Skulls: The Best Blank Canvas

Skulls, like cattle skulls, can make for a kick-ass design element. 

~*Featuring my own impressive sketches 😉 *~

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This sounds a little morbid.

“That skull on your mantle looks great!”

But honestly, I think that skulls (cattle skulls or deer skulls) can look great. They’re the ultimate blank canvas.

Think about it: it’s something white and of decent size that you’re going to put in or around your house. You can do anything to it, or not, if their natural simplicity is more your thing.

Simple or designed, they’re all displayed the same. Here are some of my ideas:

Outside in your garden.

This is where I have mine. Stick it in the flower bed, entrance to a pathway, or where ever you might place another outdoor decoration.

Mantle

This is for those who want it out in the open. Maybe you’re a cattle family. You breed them, raise them, sell them… It’s who you are, and this would be a great way to reflect that. Skull in the center, maybe a burlap or leather runner, clear vases or mason jars with neutral green foliage or succulents, other “cowboyish” antiques, and family photos in bold picture frames would accent and balance the skull, I think.

Mantle Sketch

Hung on the wall

Much like how we hang deer on the wall, a skull would look great too. I picture it on a darker colored wall, perhaps a navy, charcoal gray, or darker brown. Hang it relatively low above the center of furniture so that it’s roughly eye-level and flows into the rest of the space (but don’t put to wear someone leans back on the couch and gets eaten). Accent it with a rustic wooden sign above or hang photos or other antique wall hangings on either side.

Another wall option is one of my favorite arrangements for anything being hung on the wall. In a smaller space, perhaps a foyer, have a small table against the wall. On one side have a decorative lamp that’s about a foot tall, maybe a foot and a half. On the other side, hang the skull (or whatever) so that the bottom of it is even, or even a touch below, the highest point of that lamp. On top of the table, opposite the lamp and below your hanging, go with a short filler: a neutral plant or succulent, stack of books, short antique, or a bold picture frame with a family picture. Lastly, if it suits your taste, you could throw in a short runner, table cloth, or doily, preferably something contrasting to the rest of the set-up.

Table Set-Up Sketch

For example: navy blue walls, dark wooden trim, old-fashioned earth-toned lamp, the white skull, stack of antique books, and a bold golden-yellow runner.

 

As for decorating your skull, it’s all up to you. Here are some ideas:

Paint

Paint it all one color, dip paint, or paint on a design, just like you would on a canvas or piece of paper.

Flowers

This is my favorite thing in the world right now. I made one for myself first, but then went a little crazy and made something like this:

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Sequins

If sequins or shiny things are more your speed, heat up that hot glue gun. Put them all over, do a color scheme, or make a shape or design.

Seashells

This is for my Gulf Coast ranchers. I came up with this (I’m sure I’m not the first one, but I’ve never seen it anywhere else, personally) idea when I was trying to figure out a unique way to dress up a skull, after a dip painting failure (note: don’t use old spray paint!).  After a trip to Magnolia Beach, where I found this super iridescent shell, I realized that seashells, with all their colors, shines, and shapes, would make a gorgeous design, and would also bring together two totally opposite worlds: land and sea. To me, it’s an ode to where I grew up. ❤

 

I hope this post inspires you to open your minds to new ideas and get creative with your decor at home.

And always remember that it’s your home. No matter what anyone, including me, says is a “great way” to dress up your home, the best way is always your way.

 

~Hannah

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