How to Make a Head on a Platter Serving Tray

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Heads up! There's someone watching the candy platter to make sure you take just one. This head on a platter serving tray features the disembodied head of a mummy that is so decrepit, snakes are slithering through its skull. All it takes to make this platter is a styrofoam head, gauze bandages, and the absence of fear.

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Things You'll Need

  • Gauze bandage roll
  • Styrofoam head
  • Tea bags
  • Pins
  • Hobby knife
  • Almonds
  • Rubber snakes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue dots
Mummy head on a platter
Mummy head on a platter (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Making a mummy head on a platter

Step 1

Before wrapping the mummy's head in bandages, we need to stain it. A new roll of gauze from the drug store is very white, and a centuries old mummy would not be so clean. Boil a pot of water and place several tea bags in the water. Unroll the bandage, and let it soak in the tea for 5 to 10 minutes.

Stain the bandage in tea
Stain the bandage in tea (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 2

Remove the bandage from the tea and rinse it. To add more stains to the bandage, rub the tea bags directly on random areas. When the bandage dries, the stains will be more subtle, so do not be afraid of adding too much color. Allow the bandage to dry overnight, or place it in a clothes dryer.

Rinse and add additional stains
Rinse and add additional stains (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 3

You can find a styrofoam head at online stores that sell retail display supplies. Starting at the bottom, wrap the bandage around the head, pinning it in the back at various points so that the bandage stays in place. As you go around the head, leave the eye and mouth areas slightly uncovered.

Wrap the bandage around the head
Wrap the bandage around the head (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 4

In the mouth area, hot glue some almonds for teeth. Select almonds that have some of the skin peeling off, as they look like they are decaying.

Almonds make great decaying teeth
Almonds make great decaying teeth (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 5

Using a hobby knife, poke holes in the two eye sockets of the styrofoam head.

Poke holes in the eyes
Poke holes in the eyes (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 6

Cut a rubber snake into two pieces. You can purchase rubber snakes at toy stores or online retailers. Select smaller ones that are about 12 inches in length.

Cut a rubber snake into two
Cut a rubber snake into two (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 7

Insert the two pieces of the snakes in the holes you created in the eye sockets, with the head in one hole and the tail in the other hole. Use a hot glue gun to reinforce the snake pieces in the holes so they don't fall out.

Insert the snake pieces into the eyes
Insert the snake pieces into the eyes (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 8

Place the finished mummy head in the middle of a large platter. Adhere glue dots to the bottom of the head so the mummy does not tip over. That would traumatize everyone in the household.

(Quick Tip: Want an alternate look? Instead of a mummy, you can place a mask on the styrofoam head to change out the monster.)

Use glue dots to adhere the mummy to the platter
Use glue dots to adhere the mummy to the platter (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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