Sugar Skull Decorating - Day Of The Dead


Day Of The Dead Sugar Skulls

Our eclectic collection of hand made sugar skulls were crafted with goodies from the local craft store. We used lots of feathers, beads, sequins, and some colored fabric remnants. If you sew or if you are a crafter you can probably find many of things in your supply closet. This is the time to let out your inner-child and just have a lot of fun.

If you don't have your sugar skulls ready to decorate yet, then click on the link to visit our Sugar Skull Making page for complete, step by step instructions.

Fatima - The Queen of Sugar Skulls

fatima sugar skull

Fatima is decorated with a large feather boa and beaded head dress,

Sweet Baby Jane

sweet baby jane sugar skull

Sweet Baby Jane has pretty yellow locks, a feather neck dress and those goo-googly eyes!

Pirate Sugar Skull

pirate sugar skull

And a gritty pirate he is! Our fellow is decorated with soily smudges, a black bandanna and a very cool earring.

Count Blackula Sugar Skull

count blackula sugar skull

Count Blackula sports a black cape, a feather cowl (clearly his feminine side) and some nice white, frosted fangs.

Dead Dude

dead dude sugar skull

Dead Dude has big beaded eyes that match his red crop of fluffy punk hair. His facial piercings are made with sequins.

Ms Tille

ms tillie sugar skull

Ms Tillie has eyes that don't match up made with different beads. Her hair is decorated with some pretty feathers and red beads.

Nixon Sugar Skull

nixon sugar skull

We're not sure why we named this guy Nixon but he may be as close to a traditional sugar skull as we got. We used multiple colors of Royal Icing for his head and around the eyes. We added a feather so he didn't feel left out.

Decorating Supplies And Tips

Take a trip to a craft store such as Michaels and you should be able to pick up everything you will need for decorating your sugar skulls.

Most Common Supplies

  • Meringue Powder - This is used for making the skulls as well as for the Royal Icing.
  • Paste food coloring - for coloring the Royal Icing
  • Color Foil Sheets - this is one of the traditional materials for skull decorating.
  • Piping bag with tips - typically used for decorating the mouth and teeth, and sometimes for the hair.

Optional Supplies

  • Feathers - decorate hair or see the boa on one of our examples.
  • Sequins and beads - these make great eyes, or jewelery.
  • Fake doll hair - this can be a real fun add to your skull.
  • Discarded costume jewelery - doll up your skulls with an earring or other jewels.

Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.