DIY Sugar Skull Decor

by - October 09, 2020

 Whether you celebrate Halloween, the Day of the Dead, or both, this DIY sugar skull decor is perfect for both holidays. I've always been a fan of Halloween, I always look forward to decorating my home with pumpkins, skulls, and anything spooky. For this year, in particular, I wanted to switch up the theme and go for something less traditional and more colorful. Every year on November 1st, I always celebrate the Day of the Dead. Inspired by this beautiful tradition, I'll be decorating my home with sugar skulls and bright colorful decorations for Halloween.


The Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) is a holiday that's celebrated annually throughout Mexico on the 1st and 2nd of November. Family and friends gather to honor their family members who have passed away. Families create altars, known as (ofrendas,) which are often decorated with vibrant colors, flowers, sugar skulls, banners, candles, food, and pictures of the departed.


  • Skull 
  • Flowers
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hot Glue Gun


1.) I painted the skull with white acrylic paint twice and allowed each coat to dry in between.

2.) Once the paint dried completely, I painted the inside of the skull's eyes and nose black.

3.) The design I was going for was simple yet traditional. I grabbed several different colors and painted flowers around the skull's eyes, swirls, dots, and a heart to finish off the design. Feel free to get creative and paint anything that comes to mind.

4.) When the paint dried, I added a layer of mod podge to seal the design.

5.) To finish the sugar skull, I hot glued some flowers on the skull's head to create a crown.

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