In the south Texas city where I live, Dia de los Muertos is a big celebration. Observed on November 1st, it’s a day to remember those who have passed. Part of the celebration involves decorating with calaveras, also often called a sugar skull. I’ve always enjoyed visiting the local Mercado (Market Square) in October and admiring local artist’s renditions of the calaveras. Colorful and whimsical, these dancing skeletons and grinning skulls are delightful and not scary to me.
I’ve always wanted to try my hand at decorating my own sugar skull, and it was easier than I thought it would be! I used a plastic skull from the dollar store as my base, and lots of fun products from Consumer Crafts to embellish the calavera with. The glitter gems made it easy to add color and sparkle to my project, and I love that the Petaloo flowers are a blank canvas that I could easily dye to match my project.
Step one. Paint the skull with the white paint. Seal it with Glitter Mod Podge.
Step two. Hot glue a flower cabochon in each eye socket.
Step three. Trace the teeth with a black Sharpie marker.
Step four. Paint an upside down heart where the sugar skull nose is.
Step five. Embellish the skull with the stick on stones. I went in semi circles around the eyes.
Step six. Color the flowers with alcohol ink, and glue them onto the top of the skull. Glue a glitter gem in the center of each flower.
I like how happy the sugar skull looks with these bright colors and pretty flowers! It’s a fun, sparkly addition to my Halloween decor. It makes a fun centerpiece, surrounded by candles, or would be a great addition to a bookcase as decor.
How would you display your sugar skull?