I needed a string of skull lights for Halloween decorations, but I can't find any this year. Eyeballs and pumpkins, but no skulls. I haven't really searched anywhere, I draw the line at 3 stops. I did find little skulls, but at a rather high price. I have a rule about Halloween costumes and deco....the cheaper the better and if I can make it, so much better and fun.
So I made some skulls.
I took two styrofoam balls, one about 2 1/2 inches and one smaller, maybe 1" I cut the smaller one in half to serve as the lower face/jaw and wrapped both in plastic wrap. I made two of these. I should have made more as waiting for the paper mache to dry slowed the process. After the first set, the second set stuck to the plastic, so I coated the form with a bit of vaseline. You could make larger ones with larger balls or balloons.
I made dents for the eyes. I used a 2-1 mix of Elmer's glue and water and newspaper torn into strips. I used about 3 layers of paper.
Then I trimmed and painted with a layer of black, some cracking with a layer of glue and graypaint, a touch up layer, eyes and details, then a coat or two of gloss gel. I used a sharpie to draw the features. I did not go for realism, but character. They are not lights, but hung with white christmas lights, it should work.
I'll post the complete display when finished.