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Sugar Skull Making
You don't have to be a child or even have children to enjoy this wonderful Mexican tradition. Making sugar skulls is just part of the Dias de Los Muertos (Days of the Dead) celebration.
Article by: Barbara Bowman
| Sugar Skull Making Kit |
Making sugar skulls is just part of the Dias de Los Muertos (Days of the Dead) celebration. November 2nd is the day that loved ones return from the dead and are greeted with alters covered with foods, sugar skulls and other offerings. In Mexico, death is not the end but in fact the beginning of life.
In Mexico (and in some Mexican markets in the U.S.) you can purchase pre-made sugar skulls. They vary in size from 1" to almost life-size. For home skull making we prefer the 3 or 4 inch size mold. The smaller molds are better for little hands and the larger molds can be used for older children.
The skulls are very easy to make. Just follow these simple instructions.
Preparation And Materials
Assemble your ingredients. You will need about 1 pound of sugar per large skull. Make sure to have the following materials ready:
- Skull molds
- Cut small cardboard drying platforms for each skull
The skulls need about 8 hours to dry before decorating
Make a test skull (optional)