Halloween DIY: Make Weighted Bookends from Dollar Store Skulls

Halloween DIY: Make Weighted Bookends from Dollar Store Skulls

With a couple of dollars worth of plastic skulls, some scrap wood, and a few other materials, you can create a pair of weighted bookends that are strong enough to hold up plenty of books on the shelf, while also adding a little Halloween flair. Want to see how these turned out? Click through to see the after photos, along with the step by step tutorial.    

Supplies + Tools:

  • 2 hollow plastic skulls (or 3 if you think you'll want an extra, in case of errors)
  • scrap wood
  • heavy duty craft glue
  • small funnel
  • sand
  • spray paint
  • hand drill with twist bit


1. Start by drilling a hole through the bottom of each skull, that will be large enough to fit a small funnel into.

2. Next, spray paint each skull with 1-2 coats of your favorite color spray paint. Let paint dry in between coats.

3. Once dry, turn skulls over and fill with dry sand, using a funnel. To keep the sand contained, you may want to sit the skull upside-down in a large bowl before adding sand.

4. Next, it's time to spray paint (or stain, if you prefer), two pieces of scrap wood that are slightly larger than the skulls. Let paint (or stain) dry completely.

5. Next, seal up the hole on each skull with glue and wait for it to dry completely (overnight). Then, secure the skull to the base of each piece of wood with more glue. Let dry overnight before using.

NOTE: After the skulls were finished, I realized that the blue color wasn't quite right. So, I removed the skulls from the wood and repainted them, this time in metallic gold. And the final results work much better with my style.

Here's what the bookends look like now...

Depending on your decor and overall style, you may even be able to get away with using these skull bookends year round. Especially if you go the metallic route.

Here are a few more photos of the finished project...

How do you like to decorate for Halloween? Think you might give these bookends a try?

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Brittni Mehlhoff on Oct 21, 2014:

Thanks Lexy. :)

lexy.b.ward on Oct 15, 2014:

This is so great, B! The crow is a nice touch! :)

Brittni Mehlhoff on Oct 08, 2014:

Thanks Rachel and Susan. :)

Susan on Oct 08, 2014:

Very Poeish of you.  Well done!

Rachel Mae Smith on Oct 07, 2014:

These are awesome! Totally love the styling too!

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