Day of the Dead is rapidly approaching. To prepare, I created a painted wood sugar skull trio, for my front porch. I love bright and colorful decorations for Day of the Dead. This is a great piece of home decor, for outside or inside. While I hung this outside, it’s under my roofline, and protected from the elements. Sugar skulls come in a myriad of designs. You can create your own design, or one you’re inspired by. I show you how to create the right skull, but the other two skulls use basic shapes and the same details of lines and dots. The flower theme coordinates the skulls, while using different designs and colors on each one.
- 1 – Walnut Hollow Rustic Pallet
- 3 – Walnut Hollow Skulls
- DecoArt Media Gesso
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Cadmium Red
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Primary Magenta
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Primary Yellow
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Primary Cyan
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Titanium White
- DecoArt Media Fluid Shimmer Mister in Turquoise
- 17 – 1 1/2″ Finishing nails
- 2 Sawtooth hangers
- Plastic tablecloth
- DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels Paint Brushes
- Paper plate
- Cup of water
- Paper towel
- Tape measure
You can find the full step by step tutorial on Crafty Lady Abby’s YouTube Channel
If you have a small space and only have room for one skull, this square Rustic Pallet will work too. If the turquoise background isn’t your thing, the DecoArt Media Fluid Shimmer Mister comes in a rainbow of bright colors, primaries, white, and black, with and without shimmer. If this project isn’t sparkly enough, you can use a glossy decoupage glue, and glitter. For added dimension, add gems with jew glue. Common sugar skull designs include flowers, leaves, spider webs, crosses, and gems. The design is ultimately up to you. Create one that suits your style and is personalized. What kind of sugar skull would you make?
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Abby has been an artist and crafter since she was a young child. She has been sewing and creating for 30 years. She has a degree in Fashion Design. She started her blog, Crafty Lady Abby in 2009, as a way of documenting her creations and motivating herself. She creates tutorials to share her creative knowledge and empower others to be creative.