This Instructable will show you how to make these truly creepy Skull Cobs to add to your yard display or haunted house for Halloween.
This design was actually created by a dear friend (Nancy Kuhajda) who was kind enough to share her wonderful and creative decoration. I simply improved upon it slightly and am sharing it with all of you.
Most of the supplies for the Skull Cobs you may have around the house. If not, they are pretty easy to get.
Here is your list:
- Empty drinking water bottles
- Foam Skulls (you can buy these online or at your nearest Halloween store)
- Burlap (Jo-Ann's Fabrics or Michaels Craft stores should have this)
- Corn husks (I use the ones from the corn on the cob I buy during the summer. You can also purchase them online on Etsy, eBay or any other crafting website.)
- Spray adhesive (again, Jo-Ann's or Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- 12-14 guage wire
- Wire snips
- Iron and Ironing board (if you go with the natural husks rather than buying them)
- Outdoor Scotch Guard or Clear Flat Krylon spray paint
Step 1: Preparing Your Corn Husks
If you go with the natural husks right off the corn, you will need to remove them carefully and set them somewhere to dry. If you have cats, as I do, you will need to cover them so the cats don't eat them while you are not looking! Who knew cats liked to eat corn husks? I used a craft table covered in brown craft paper to help in the drying process. Once the husks are dry, they will be a bit curled, so you will need to flatten them out. I used an iron which worked very well. Use a medium setting so as not to scorch the husks. Be careful not to hold the iron on the husks for too long as they will burn.
Step 2: Preparing the Bottles
Next, take your water bottles and cut away a section, as shown in the picture, that leaves half of the bottle and some of the neck. This will be your base for the cobs.
Step 3: Covering for the Bottles
Next, you will cut the burlap into squares large enough to cover the outside of your water bottles. Spray the water bottles with the spray adhesive and press the burlap onto the outside. If you don't want to get the spray adhesive all over yourself and your work area, I highly recommend covering the table and wearing latex gloves on your hands. This stuff is really sticky and the burlap fibers will stick to you and everything else.
Step 4: Adding the Husks
Once the burlap covering is done, you are ready to add the corn husks. I use a glue gun to attach the husks. Layer them on to look like an ear of corn. Start at the top and work your way down. I used about 6-8 husks for each cob. Play around with it and see what works best for you. You want to give it as natural a look as possible. Remember, they are supposed to look as if they grew that way!
Step 5: Two Heads Are Better Than One
Now that the husks are attached, you are ready to add the skulls. Using the hot glue, run a line of glue along the back of a skull and place it in the bottle with the chin resting on the bottom. Then glue the second skull on top of the first placing glue underneath and along the back of the second skull. Press the skull into the bottle firmly. Be careful! That glue is really hot!
Cut the wire into 18" to 24" pieces. Take the wire and place a dab of the hot glue on the end and insert it into the bottom of the first skull. You will do this by pushing the wire through the opening in the neck of the bottle and into the foam of the skull. Push the wire about 3-4 inches into the skull to make sure it is secure.
Step 6: Admire Your "children of the Corn"!
There is only one more thing you may wish to do. I spray mine with a good coat of Outdoor Scotch Guard to help preserve my Skull Cobs. Since the process is very time intensive. I would prefer not having to make these every year. Why, you ask? Well, after they have been out in the elements, they tend to be damp. If I were to store them in plastic totes at the end of the season, they would get moldy and would not be useable the next season. Therefore, I protect them so that they will be less likely to get moldy and I can use them over again the next Halloween season. You may also use a clear flat Krylon in lieu of the Scotch Guard. Both should work well to preserve your Skull Cobs.
You are finished! I attach my skull cobs to actual corn stalks that we put up in our yard to give it that creepy affect. Now enjoy the effect it brings to your yard and your Halloween decorations.