Day of the Dead craft ideas + education

day of the dead crafts

Here is a helpful list of Day of the Dead craft ideas, plus and education packet, FREE coloring book, recipes, DIY y mas! I’ll be adding to this list, check back often!

Dia de los Muertos is a long standing tradition in our family. Granted – not the family I grew up with, I didn’t really learn about this wonderful Mexican holiday until after Patrick and I married. That was 23 years ago, and every year since, we’ve honored our loved ones during this time of the year.

Throughout the years, we’ve really pushed the educational aspect of the holiday. We don’t want people to think it is only about cute sugar skulls and such. We really want to make sure people understand the history, the culture, the customs, the food – and the cute skeletons!

Here is a round-up of not only projects, but also a link to an educational site we helped put together (featuring Patrick’s artwork!), as well as a FREE PDF coloring book that Patrick made! We hope you enjoy it!

10 Sugar Skull facepaint tutorials

Skully Applique Shirt

Tissue Paper Marigolds

Muertos Bottle People

Skull Fused Trays

The 411


How to make pan de muerto (bread of the dead)

Food and recipes!

Photos of celebrations

How to build an Ofrenda


Videos and interviews

How to Make Sugar Skulls by Presley’s Pantry

Skull Gorditas con Red Chile

Amazing Cakes

Day of the dead craft ideas


Crafty Chica exclusive novelita!

Teacher’s Guide and educational packet (I helped write this and it features Patrick’s artwork)

Free Coloring Book (downloadable PDF) Features Patrick’s artwork!

100+ ideas for Dia de Los Muertos by Crafty

Projects (with video)

VIDEO: Dia de los Muertos Paper Rosettes

VIDEO: Skull-shaped Sugar Cubes with Mark Montano

VIDEO: Crafty Chica’s Glitter Tattoos

VIDEO: Jeshua and Maya’s Face Paint tutorial

VIDEO: Face Paint for Kids by Pearmama

VIDEO: Face paint, champurrado, altar by MuyBuenoCookbook

VIDEO: Sugar Skull Piñata

VIDEO: Sassy Sugar Skulls

VIDEO: DIY Faux Mexican Pastries

VIDEO: Dia de Los Muertos Ribbon Bracelet Tutorial

VIDEO: Muertos Ceramic Platter

VIDEO: Muertos Shrines on a Stick


Muertos Fiesta Pillowcases

Sugar Skull Pinatas (round two)

Sugar Skull Paper Rosettes

Doodle Art Skulls

Muertos Ceramic Mugs

Mini-Calavera Hair Clips

Pan Dulce Toppers

Calaca Cakes

Calavera Hair Clips

Sequin Skull Tiaras

Skull & Heart Pillow

Skull Applique Shoes

Day of the Dead Pillowcases

15 Flower Crowns for Dia de los Muertos by Monique Frausto

Sugar Skull Stretchy Bracelet with Tarina Tarantino

Dia de los Muertos Lawn Art

felt masks

Felt Calavera Masks

Skelly Tee

Sugar Skull Face Paint Inspiration from The Art Muse

Glittered Skull Tee

Cookie Cutter Candles

How to make a wood shrine base

Day of the dead shrine

La Muerta iPad Case 

Sugar Skull Piñata

DIY Dollar Store Skull Shirt

Cereal Box Shadow Puppets

How to “Sugar Skull” Your Online Portrait

Mini-Silkscreen Party Favors

Applique Shirt

Dia de los Muertos Ceramics

Sugar Sequin Hair Clip with @StudioLongoria

Matchbook Shrines

DIY Sugar Skull Jello Shots (very cool!)

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta

Textured Rainbow Skull

DIY Record album shrines

Glittery Skull Note Holders

Skully Towels

Felt Banner

Shrink plastic earrings


Art Collage

Wire and Clay Sculpture

Reverse Glass Painting

Colorful Calaveras

Papel Picado

Papel Picado Luminarias

Skully Pin

Soft Sculpture Skull

White Chocolate Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skull Art Apron

Corpse Bride Costume

Sugar Skull Iced Fedora

Mask on a Stick

Melted Plastic Shrines

Dia de los Muertos Mixed Media collage canvases

Skull bookmarks

Wacky Rhinestone Day of the Dead Earrings!

Tissue Flower Tutorial

Recycled Newspaper Pin

Resin Skull Bracelet

La Calavera Lino Cut Memory Cards

Skeleton Rag Doll

Embossed Tin Prayer Candles

Batik-inspired Skull Tote

Glittered Memory Ornaments

Felt Flower Headband Hat

Gothic Skull Princess Crown

Shimmery Skeleton Shadow Box

Cycle of Life Face Painting

Sugar Skull Spring Eggs

Dia de los Muertos Charm Bracelet

Plaster of Paris Skulls

Traditional Sugar Skulls

Cigar Box Shrine

Barbie Story Box

Ribbon Skull Bracelet!

La Calavera Box





4 thoughts on “Day of the Dead craft ideas + education”

  1. Thank you for all of these awesome resources. I printed out the coloring books for my nephews and niece!
    My fiance and I are dressing up in day of the dead tradition this year. I have always appreciated this celebration and your website made it come alive again for me!


Leave a Comment