Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Day of the Dead- Sugar Skull Craft

Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and in other cultures around the world.  Sugar skulls are a sweet treat made and left for deceased relatives and "visiting spirits" on Dia de los Muertos.  You can find more information {here} about the holiday 
and the beautiful mask designs of this folk art tradition.

 I've seen a lot of sugar skull decorations around for Halloween this year.
I love it!
The best decor selection I've found has been at World Market.

At our last {Fine Arts Night}, one of the activity rooms featured making these fun Day of the Dead masks.  It was a popular craft and the kids had a great time making them.
If you're looking for a school craft or Halloween party activity, 
this is it!

You'll need:
colored Popsicle sticks
paper plates
glue gun

Draw out your skull shape on a paper plate. 

To help the little kiddos, we made patterns that they could trace.
You can download my skull pattern {here}

Cut out the traced skull.
Draw and color in black,  2 large eyes and an upside down heart for the nose.
On the ridges of the plate, draw lines for teeth. 
Now decorate with patterns, shapes and color!

Finally, glue a colorful Popsicle stick on the back.
You've got your sugar skull mask!
Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos!


  1. So cool! Thank you for sharing with us at the To grandma's house we go link party! Pinned!

    1. Sugar skulls are big out where I live and this was the perfect craft for kids familiar with them. Thanks Taralynn!

  2. What a cute idea! Thanks for joining our halloween Blog hop! Pinned!

  3. Hi ladies. I chose your Sugar Skull craft to feature from our Halloween Blog Hop and Giveaway--very cool!


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