This Halloween Skull Candy Bowl was so fun to make!
I had a few trial and error moments putting it all together, mostly around what glue to use. I tried Loctite and later E6000 to glue the glass candle sticks together but ended up using a 2-part epoxy for a better hold. To glue the flexible plastic skulls to the foam circle base I used silicone-based glue.
Below are the step-by-step instructions and links to craft supplies.
- Items I Bought at the Dollar Tree: three plastic skulls, two plastic skeleton hands, a large clear hard plastic serving bowl, two 3.4-inch glass candle sticks, 5-inch wide purple decorative floral mesh, silk Halloween flowers, and plastic spiders to decorate.
- Felt – optional (to finish the bottom of the bowl)
- GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk (to glue the skulls to foam core circle base)
- Gorilla 2-Part Epoxy (to glue two glass candle sticks together)
- Gorilla Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive (to adhere purple mesh onto a clear hard plastic bowl)
- Black Spray Paint that Bonds to Plastic
- Rough grit sandpaper
- Hot glue gun (to glue on spiders, skull hands, and other small decorations)
- Plastic gloves
Make this beautifully eerie black crow wreath.
Read More: Black Crow Wreath DIY
How to Make a Halloween Skull Candy Bowl in 5 Easy Steps
1. Use Gorilla Spray Adhesive to glue decorative mesh to your bowl:
Tips and Recommendations:
- Gorilla Spray Adhesive is very sticky so I recommend wearing plastic gloves and definitely spraying outside where it’s well-ventilated.
- Work with your bowl upside down to avoid getting glue on the inside.
- In spots where the mesh will not lay flat, cut a slit in the mesh and glue it again. This takes a little sculpting but it will look great when it dries.
- If you do get glue on the inside of your bowl use Goo-Gone and it will wipe away easily. Then carefully wash the inside of the bowl with soap and water to get rid of any residue.
2. Spray paint your plastic skulls, candle sticks, Skeleton Hands (not shown), and foam circle base
Use spray paint that adheres to plastic to paint the elements that make up the candy bowl. I also spray-painted plastic skeleton hands (not shown) that I found at DT and later added them as a finishing touch to the bowl.
Pick up a Dollar Tree microfiber cloth to make this cute ghost plushie!
Read More: Easy Sew Ghost Plushie – Free Pattern
3. Use Silicone glue to glue The base Elements
Use GE GE500 Silicone 2+ Window and Door Caulk to glue one candle stick to the center of the foam core base.
Next, silicone glue three skulls to the foam core base. Add a good amount of glue to the bottom and a dab of glue where the skulls touch the candle stick for added support.
4. Glue the Candles Sticks Together with Gorilla 2-Part Epoxy
Last, use a 2-part epoxy to glue the top candle stick on (upside down) basically candle top to candle top.
Just squeeze a little of the epoxy into a small disposable cup and mix with a popsicle stick (or something you can throw away) and apply to the top of the candle stick using the same stirring stick.
I recommend roughing up the painted surface with rough grit sandpaper first to help the bond.
5. Hot glue the skeleton hands to the bowl along with any decorations
rELATED DIYS TO TRY:
- Easy DIY Potion Bottles for Halloween – Free Labels
- DIY Thanksgiving Wall Decoration – Free SVG Cut Files
- Ghost and Bat Cork Ornaments – Free Template
- 15 Fall Tiered Tray Decor Ideas – Easy DIYs
Watch A Video
Link to the full tutorial here –> Easy DIY Potion Bottles for Halloween – Free Labels