Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Craft - Dia de Los Muertos Activities & Decor

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My students were very imaginative with this resource. They had the option for different eyes and made their own mouths. They turned out great!
Such a fun activity to go with the research my students did on this holiday from Mexico! They loved making the sugar skulls!
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These adorable Dia de los Muertos sugar skulls are the perfect Day of the Dead art project. One of the best Dia de los Muertos activities is making colorful classroom decorations like this sugar skull craft. Save $$ with our DAY OF THE DEAD MINI BUNDLE. They look beautiful displayed all-together as a collaborative art project in a Spanish bulletin board.



► Why is this resource useful?

  • Early finishers activity in Spanish class
  • Spruce up your Spanish classroom decor
  • Grow your collection of Spanish activities
  • After-school club or Spanish club time-filler
  • Complement a Day of the Dead lesson or Mexico culture unit
  • A low-prep hispanic heritage project
  • Making a quick last-minute DIY Halloween costume to help the student that forgot to bring one (teens love La Catrina skull masks these days)
  • Decorate a hispanic heritage month bulletin board or display

Since this activity welcomes all levels of artistic skills, it has proven to be successful with students ranged from Pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary up to Middle School and High School. The sugar skulls can be as simple or as complicated as each student chooses.


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► About the Mexican festivity

In modern Mexico culture we celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (one day after Halloween). This Mexican tradition honors life after dead, if that makes sense... I would say that Day of the Dead is more about gathering with your loved ones to remember the ones that have left us. We do so in a positive light, remembering what our "difuntos" used to like when they were walking on this Earth. That is why we set up "ofrendas" (offering altars) with their favorite treats. If you have seen the recent animated movie you can get a good idea of what this hispanic festivity is about.

In modern Mexico culture we do celebrate Halloween but we cherish more Day of The Dead as a Mexican tradition that has been around for longer.


  • Cut out and paste the skull’s eyes and nose (or should I say: "nose-hole") to a paper plate (or any other surface, like card).

  • Chop the paper plate’s “cheeks” or use the template to trace the outline of the skull on your chosen surface.

  • Decorate your sugar skull however you want! Colored pens are great for quick results but also look great with other materials such as paint or sticking bits of paper scraps.

  • BONUS TIP: To practice some writing skills encourage the children to write their name on the skull's forehead, just like we do traditionally in authentic Mexican sugar skulls.


  • 3 paged PDF with 6 different designs of skull eyes + nose
  • Skull's outline template

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