DIY 3D Skull Picture Frames

Skull Frame Feature

Halloween is just around the bend, but there’s no time like the present to start decorating! With this time of year, it’s usually the creepier, the better! When it comes to creepy and scary, there’s no better way to go than the classic tropes, and the most classic of all is the skull!

That’s why Wholesale Party Supplies is bringing you the chance to go classic and scary – in 3D! This skull wall art picture frame is sure to spook up any wall you hang it on this Halloween! Get your creepy going on!

Skull Materials

Death Mask (Skull Mask)
• Old Picture Frame without glass (16×20 opening or larger)
• 2 pieces of white foam core 20” x 30”
• 2 pieces of black fuzzy pipe cleaners
Cheese cloth
• Large serrated knife
• Fabric Scissors
• Craft Knife
• Foam Head (Available online and at most craft stores)
• Spray adhesive
• Krylon Crackle Spray Paint (For the frame-optional)
• Spray Paint (black, and gold)
• Black Duct Tape
• Hot Glue Gun
• 2 Masking tape Hands (opposite hands) see instructions to create them here

Skull 1

Use the serrated knife to cut the foam head in half, as shown. Discard the back half of the head.

Skull 2

Place the front half of the foam head inside the death mask.

Skull 3

Cut both foam core pieces to fit into the frame opening.

Skull 4

Positioning one piece of foam core horizontally, place the death mask in the middle of the foam core. The chin of the mask should be about 3-4” from the bottom of the foam core. Using a pencil trace the outline of the mask.

Skull 5

Cut out the shape of the mask, as shown. The opening should still be about 3-4” from the bottom of the foam core.

Skull 6

Place the mask through the opening, and sandwich the extra material between the other piece of foam core. Use the spray adhesive to adhere the back of the mask to the foam core. Pull the material tight and duct tape the extra to the back of the foam core.

Skull 7

Wrap all the sides with the black duct tape to hold the pieces of foam core together. Sandwiching the 2 pieces of foam core together adds extra durability and will help give the illusion that the skull is actually coming out of the frame.

Skull 8

Spray the foam core with the spray adhesive, and gently place some of the cheese cloth on the adhesive.

Skull 9

Continue covering the foam core with the cheese cloth. The cheese cloth should be applied loosely to create a textured background.

Skull 10

Using the black spray paint, lightly spray the background around the skull. Optional- You can add very light sprays of the gold paint to give some dimension to the background. If you are unhappy with the results, just spray over it again with the black.

Skull 11

To make the eyes darker, so that you don’t see the foam head, wrap a black pipe cleaner in a flat spiral.

Skull 12

Take one end of the pipe cleaner spiral and poke it into the foam in one eye. This will hold the spiral in place. Adjust the pipe cleaner, so that it covers all the white.

Skull 13

Repeat step 11-12 with the 2nd pipe cleaner. The eyes will have a really creepy dark look to them.

Skull 14

Spray paint the frame. I used the Krylon Crackle DIY spray paint. The end result was a cream colored crackle finish, which I think gives a really old look. You can paint your frame whatever color you like. I prefer the lighter frame against the dark ghoulish background we’re creating.

Skull 15

Spray one of the masking tape hands with the spray adhesive.

Skull 16

Cover the hand with small pieces of cheese cloth. This will mimic the texture of the background.

Skull 17

Apply the cheese cloth to the other hand, and spray both hands with the black spray paint (gold too if using.)

Skull 18

Cut the bottom of each hand in about 3 places to create flaps, about 2” deep. Fold the flaps in and hot glue together, to create a flat bottom for each hand.

Skull 19

Hot glue the hands to the background, so that they are reaching outward. Because the hands were made out of masking tape they should be light enough to stay inverted using the hot glue.

Skull 20

Put the background in the frame. Use the black duct tape to tape the background to the back of the frame.

Skull 21

Gently crinkle the fingers on the hands to make them appear more bony.

Skull 22

Finish up the whole piece, by adding extra pieces of black spray painted cheese cloth. Place some pieces around the head, to create a shroud feel, and around the hands to hide where they are attached to the frame.


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DIY Skull Frame Tutorial


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