Halloween

Boneyard Lantern

Do you ever get an idea in your mind that you have to complete? Something you know will be super cool? Well, this Boneyard Lantern was one of those projects for me!

Last year I saw the Bone Yard Ceramic Hurricanes that Pottery Barn came out with for Halloween – very cool. I knew then that I had to try to replicate it in some fashion. While I ran out of time last year, I wasted no time in getting started for this Halloween.

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Bag of mini plastic skulls {found at Michael’s} |  Glass Cylinder Vase {found at Dollar Tree}  |  Skull Necklaces {found at Dollar Tree}  |  Glue  |  Gloss White Spray Paint that adheres to plastic  |  Scissors  |  Caulking  |  Tape  |  Pencils  |  X-acto Knife or Drill  |  Battery Operated Tea Lights

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How to cut plastic skulls to make this DIY Boneyard Lantern - a Pottery Barn knockoff for Halloween  |  OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

It’s time to cut the skull in half! I wasn’t sure exactly how to handled this. I first thought the skulls were too thick to cut through without sawing them in half, but to my surprise they were fairly pliable. I have an old pair of cuticle scissors that I have used for years for crafts. Trust me…they will not be worth using on your nails once you have cut plastic with them.

I took the cuticle scissors and poked them trough the bottom of the skull then repositioned them to cut around the skull. Occasionally the plastic got a little thick and I had a tough time cutting, but for the most part it was pretty easy.

Once all the skulls were cut in half, I moved onto the eyes. I wanted them to be cut out so that the light would shine through from the tea lights. I did this in two ways. I started to cut them out with a X-acto knife, but them my husband offered to drill them out using a drill. He placed a block of wood under the skull to drill into pushing out the eyes. They were a little raggedy this way, but for the most part it did the trick. Plus…it was much faster!

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Now for the assembly…

I turned to a thick glue like Tacky Glue for this! A glue gun might also do the trick, but I didn’t try it with this project. If a skull loosens, I found that the next step, caulking will also hold the skulls in place. It’s trial and error. In the end, every skull was secure waiting for the magic transformation of the paint!

Since I was gluing the skulls to cylinder instead of a flat surface, I took my time doing a row at a time and giving the skulls time to become secure. To move a little quicker, I secured the skulls with tape removing it when the glue was dry.

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Now remember, I am trying to put my own crafty spin on another candle holder. Theirs had a look of lumped together skulls and bones, and mine has perfectly placed skulls. How will I give mine that “squishy” pile of bones look? My craftiness thinking made me think of using caulking and the bones from the dollar store necklace. Use caulking that comes in a pliable tube where you can cut the tip off and use.

It was easy to squeeze in all the nooks and crannies around the skulls, filling in all the gaps. I left the caulking uneven sticking on the extra bones that I cut off the necklace. I used all parts of the skeleton necklace to fill in the spaces.

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I know this is a little odd looking, but I was confident that it would look cool when it is finished. As always my husband was a little skeptical!

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The final step…painting!

So, I knew it was going to be easy to spray this, but how was I going to stop the paint from going through the eyes and hitting the glass cylinder. Then it would be opaque, and the light would not glow through the eyes. I had to give this a little thought…you see my solution…

Yep…pencils! I moved them from eye to eye as I sprayed. They worked perfectly!

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All the elements came together perfectly to create this DIY Boneyard Lantern!

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Drop in a couple of BATTERY operated tea lights for a candle light glow. This project is full of flammable products – NO REAL CANDLES PLEASE!

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COOL…RIGHT?!

See more of my creative HALLOWEEN PROJECTS HERE!

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See how I made this Boneyard Lantern from plastic skulls, a dollar store necklace and a few other odd things to make this skull Pottery Barn knockoff. Absolutely one of the coolest things I have ever made!   |  OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

See how I made this Boneyard Lantern from plastic skulls, a dollar store necklace and a few other odd things to make this skull Pottery Barn knockoff. Absolutely one of the coolest things I have ever made!   |  OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

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Susan B

Susan B

Hi, I’m Susan! Thanks for stopping by Oh My! Creative. I like to have fun, make fun things…you know, create stuff! I love DIY, decorating and design and like any girl…shopping and lunch!
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49 Comments

    1. Thank you, DeDe! My husband thought it look like a big mess, but the spray paint took it to another level – I love it!

  1. I loved reading this tutorial, my favourite bit is when it turns from what is, quite frankly, a bit of a mess (no offence!) into an amazing, super cool thing with just a can of spray paint. Amazing! I especially like the very practical “pencil in the eye” tip!

    1. Nope – you are right…it was a bit of a mess! And, yes, the spray paint transformed it into amazing! I couldn’t be more pleased! Thanks!

      I had to put on my thinking cap for when it came to plugging up the eyes…the pencils did the trick 🙂

    1. Thank you, Kristy, for pinning! It took a little time to figure out to make this work, but I love the end result!

  2. They have those Bag of bones at target too. I wanted to get them but I couldn’t figure out what I would use them for. Now I know!

  3. This is so AWESOME! Who would have thought that something this spectacularly spookie would be so easy! I am going to definitely make this.

  4. That looks like so much fun I’d like to make one just for the heck of it. We don’t get any trick or treaters so might just give it to daughter/family for their Halloween house. They go all out. I’m already working on some other decorations for them.
    They live in development with lots of kids. We used to go over on Halloween night to sit at end of their driveway to give out candy. They live on curve of cul-de-sac. Our son in law would play his guitar, the girls would sing and we’d keep warm with the fire pit. Other neighbors would join us, but they’ve all moved away. Unless it snowed and it has snowed here on Halloween. Think I’ll be going to Dollar Tree to see if they have any of necessary items. Hope so.
    Happy Fall and Halloween.

  5. That is so awesome. I love how you made this. Can’t wait to try my own.
    Also I am so glad you mentioned no flames because yup that wouldn’t have gone well.

    1. Thank you so much, Christy! I had the vision, but wan’t sure how it would turn out in the end. The minute I hit it with the white gloss spray paint I knew it was going to be very cool!

    1. Great, Karen! I hope your Boneyard Lantern turned out ok for the party?! It can be a little tricky at first, but then it all comes together! Happy Halloween!

  6. I love this idea so much, I went out and found all the items needed to make it…then actually started making it! I did run into a problem and am hoping you see this in the next day or two – my Krazy glue is not making mine stick to the glass. I then tried my E-6000 and while that is tackier, they kept sliding out of place. I did get a few taped onto my glass hoping the glues will dry and hold, but do you have any other suggestions in the meantime? My next attempt will be with clear caulking.

  7. Love it! You could use cheap solar lights rather than the battery operated lights, as long as you place it where it would get sunlight during the day.

  8. Great! Half way finished going back to the store to get some more bag of bones. I only got 12 and it git the glass half way.

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