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Scandinavian DIY Halloween Felt Decorations

I made these DIY Halloween felt decorations as I prefer to err on the side of subtle and simple when decorating for the holidays. This Halloween craft fits with that remit.

I actually got the idea for this Halloween felt craft by combining two of my other previous crafts. The first one was the simple handmade monochrome felt Christmas ornaments. The second was the Scandinavian doodle flowers, for how to display them.

You could almost describe this as a Scandinavian style Halloween decoration if there is such a thing. These simple felt skull decorations certainly fit in with all my other handmade Nordic and Scandinavian crafts and decorations.

The DIY Halloween felt decorations are very easy to make, the materials hardly cost anything. All you need is some black and white felt scraps and embroidery thread.

The stitching is very simple. There are no complicated embroidery stitches, it’s more like doodling with thread. Anyone should be able to complete this craft, it is suitable for adults as well as teens.

(There is a printable how-to card for this craft at the end of the post.)

What You Need

  • Off white/ivory felt enough to make five small skulls. You can either use craft felt, or felt from an old sweater. Personally, I like to use 100% pure wool felt, but any felt from the craft shop will do. Just make sure it isn’t too thick.
  • A very small amount of black felt (see above).
  • Black and white embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Copper craft wire
  • Small amount of fiber fill – I use the stuffing from old pillows for this.
  • Birch stump, or any small scrap piece of wood.
materials needed

To Make Scandinavian Halloween Felt Decorations

Step 1: First, print off the skull felt Halloween decoration patterns. You can design your own. Cut out one of the skull shapes to use as a template.

skull Halloween felt decoration patterns

Step2: Next, place the skull cutout shape onto the cream felt, then draw around it. Cut out two shapes for each felt skull Halloween decoration. I made five different embroidered skulls for this Scandinavian Halloween decoration.

drawing around skull template
cutting out the skull shape in felt

Step 3: Each skull is decorated with a mixture of black felt shapes and embroidery. For the larger elements on the felt skulls, like the eyes use black felt. The finer details, such as the mouths, were embroidered. Cut out the eyes and noses in black felt. Then, stick them to the skull faces.

Sticking on eyes and noses

Step 4: Next, draw the finer features on the felt skull face and embroider them. Most embroidery thread comes in six strands, separate this into lengths of thread three strands wide.

Thread this onto the embroidery needle, to simply stitch over the lines. No need to use any fancy embroidery stitches, just cover the lines with stitches. It’s like doodling with thread. The appeal of this Scandinavian Halloween felt decoration is the simple childlike look of the stitches.

embroidering Halloween felt decorations

Step 5: Once all the features have been stitched on the front of the faces of the skulls, stitch it together with a back piece. Just use a simple blanket stitch for this, (like with these giant felt letters).

how to do blanket stitch

Remember to leave a small gap for stuffing, before closing them up.

DIY Halloween Skull felt decorations
DIY felt skulls
Felt skull for Scandinavian Halloween decoration

How To Display The Halloween Felt Decorations

Step 6: Repeat the steps above until you have at least 5 different embroidered felt skulls.

DIY Scandinavian Halloween Felt Decorations

Step 7: Next, stick a length of copper craft wire through the base of each embroidered felt skull. The wire should be easy to poke through the felt. It looks best if each strand of wire is a different length.

Attaching wire to embroidered skulls

Step 8: To finish off, drill five holes into the top of the small branch stump. Then, stick the wire with the felt skulls on them into the holes. The copper wire is easy to bend. This makes it easy to arrange the Scandinavian Halloween felt decoration display.

putting skull in stump
Skull felt Halloween decoration
Skull felt Halloween decoration
Scandinavian Halloween Decoration

Don’t forget to check out some of my other wonderful Halloween crafts, such as these cute Halloween wine corks and these illuminated Halloween bottle lights.

If you are looking for more ideas for skull-themed Halloween decorations, check out this fabulous spooky DIY skull decor. There is also a collection of printable vintage skull drawings here.

For more mantle embroidery ideas, check out these hen and duck embroideries.

Scandinavian Halloween Felt Decoration

Scandinavian skulls

This is a craft tutorial to make a cute Scandinavian style Halloween decoration for your mantle. This consists of a unique display of handmade embroidered felt skulls.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Cream and black felt scraps
  • Embroidery needle and black and white embroidery thread
  • Copper craft wire
  • Small branch stump

Tools

  • Rotary tool drill
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. First, download the skull templates for free from the blog. There are five different embroidery skull designs.
  2. Cut out the basic skull shape and draw around it on the cream felt.
  3. Next, cut out the skulls from the felt, you will need 2 for each Halloween felt decoration.
  4. Then, cut out the eyes and noses in black felt for each skull face. Stick these to the faces.
  5. Next, draw on the finer features to be embroidered with a pen, such as the mouths.
  6. Split the black embroidery thread into three thread strands thickness. Thread the embroidery needle and embroider the finer features on the skull faces.
  7. Next, stitch a back to the skull face, using a blanket stitch around the outside. Leave a small hole for stuffing the felt skulls and then close with blanket stitches.
  8. Carry on until you have five Halloween felt skull decorations in total.
  9. Stick each skull onto a length of copper craft wire.
  10. Drill five small holes into the top of the branch stump. Then stick a skull on a wire into each hole. putting skull in stump
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Pooja

Friday 29th of October 2021

These are simple and cute Halloween decorations! I would love to try!

Pooja

Claire Armstrong

Friday 29th of October 2021

Thank you so much, they are fun to make.

Rebecca Payne

Saturday 23rd of October 2021

So cute! Thank you for sharing.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 24th of October 2021

Thank you so much 😊

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

These are so cute and different. Such a fun craft to make too. Thanks for sharing the idea. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Thank you, I did have fun making them and they look cute on my mantle.

Michelle Leslie

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Classic!!! Only you would come up with something so awesome, Claire. I've made wire and felt flowers, but would never have thought of making skulls

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Thank you, I really did enjoy making these Halloween felt skulls. They also fit in with a lot of my decor, so I think they will remain on my mantle way past Halloween.

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