One of these 3D skull potion bottles is shop bought. The other is handmade. Can you tell which one’s which? Beloved couldn’t and that really is one of the biggest compliments anyone can pay to one of my creations.
So without further ado…
Here’s the one I bought in Homesense for £4.99.
Before I went all #handmademeetshighstreet on its ass.
Well… it TOTALLY needed string and a cork, right?
And next to it, the one I made.
Pretty cool, huh? And this one is maHUSIVE, being that it’s a Gallon Jug.
And it cost me…wait for it.
How to make a Halloween Skull Bottle
What I used:
- Vintage Gallon Jug – £1 from a charity shop
- Polystyrene Skull – Hobbycraft 50p
- Polystyrene safe glue – I like solvent–free Unibond
- Tissue Paper – I recycle the stuff you get when the likes of TK Maxx and Homesense wrap your ceramics!
- Mod Podge
- Black Paint
- Ink in various colours
As usual, I got so carried away with the whole making malarky, I forgot to snap before photos. Soz. #mybad. So here’s a lovely Google image to show you what the jug looked like when I bought it:
And a picture of the skull from the Hobbycraft website.
After cutting off the hanging loop, I cut the skull vertically in half so I was left with just the face and a flat back. Then I glued it to the bottle.
Polystyrene is dead simple to cut. I just use an old kitchen knife – just promise me you’ll be careful, ok?!
For the texture, I used my trusty tissue paper decoupage technique as used to make the dragon’s eye hurricane glass and potion bottles, creepy eye art and handmade spell books. Here’s a little video clip that shows the process:
A gallon jug is the largest surface I’ve covered, so I used much bigger pieces of tissue paper. Had I used small pieces like before, I’d have still been here next Halloween!
Once the entire bottle was covered in tissue paper, I let it dry overnight before painting it black. The metallic touches come from sponging on a variety of gold, copper and bronze inks from stamping pads.
To bring out the features of the skull, I used Annie Sloan’s Gilding Wax in warm gold, because that’s what I had to hand after the Dining Room makeover. If you get a chance to use some, I can attest that it’s lovely stuff; really soft and gorgeous to use.
You could use any sort of gilding wax, or even the ink from stamp pads or metallic paint but it’s best to use your fingers – it helps target your colour and keep some of the hollows and shadows that give definition to the skull.
Play with it until you’re happy. If you go wrong, simply paint over it again in black and start again. There really is no right or wrong way to do it!
When you’re pleased with the colour, glue some string around the neck and hey presto! Another super simple Halloween craft that looks like it came straight out of TK Maxx!
What do you think? Easy right? Reckon you might try this simple Halloween craft? Let me know by dropping a comment below. If you do, be sure to share your creation by posting it to the Facebook Page, or tagging me on Instagram.
A hui hou,