This DIY silver leaf skull is easy to make and is the perfect glam Halloween decor for an elegant Halloween party.
It’s that time of year again…time to put out the Halloween decorations!
Every year I seem to see something in the store that I really want for my party but don’t want to spend that kind of money on a Halloween prop. This year I’ve been obsessed with the silver “glam Halloween” decorations at Grandinroad, like this silver skeleton.
I decided to see if I could duplicate the look on a smaller scale…like a couple of skulls. Then if it works out, maybe I’ll try doing something bigger.
Read on to see how to make metallic glam Halloween decor.
Failed First Attempt – Silver Spray Paint
The first thing I decided to try was silver spray paint. I wasn’t too hopeful but I figured it was worth a shot…if it actually turned out, it would be the easiest way to turn my Halloween decor silver!
Unfortunately, the spray paint on its own is very flat looking, and doesn’t really have the sparkle I was looking for.
How About Some Silver Leaf?
Using silver leaf definitely ups the glam factor!
Ever since I did the faux gold leaf finish on my bar, I have been itching to apply that faux metallic leaf to something else. It was so much easier than I thought it would be and I love the finish.
So this was my chance…I happened to have some faux silver leaf, so I thought I would try it out. And since this is for a Halloween decoration, I figured I didn’t have to be too picky about it, so one or two layers would do.
And then I saw that HGTV did the same thing with faux pumpkins…so I figured I must be on the right track!
What You Need
Plastic skull or other Halloween decor (I got mine at Home Depot)
Apply The Leaf To The Bottom Half
1. Make sure that the skull (or whatever object you are decorating) is clean.
2. Apply a very thin layer of the adhesive size to the bottom half of the skull using a small brush.. Don’t do the part that the skull sits on.
3. Wait for a few minutes for the size to become sticky.
4. Use the paper sheet that separates each leaf to place the leaf on the sticky part of the skull.
5. Then pat the leaf onto the adhesive. I did this using the paper sheet to prevent my fingers from sticking to the leaf and removing it.
6. Keep adding sheets of the leaf until the entire bottom half of the skull is covered.
7. Gently buff the leaf with the soft cloth to remove any bits that are sticking out.
Then Finish The Top Half
1. Use the artist brush to get into the grooves and remove excess leaf.
2. Then repeat steps 3 to 8 from the previous page for the top half of the skull. Overlap the leaf that is already there to prevent an obvious line.
Don’t worry if you accidentally rub some of it off (I did this with my thumb).
Just fill the spot with another piece of leave and you will not be able to tell where the patch is.
I didn’t worry too much if there were a few spots that weren’t completely covered (I figure it is a skull)…but if want to make sure that everything is covered, apply a little more adhesive and add another coat of silver leaf.
3. When you are happy with the result, spray the entire thing with the sealer.
The Finished Metallic Skull
Then you are ready to let your metallic Halloween decor shine!
I put this one on my bar cart for some Halloween spirit.
It’s hard to tell this skull hasn’t always been silver.