How to Decorate a Sugar Skull

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Sugar skull—so close!
A case of the weepies.
Sugar skull—so close!

Sugar skull—so close!

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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

Warm Up
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.

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Comments (5)

DaveHaynes writes: A skull made from sugar? Oh the irony.
Posted: 8:57 am on March 2nd
genalorainne writes: haha, there's a traditional version of sugar skulls. Didn't know there were sugar skulls in the first place! Amazing! Fun read!
Posted: 12:58 pm on March 29th
EchoLin writes: fuuny crafts
Posted: 5:16 am on April 9th
kristasmommy writes: hi i was wondering if you could tell me how to make the sugar skull. I think this is a really cool idea and my daughter would love to help me make this.
Posted: 9:00 pm on October 21st
kittenkat40 writes: Hi I really think your skull is awesome!!!I would like to know how do you make your own skull?I volunteer at a seniors home and every year we paint pumpkins.When I saw your skull I wanted to knw how to make it and how cool it would be as an added treat for the seniors.Anyway I think your skull is great and I vote it #1!!!!I thought it was also cool to hear about the tridition for making sugar skulls,I never heard of it before.So thanks for the SKULL and the info.kittenkat40
Posted: 10:46 am on October 25th
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