How to Decorate a Sugar Skullcomments (3) October 19th, 2012
Sugar skulls are a traditional part of Dia de los Muertos, the ritual celebrated on November 1–2 to honor deceased relatives. Here's how you can decorate your own sugar skull.
- Sugar skull (make your own from a mold-allowing for drying time-or order them undecorated)
- Traditional version: meringue powder, paste colors or food colors, stirrers, pastry piping bags
- Quick-to-play version: glitter, slick or puffy squeeze-bottle paints
- Optional decorations: sequins (and tweezers to place them), colored foil, feathers, crystals, googly eyes, wire motifs, beads, scissors for foil or decorating motifs
- Paper plates or sheets of waxed paper make for a great workspace for decorating your skulls
Test the paint or piping bag, and warm up your decorating hands with a series of dots, dashes, X's and O's . . . see how it feels before you commit to putting the decorations on your sugar skull. Use the paint or meringue paste as glue as well as color design and decoration.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery
Whether you are creating a costume, designing decorations, or building your very own haunted house, find the inspiration for all of your Halloween needs here.
If you create your own costume, be sure to enter it in the Threads Halloween Costume Contest, before 11:59 p.m. EST, November 5, 2014 to win great prizes from McCall's and Threads.