DIY Skull Planter

skull painted colors with eyeball coming out next to candle and plantskull painted colors with eyeball coming out next to candle and plant

Step-by-Step Instructions


1. Use a roll of tape to trace a circle at the top of the skull large enough to fit your plant.

using pencil to mark around tape on top skull

2. Preheat the wood crafting tool then carve out the traced circle on the top of the skull.

Tip: Check to see if the plant fits in the hole, if not keep carving away.

3. Load the paint reservoir approximately ⅓ full with the pink airbrush paint.

filling black paint into air brush

4. Before painting, test and practice on a scrap piece paper. 

air brushing on to white paper with skull behind

5. Begin painting nooks and cracks in the skull. Start further from the skull and work your way closer, in a slow steady motion. Adjust the air and paint flow as needed to create a creepy effect.

6. Once happy with the pink accents, rinse the reservoir with water. Add the teal paint to the reservoir and spray on scrap paper until the teal paint comes through.

filling blue paint into air brush

7. Lightly add pops of teal over the pink accents and in other areas on the skull until happy with the look.

8. Let dry.

9. Create eyes by painting two wooden beads with acrylic paint. 

holding eye ball in front of skull

10. Use a decoupage medium to add long pieces of embroidery thread around the bead for a bloodshot look. 

skull with eye ball falling out of it

11. Hot glue the beads to the sockets...if you’re really creepy keep one dangling.

12. Finally, place your plant inside the skull. Ta-da! 

skull sitting on top of two books with spiders and candle plants next to it