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to add some spooky flair to your décor than with this Dollar Tree Halloween skull DIY? Get ready to turn a basic dollar store skulls into some cool moss-covered faux concrete skulls that’ll give your home a moody gothic vibe!

Ways to Decorate a Skull for Halloween

Here are 10 awesome ideas that offer a variety of options to match different Halloween themes and personal styles. Let your imagination run wild and transform your Dollar Tree skulls into hauntingly beautiful decorations that will be perfect decor for a Halloween party.

1. Crystal Skull: Why not unleash your inner mad scientist and whip up your very own captivating crystal skull? All you need is some borax powder and a touch of magic!

2. Floral Crown: Adorn your skull with a beautiful floral crown, using dried flowers or artificial blooms for an elegant yet eerie touch.

3. Glitter Galore: Give your skull a glamorous makeover by covering it in sparkling glitter. Experiment with different colors or opt for an all-black glam look.

4. Day of the Dead Inspiration: Embrace the vibrant colors and intricate designs of Dia de los Muertos by painting your skull with traditional sugar skull patterns.

5. Boho Charm: Add some rustic charm to your skull with an assortment of tassels, feathers, twines and beads for a boho chic look.

6. Gothic Lace Overlay: Add a touch of elegance to your skull by draping it with delicate black lace fabric, creating an ethereal and mysterious vibe.

7. Neon Pop: Make a bold statement by using neon paint to create eye-catching designs on your skull. Think bright pinks, electric blues, and glowing greens.

8. Spooky Spiderwebs: Stretch faux spiderwebs across your skull, giving it a creepy, abandoned look that will send shivers down your spine.

9. Witchy Potion Bottles: Pair your skull with miniature apothecary bottles filled with colored liquids, creating a witchy and enchanting display.

10. Macabre Victorian Style: Channel your inner Edgar Allan Poe by embellishing your skull with vintage keys, velvet ribbons, and antique-inspired trinkets.

5 Ways to Elevate your Halloween Décor

Creating a spooky Halloween atmosphere goes beyond just decorations; it’s about curating an immersive experience that leaves a sense of unease and excitement. Here are some tips to help you achieve just that:

1. Lighting: Dimmed lights can instantly give your space an eerie effect. Try using colored light bulbs or flickering LED candles to create a gloomy ambiance. Even better, opt for black lights to make your neon-painted skulls glow!

2. Sounds: Create a haunting ambiance with creepy sound effects. You can find plenty of free soundtracks online, from creaking doors and howling winds to ominous orchestral music.

3. Halloween TV Art: Turn your smart TV into a piece of wall art by using YouTube to set up a Halloween background screensaver. Simply search for “Halloween TV Art” and find the perfect backdrop for your spooky decor.

4. Scents: Believe it or not, even smells can contribute to the overall eerie atmosphere. Consider using scented candles or incense sticks with scents like burnt wood or pumpkin spice for a truly immersive experience.

5. Layered Decor: Don’t just limit your decorations to tabletops or walls. Hanging decorations from the ceiling, using floor mats with spooky designs, and adding a few surprises around corners can add to the spookiness.

Remember, the key lies in the details. The more thought and creativity you put into each element, the eerier and more unforgettable your Halloween atmosphere will be!

How to Make a Gothic Charm Skull DIY for Halloween

Add a touch of spooky charm to your dining table or fireplace mantle with this awesome gothic-style skull decor for Halloween! My goal was to use only dollar store items to create an inexpensive yet spooky decor item that will fit perfectly into any gothic-inspired interior.

Here’s what you’ll need:

All items can be purchase from the Dollar Tree or any craft store

Most of the items like baking soda, flour, and the basic craft supplies, I already had on hand. So, in the end, I only bought stuff for this project like candle holders, skulls, plates, and moss. And guess what? It all came in under $10! Isn’t that awesome?

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Spray paint three of the small plastic plates black to serve as a base for the skulls to sit on.
spray painting the plastic plates

2. Give the skulls a light sanding to help the paint to adhere better.

sanding skulls

3. Mix baking soda and the gray acrylic paint together and paint the skulls, leaving the bottoms unpainted.

4. Let the skulls dry some but not completely and sprinkle on some flour over the skulls and dry brush the flour all over the skulls. This will totally give it that concrete look you’re aiming for!

dry brushing flour on to the plastic skull

5. Hot glue the black plates to the top of the candle holders then glue bottom of the skull on to the plate as well.

6. Apply some Mod Podge on selected areas of the skulls where you want that mossy look. Take a bit of moss, break it into small pieces, and gently press it onto the wet Mod Podge.

Dollar Tree Halloween skull diy

7. Now, grab that hot glue and start sticking some moss around those skulls on the plate. It’s gonna look awesome!

halloween mossy skulls

Follow along with our YouTube Tutorial

Dollar Tree Halloween Skull Makeover

dollar tree halloween skull craft display

Materials

  • Set of three black candle holders
  • 3 plastic skulls
  • Set of clear plastic party small plates
  • Green moss
  • Baking Soda
  • Gray craft paint
  • Black spray paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Baking flour

Tools

  • Foam paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

        1. Spray paint three of the small plastic plates black to serve as a base for the skulls to sit on.
        2. Give the skulls a light sanding to help the paint to adhere better.
        3. Mix baking soda and the gray acrylic paint together and paint the skulls, leaving the bottoms unpainted.
        4. Let the skulls dry some but not completely and sprinkle on some flour over the skulls and dry brush the flour all over the skulls. This will totally give it that concrete look you're aiming for!
        5. Apply some Mod Podge on selected areas of the skulls where you want that mossy look. Take a bit of moss, break
          it into small pieces, and gently press it onto the wet Mod Podge.
        6. Hot glue the black plates to the top of the candle holders then glue bottom of the skull on to the plate as well.
        7. Now, grab that hot glue and start sticking some moss around those skulls on the plate. It's gonna look awesome!

        Once you're done, simply place your newly decorated skull masterpiece on the mantel or table and enjoy the spooky vibes!

Notes

Most of the items like baking soda, flour, and the basic craft supplies, I already had on hand. So, in the end, I only bought stuff for this project like candle holders, skulls, plates, and moss. And guess what? It all came in under $10! Isn't that awesome?



Hey, we’d be thrilled to check out your Dollar Tree Halloween skull DIY makeover! Share your awesome photos on Instagram with the hashtag #gritandgracefulskulls to inspire others and be part of our amazing Halloween community. Let’s celebrate the spooky season together in the coolest way possible!

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