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How to make sugar skull piñatas: Supplies:
Round paper lantern
Newsprint or magazine paper cut in strips
Paper mache mixture – equal parts flour, water and glue, mixed to a thin pancake-ish texture.
Bowl with paper mache
White craft glue
Thin cardboard (use the packaging from the paper lantern)
Tissue paper in assorted colors
Here are my three piñatas, all ruffled up with party streamer.
Directions for How to make sugar skull piñatas:
Assemble the paper lantern.
Cut the thin cardboard into a rectangle, about 6″x4″ – this will be the jaw.
Wrap the tape around the lantern veritcal to create flat side of the head.
Use the masking tape to tape the cardboard around the bottom third of the paper lantern, facing forward. Side are flat and the jaw is in the front at the bottom. It should look like a skull.
Dip the paper strips in the paper mache and coat the skull, let dry. Make sure to cover up the hole at the top and bottom.
When it’s dry, add white craft glue in row and apply the party streamer in ruffles. For thinner rows, trim the party streamer in half.
Let dry and decorate the eyes, nose and lips with the tissue paper.
Here is the pink chica. She has that cha-cha vibe going on!
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Dia de Los Muertos
This is a 3,000 year-old tradition from Mexico where we honor our loved ones who have passed on. The overall spirit is celebrating the cycle of life. An ofrenda is set up in the home or graveyard and lined with fresh marigolds, sugar skulls, copal and small items representing the soul who passed.
You can read more about Dia de Los Muertos here!
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2 thoughts on “How to make sugar skull piñatas”
These are beautiful! I should definitely make some next year 😀
just stumbled across your blog, these are awesome and so are you 🙂