Tired of the typical blood, gore, tombstones, and spiderwebs that comprise the Halloween décor centers of department stores nationwide? Look no further, we have the perfect alternate option. Halloween is a notoriously gritty holiday – and that’s certainly part of the fun – but what if that’s not your style? Gothic elegance is this year’s chic and fashionable look for Halloween décor – and we’ve got you covered for making your next Halloween Centerpiece fit the bill.

All you’ll need are three skulls of varying sizes, some pearls, beads, and rhinestones of your choosing, and hot glue. Lots of hot glue. Add in a platter beneath your completed skulls for a more compact look, or let the skulls sit in an arrangement freely – either way, you’re sure to impress anyone at your table with a centerpiece designed for you, by you. After all, who better to bring to life your perfect vision of gothic elegance than yourself? This DIY Skull Centerpiece is the perfect solution to all your Halloween décor needs. If you’re interested in this aesthetic, be sure to check out some of our other blogs for a dark and elegant Halloween, for example our DIY Halloween Candelabra Decoration, or our DIY Halloween Trinket Dishes. And don’t forget to keep checking back with us here for more DIY Halloween Décor options as the season progresses. Let’s get started.


  • 2 Small Sized Skulls
    • Ours were 3.5 in x 4.25 in, one in purple and the other black
  • 1 Medium Sized Skull
    • Ours was 6.5 in x 7.25 in, and a standard white
  • 3 different types of beads/jewels in varying sizes
    • We used pearls, silver beads, and rhinestones
  • Hot Glue Gun and Additional Hot Glue Sticks

Getting Started – Decorating Your Skulls

Step 1:  Pick whichever skull you wish to begin decorating. We built our display from left to right, beginning with our small purple skull, moving to our medium white skull, and lastly decorating our small black skull. This isn’t an absolute rule, but it will help you select which designs you might like to add to each skull individually by envisioning the centerpiece in its entirety.

Step 2: Heat up your hot glue gun, and set out your beads, gemstones, and rhinestones. This step may seem redundant, but having these items set out ahead of time will save you a LOT of wandering beads over the course of your project. Be sure to keep them separated so you can actively choose which you’d like to use without frustration. Keep it easy and simple.

Step 3: Add a dot of hot glue to the area of the skull you wish to begin with, and press on your gemstone, bead, or rhinestone within 3-5 seconds. Moving quickly will help you ensure your stone or bead adheres cleanly and stays put.

Step 4: Continue the same process from Step 3 – select your bead or gemstone ahead of time, place your glue, and adhere. Feel free to layer on top of one another to add dimension and texture.

Step 5: Once satisfied with your skull, place on a flat surface to dry.

Step 6: Repeat steps 1-5 with your second skull.

Step 7: Repeat steps 1-5 with your third skull.

Step 8: If you choose to utilize a tray for your centerpiece, take your moss and spread it in an even fashion across your tray. Next, add your skulls.

Step 9: Display and enjoy.

Wrapping Up




Remember, this is a project with a lot of room for your own creativity. There is no specific formula for creating the perfectly decorated skull – just add one stone, then another, then another, and continue building until your creation is complete. Whether you use a tray or simply display, your elegant Gothic style will be uniquely your own, and sure to be a conversation starter for guests at your table this Halloween season.

This project and post were shot and created by Christina Molitor, view more of her work here.

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