Scary Sight! A Halloween Skull In Hypertufa

For some reason (wink, wink), I keep my eye out for special shapes and molds to make interesting hypertufa projects for any Holiday occurring throughout the year. I have made several, such as pumpkins, Easter baskets, shamrocks…and more to come.  But when I ran across an ice mold in the shape of a skull from Wilton, I knew this would be a perfect Halloween skull. Wouldn’t it look great buried just at the surface of my front garden where the Trick or Treaters would be standing?

Hypertufa Halloween skull

The Halloween skull would only take a small amount of hypertufa and would basically be an easy job. I thought the mold would be reusable so I could make as many as I wanted. (You’ll be glad to know that it survived wonderfully and I could make as many as I wanted.) Now this was to be a subtle decoration, so you just wouldn’t see it until you look down and see a skull gazing back at you from the ground.  The startle effect is what I am going for, right? That’s the whole idea at Halloween.

My Mix For The Halloween Skull

I used my typical recipe mix that I am using at this time.  I use Portland cement, vermiculite and peat moss in a 1:1:1 ratio. My small measuring container was somewhere between a quart and a liter (see the video) and it could have made approximately 3 skulls. But since I only had one mold, I made some other projects too. Watch for those in coming posts and videos and you’ll see what else I made.

It was an easy mix for the Halloween skull

The porous surface that the peat moss makes in hypertufa gave this skull a real authentic look. Some of the open porosity seems to mimic injuries in life or maybe the final injury that killed this creature, right? Am I getting too gruesome?

Really looks old - Perfect Halloween skull


Several of these buried in different levels or heights ( I could have filled the back in a large mounded form to make a full skull.)  I think this mold would make a good addition to a large bowl. For instance, I could add it in the middle of a large dish like my crevice garden and plant some sedum so that the sedum grows around the skull. Now that’s an idea for next Halloween!

Now watch my video and see how it’s done. Remember to press hard on your mixture when you put it into the mold since you want it to pick up all of the nooks and crannies! Have fun tufa-ing!


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2 thoughts on “Scary Sight! A Halloween Skull In Hypertufa

  • October 11, 2018 at 9:42 am
    Where did you find the skull mask - it's perfect! Reply
    • October 11, 2018 at 11:36 am
      I got mine at a garage sale for $.25 and it is from the Wilton ice mold collection. Not sure if it is made anymore, but you may run across one sometime. I am going to keep an eye out for odd molds like that. Love how it turned out. Reply

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