Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Plaques for Halloween

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Mexican celebration of life is coming up on November 2. This holiday is marked by families celebrating the memory of their loved ones with dancing, costumes and eating sugar skull candies. Our Day of the Dead sugar skulls are so much fun make. This decoration works equally well for Halloween, a Day of the Dead party, or even a themed wedding.

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What You’ll Need:
  • Two wooden plaques
  • Two paper skulls
  • Acrylic paints
  • A felt mustache
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Paint brushes
  • White tulle
  • Colourful small silk or ribbon flowers
  • Glue gun and sticks
  • Scissors
  • Two sheets of scrapbook paper
  • A bow tie

Collage of how to attach scrapbook paper cover to wood plaques by Champagne and Sugarplums

Paint the edges of the plaques with the colour of your choice. Trace the shape of the plaque onto scrapbook paper and then cut out the tracing. Glue the paper onto the front of the plaques, using a layer of Mod Podge both under and on top of the paper to seal it.

Painting a paper skull white by Champagne and Sugarplums

Paint the skulls completely white and then let dry.

Collage of sugar skulls being painted by Champagne and Sugarplums

Decorate the sugar skulls. We suggest starting with the black and using it to blacken the eyes and nose. When you are happy with the designs, glue the skulls onto the plaques.

Sugar skulls being embellished with tulle and flowers by Champagne and Sugarplums

Embellish the bride sugar skull with a flower tiara and tulle veil. To make the veil, cut three strips of tulle about six inches long and then glue in separate layers to the top of the skull, bunching the glued edge together to give the tulle volume. Then glue a flower crown on top of the tulle. Embellish the groom skull with a mustache and bow tie.

Sugar skulls on a table with wine bottles and glasses by Champagne and Sugarplums

Sugar skulls on a table with wine bottles and glasses by Champagne and Sugarplums

Sugar skulls hanging on a wall by Champagne and Sugarplums

We hope you love decorating with these sugar skulls, happy crafting! For more skull-inspired Halloween decorations check out our Glam Pastel Skull or try an awesome Halloween recipe like our Creepy Quesadillas.

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