DIY Halloween Decorations: How to Make a Skull Candle Holder

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to put out your spookiest decor. But rather than spend tens or hundreds of dollars on decor for your home, you can make DIY Halloween decorations for a fraction of the price.

Here’s how to make a skull candle holder that’s so glam, it’s scary.

What you’ll need


  • Simple glass tea light holder
  • Mini plastic skulls
  • Craft razor
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Candlesticks

You can find most of these supplies at the dollar store or at a local craft store and they’re all fairly inexpensive.

Step 1: Cut a hole in the skull

Using the craft razor, cut a hole in the top of one of the skulls. Make sure the hole is just big enough for the base of a candle to fit.

step 1 cut a hole in the skull

Step 2: Attach the skull

Flip the glass tea light holder upside down so the base is facing up. Use hot glue (and don’t be stingy with it) to secure a skull to the tea light holder. Make sure you don’t use the skull with the hole in the top.

Step 2: Attach the skull

Step 3: Keep building

Hot glue another skull on top of the first one. Again, make sure not to use the one with a hole in the top.

Step 3: Keep building

Step 4: Final skull

Glue the skull with the hole in it on top of the previous two.

Step 4: Final skull

Step 5: Add paint

In a well-ventilated area, cover the entire holder with two to three coats of metallic spray paint. Let the paint dry in between coats and wait at least an hour before touching the holder after you’ve painted it.

Step 5: Add paint

Step 6: Finish it up

You now have a finished candleholder! Put the candlestick into the holder and, if necessary, use hot glue to hold it in place.

Step 6: Finish it up

If you’d like a more authentic look, light the candle and let it melt onto the holder.

candles in skull holder

Mix glamour with ghoul

Voila! You have a glamorous skull candle holder that was quick and easy to make. Decorate your home with just the one or make a whole set. It’s up to you!

Photos courtesy of Morgen Henderson
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Morgen HendersonMorgen Henderson is a writer who grew up in Utah. She lived in the Dominican Republic for a year and a half, where she was involved in humanitarian service. Some of Morgen's work has appeared in State of Digital, The Next Scoop and TechPatio. In her free time, she loves to travel, bake, master DIY projects and improve her Spanish skills.

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