DIY Pearl & Glitter Halloween Skull

This is the outcome of my pearl & pink glitter skull. Behind the skull is a DIY headstone that I will share soon!

I love decorating for every season. Walking around Hobby Lobby & Michael’s does my heart good, especially during fall & winter seasons & holidays.

Michael’s has half an aisle of blush pink & black Halloween decor. It’s beautiful & goes great in the master bedroom. To buy all of the cutesy things would cost a pretty penny. I love creating pieces of decor for a lot less than the store prices.

Today I’m going to show you how to make this skull piece, that Michael’s has for $19.99, from Dollar store items.

The skull is on the bottom shelf. The other items in the photo go with the same collection, & I’ll be making my own for a lot less.

For this project you’ll need:

  • Plastic skull from Dollar Tree
  • Glitter- I used pink bc our bedroom is blush & navy & I had it on hand.
  • Tacky glue- You can use any glue you like, just not hot glue as it dries too quickly to get the beading on.
  • Chalk paint in cream or white
  • Paint brushes- one for the paint & one for the glue.
  • Beading- I used Recollections Specialty Glitter from Michael’s
  • Optional- clay tool, double-ended with a spatula top on one end & pointed on the other end.
I didn’t use the pink paint on this skull, but I did use it on a similar one in gold.

First paint your skill in the cream Chalk paint. Allow it to dry fur about 30 minutes.

Brush some Tacky glue in the left (with the skull facing you) eye socket, a tiny amount in the right eye, & in the nasal cavity. Take your pink glitter & sprinkle some in both places. Spread more of the the glue from the right eye up & on top to just before the halfway point. Add more glitter. Make a small line from the bottom of the right eye down curving down & getting skinnier to the right side of teeth to the chin. More glitter. Shake the skull around to remove the excess glitter. Allow it to dry a little.

You can see here that I already sprinkled some of the pearls on the right side. I forgot to get a picture of just brushing glue for the glitter.

Now brush a pretty good bit of the glue in the right eye socket. Make sure you lay out a newspaper or craft paper to catch the extra glitter & beads. Shake the beads into the socket while holding the skull in one hand so the skull faces up. You may have to use the clay tool to get the beads exactly how you like. You can use your finger if you don’t have one, you’ll just have to wipe it clean a lot.

Next paint the glue on top of the skull, spreading up the socket, to the brown bone, making the glue wider as you go to the top. On the very top, the glue & beading should spread to about the nasal bones. Not down to the nose, just think of a straight line from the nose to the center of the top of the skull. Sprinkle the beads on the glue. Now sprinkle the beads down the face, teeth, & to the chin.

I love the way this turned out. I didn’t have to spend a dime because I had all of the supplies. I dug into our Halloween decorations & got the skull. I had the glitter from our wedding, way back when, & of course I had the glue & paint. I saved $15 & added an adorable piece to our blush & black Halloween master bedroom.

You can see my gold one in the background here.

Show us how your turns out in the comments/reply box below. Leave us any tips you have on budget seasonal decor! Thank you so much for visiting. Please like & share!

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