How to Make a Head on a Platter Serving Tray

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.

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 (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Making a mummy head on a platter

Step 1

Stain the bandage in tea (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 2

Rinse and add additional stains (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 3

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

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.

Step 4

Almonds make great decaying teeth (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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.

Step 5

Poke holes in the eyes (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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

Step 6

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

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.

Step 7

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

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.

Step 8

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

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.)

Tip

Instead of a mummy, you can place a mask on the styrofoam head to change out the monster.