Halloween DIY Goth Skull and Roses on a Coffin

Items Needed:

Wood for Coffin- this coffin is approximately  8 3/4 inches tall by 5 inches wide- download a pdf template here

Saw to cut wood (my husband uses a bandsaw)

Sandpaper or power sander 

Black and Red Paint


Wax Paper


1) Cut out wood coffin shape 

2) Sand until smooth

3) Cover your surface with wax paper. Paint entire surface of wood coffin with your first color. This is the color that will show through the crackle. I used a red base so the crackle would be red showing through black. I paint the back, let it dry then flip it over and paint the front. 

4) I don't usually crackle the back. So once the entire coffin is dry, coat the front with crackle. I use FolkArt Crackle Medium. The thicker the crackle coat you apply, the bigger the cracks will be.

Tip- go with the grain. Paint and apply crackle in the direction of the wood grain. Either side to side or up and down.  This is very important when adding your final paint coat over the crackle.

5) Once the crackle medium is dry apply your top coat of paint. You want your foam brush to be full of paint so you can apply it in long thick strokes. Just one stroke, one coat, get it right the first time because if you try to add more paint it will smear the paint and crackle designs. Paint with the wood grain. One long stroke. Keep doing this across the entire top surface.

6) Once everything is dry apply your Polycrylic clear coat to protect the paint.

7) Once the entire coffin is painted, crackled, clear coated and dry to the touch, add the sawtooth hangers to the back of your coffin. If you wait until after your design is complete you'll crush your skull and roses trying to add the hanger.

8) Now it is time to plan placement of your skulls and roses. Add your skull in the center. Pop the heads off your rose bush.

9) Snip the base off the rose so it is as flat as possible to glue onto the wood. That means snipping off the stem and hard plastic leaves. 

10) Once you know where you want the skull and roses start attaching with glue. The skull gets glued down first. Then the top rose, then the two side roses, then the bottom two roses.

11) Let everything dry and your Skull and roses coffin should be ready to hang up.

If you don't have a saw or are not comfortable with power tools you can find pre-cut wood coffins on eBay and Etsy.

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