If you like outdoor Halloween decorations, this is just the right place to be! I am all about easy Halloween decorations and this one is easy as can be! A pair of these would be perfect for flanking your front door, the perfect way to greet party guests and trick or treaters!
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Supplies and equipment for your Halloween decorations:
The supplies for making these spooky Halloween decorations are listed here:
- Urn or pot of some kind for your base
- PVC pipe
- plastic skulls
- Spanish moss
- plaster of paris
- chalky acrylic paint
- waterproof sealer (if your topiary will be displayed outdoors)
- measuring cup
- pieces of wood (used to make sure your pvc is straight in your plaster)
Set up the bases for your spooky Halloween decorations:
Gather your supplies for your base. Here is my decorative urn, a piece of pvc piping and some wood scraps. A bucket and measuring cup and the plaster of paris. You will want to have a paint stirrer to mix the plaster of paris, also. I used a 5′ piece of pvc, but you can make yours as short or as tall as you would like.
Here is the plastic urn I used. I use this for different decorations throughout the year, so I did not want to put the plaster of paris and the piece of PVC in the urn permanently. I found this flower pot without a hole in it that fit inside my urn. You can mix your plaster right inside of your urn if you like, or do something similar. Just make sure that whatever container you are using for your plaster is watertight.
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. 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.
After my plaster was set, I found my pot wobbled a bit, so I used a few scraps of styrofoam to secure it and keep it from moving.
A creative way to prepare your skulls:
This is how the Dollar Tree skulls look right from the store. You can buy these individually at the store or order a case of 40 for all of your Halloween decorating projects! I have SO many ideas for things you can make with these! If you order a case, they will deliver them for free to your local Dollar Tree.
I recommend using some chalky paint like this to give them a more upscale look.
You can see the difference above between the painted and unpainted skulls. If you are going to display your decoration out in the weath spray them with a waterproof sealer.
Time to build your creepy Halloween decorations:
When each one of your plastic skulls is dry (if you decide to paint them). Cut an X in the bottom of each skull as shown above. Next, cut an X in the top of each skull.
Slide the skulls onto your pvc pipe, one after another. Don’t be afraid to experiment with where you put your X’s in your skulls. Make some toward the front, some toward the back so your skulls are all at different angles on the pvc pole. Slide each skull down so it is snug against the one beneath it. When you get to the top skull, it will only get an X cut in the bottom of it.
I used this chalky parchment colored paint to give my skulls a bit of an upgrade. Finish off your skulls with some spanish moss, tuck a little bit between each of the skulls and fill in the bottom of the pot with moss.
Add a couple of pair of Dollar Tree skeleton hands sticking out of the pot at the base and it looks like the skulls are reaching up for someone to save them! OR…are they trying to grab the passers by?
This will add the “creep” to any outdoor space for Halloween. Add some lights and sound to really “creep” out your decoration and have fun this Halloween! If you want your skeletons to be more fun than spooky, consider adding googly eyes to them! Another idea is to add witch hats to your top skulls!
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Get to your local craft store or dollar store to stock up on supplies and start making your own fun DIY decorations!
This easy to make wreath is a great way to keep your skull decor going this Halloween! Add a seasonal wreath like this one to coordinate with your skull creations!
One of the easy decorations I made with these is this Halloween Skull Garland. I used this Halloween garland on my mantel, but you can just as easily use this outdoors! The plastic skulls will hold up just fine in all kinds of weather! You can also pop battery operated tea lights inside the skulls!
Even more of my best DIY Halloween decorations:
- Minnie Mouse Halloween Decoration
- Scary Halloween Decor for Your Front Porch (Using Dollar Tree black birds!)
- Decorate a Halloween Tree
- Make a Man-Eating Plant from a Halloween Pumpkin!
Do you have your own favorite creative ideas for Halloween? Do you make your own DIY Halloween decorations? Do you get out the duct tape and the white trash bags? Do you make your own tomato cage ghosts? I’d love to hear your creative ideas and what you do for Halloween porch decorations! Let me know in the comments below!