My friends at Plaid Crafts sent me a box of art supplies to help me create a Day of the Dead craft that kids can do. I was so excited to see Outdoor Mod Podge in the box because the sealer allows the project to be displayed outdoors. Here’s a Day of the Dead craft we made:
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 mache skulls at Michael’s- and I’ve heard you can find similar skulls at other craft stores. We painted them bright white with acrylic paint.
Next, we looked on google for images of decorated calacas (skulls). There are so many beautiful designs! With our acrylic paints ready, we attempted to replicate the intricate details.
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.
We love the way our calacas (skulls) turned out! What’s your favorite way to decorate skeletons for Day of the Dead? Get ideas from fellow crafters on Plaid’s Facebook Page and follow Plaid for inspiration on Pinterest.