It may be fall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be colorful! One of my favorite spooky themed projects is decorating sugar skulls. It’s perfect for teaching kids about Mexican art, Dia de Muertos, and even cultural appreciation vs. appropriation. For our latest skeletal creations, we used the Eyeconnect Craft Lace-Up Skull. **Right now there is a Halloween Sale, so you can get this and many other items for 50% off!
Lace-Up Sugar Skulls
The first step of this project is to give the skull a base color, preferably either white or black. I used a Kwik Stix, because they dry so fast and are mess free!
Next, I started to decorate my face with a variety of Smooch® accents I had on hand. How decorate your skull is up to you, flowers, swirls, and simply dots are always a good place to start. Traditionally, the names of deceased loved ones would be added to the forehead of a sugar skull.
Add little touches at a time and be sure to be mindful of when it’s time to STOP decorating! Otherwise, you’re likely to have a mess-up like I did. Can you see it, I tried to fill it in, not sure it helped.
Once you’re done and your skull has dried, use the shoelace to create teeth by simply lacing it through the holes. Trim your excess lace and use a hot glue gun to secure it to your skull.
As you can see in the picture, I didn’t punch out my pieces until after I had laced the teeth. It made it much easier, even if I had to be careful in removing them once I was done.
We attached a magnet to the back of this guy and put him on the fridge, but he’d be great on a card or in a scrapbook too.
- Eye Connect Lace-Up Skull
- Black Kwik Stix Paint Stick
- Smooch® Accents in a variety of colors
- black shoe lace
- hot glue gun