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Sugar Skull Craft

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Make this sugar skull craft for Day of the Dead or if you study holidays around the world with your kids.

Sugar skull craft for kids

A while ago we made this skeleton craft that looks amazing and my readers love it. But it has a lot of small bone details, which may be harder for little hands to cut.

sugar skull craft for preschoolers

I wanted to come up with a sugar skull craft idea perfect for preschoolers and that is also fun for older kids.

So I created a lot of options for all the elements that form this Dia de los Muertos craft, from the eyes, nose, mouth and decorations. Kids can mix and match and come up with their unique version of the sugar skull.

Day of the Dead sugar skull craft for kids
Day of the Dead sugar skull craft for preschoolers
Day of the Dead sugar skull craft for kindergartners

The skull can be printed on white paper or colored paper. I tried both and the crafts look great.

Make sure to check all these 26 sugar skull crafts for kids for more inspiration.

This year I also painted pumpkins for the Day of the Dead. Painting pumpkins is a Halloween tradition for me and if you want to try with your kids, here are 25 painted pumpkin ideas.

Day of the Dead sugar skull craft

Sugar skull craft

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Dia de los Muertos sugar skull craft for kids

How to make a Day of the Dead craft

The sugar skull craft template comes with two versions:

1. home template – Print the home template on white cardstock paper, cut out the patterns and use them as is.

2. classroom template – Print the classroom template on cardstock paper. The colors are mentioned on each page.

Step by step directions

Glue the eyes onto the skull.


Glue the eye centers in the middle of the eyes.

flower eyes

Add the nose under the eyes.


Glue the  mouth at the bottom of the skull.


Glue the top skull decoration at the top of the skull.

top skull decoration

Add the rest of the decorations onto the skull.


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