Celebrate Day of the Dead with this DIY Sugar Skull Banner! If you're looking for easy Día de Muertos decor ideas, this simple craft project is for you! A FREE printable makes putting this colorful banner together quick and easy.
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Do you celebrate Day of the Dead? This Mexican holiday, which is held each year on November 1 and 2, is almost here!
I've always loved Day of the Dead (also called Día de Muertos or Día de los Muertos). It's such a special way to remember and celebrate family and friends who've touched our lives.
Skulls (or calaveras) are one of the more well-known symbols of Día de Muertos. The skulls often feature eye-catching designs, and last year, I was inspired by these beautiful calaveras to create a hand-drawn Sugar Skull printable.
I love how that drawing turned out so much, that this year I decided to turn it into this colorful Sugar Skull Banner.
About the Banner
Sugar skulls, or calaveras de azúcar, are a very common Day of the Dead symbol. They're given as gifts to both the living and the dead.
For this DIY Sugar Skull Banner, I created a mini version of my drawing. Then, I cut out the skulls and alternated them on a piece of twine with colorful faux flowers.
This colorful banner is an easy way to decorate for Day of the Dead. You can easily recreate this banner at home, and I'm showing you how step-by-step below ... keeping reading for all the details!
How to Make a Sugar Skull Banner
This Day of the Dead banner is very easy to recreate! Here's what you'll need to make it:
- free sugar skull printable (find it end of the post)
- card stock
- faux flowers (Michaels has a great selection.)
- hot glue gun
Start by printing the skulls. Sturdy card stock works best, especially if you'd like to use the banner in your decor year after year.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut out the skulls. Once that's done, you can prepare the flowers.
I used small red-orange faux flowers for this project. They were about one-inch in diameter.
Pull the flower heads off their stems. The backs of the flowers need to be fairly flat, so use a pair of scissors or wire cutters to remove any remaining bits of protruding plastic or wire.
Cut a piece of twine however long you'd like your banner to be. Space out your skulls and flowers along the twine. (I used a post it note to keep everything evenly spaced.)
Then, use your hot glue gun to attach the backs of the skulls and flowers to the twine.
Tip: To ensure the flowers lay flat, attach them to the twine a little above their stem.
And that's all there is to it ... your Sugar Skull Banner is complete! Wasn't that easy?
I hope you enjoyed this fun sugar skull craft project! You can hang this banner anywhere in your home (without damaging your walls) by using Command Hooks.