How to Make Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Party Decorations

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull DIY

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Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate, Toni from Design Dazzle gathered together the creative minds of over 100 talented blogging friends (including me) to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out. Kicking it off, is my Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls DIY!

Halloween is fast approaching and I’m celebrating all month with lots of Halloween inspiration! Kicking it off is Day of the Dead party week! Today I’m going to show you How to make Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Party Decorations like the ones I use in my Day of the Dead Party Dining Table. Check back all week to see the Day of the Dead Party Dining Table, Candy Bar and Photo Booth! I was inspired to do this when I saw these fabulous plain white ceramic skulls from Oriental Trading that was such a blank canvas, I knew I could have fun with my daughter creating decor for our upcoming Monster High Skelita Calaveras Day of the Dead Party!

Check out more of my Day of the Dead party designs:
– Day of the Dead Dining Table
– Day of the Dead Candy Bar
– Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls DIY
– Day of the Dead Photo Booth


Creating these sugar skull decorations was super easy! Especially since all the supplies I needed were all from Oriental Trading which made it convenient to order all I needed in one online order–saving me time from driving all around town picking up supplies!


• Ceramic skulls
• Sharpie® Markers (brush tip and medium tip)
• Rhinestone & flower stickers

GIRLFRIEND TIP: This was a great activity to do with my tween daughter, Faith before the party! We had a great time custom designing our sugar skulls! The perfect Mommy/daughter activity. And she was so proud to see her custom skull in the party’s decor on party day!

Sugar Skull DIY

You can setup a Sugar Skull Decorating Activity Station at your next Day of the Dead Party as a fabulous party activity! I created a few in advance with my daughter to use in our Day of the Dead party decor!

Step 1: Create designs with colorful Sharpie™ markers!
Go crazy and create cool designs all over the skull in bright vibrant Sharpie® markers. The 80’s collection of medium tip Sharpie® markers has a wide variety of bright vibrant colors!

GIRLFRIEND TIP: Be sure to order both the brush tip and the medium tip Sharpies®. The brush tip ones are PERFECT for coloring in larger areas and the medium tips give you the precision you need for more detailed designs.  Display them in these colorful Day of the Dead tin pails from Oriental Trading so guests can easily grab them.
Day of the Dead party decorations

Step 2: Add rhinestone and flower embellishments!
Embellish your skull with colorful rhinestone and flower stickers. Remember sugar skulls are very colorful so the more colors, the better!

GIRLFRIEND TIP: I ALWAYS purchase rhinestone stickers so that I don’t have to bother with the fuss and mess of a hot glue gun! I know, I know…crafters are probably rolling their eyes!

Step 3: Style the sugar skulls in your party decor!
The 2 sugar skulls Faith and I made were perfect in the Monster High Skelita Calaveras dining table centerpiece. Here’s a sneak peek. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL DAY OF THE DEAD DINING TABLE.

monster high skellita calaveras party

Day of the Dead Party Decorations 2

I hope this idea has inspired you to create you own Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Party Decorations!

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– Styling & photography: Soiree Event Design
– Plain white ceramic skulls, Sharpie® markers, rhinestone stickers & Day Of The Dead tin pails: Oriental Trading

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1. No-Sew Fairy Halloween Costume
2. Free Halloween Print: Frankenstein Wall Art
3. Candy Corn Layer Cake
4. Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Party Decorations
5. Free Happy Halloween Print
6. Halloween Toilet Paper Roll Candles
7. It’s in the Details Dessert Cups DIY
8. Printable Halloween BINGO cards
9. Ghoulish Glam Halloween Wreath
10. Creepy Potion Bottles (with Free Printable Lables!)
11. Easy Trick or Treat Basket
12. FREEBIE :: Halloween ART PRINT
13. Mercury Jack-O-Lantern
14. FREE Halloween Printables
15. Glittery Glue Spiderwebs
16. Halloween Metal Punch Night Lights
17. BOO, It’s Claytime Playtime!
18. Washi Tape Halloween Frame
19. Zombie Facials

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  1. That is just amazing love it! What a fun project indeed.

  2. Great tutorial — I love Shapries!

  3. Love it!! Working on a Dia De Los Muertos Party on a budget myself and wish I saw these at OTC!

  4. Very cool!!!!! What a fun idea!

  5. Great tutorial! Such a fun and original decoration!

  6. These are awesome and I’m sure I could get all three bonus daughters to participate! Thanks for the idea.

  7. it’s so creepy and cute at the same time. Love that you used sharpies. off to pin! 🙂

  8. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I need those Brush Sharpies! This is such a good idea!

  10. Wonderful idea about the sharpies! These look really pretty!

  11. well how much FUN is this! Such a cool activity to have set up. Now I wanna decorate one too! 😉

  12. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Those skulls are so cool. Perfect for Halloween.

  13. Oh, that is so cool! I can’t believe how great they came out using Sharpies as a base. Awesome.

  14. Sharpies are a must, I use ours all the time. Love all the bright colors of your decorations.

  15. These are really neat! It’s definitely something different than the usual pumpkin ideas.

  16. Absolutely adorable! Love the sugar skull designs and a festive away to celebrate Halloween or Dia de los muertos.

  17. Alisha Kostiuk says:

    Thanks for sharing. This is something my daughter and I could enjoy creating together.

  18. What a fun hallloween party project for the adults. These are really pretty.

  19. Those are awesome! You come up with the most creative and original ideas!

  20. I am super-impressed… what a great idea. I literally want to go out and get these to make with my kids… FUN!

  21. That Sharpie rainbow is a crafter’s dream! Oriental Trading is too. They really have the best stuff at the best prices. I’ve donated their products to my son’s daycare before.

  22. That skull is amazing!

  23. I do not celebrate Halloween, but these ideas with the Sharpies could be translated to other themes also.

  24. Those are awesome! You totally blinged out sugar skulls like I’ve never seen!

  25. The sugar skulls looks amazing and I think it would actually be a fun Halloween themed activity as well as a super cool party decoration!

  26. I’m loving all of this Day of the Dead stuff. And this craft is really great – my girls would love this.

  27. So awesome and so easy! Love crafts that are like that. I never would have guessed you made those skulls. They totally look like something you could pay big bucks for to decorate your table. – Katy

  28. I love how that turned out. So colorful and fun!

  29. This is AWESOME. My son made a sugar skull when he was in Kindergarten (he loved doing it), but it was sad that he couldn’t “keep” it! This idea combines the best of all worlds (he loves Sharpies; he loves anything arts-and-craftsy; and he loves to get creative with anything related to the month of Halloween. I know he’ll love it!

  30. Sugar skulls are so neat. I need to look into the whole meaning behind them.

  31. You can do anything with a Sharpie! Love those tips!

  32. These are such cute decorations.


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