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    Dollar Store Skull Decoration for Halloween

    Dollar Store Skull Decoration for Halloween

    I am not doing a lot of Halloween decorating this year, as I don’t imagine we will be having trick or treaters.  I did want to do a little something that I can take up to my granddaughters.  This is a quick and easy project, made with Dollar Tree Skulls.  

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    The supplies for this are plaster of paris, a decorative urn, a piece of PVC and a pot to fit down inside the urn.  The decorative urn is one I use for different holiday displays, so I didn’t want to set the plaster of paris right in the urn.  I found this flower pot without a hole in it that fit inside my urn.  Mix the plaster of paris per the instructions on the package.  Generally it is 2 cups of plaster of paris to 1 cup of cold water.  You really have to stir it well, making sure all of the powdery plaster of paris mix gets mixed with the water.  Plaster of paris sets up hard in just about 10 minutes.  Set a piece of 3/4″ PVC that is 5 feet long down into the wet plaster of paris.  Make sure your PVC post is level and straight.  You can use boards like I did above to hold the PVC straight until the plaster of paris sets.  The pot wiggled a little, so I used some scraps of styrofoam to wedge it in securely.  This is how the Dollar Tree skulls look, but I wanted to give them a paint job!  I have used these skulls to make Halloween crafts in the past, including this Halloween Skull Garland

    I used this chalky parchment colored paint to give my skulls a bit of an upgrade.  IF you are going to use this outdoors, make sure after painting that you give them a spray coat of clear sealer made for outdoors.  See the difference after painting?  Use a knife to cut an X in two places on each skull, opposite one another.  I varied the spots where I put mine so my skulls would appear at different angles on the PVC.Slide the skulls over the PVC pushing them all the way to the bottom, and keeping them snug against one another.  The top skull will only get an X cut in the bottom of his head.  I used a little bit of hot glue to secure him to the skull beneath him. 

    When your skulls are all on, add some Spanish moss in between the skulls and at the base of the topiary.  A pair of salad tossers disguised as skeleton hands from Dollar Tree were stuck down in the bottom to finish off my topiary.  You can add lights to your topiary if you wish.  I might do that when I get this one up to Maryland.  If you are looking for more fall and halloween crafts, you have come to the right place!  If you want to keep the skull theme going, you could DIY this Dollar Store skull wreath. 

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    Plaster of Paris


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    1. I bet your granddaughters get a kick out of you skull topiary Chloe! I love the skeletal hands reaching up and the idea of adding some twinkle lights too. Happy to be hopping with you again. ♥

    2. That is so GREAT! I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s like a skull rain chain. I love it when you see a totally original idea. A wreath too? How do you even have room for all the great things you make.

      1. Oh, Andrea, that is fun…a rain chain! I don’t have room! I giveaway or sell locally all of the things I make, or I end up taking them apart and creating something new with them! This year I am taking all of the Halloween leftover decor up to the girls in Maryland! It will be time for all new next year!

    3. This is a hoot Chloe; I love this for outdoor decor; I’d even go so far to say it’s a no brainer (pun intended)!

    4. Chloe, the sad reality is knowing we won’t have many little ones trick or treating:(
      I’m really going to miss that, but have been cheered up by your fun dollar store skull decor.
      Breaking each skull up with the Spanish moss really made the topiary stand out! And shopping for the supplies at the dollar store wins over my frugal heart:)

      1. Thank you so much Rachelle. I know my granddaughters are going to miss trick or treating as much as I will miss seeing all of the kids in their costumes.

    5. What a fun and unique Halloween creation, Chloe! You always manage to come up with the best ideas for creating amazing projects! This is so cool! Your grand-daughter is going to love it!

      1. Oh thank you Gail! Sometimes it takes hours and hours of looking at the internet to get motivated. I used to go shopping for motivation, but I just don’t go out much these days!

    6. Your skull topiary is fabulously creepy, Chloe! I love the hands reaching up from the bottom. I didn’t realize plaster of Paris sets in just 10 minutes. We have urns flanking the side of our front door that I usually stack with pumpkins, but I want to give this a try. My daughter and the kids in the neighborhood would love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    7. Always love your Halloween dollar store ideas! Wonderful crafting with you and thanks for sharing!

      1. Thanks so much Chas. I wonder how many of these Dollar Tree skulls I have gone through over the years!

    8. Chloe, this decoration. Is so darn cute. Very inventive. Your granddaughters will love it. Pinned, for sure.

      1. Thanks so much Carol! Halloween will be different for our grands this year, won’t it?

    9. Spooky fun Chloe! I always like the clever holiday topiaries you create.

    10. I’m not a Halloween person but this is very cute. Big difference once you painted tge skulls. Fun project!


      1. Thanks so much Cindy. I am not doing much Halloween any longer, but this was an easy project Hometalk asked me to do a video for.

    11. Rebecca Payne says:

      So cute and creative.

    12. How creative and so fun, Chloe! Thanks for hosting the hop! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    13. This is such a fun and creative Halloween decoration! Your granddaughters are going to LOVE it!! Pinned!

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