Dollar Store Skull goes Glam | Krista from The Happy Housie

Hello readers of twelveOeight!

 It is Krista from the happy housie back again and excited to be here sharing a fun project for Halloween… how to transform plastic dollar store skulls with a little spray paint, vinegar, and water!

Dollar Store Skull Transformation by thehappyhousie for twelveoeight

To make this you will need:


  • A plastic skull (mine is from the Dollar Tree)
  • Spray Paint in black and silver (or you could do gold)
  • Vinegar and Water (50/50 mix) in a spray bottle
  • Paper towels
Here is my little friend skully-skull before his transformation. A good prop for Halloween décor but looking like he had just arrived home from a dollar store (which he had).
I started by giving him a thorough coat of Flat Black Krylon Spray Paint:
Once the base coat was totally dry I moved on to part two. The next part of the process is really hard to photograph because you have to work super quickly, so here is the verbal run down:
– set your spray bottle so that it sends out beads of vinegar/water spray and not just a fine mist
– spray the skull with your vinegar/water mix -you want the vinegar/water to look beady
-immediately spray paint the silver over-top of the vinegar/water mixture
– immediately again spray the vinegar/water mixture onto the silver spray to remove some of it in a beaded fashion
Ta-da! Let it dry- you can wipe it off with the paper towels – and you now have a customized skull that looks much more expensive than the dollar store fella you began with.
DIY Dollar Store Skull Transformation by thehappyhousie
I think he feels pretty proud of his new look, don’t you? And he feels right at home with his spooky friends…
Halloween Vignette with DIY Faux Mercury Glass Potion Bottles by the happy housie for Uncommon Designs
So easy!!
DIY Spray Painted Spell Books for Halloween at thehappyhousie

  Oh, and I recently shared how to create those DIY Spell books over at The Happy Housie as well as those faux mercury glass potion bottles. I would love for you to drop by and visit me there! And if you want to know what the next Fall or Halloween project might be… check out my board A Fall Chill and All Hallow’s Eve on Pinterest – or follow along with me there

Thanks Tanya for having me here today! It is always so much fun 
to connect with you readers of twelveOeight!
Thanks for reading! And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.

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