3D Layered Skull Plaques

Learn to make 3d layered skull plaques

LEARN HOW TO MAKE COOL 3D LAYERED SKULL PLAQUES USING KRAFT BOARD AND YOUR CRICUT

Now that Halloween is upon us, my mind has been racing on how to make cool Halloween decor. So, after I hung up my Halloween Garland, I got to thinking. I knew I wanted to figure out a way to add something to the mantel. So, I came up with these 3d skull plaques to flank my candles.

In this tutorial, I’ll give you my step by step instructions and tell you what materials I think work best when making this project.

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SKULL PLAQUES – MATERIALS LIST

3D Layered Skull Plaques

3D Layered Skull Plaques

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Layer kraft board to create these cool and freaky Skull Plaques. Perfect for your Halloween decor!!

Materials

  • My FREE Skull Plaque SVG Cut File
  • Cricut Kraft Board in your choice of colors. I am using black and white.
  • Unfinished wood square plaques
  • Acrylic Paint in your choice of colors. I am using black and a silver metallic
  • Clear Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • Art Glitter Glue
  • Crafter's Tape

Tools

  • A way to cut out your kraft board. I am using my FABULOUS Cricut Maker. This project will also work with a Cricut Explore Air 2.
  • Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Glue gun with glue sticks
  • Cricut Brayer
  • Cricut Scraper

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the SVG Cut file for these Skull Plaques (#38) from The File Vault. Get access by joining the club.

STEP 2 - UPLOAD THE SVG FILE TO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

If you aren't familiar with uploading SVG files into Design Space, take a look at my quick and easy tutorial here. If you are on your smartphone, here is my tutorial on using the Cricut App.

STEP 3 - RESIZE YOUR IMAGE IF NEEDED

Once you have your svg uploaded into Design Space, measure your unfinished wood plaque and resize your svg file accordingly.

resize your uploaded svg file - skullplaques

STEP 4 - DUPLICATE THE LAYERS

Once you have the svg flie sized to your specifications, duplicate the design by clicking the DUPLICATE button in the Layers panel.

duplicate svg to desired amount - skullplaques

For this tutorial, I am cutting out three versions of the skull. You can cut out as many as you would like. More layers would create a thicker skull.

STEP 5 - UNGROUP THE LAYERS

Now that you have the number of layers you want, UNGROUP the layers so you can see everything on your canvas.

ungroup your svg - skullplaques

your layers are seperated -skullplaques

Click the GREEN Make It Button.

STEP 6 - PREPARE YOUR MATS AND MAKE MATERIAL SELECTION

You can move some of the images around to save materials. I ended up with one mat for the white layer and one mat for the black layer.

For this tutorial, I recommend Kraft Board for the material used.

select your materials. for this tutorial, I recommend kraft board - skullplaques

STEP 7 - LOADING YOUR MATS AND CUTTING THE IMAGE

Once you have placed your kraft board onto your mat, load the cutting mat into the machine by pressing the flashing ARROW button.

load your mats into your cricut cutting machine - skullplaques

You will know the machine is ready to cut your material when you see the flashing "C" button. Press that to start the cut.

press the flashing "C" to being your cut - skullplaques

Repeat Step 7 for both mats.

glue your layers together - skullplaques

STEP 8 - ASSEMBLE YOUR SKULL

Start by gluing together the background layers using the glue or adhesive of your choice. In this tutorial, this would be the white layers.

glue your layers together - skullplaques

glue your layers together - skullplaques

glue your layers together - skullplaques

Repeat for the other color.

Now, for the intricate, or overlay, layers, I recommend using Art Glitter Glue.

glue your layers together - skullplaques

glue your layers together - skullplaques

Set the two portions of your skull cutout to the side to dry. Once they have dried, glue the two layers together.

Begin prepping the unfinished wood plaque. I wanted to have some metallic show through so I am applying a layer of silver metallic paint first. You can, of course, paint the wood plaque any color you wish! Don't forget the sides and the back!

paint the unfinished plaques. for this tutorial, I am using silver metallic and black - skullplaques

paint the unfinished plaques. for this tutorial, I am using silver metallic and black - skullplaques

Apply the black coat.

paint the unfinished plaques. for this tutorial, I am using silver metallic and black - skullplaques

paint the unfinished plaques. for this tutorial, I am using silver metallic and black - skullplaques

Now, I am going over the black, while the paint is still wet, with the silver just to add some more shine.

paint the unfinished plaques. for this tutorial, I am using silver metallic and black - skullplaques

Once the paint has dried, I recommend you seal the wood using a clear acrylic sealer.

add a clearcoat to seal the wood, if you wish - skullplaques

Allow the plaque to dry and apply more coats of sealer as desired.

After everything has dried, turn on your glue gun as you clean up your workstation.

once dry, finish your assembly - skullplaques

Once the glue gun has come up to temp, apply glue to back of your assembled skull.

apply hot glue to the back of your kraft board design - skullplaques

Center your skull on the wood plaque and press firmly to adhere.

adhere kraft board to the painted wood plaque - skullplaques

Remove any strings from the glue gun and your skull plaque is ready to display!

your skull plaque is complete!

You can add sealer to the kraft board if you wish but I chose not to do this. If you do, do so with very light coats!

These were so fun and easy to make! The kraft board really adds great dimension of the design!

For more colorful and detailed skull art, check out these male and female 3d layered skull mandalas!

male and female skull mandalas

Looking for even more cool layered skull designs? Check out the sweet SVG Bundles in The Bearded Housewife Shop!

Post a photo in the comment section or tag your projects on social media @thebeardedhousewife using the hashtag #beardedhousewife! I’d love to see how your skull plaques turn out!!

Love,

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  1. Hi, Julie.
    I just checked the library. It is in there at the top of the page. Just for good measure, I uploaded the file again. Refresh the library page and it should pop up for you.
    Let me know if you have any other issues!

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