Paper Mache Sugar Skull Arrangement

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by K. Brook Preston, A. C. Moore Bowie, MD

Paper Mache Sugar Skull Arrangement

A festive home decoration or gift for Halloween or Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Paint the paper mache skull white using the acrylic paint and let dry.
  • 2
    Cut a hole in the top of the skull about 3 x 3 inches wide.
  • 3
    Using a pencil, lightly doodle on the skull with swirling lines and arches using the photo as a guideline. The sky is the limit here so get as fancy or keep it as simple as you like.
  • 4
    Follow your doodles with the glitter glues, alternating colors as you go, but keep it symmetrical from one side of the skull to the other.
  • 5
    Embellish your skull with the gems. You can place rows along brow or jaw lines, a single gem a t the end of a glitter line, or anywhere else you can imagine.
  • 6
    Cut your floral foam into a block that will fit snugly into the hole you cut in step 2 leaving about an inch sticking out of the top. Glue in place with the hot glue.
  • 7
    Cover your foam with some of the Spanish moss.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2+ hours

Project Supplies

  • Nicole™ Crafts Paper Mache Skull 6 inch 104761282
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Snow (Titanium) White 104106580
  • Studio G Glitter Glue Green 104452403
  • Studio G Glitter Glue Gold 104452403
  • Studio G Glitter Glue Purple 104452403
  • Nicole™ Crafts Rhinestones 144 pc. Round Multi-Color 5 mm 104240520
  • Nicole™ Crafts Rhinestones 144 pc. Round Light Green 5 mm 104240522
  • Floracraft Floral Foam 2-5/8 x 3-½ x 8 inch Green 104182603
  •   Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder® All Purpose Stik™ Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Panacea™ Natural Spanish Moss Medium 16 oz. 104185563
  • Silk Vision Mini Ranunculus 22-1/2 inch Orange 104444472
  • Silk Vision Mini Ranunculus 22-1/2 inch Purple 104444473
  • Silk Vision Victorian Heart Rose 24 inch Spray 15 Floral Heads Purple 104444188
  • Nicole Simply Fall Glitter Twig Stem Black 104604089
  • CKK Home Décor Metal Pillar Plate 7 Inch 104440662
  • Light green flower