Learn how to take inexpensive plastic beads and transform them into unique skull earrings for everyday Halloween-inspired wear!
I love incorporating fun Halloween elements into my wardrobe during this time of the year. I also love making jewelry out of common Halloween decor. I’ve made earrings out of plastic skull rings, hair clips from plastic bat rings, and even dainty insect earrings.
This time it’s time for the skeleton to shine! I love skeleton crafts, and this is a pretty simple project I think you’re going to love.
Today I’ll be showing you how to take inexpensive plastic skull beads and transform them into something fancy for everyday Halloween-inspired wear!
DIY Skull Earrings
- Skull beads / bracelet
- X-Acto knife
- Heat gun
- Liquid leaf or Gold spray paint
- Foam block
- Large teardrop beads
- Earring hooks
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutter
- Flat nose pliers
Step 1. Start by looking for your skull beads – I used the ones I found on an inexpensive bracelet at Michaels.
Step 2. To give the skull a smoother, more finished look, sand the excess plastic around the skull. It might be easier to shave them off using an x-acto knife first, or a rotary tool with a sandpaper attachment until most of the edges are flattened, and then sand with a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth.
Here’s how the starting bead looks like compared to the sanded bead – it looks much better, doesn’t it?
Step 3. Smooth it more by melting the rough surface using a heat gun, about 5-10 seconds of focused heating on all sides you have sanded. Be careful and use the heat gun on a non-flammable and heat resistant surface such as a ceramic tile or a silicone mat. I also used a piece of tape to hold down my skull while heating it.
Don’t heat it up too much or you’ll end up with a dis-proportioned skull (pictured above), which looks cool but doesn’t really serve the purpose needed for the project (we need the skulls to look uniform).
Step 4. Now it’s time to paint your skulls to make them look fancy – use gold, brass, copper or even silver liquid leaf or even gold spray paint to coat your skull figures. Notice that I skewered mine onto thin bamboo sticks – this is to make the painting and drying easier.
Step 5. Wait for your skulls to dry – for convenience, I stuck them onto a block of foam and gave it about an hour to dry fully (make sure it’s not tacky to the touch).
Step 6. When your skull is fully dry, it’s time to assemble your earring! For mine, I used a head pin, a large teardrop bead, and a kidney earring hook in addition to my skull bead. You can use big pearls or other complimentary beads in place of the teardrop bead.
Step 7. Thread your bead and the skull onto the head pin, bend the excess wire like in the photo, cut a small segment and loop the remaining wire to secure your beads.
Step 8. Finally, thread it onto your earring hooks and you are done!
Taking the extra steps to polish the bead really made these earrings look fancier – it doesn’t look like it came from that cheap bracelet at all. Time to show off your new pair of lovely Halloween-themed earrings!
I hope you loved this skull earrings tutorial – for more projects like this, don’t forget to check out the projects below. Happy crafting, friends!