This skull sconce DIY was made using thrifted and low cost items! Learn how to craft for Halloween on a budget.

how to make your own goth decor on a budget

It’s always a thrill to find ways to craft using recycled and repurposed items! One of the many great things about crafting on a budget is that you can enjoy making things while you keep stuff out of the landfills. A little glue and paint help turn low budget finds into something that looks high end!

DIY gothic candle lights

For this skull sconce DIY I used a pair of candle holders from Goodwill with Dollar Tree skulls and battery operated candles. The candles were made using the cardboard tubes from mesh ribbon rolls.

skull craft supplies

Skull Sconce DIY Supplies

  • Candle Holders
  • Plastic Skulls
  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Battery Operated Candles
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Metallic Lustre Wax
  • Paper Towel

hot glue skulls for decor

Start out with the hot glue gun and a lot of glue sticks. First glue the skull to the candle holder.

Then, glue the cardboard tube to the skull. Once that is firmly in place, put a lot of hot glue around the top and the base of the cardboard tube. Let the glue slide down to create the appearance of running wax on a melting candle. Let it dry completely.

tutorial to make skull sconces

After it is all dry, spray paint the entire piece with black paint. You can use matte or glossy. I like a glossy finish, so I used that.

how to make a skull sconce

After the spray paint has dried, use a cloth or paper towel to gently rub the mettalic lustre wax over the skull. I wanted to highlight the raised areas and leave the recessed parts, like the eyes, nose, and teeth dark. The wax is easy to rub on so you can just hit the areas you wish to highlight. I love how it makes the skull look like pewter.

Skull Sconce DIY Goth Decor Halloween

The battery operated emergency candles from Dollar Tree slip right into the cardboard tubes. I love how these look in the hall outside my bathroom door! Have fun crafting and creating for Halloween!


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