Monday, October 28, 2013


This is my favorite Day of the Dead project thus far...mainly because it's fairly easy and has awesome results. 

We've been discussing and learning about the Day of the Dead, a joyous Mexican holiday celebrating the lives of departed loved ones. An iconic image associated with Day of the Dead is a Calavera or skull. So, we made these awesome pinterest inspired 'sugar skulls' out of paper plates!
I made some templates of the skull shape which makes everything easier. The kids always have the "art challenge" option where they can draw their own, but tracing isn't that big of a deal on something like this. 

We decorate the 'calavera' with black sharpie and color in with washable markers. 

I set some printed skulls out for inspiration.

After the decorating is done, we glued the skull to piece of black paper which was embellished with oil pastel designs. 

And finally, we added sequins to jazz it all up. 

(2nd graders!)

This nose looks like a mouth (to me) which gives it this crazy alien head look that is so striking!

Sugar skull with glasses


  1. oh fun! this is my original project and i love seeing it recreated with children! i like the added variant of mounting the calaveras on black paper. so glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Well thank you so much for looking and thanks for the great inspiration! Sometimes I never know who created the original project on nice to have the "owner" browsing!