This season I came across these adorable sugar skull cookie cutters from Fred and Friends and instantly thought of a gazillion things to make with them.
First off, let me say, that I have TWO sets – one for crafts and the other for cookies/baking. You never want to mix up the two, okay? Now for the projct – Patrick is making a huge altar installation for Dia de los Muertos and he needed some crafty touches. I was happy to oblige! Here is how to make these:
Sugar Skull cookie cutter set – or rubber stamps will work too
Polymer clay (I used terra cotta color)
Acrylic paints in assorted colors, plus gold and black
A base to adhere the clay stamps
Rolling pin (I used a Tacky Glue bottle)
Pinch off a piece of clay about he size of a jumbo gumball. Flatten it and then smooth it out with a rolling pin or round bottle or glass to remove any lumps. This will ensure you get an even stamp impression.
Use the cutter to cut the shape of the skull. Next, you’ll press it into the clay…BUT WAIT! Here is a crucial step…
Add some baby powder to the top of the clay before you make the stamped impression. If you don’t use baby powder, the clay will stick to the stamp.
Once you have all your clay pieces stamped, bake them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 170 degrees for 20 minutes.
Base coat your skulls, let dry. NOTE: Yes, you can paint them white and add colorful designs, but I wanted to do something a little different, a little rustic looking, so I went with this effect. Feel free to do them your own way!
Now, brush on a layer of black and sweep over the entire surface with a wipey, so that the black stays in the crevices. Let dry.
Glue the pieces to the candle bases. Use blue painter’s tape to hold them in place while they dry.
Love & light,