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Church of Bones & DIY

There’s only one thing that comes to mind every time I see skulls or bones.

I have some interesting stories regarding bones and remains from my past. I know, it’s sounds creepy, right?! Well, today I want to talk to you guys about one of them and also share how to make a simple bowl out of a fake skull. Yes, yes, you can buy them for $25-40, for the large functional sizes. And, yes there are more complicated DIYs on this idea. But if you’re thrifty and you like crafts I’ve got a simple, cheap solution.

I saw this huge 9 and a half inch styrofoam skull at Michaels a while back and wanted to turn it into a large salsa bowl for Halloween. So I did!

I love cheap finds and you can’t beat a large skull for under $10. It was perfect!

I think skulls and bones are the perfect Halloween decor choice. It’s simple and creepy enough for all ages. Plus, it passes my boys approval without being too cheesy.

While we are on the subject of bones, I have to tell you about this place my husband and I went to when we were in the Czech Republic. We decided to take this crazy off the grid road trip to one of the creepiest little churches I’ve ever come across, EVER!

It was dark in there and my cell phone took really grainy photos, so I converted them to black/white for a more “Vincent Price” vibe. I think it’s good enough for you to see all those remains don’t you… bwahaha!

We heard about this crazy place from a “Rich Steves’ Europe” video on PBS years ago and remembered it when we visited the country. Driving out to this location made Nate and I feel super far from home. It gave us a very large dose of humble pie on our road trip, while passing lots of poverty ridden towns and thousands of run down and abandoned communist buildings.

Our destination was called The Sedlec Ossuary or the Church of Bones.

This little medieval, gothic church, seriously, no joke holds over 40 THOUSAND bones! They actually speculate thousands more. Yikes!

So the story goes that way back in the 1200’s the King of Bohemia sent the abbot of the Sedlec Cistercian Monastery to Jerusalem. When the abbot came back he brought back a jar of soil from the Golgotha, which was know as the “Holy Soil”. Soon people got word about this and people from all over desired to be buried in Sedlec where this guy put the Holy Soil. Well, things started to get tight.

Oh, if you are wondering if that really is a pyramid of real skulls and other bones… It is! There were four of them and they were huge.

In the 15th century, this church was built by the cemetery and its basement was used as an ossuary. All the bones started to pile up, no joke, and stayed there for centuries until1870 when a woodcarver named Frantisek Rint was asked to take care of all these bones.

The result… well this is what he did with them! Ha! I mean, this is pretty cool, it’s amazing in fact! All the decor and lettering are made out of real human bones.

I’m particularly fond of the bird (sculpted out of human bones) picking at the skull’s eye socket!

I love finding and exploring crazy places like this!

So, that being said, let’s turn a skull into a bowl for our children to eat out of!


DIY Skull Bowl

Here is a super fast way to make a very cheap large skull bowl, just in time for Halloween. It’s just three things! That’s it!

-Styrofoam skull (I picked this up from Michaels)

-Box cutter

-White, clear or black bowl (whatever size you want to use that fits to scale with your skull size)

Trace your bowl over the top of your skull.

Use the box cutter to cut out the hole.

Tip to make hollowing out the head easy: After you cut your circle out, cut the styrofoam into pie slices so your able to remove the styrofoam in smaller sections that come out easier.

Place the bowl in head. If the bowl sticks out, remove bowl and cut out more styrofoam until the bowl is flush with the top of the skull.

After the hole is cut, you’ll need to make the head more level.

I just cut between the center of the teeth and removed the lower teeth and jaw.

That’s it! Fill your bowl with what ever you desire!

It makes a great centerpiece. Perfect for a spooky floral arrangement too!





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  • Leanne
    October 20, 2017 at 7:24 am

    That is too funny! My kids would think the skulls are cool too.

    • Melessa
      October 20, 2017 at 7:39 am

      I know it! My boys think it looks like something from Goonies.

  • Kim
    October 20, 2017 at 7:31 am

    That church is creepy, but I can’t stop looking at how the bones are used.

    • Melessa
      October 20, 2017 at 7:44 am

      I agree! It’s really creative and would have taken years to assemble. But still very, very morbid.

  • Beth
    October 20, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Wow! What a crazy place! Glad I don’t live near there! Thanks for the DIY!

    • Melessa
      October 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Me too! I couldn’t live near that!! But, it was awesome to see.

  • Lillian
    October 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Spooky pictures!

  • Barb
    October 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    You had me hooked after the first picture of the church when I thought, “are those bones.” Scroll, scroll, scroll. Some people’s creativity never ceases to amaze me. Even though human bones are creepy, the person who arranged these made made them into something interesting and a little less creepy. Great post!

    • Melessa
      October 24, 2017 at 6:41 am

      It was well put together. Seeing it in person was even more amazing. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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