Now that it’s finally October, my obsession with Halloween is in full force. However, if you’re anything like me, you’d totally rock spooky decor all year round. That’s where plastic faux skulls come in. These inexpensive yet durable little guys hold so much potential when it comes to crafting. For this tutorial, I combined my love for skulls and metallics by creating a handy jewelry tray. You can also use your DIY skull jewelry tray to hold paper clips and other knick-knacks on your office desk. Read on to learn how to make it in just four steps.
- Darice 1.75-inch Small Halloween Skulls (5)
- Darice Paper Mache Round Box (Lid only)
- Metallic Spray Paint
- Darice Hot Glue Gun
- Darice Glue Sticks
Step 1. Spray paint the lid of the box. As always, head outside and work in an area with proper ventilation. Protect your work space with tarp, old newspapers, or large plastic bags. Since you’ll be using the lid upside down, flip it over before applying spray paint. This is the “good” side. Don’t forget to spray paint the outside of the rim, too.
Tip: Hold the can far away enough from the lid to create an even layer. If you hold it too close, the paint will pool up and warp the paper. This is made of cardboard material, after all!
Once the paint dries completely, flip it over and paint the other side. This part is optional, as this part of the lid will be glued to the skulls and cannot be seen.
Step 2. Position five plastic skulls in a star shape. Place the cardboard lid on top of the skulls to gauge where you’ll be gluing each skull. This will also give you an idea of how to angle each skull.
If you need extra guidance, mark the placement of each skull with washi tape on your work surface. Alternatively, you can mark up scrap paper with the position of each skull.
Tip: Adhere two skulls on opposite sides of the circle. This will give you a visual for sectioning out the circle.
Take it up a notch by spray painting the plastic skulls in a contrasting color. On the other hand, you can also paint the skulls with the same spray paint as the lid for a chic monochromatic creation.
Happy Halloween, makers!
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.