Up Your Halloween Game With This Upcycled Floral Skull Wreath

Round up some shipping Styrofoam, basic crafting supplies and DIY this larger-than-life skull for your front door.

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Upcycled Halloween Floral Skull Wreath: Final

The Crafty Lumberjacks show you how to make a Halloween floral skull wreath with upcycled materials. You will need two large Styrofoam pieces, or cardboard, a wood burning tool with hot knife point, 220 grit sandpaper, black and gray acrylic paint, white sheer fabric, decoupage medium, Spanish moss, a variety of faux flowers and branches, a low temp hot glue gun, LED battery operated candles, heavy duty tape, black fabric, a small piece of twine and small pieces of felt.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Caitlin Dabbs

Caitlin Dabbs

Halloween decor comes in lots of different styles, from vintage and whimsical to creepy and scary — but your DIY creations don't all have to fit inside a neat little coffin, er, box. Watch as HGTV's Crafty Lumberjacks combine two common decor styles to make a floral skull wreath from upcycled materials.

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Materials + Tools

  • 2 large styrofoam pieces (or cardboard)
  • wood-burning pen
  • low-temp hot glue gun
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • black and gray acrylic paint
  • decoupage
  • Spanish moss
  • faux florals, branches
  • LED battery operated candles
  • heavy-duty tape
  • dark fabric
  • small piece of felt
  • small piece of twine
  • marker

Glue Boards Together

Using a low-temp hot glue gun, glue two large pieces of Styrofoam (or cardboard) together to make one large piece.

Man Using Hot Glue Gun To Apply Glue to Seam of Styrofoam Board

Upcycled Halloween Floral Skull Wreath: Glue Pieces Together

Using a low temp hot glue gun, glue two large pieces of styrofoam (or cardboard) together to make one large piece.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Caitlin Dabbs

Caitlin Dabbs

Trace Skull

Next, freehand draw a large skull onto the Styrofoam with a marker. Use clip art as a reference or print out large clip art to trace the outline of the skull.

Hand Using Marker to Trace Skull Art on Styrofoam Board

Upcycled Halloween Floral Skull Wreath: Trace Skull

Use a marker to draw a large skull onto a large piece of styrofoam. Tip: use clip art as a reference or print out large clip art to trace an outline of a skull.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Caitlin Dabbs

Caitlin Dabbs

Wear a Mask + Cut the Board

Be sure to work in a ventilated area and always wear a mask when cutting hot Styrofoam (Image 1). Refer to the instructions on your wood-burning tool for use. Carefully use the hot knife point on the wood-burning tool to cut out the outline of the skull (Image 2). Next, cut out the eyes, nose and jaw (Image 3).

Prep Second Piece + Cut

Lay the pre-cut skull on top of the second piece of Styrofoam and trace around the outside of the skull leaving a three-inch border to create dimension (Image 1). Trace around the inside of the eyes, too. Then, flip over the main skull piece. At the bottom of each eye, trace an outline of the candle (Image 2). Next, wearing a mask, use the wood-burning tool to cut out the skull backing, eyes and spots for candles (Image 3).

Glue + Sand

Using a low-temp hot glue gun, glue the skull pieces together. Then use 220-grit sandpaper to clean any rough edges.

Hand Using Low Temp Glue Gun To Glue Jaw To Larger Skull Piece

Upcycled Halloween Floral Skull Wreath: Hot Glue Pieces

Using a low temp hot glue gun, glue the skull pieces together. Next, use 220 grit sandpaper to clean any rough edges.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Caitlin Dabbs

Caitlin Dabbs

Paint + Add Fabric

Use a bit of watered-down gray and black acrylic paint to add shadows to the inside of the eyes, mouth and around the outline of the skull (Image 1). Then, soak a large piece of sheer fabric that fits over the entire skull in a bowl of watered-down decoupage. Squeeze and ring out the fabric. Next, open the fabric and lay it over the entire skull. Smooth out the fabric around the skull using a paint brush (Image 2). Lastly, wrap the fabric around the back of the skull to dry.

Decorate Skull

Using a low-temp hot glue gun, add moss around the skull. Mix in faux flowers and branches on top of the mossy areas until you're happy with the results.

Hand Gluing Faux Florals and Branches Onto The Skull Face

Upcycled Halloween Floral Skull Wreath: Add Florals

Using a low temp hot glue gun, add moss around the skull. Mix in faux flowers and branches on top of the mossy areas until you're happy with the results.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Caitlin Dabbs

Caitlin Dabbs

Add Candles + Fabric, Twine

Using heavy-duty tape, tape the candles to the pre-cut holes (Image 1). Now use a low-temp hot glue gun to affix dark fabric pieces behind the eyes like curtains (Image 2). Lastly, add twine to the top of the skull with a low-temp hot glue gun and cover with two small pieces of felt (Image 3).

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