How to Make A Skull Makeup Brush Holder

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Are you a spooky beauty fiend, too? I finally got to tackle this project after keeping the idea locked up tight on my to-do list for several months. I discovered these hard to find and expensive versions after Halloween last year:
I fell in love with them because they embody what I’m all about: beauty, and creepy things! Since it was after Halloween when I stumbled across these, I didn’t get the chance to snag a plaster skull  for this project. Well baby, I’m back and ready to attack.

Update: I now have an easier, mess-free shortcut to this! Pick up a skull container from World Market for $14.99, and a can of spray paint in your choice of color! I love this brand of spray paint the best.

If instead you’re wanting to stretch your wings in the DIY world and put the work in:

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Do

 First, you’re going to need to cut a hole in the top of your skull. I did this using a cheap hand saw I had lying around. This will make a huge mess and everything will be covered in white powder so it’s best to do this outside. I attempted pictures of this step that didn’t come out right, because my lens, too, was covered in white powder. When the flash went off, it was orbs galore.

If you fumble and mess up on your hole-cutting, that’s okay! I’ll show you how to fix it below. 



Next, take your sand paper and sand the inside and the edges until they’re as smooth as a baby’s bottom. I used drywall sandpaper and a sanding block I keep in the house.

When you’re done with the sanding, wipe it or rinse all of the white powder off and let it dry completely before continuing.

Oops, we fumbled. During the sawing process, I chipped some areas and went in too deep with some of the lines. That didn’t phase me, because I took my Model Magic (in white) and repaired/filled in places that needed to be fixed. 


I also took the Model Magic and filled in the eyes, nose, mouth and bottom from the inside so my makeup brushes wouldn’t fall out. Covering the eye holes is totally optional!

tumblr_nbk4viSMxj1st8cb5o3_1280 Then, let it dry out completely overnight. When you are ready to work on it again in the morning, the last step is to paint it solid black with acrylic paint!


Voila, you’re all finished! I think I prefer this one to the ones I found online. What do you think? Now you’ve got your very own skull makeup brush holder that is 100x better than the more expensive one on Etsy. 🙂

If you’re caught in between Halloweens like I was at first, Amazon has some options for jars you can use as-is or customize to your liking:

If you make one of your own, show me on Instagram! You can find me @hauntedhousewife 🙂




  • The Queen B

    I absolutely adore this makeup brush holder! I love scattering skulls throughout my home so I must try this.

    • I also love scattering skulls all over! If you try it, take lots of pics, I’d love to see!

  • Jess

    This is so fun and perfect for the season! I love those Michaels coupons 🙂

  • This is so fun, what a great DIY project for Halloween, you are so talented!

  • Ah!!!! This would be perfect for Halloween goblets and then a makeup brush holder after the holiday is over! 🙂 Love it

  • Gayle Smith

    This could make a great Halloween decoration as well… maybe fill it with some candy for the kiddies? Neat idea.