Introduction: Sugar Skull Decoration
This is an easy project to spruce up a table or counter for Halloween.
Step 1: Supplies
For this decoration, I found most of my supplies at Target and Walmart.
The skull was a $5 decoration from Target's Halloween section.
You will also need:
- Acrylic Paints
- Water and Paper towels
- Fake flowers
- Hot Glue
- Decorative Crow
- Spooky Fabric
- String of lights
Step 2: Prep
My skull started out an off-white color. I think the manufacturers were trying to make it look worn and spooky, but I didn't like it for this project. To correct this, I just painted on some titanium white acrylic paint diluted with a bit of water. Try to avoid the really dark parts, like the eye sockets, or you will just have to repaint them later. I went for just a bit of lightening overall rather than a solid white skull.
Step 3: Painting the Skull
Next, I looked up pictures of sugar skulls for inspiration. Using what I found, I borrowed design elements here and there to make my finished piece.
Tips for this part:
Start small and add little bits at a time. Try not to get overwhelmed by the whole picture. You can see in my pictures that I added one small thing at a time. Add some big elements, and then fill in the wholes.
Step 4: Adding Flowers
I bought a couple stems of fake roses for my skull, but you can use whatever type of flower you think suits your skull. I pulled all the leaves and flowers off of the stem and used hot glue to attach them.
Step 5: Arranging Flowers
Continue gluing flowers where they look best. I also glued on a few leaves to fill more space.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
Arrange your skull how you like. I found some "Freaky Fabric" at Walmart for the base. I also added in the little crow which partially helps to hold up the large red rose (it's a little heavy for the glue). Finally, I wrapped a small string of LED lights around the whole thing.