The Day of the Dead a.k.a el Día de los Muertos is a festival chalked full of tradition that involves bright and happy artistry, crafts, and decorations. These decorations are often used to dress up loved ones alters or adorn a party in their remembrance. Today’s Day of the Dead sugar skull craft can be used for this vibrant themed holiday.
This was a fun craft for me for 2 reasons: first, its colorful – a little something I am addicted to! And second, I wanted to learn about the heart of this holiday that occurs on November 1st, which in fact is not at all related to Halloween, anything ghost-like or spooky, although certain societies have changed its essence. Having a special day ever year to remember all those we love who have passed away and brings the still living together sounds like a special time to me!
No Day of the Dead celebration can be complete without the traditional sugar skull’s presence. While there are countless festive crafts and decorations to brighten Día de los Muertos, I can’t wait to show you my take on it, so let’s get started on this project!
- Large roll of paper in your favorite color. I use Savage paper here
- Thick white foam poster board (find them at craft stores or here)
- Tombow brush pens or paint
- Glue gun
- Flower Templates- I used my new Mary Jane style or you can find more here. (Freebies also on the blog here)
- Sugar skull stencil – I highly recommend Stencil Revolution! They have several different styles and sizes to choose from!
- Decorative border. You can find pre-cut options at craft stores or use my SVG file for free here if you have a cutting machine!
Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Craft
Unroll your seamless paper and cut it to match the size of your foam poster board. Use your glue gun or mounting tape to adhere it to the surface.
Place your stencil center on your poster board. You can either hold it steady or use some washi tape to keep it in place. Be sure to only use washi tape or it might rip your paper background.
I’m using brush pens here but paint works fine too. Decide which colors you want where and start filling in the stencil.
Once your stencil is filled in pull it gently off the paper and refine any edges you need to. I also went back and added some extra details and outlines to mine.
Next I glued on my border. Find my free svg for this above in supplies!
The final step for your Day of the Dead sugar skull crafts is to add your flowers. Now I’m a paper flower artist, so of course I am using paper flowers here. If you don’t want to create the flowers then you can also use silk flowers just as well. Shown here is my Mary Jane style flower. Find the full tutorial for it in the video below!
Depending on how much of a statement you want to make for your sugar skull decor, you can add just a few accent flowers or fill the whole top of the frame. I added about 10 flowers and several vines.
My Picks for this Project
Once your happy with your flower placement, glue everything down. You are now ready to display or hang this beautiful Day of the Dead sugar skull craft creation for your celebration!
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Psss… new paper pumpkins coming in my next post! Sneak peak in the image above! How would you display this Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Craft project? Do you celebrate Día de los Muertos? Tell me about your traditions in the comments. And if you enjoyed this please share!
Mary Jane Tutorial
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