We recently made a super-easy, Day of the Dead craft:
Before beginning this craft, I recommend you read this article on why you’ll find so many skulls and skeletons in Day of the Dead in Mexico. First, we found some paper maché skulls (click here to order from amazon). We gathered all of our favorite colors of acrylic paints, and first painted them bright white. This coat needs to dry before the colorful designs and be painted on.
Next, we looked on google for images of decorated calacas (skulls). There are so many beautiful designs! In Mexico, the markets are filled with skulls made out of sugar, chocolate, amaranth, paper maché, ceramic, and more. With our acrylic paints ready, we attempted to replicate the intricate details. The girls noticed the swirls, dots, flowers, hearts, and other common symbols.
You could elaborate the decorations with sequins, glitter, or foamies. Once our paint was dry, we coated the skulls with the outdoor Mod Podge. Though as it applies it is white and opaque (it reminds me of glue), it dries as a protective and clear barrier. This is especially a good idea if you’re going to have your skulls outside because it protects your Day of the Dead craft from the rain!
We love the way our calacas (skulls) turned out! What’s your favorite Day of the Dead craft? How do you decorate skeletons for Day of the Dead?
Take a moment to check out our Common Core aligned Day of the Dead Unit that can be found at the Kid World Citizen Teachers Pay Teachers Store! With a gorgeous minibook, festive decorations, and unique, themed activities, this unit has all the printables you need to introduce and celebrate Day of the Dead a classroom or home setting.
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