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Halloween Skull Garland DIY

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I am ready to start thinking about Halloween and anytime I can pick up decorations at the dollar store means I can get more decor for less money! This is an easy project that cost only about $7 for garland almost six feet long!




Materials:
Plastic Skulls
Black Tulle
18 gauge florist Wire
Battery operated tea lights


I began by drilling holes in the sides of the dollar store skulls with a 5/16ths  drill bit.


I had the holes drilled toward the top and back of the skulls. If you get the same $1 skulls, you will drill it where the seam from the plastic meets the line molded in the skull.


I had a bolt of black tulle left from last year’s Halloween Front Porch decorations so I used that for my garland.  You could buy a spool of tulle for this project, but I like the look of the thicker tulle between the skulls.  I cut 6 feet of tulle straight from the bolt to for a garland that is ultimately 66″ long .  I folded over the tulle and roughly cut it in half.  There is no need to be exact for this, it is a Halloween decoration, so it is allowed to be raggedy.  This gives me two pieces that are 6′ long by 27″ wide.


This step is very important or you will get frustrated trying to thread your skulls onto the tulle.  Take the last twelve inches or so of tulle and cut it down to about 12 inches wide as shown in the picture above.  This will make the knot smaller so you can thread it through the holes in the skulls.


You will need a heavy wire to use as your “needle” to thread the tulle.  I use 18 wt. wire.  Bend the wire over so you have a piece about 3″ long bent alongside itself as shown.


Tie a knot in the narrow part of the tulle and slip the wire through the knot.  After you have the wire in the knot, pull the tulle knot very tight.


Now you are ready to thread the tulle through the skulls.


Feed the wire through the plastic skull.


You can see how you need to tuck the short end of the wire inside the skull as you pull the tulle through the skull.  Don’t pull too hard or fast or you can bend it on the other end instead of getting it to come completely out of the skull.



Here is the skull with the tulle coming through, it is now completely on the tulle and I am ready to add more skulls by repeating the process.  When you get to the other end, tie a knot to hang your garland from.


Now you have a dollar store skull Halloween garland ready to hang at your house inside or out!  I used two of these on my mantel.  My 66″ garland holds six skulls.  I recommend not making a garland much longer than this unless you want it to hang quite low.



If you want to light up your skulls, you can easily cut a little flap in the back of your skulls and pop a battery operated tea light inside! If you can’t find the skulls still available at your Dollar Tree, check online at the link below, you may be able to have them delivered right to your local store!  Where will you hang your skull garland?


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