Celebrate Halloween in Style With DIY Skull Candle Holders

Turn boring, plastic skulls into sleek and spooky decor with these DIY concrete and copper candle holders.

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Use small plastic skulls as molds for spooky candle holders.

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Finding stylish Halloween home accents in a world of bright orange plastic can be tough, but with these concrete skull candles, your holiday decor can be the perfect combination of chic and spooky! 

Materials Needed

  • plastic skull
  • 1.5" x 3/4" copper pipe
  • marker
  • craft knife
  • painter's tape
  • latex gloves
  • ready-to-use concrete mix
  • scissors
  • spray paint

Trace + Cut

Use the copper pipe and a permanent marker to trace a small circle on the top of the skull. Use the craft knife to cut out the circle, and then cut along the center line of the plastic to open the skull. Do not cut all the way down. The pieces should still remain intact at the bottom. 

Fill With Concrete

Place painter's tape around the skull to hold the cut pieces together and seal any openings. Fill the skull with ready-to-use concrete mix. Make sure to wear rubber gloves when handling the concrete. Insert the copper pipe into the hole, and let the concrete dry completely. 

Remove Plastic

Once dry, remove the tape from the skull, and cut off the rest of the plastic. Remove all the pieces so that the concrete mold is uncovered completely.

Paint + Display 

Cover the copper pipe with painter's tape, and spray paint the skull in the color of your choosing. After it's dry, insert a candle into the copper pipe, and it's ready to display. 

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

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