I made this spooky severed head from things I had around my house, except for the cheap mask. I bought that at Target for $2.
Step 1: Assemble Parts and Tools
Dummy head (the kind used by hair stylists for training)
2 empty cast-iron hanging basket planters
A piece of rag or old t-shirt neckline
Red paint (I used acrylic craft paint)
Cheap clear plastic mask
4 black zip-ties
Paint brush or stick
Step 2: Splatter the Blood
Cut rag into whatever shape you want...a circle, rectangle, it doesn't matter. It only matters that rag is large enough to slip over the bottom of the neck of the dummy. Also it should be big enough to spread out a little.
Cut a hole large enough to slide over the neck of head, from the bottom. Test it but then remove cloth and lay it on newspaper or some other surface you don't mind getting paint on.
Apply blobs of red paint, splattering, dripping, not brushing.
Step 3: Dress the Head
After paint, err, blood dries, slide the rag over the bottom of the neck of the head.
Put the cheap mask on the head. I was lucky, I found a clear mask that looked like it had cuts and blood on it.
Step 4: Cage the Head and Hang It
Pull the chains of the planters through the bottom holes of each. That way the bottom planter will have chains that hang down and the top will have chains coming up the middle. It looks like something from a dungeon.
Place the head w/bloody cloth attached, into the bottom basket.
Turn the second basket upside down and place on top of the other basket, rim to rim. Chain coming up the middle.
Use zip-ties to hold two planters together.
Hang your spooky severed head and enjoy!
Step 5: Post Script
I bought a $3 little strobe light (uses batteries) which I am going to put in the cage with the head on Halloween Night.
I was originally going to just put a glow stick in the cage, but then I found the little strobe light.