Message Skulls




About: Hi! I like making random stuff.

Clay skulls-- smash them against a wall and read the message inside!

Really easy. Takes only about 9 minutes to make one, plus time for the clay to dry.

I named the smallest one Voldemort, the medium one Troller, and the biggest one Mesmer.

Voldemort drew the short straw & got smashed. Please vote for this Instructable to express approval/condolences. :)

Step 1: Getting Started


- lump of air-dry clay

- a couple Post-It notes or a scrap of paper

- pen

- water (optional)

1. Roll the lump of clay into a rough ball.

2. Write something on your piece of paper and crumple it up.

3. Wrap more paper around your paper ball until it's about the same size as the clay ball.

Keep in mind: the thicker the clay is, the harder it is to break.

4. Use your thumb to make an indent inside the clay ball, and shape it into a rough bowl.

5. Put the paper inside the clay, and squish excess clay over the opening.

Next step is how to make the clay into a skull. I'm sure you could also make it into a bunny or turtle or something; that's up to you.

Step 2: Shaping the Skull

I added notes to the pictures; the arrows point where to squish.

v = down, ^ = up, -> = left, <- = right, o = direct poke, s = smooth.

And by the way, these skulls are probably tremendously biologically inaccurate. But close enough.

Step 3: Breaking It!

Wait for the skull to dry completely. Depending on the type of clay you used, it might take up to 24 hours.

Then smash it against a wall and read the hidden message!

I was actually too impatient to wait for it to dry, so I just cut poor Voldy open.

And... yeah.

That's all.



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    10 Discussions


    2 years ago

    well, Helll That's gonna be my will delivery face per person...take it or leave it, but enjoy the "fortune cookie" aspect........


    2 years ago

    halloween party game!


    2 years ago

    I think this is kind of impractical for communication, but would probably be awesome for a thing you can keep on your desk or whatever with all your account passwords and other important information you might forget. Maybe even keep a small flashdrive or memory card in there with the info instead of wrighting it all down :)

    3 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    True, it'd be hard to make a sculpture for every single message. I thought of the password thing too, actually. Not many would guess that it was more than a sculpture, and you'd know if someone broke it and read it. The flashdrive/memory card idea is fantastic-- as long as you wrap up the electronics before putting wet clay on them! :)


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you ^-^ I figured it was obvious to wrap the flashdrive or memory card in paper to make the core just like you wrapped extra paper around the paper note to make the core. :) Thank you for the instructible and the reply. ^-^