Hey party peeps! Day of the Dead parties are so hot right now! They are everywhere and today I’m going to share with you my tutorial for creating your own Custom Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Party Decorations made from laser wood cutouts.
At the forefront of this trend is Ten23 Designs who custom cuts from wood any image you want from 2″ to as large as 22″ like this Sugar Skull I used as a wow-factor backdrop for my Day of Dead Candy Buffet.
HOW DID SHE DO THAT?
Creating these custom sugar skulls is easy with my 5-Step DIY Plan!
Step 1: Get Your Supplies
First order your 22″ custom laser wood cut sugar skull from Ten23 Designs. It will come delivered to you unfinished and ready for you to paint and customize to match your party decor perfectly. Next, you’ll need to get the rest of your supplies. I went to my go-to craft supply store— Michaels— to gather all the craft supplies needed to customize my sugar skull:
– 1 can of chalkboard spray paint
– 1 pack of chalk markers (fluorescent colors)
– tubes of colorful glitter glue
– 1 pack of flat backed colorful rhinestones
– 1 box of Glue-Dots®
– assorted flower and rhinestone stickers
GIRLFRIEND TIP: While shopping in Michaels I came across these small 8″ wood cut sugar skulls that I thought would be great to have guests decorate as a party activity and to use as decor on my candy table flanking the large main sugar skull. Michaels has lots of Day of the Dead decor this year, so if you’re planning on a Day of the Dead party, be sure to check them out.
Step 2: Paint the Wood Cuts
Spray paint your wood cut sugar skulls outside or in a very well ventilated area (like an open garage) to coat evenly. You will need to use two coats to get a really good chalkboard finish. Let them dry completely.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: I wanted to make the skulls black, so I decided to use Chalkboard spray paint as a base so that I could use these bright chalk markers on top to get that bright vivid color I was after.
Step 3: Color Your Sugar Skulls
Using the chalkboard markers, outline all the open areas of the wood cut. This really brings out all the shapes and cool patterns that make sugar skulls so cool! Be sure to let your sugar skull dry completely before moving to step 3.
Step 4: Embellish Your Sugar Skulls
This is where the magic happens! Using the rhinestones and stickers, embellish your sugar skull any way you want. Be creative! Use the glue dots to place the flat-backed rhinestones over the cut out holes.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Be sure to use a slightly larger rhinestone over any of the cut out holes so they won’t fall through.
Step 5: Style Your Sugar Skulls in Your Party Decor
Now that you’re done creating your custom sugar skull decorations, now it’s time to style them in your party’s decor. I used the larger sugar skull as the main backdrop to my Day of the Dead Candy Buffet table. The two smaller ones I hot glued to a wooden dowel and used them as centerpiece sticks in the tops of my cupcake tower displays.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: As a fun party activity, set out some smaller sugar skull wood cutouts and embellishments and watch as your guests have fun designing their own. Be sure to spray paint all the cutouts a few days before your party.
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WANT MORE HALLOWEEN PARTY IDEAS?
Click the links below to see lots more of my Halloween Party Ideas
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– DIY Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Party Decorations
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SHOP THIS LOOK
CLICK HERE to check out my Day of the Dead Pinterest board for a virtual shopping list of most of the items I used in this party’s design along with prices and links to purchase them.
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WHERE DID SHE GET THAT?
– Styling & photography: Soiree Event Design
– Large sugar skull custom wood cutout: Ten23 Designs
– small wood skull cutouts, wood dowels, rhinestones, stickers, chalk markers, spray paint, glitter glue and Glue Dots: Michaels
– Monster High Skelita Calaveras doll: Target
– Monster High Skelita Calaveras costume: Party City
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