Make This: Skull Book Ends

I love adding subtle, spooky touches to our place this time of year, but if you're anything like me, the very thought of the decoration aisles at most box stores makes me want to run for the hills. That's when I got the idea to transform a simple Styrofoam skull into some metallic books ends, subtly jazzing up my place for Halloween. No cob webs and blood spatter decals for this girl! What I love most about this project is that it's not necessarily Halloween-specific — you could rock those book ends year round if you wanted to! Talk about getting the most bang for your DIY buck. So if you want to whip up a set for yourself, here's what you gotta do!

SUPPLIES: DECORATIVE SKULL | THIN WOODEN BLOCKS (VIA MICHAELS) | SPRAY PAINT | E-6000 GLUE | KNIFE OR SAW
TIME: 2 HOURS (WITH DRY TIME) | DIFFICULTY RATING: MODERATE
Start by slowly cutting the skull in half evenly down its centre. If you opted for a Styrofoam skull like I did, you should be able to easily cut it using a large kitchen knife (though be super careful when you do!), but if your skull is plaster or a harder material, you're going to have to use a saw. When that's done (and if all 10 fingers are still intact), go ahead and start gluing each piece down along the edge of your wooden blocks.
Believe it or not, this is probably the most tedious part of all — you're going to have to press down firmly for several minutes to get the glue to adhere to the wood, then prop each skull against something for about an hour or so to make sure they fully dry and in an upright position. From there, a couple coats of spray paint and about half an hour or so of dry time, and you're ready to add some grownup Halloween flair to your home. Done and done.

Photos by Adventures in Fashion

2 comments

  1. I would for SURE use these all year! I have a few little skull head decorations here and there but no book ends. This might need to be remedied ;) Xo, S

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