DIY Metallic Tattooed Halloween Skull

September 19, 2016

I was provided product samples free of charge from Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was provided for this post.

Add a little glam rock style to your Halloween decor this year with this super easy DIY Metallic Tattooed Halloween Skull project!

DIY Metallic Tattooed Halloween Skull

I absolutely love tattoo culture.  It’s amazing that an artist can put a tiny needle to skin and create a spectacular work of art.  I should know!  I have two tattoos myself – angel wings on my back and a hummingbird on my ankle!  I’ve been itching to get Hunter’s paw print somewhere on my body, but for now I’ve been playing around with placement with temporary tattoos.  

Have you seen those metallic temporary tattoos that look like jewelry?  I had fun playing with them a couple weekends ago with my three year old niece.  She got to rock a set of “tattooed” bracelets on her arm.

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of DIY projects made with those metallic tattoos. I love the look of embellishing a surface like a candle, a mirror, or even a vase with them. Since skulls are iconic in tattoo culture and, of course, Halloween, I decided to put the two together.  The outcome was one bad ass piece of Halloween decor!

My Halloween decor is a bit glam this year.  I’ve bought glitter covered pumpkins, owls with a little sparkle, and made a few pieces of Halloween decor that really shine!  This is a project that can be done in minutes (unlike an actual tattoo)!  Just cut out the tattoo designs you want and place them on a ceramic skull.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

DIY Metallic Tattooed Halloween Skull
DIY Metallic Tattooed Halloween Skull


  • Ceramic skull
  • Metallic bracelet and necklace tattoos
  • Small bowl of water
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors


  1. Carefully cut around the tattoo designs you wish to use for your skull.
  2. Follow the tattoo directions and, as instructed, remove the protective layer on the tattoo design.
  3. Place the tattoo directly onto the ceramic skull.
  4. Dampen a paper towel and apply to the tattoo design, as instructed.
  5. Once tattoo is completely saturated, it should begin to slide away from the backing.
  6. Carefully slide the backing away from the tattoo.
  7. Smooth out any wrinkles with your damp paper towel.
  8. Allow the tattoo to dry on the skull completely and display!

DIY Metallic Tattooed Halloween Skull

Need more DIY Halloween inspiration?  Head to Oriental Trading for costumes, candy, craft items, and more! You can find the ceramic skull and metallic tattoos used in this project on Oriental Trading’s website.


What’s your Halloween decorating style?


  • Reply Kim~madeinaday October 30, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    Very pretty! What a fun idea for Halloween! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

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