Fifteen Day of the Dead Crafts and Party Ideas

Day of the Dead Craft Round-up

Fall has arrived and Day of the Dead is just around the corner. If you are thinking of celebrating or having a Dia de los Muertos themed party, we have compiled some fun DIY Crafts and party ideas for you!

1.) Make these fun Tissue Paper Flowers 

2.) Make your own Sugar Skull Masks using printable coloring sheets

 

 

3.) Play pin the heart on the Skeleton

This large printable skeleton is fun for kids to assemble, learn about anatomy, and play Pin the Heart on the Skeleton

4.) Day of the Dead Coloring Pages

5.) Make a Day of the Dead Garland

6.)  Make Sugar Skull Pinatas

In fact, you should check all of the Crafty Chica Day of the Dead Craft Tutorials. She is awesome!!!

7.) Sugar Skull Icing tutorial

8.) Make Edible Sugar Skulls:

9. Make your own nichos:

10.) Learn How to Draw a Sugar Skull

 

11.) Paint Sugar Skull Pumpkins

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Painting

12.) Sugar Skull Make-up and Facepaint Tutorials

13.) Sugar Skull Paper Mosaic Craft

14.) Make Balloon Calaveras

15.) Design your own Ofrenda

Dia del los Muertos Alter

 

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How to Draw Sugar Skulls Tutorial

How to Draw Sugar SkullsI have been getting requests for a simple tutorial for drawing sugar skulls.

The skull is basically a circle for the head and a box for the jaw which can be sketched in two parts.

Once the jaw is sketched, it can be rounded out a little on the bottom.

Sketch in the cheek bones from the temple area, a simple curved line like a backwards J.

 

Draw the eyes sockets low on the head leaving room to embellish them near the temple. Notice the sockets aren’t perfect circles.

The nose is like a long up-side-down heart.

Now sketch in the sides of the jaw from the cheek bone. Use a curved line to place the teeth. The teeth are just bumps above and below the curved line.

When you have finished your skull sketch, take a Sharpie or other ink pen and ink the drawing to your liking. Be sure to erase all pencil lines.

Add flowers or curls to the inside of the eye sockets, and flower petals to the outside of the eyes sockets.

Now add flowers to the head, cheeks and jaw. Any flowers will do, these are simple and quick.

Finally, add swirls, curls and additional embellishments.

 

For more fun crafts, educational ideas, and art tutorials, follow us on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/LucidPublishing/

If you don’t want to draw your own, try coloring. These coloring books are available on amazon or in downloadable format on Teachers Pay Teachers.


How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers for Dia de los Muertos

How to make Tissue Paper Flowers for Dia de los MuertosIt’s October and craft season has officially begun. I am especially excited about Dia de los Muertos this year because Guillermo Del Toro will bring us a wonderful animated 3D movie called the Book of Life that will introduce this colorful holiday to the world.

 

One of my favorite things to make for Dia de los Muertos is Tissue Paper Flowers. The kids love to make these. At my parties, I find even the dad’s will get into it.

 

All you need to make these beauties is an array of colored tissue paper, scissors, and a piece of ribbon or floral wire. You can even do it with newspaper.

 

I layer about four to six sheets of tissue paper, fold in half length-wise. You can cut in half and layer again if you like.

 

Start a fan fold at one end and just fold back and forth.

 

Secure the center with a piece of ribbon, a twist tie, a pipe cleaner or floral wire.

 

Cut the edges so they are rounded.

 

Open up the fan on each side.

 

Then pull each layer of tissue paper towards you.

 

In the video below, she is making pompoms, in which case you will pull tissue in both directions. For flowers, just pull up in one direction.

 

All Finished. Add them to an alter or give them to your friends. And of course they make great party decorations. You can use the sugar skull designs form the Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Book for more alter decorations.

Dia del los Muertos Altersugar skull coloring book

Halloween or Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Mask Making Craft

Sugar Skull Halloween or Dia De los Muertos MasksChildren love to make these colorful masks and they are so easy. Simply print out (on heavy cardstock) the colorable sugar skulls from the Day of the Dead Coloring Sheets Download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. Then have your children color them in with as much detail as they like. There is also a blank skull template included in the download for children who want to design their own mask. Cut out the masks and attach a heavy popsicles stick to the bottom with glue. Then line up the kids for a Skeleton Parade.

Skeleton Masks for Skeleton Parade sugar skull mask