Dia de los Muertos – DIY

Dia de Los Muertos


Halloween is in a week… I want to celebrate with a Mexican inspired DIY: skull painted vases!

These decorative skulls come from the traditional Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is celebrated at the end of October and at the beginning of November in Mexico. Since the dates are really close, the painted skulls have become a popular symbol for Halloween in the U.S, too. Here is an easy decoration project to do for yourself or with kids. I think I’m going to keep these cute skulls up all year round :)

You will need:
– White acrylic paint (I used some furniture paint I had left over from when we moved in)
– Jars, glass bottles or vases
– Brush
– Colorful sharpies, including a black one and a white one
– Paper

Clemmo-Dia-De-Los-Muertos-Skulls2Start by pouring a small quantity of paint inside the jars, and shake them slowly to cover all the sides. Pour back the excess of paint in the pot.
Clemmo-Dia-De-Los-Muertos-Skulls3Once the inside of the jar is painted and dry, paint the skull shape on the front side. Tip: you can draw a big circle for the head, two small ones on each side for the cheeks, and a square at the bottom for the jaw.
Clemmo-Dia-De-Los-Muertos-Skulls4If you don’t feel confident drawing the skull ornaments right away, you can first train on a paper, then draw the skulls with a tin sharpie, and at the end line the patterns with the bold black sharpie. I compiled many skulls patterns on Pinterest here. You can also download and print the skulls sheet below here ;)
Clemmo-Dia-De-Los-Muertos-Skulls5Don’t forget the final touch: small white dots and lines. Now that your vases are done, make sure the paint inside is completely dry, and decorate them with some seasonal flowers!

Happy Day of the Dead!

xoxo Clemmo


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