Traditional sugar skulls are crafted from sugar pressed into molds and decorated with feathers, icing, ribbons, beads, and more. Larger sugar skulls often have the name of the deceased who they are meant to commemorate. Sugar skull are sometimes eaten but their predominant purpose is to decorate the graves and altars during the celebration.
Today sugar skulls have become a pop culture image that’s easily recognizable, even to those not familiar with the Dia de los Muertos celebration. We see the sugar skull image on t-shirts, Halloween costumes, jewelry, and more. These printable sugar skull masks come in four different decorative designs as well as blank one to inspire your kiddo to create their own sugar skull design. Add color any way that strikes you young artist.
I recommend printing on card stock if possible. It will create a nice sturdy mask and also ensure that your mask will hold up to any medium you choose. We’ve been loving this huge pack of Crayola markers in forty colors! Having so many colors to choose from makes for some great color combinations and just feels so much more special than the standard eight colors!
Encourage your kiddos to explore other media like watercolor, oil pastel, sequins, or other small three dimensional objects! These designs are perfectly sized to be cut out and used as actual masks. Color first, especially if you’re working with young artists. Coloring first will save them the frustration of coloring off and on the edge of the paper.