Last year, Bug was in 3rd grade and her teacher loved skulls. I remember the first day of school her coming home to tell me that her teacher loved them so much and asking if I could make her something. I never found the right project for and sadly ended up giving her a book planter instead. But now I have the project I was looking for and I know you are going to just love this one! This Dollar Tree skull planter will be the easiest way for you to get a kick start for Halloween!
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Gather Your Skull Planter Supplies
There are only a few supplies needed for this project, and they are
Plastic hollow skull <get these at The Dollar Tree
Silver Enamel Paint
Wire (for hanging)
Hot Glue & Gun (also get your glue at the dollar tree, its much cheaper per stick!)
Begin by taking off the sticker at the bottom and washing the skull with hot soapy water and allowing it to fully dry. Next paint your entire skull planter black, and the second one just fill in the eyes. Allow drying.
When the black paint has fully dried, poke a small hole in the top and run a wire into the skull planter. Using an old milk jug or box, slowly pour the silver enamel paint over the top. Holding the wire raise the skull above the paint and allow the initial paint to drip off. Next, hang the skull planters outside to dry, about 24 hours.
Spicing Up Your DIY Skull Planter
I could have stopped at the paint and skipped this next part, but where is the fun in that? After scouring Pinterest for a while getting ideas for different looks for the skull planters, I ended up just adding rhinestones to the eyes and calling it good, but you could go so far with this! Want a more realistic skull planter? How about a sugar skull? Go wild here. And then send me pictures!
I decided that one of the planters would be a male with a mohawk. His name is Ugg Lee, and you can see him on the left. The other skull planter is a female and her hair is made up of tons of Oregon Stonecrop. Her name is Helen Back and you can see her on the left.
Make Room For Dirt And Succulents
This part is easy if your utility blade is sharp. For Helen, I cut the top portion of the skull completely off, leaving a nice lower wall to hold the dirt. For Ugg, A narrow long rectangle is perfect to create the mohawk look!
Filling Up The Empty Skull
Inside the skull is surprisingly spacious, so you need to add a handful of rocks to the bottom of the planter. Next, add dirt until it is almost full. For Helen’s skull planter, I used Oregon Stonecrop and another stonecrop that I cannot identify. (side note, if you know the name of the other plant in this skull planter, please let me know in the comments!) and I layered the plants. The nice thing about the Oregon stonecrop is that it propagates so well. Simply stick a cutting into dirt and water and soon you will have a whole new plant.
For Ugg’s skull planter, I wanted something spiky and that would resemble a mohawk. I opted for burros tail succulents. I love how these little guys look like mini fir trees!
Place In A Sunny Location
Something else to love about Oregon Stonecrop is that like many succulents, it is an evergreen plant. That means that you can bring your fancy new planter inside and it will continue to grow for a long time! That is exactly why this makes a perfect gift idea!
Speaking Of Gift Ideas
Have you checked out the Hot Mess Gifts and More Shop yet? We are gearing up for the holiday season and have some really great gifts at some great prices! Like this shirt, that says Make It Rein and has an adorable reindeer head on it.
Or this pillow that is perfect for transitioning into the cooler cuddle weather with its fall colors and thankful for you quote.
Maybe you are looking for something more unique, like this limited quantity print that says “You are my sunshine” and is a high-quality canvas?
Better yet, everyone loves a good mug! Everyone has someone who is REALLY into Halloween. Grab this mug. It really speaks volumes 🙂
If gift giving is your thing, then do be sure to check out the shop! Every Monday I add new and fresh products, and many of them are limited quantities!
That’s all for today. When you finish up making your skull planter, send me over a photo of your work! Its readers like you that keep me going every day!
Until next time
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