I haven’t been this excited about a DIY project for a while. Why? Because it was so stinking easy- and yet it looks like a super expensive horror movie prop! For real!
Look at this thing:
It scared me coming down the stairs this morning, sitting on the counter-top.
Honestly- this DIY Halloween decoration is easy to make, and really inexpensive.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY Halloween severed head:
- Craft Foam Display Head
- Aleene’s® Fabric Stiffener
- Cheese Cloth
- Mod Podge Hard Coat
- Foam Brush
- Black Ink Pad
- Foam Pad (for blending ink)
- Jute Twine
- Cookie Sheet
- Gloves (optional)
- Oven (optional)
The first thing you will do for this DIY Halloween head is dye your cheesecloth. This is super simple. You can do this with tea or coffee. I chose coffee. Mix some instant coffee into hot water. Make it strong! Stir it until it is dissolved and then add your cheese cloth. I wore gloves, but that is optional.
Then, wring out the excess coffee.
I have never been known for my patience, so I used my oven to speed up the drying process.
Heat your oven to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Then turn your oven off.
Spread your cheese cloth out on a cookie sheet.
Meanwhile, as the cheese cloth is drying, you get to play make-up artist!
Using a sponge, apply black ink to the foam craft head where natural shadows would be.
(Ladies- you know how to contour, right?!)
You want it fairly dark. You can also add red ink, or brown ink, whatever you think will look creepy!
By now the cheese cloth should be dry (and warm!). I did not take note of how long it took for the cheese cloth to dry in the oven- but not long. Just a few minutes.
Wad it up, and place it into a bowl.
Add fabric stiffener to the top of the cheese cloth in the bowl. Add a few tablespoons- you do not need much.
When you have added a few tablespoons of product, pick up your cheese cloth, and work the product into the cloth. Squeeze the cloth until it holds a ball shape.
You do not want it to be a sloppy mess.
Unfold the cheese cloth, and with the foam craft head on a cookie sheet, drape the head with the cheese cloth. Take care to drape the head evenly, so the cheese cloth pools at the bottom on all sides.
Using a foam brush, dip into some hard coat Mod Podge, and start adhering the cheese cloth to the foam craft head.
You will have excess cheese cloth at the bottom of the head. Trim some small pieces, and use the small pieces to create more wrinkles.
Tie the cheese cloth at the neck with a section of jute or string.
Continue working with the hard coat Mod Podge along the underside of the chin, and neck area like you did with the face.
Then, remove the string.
However you choose to use your DIY Halloween severed head- it will definitely make a spooky statement!
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).