How to Build a Cardboard Skull

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Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • X-Acto knife

The skull has been in vogue in art as a representation of death or evil since the early Middle Ages. In more modern times skulls as decoration began to be seen in so-called outlaw art, such as motorcycle gang members' jackets, in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s heavy metal rock 'n' roll bands began to appropriate the image on album covers and posters. If you like the skull as an art object a cardboard representation is relatively quick and easy to make.

Find a box that's large enough to make your skull. You'll only be using about one-quarter of the cardboard, but make sure it works for what you have in mind.

Sketch a skull near the corner of the box. Half of the skull should be on each flap so it is divided in the center by the edge of the box.

Include large eye sockets and a noticeable set of teeth for the mouth. Draw a large loop with flaps for the top of the head. They should be long enough to be pulled over one another to create the top of the skull.

Cut out the entirety of the skull. It should look triangular with the center jutting out from the edge of the box. Cut out individual parts like the eye holes using an X-Acto knife.

Fold the head flaps one over the other and glue them together. Let the glue dry for an hour.

Bend out the sides of the face if you'd like a more rounded skull. Otherwise you're ready to decide whether your skull is to be or not to be displayed.


  • X-Acto knifes can easily cause injury if used improperly.


About the Author

Dylan Kennedy began writing professionally in 2003. His work has been published in the "Park Scribe," "Red Rocket Magazine" and online at Kennedy has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Park University and a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of Missouri.

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