FloraCraft® Skeleton Head Topiaries

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by Dondi Richardson, FloraCraft®

FloraCraft® Skeleton Head Topiaries

Heads-up! This project is not as daunting as it looks. And though these skeletons are not standing on plinths, they provide a cool way to use Terra Cotta pots.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use the pencil to free hand three skull shapes onto the foam sheet. It’s basically the shape of an oversized light bulb. Make each skull about 8 inches – 10 inches tall by about 6 inches wide at the widest point. They do not have to be identical or exact. Use the Foam Cutter or the serrated knife to cut the shapes from the sheet. Use the scrap pieces of foam as sanding blocks to smooth out and round the edges of the skulls.
  • 2
    Use chenille stems for the faces. Bend and shape the stems to create unique facial features and glue in place.
  • 3
    Glue a 3 inch ball into the bottom of each clay pot.  Insert a 12 inch length of branch into the bottom of each skull and secure with glue. Glue the skulls into the 3 inch balls in the pots. Cut two 6 inch branch arms for each skeleton. Glue the arms in place with low-temp glue about 2 inches down from the skull. Tie with twine to secure the arms to the center branch.
  • 4
    Cut strips of cheesecloth about 2 inches wide and loosely wrap the skull, neck and arms. Drape wider strips for the front and back of the body as shown. Cover the top of the pot with a loose pile of cheesecloth to completely cover the foam.
  • 5
    Tie a loop of twine around the neck of each skeleton then glue a small feather and jewel to each twine loop.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • FloraCraft® Foam Sheet White 104179447
  •  FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Foam Ball 3 inch 4pk 104183635
  •  Main Line Pottery Standard Clay Pot 4 inch 104186523 (3)
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Lamp (Ebony) Black 104106681
  • Nicole™ Crafts Chenille Stems 3 mm 30 pc. Black 104277463
  • Nicole™ Crafts Chenille Stems 3 mm 12 pc. Multi-Color 104277460
  • Panacea™ Florist Twine 104455903
  • Nicole™ Crafts Rhinestones 120 pc. Round Multi-Color 7 mm 104240533
  • Nicole™ Crafts Quill Feathers 10 pc. 12 inch Multi-Color 104277113
  •  FloraCraft® Foam Cutter 6 inch 2 blade 104186311
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder® All Purpose Stik Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Panacea™ Heavy Duty 8 inch Wire Cutters 104455865
  • Nicole™ Crafts 2 square yard Cheese Cloth 104148942
  •  Natural Branches or Stem Wire
  • Scissors
  • Pencil