So here’s a natural alternative to staining skulls and bones, use walnut husks! Depending on where you are in the country (or world for that matter) walnut trees are a common sight. It doesn’t matter if they are still green or dried up, they will make a dark dye either way. Walnut stain is an awesome natural alternative to acid dyes and wood stains when working with skulls and bones. I collected about 20 dried up walnuts last fall and used them to make the walnut stain.


Walnut husks skull stainingWear gloves! If you get this stuff on your hands it will be there for like a week or two!




Walnut husks skull stainingMash up the husks. It is easier to do when they are dried out so if they are green you might have to put a little more muscle into it.



Walnut husks skull stainingBoil the husks. Add about 1 gallon of water for every 10 walnut husks you use. Let the water and husks simmer for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you would like the walnut stain. The longer you simmer it the darker it gets.



Walnut husks skull stainingTest the tone of the stain as you go along to get a rough idea on how dark it is getting.




Walnut husks skull stainingLet cool and strain. Hot water is hard to work with so have a little patience and let it cool off for a few hours before you strain out large chunks of the husks. Store in any container you have available and that’s it!

You can either dip the skulls you are staining directly into the solution or paint it on with a brush. Here is a before and after of a raccoon skull I stained using the solution I made above.

Walnut husks skull staining


Walnut husks skull staining deer skull


















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