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Printable Craft: Day of the Dead Skull


Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It’s a holiday that honors and brings remembrance to loved ones who have passed. Family members build alters with pictures, candles, and flowers for their loved ones, clean their grave sites, and celebrate the lives they had. They pass out sugar skulls, which is the inspiration for this craft.

I made this printable Day of the Dead skull to open up the conversation about this popular and widely-celebrated Mexican holiday. It was a great addition to our Around the World series! While Lorelai painted, I told her about the holiday and what goes on then. She really enjoyed making the “pretty skull”. =) Read more about Day of the Dead here.

There are two version available – a skull with the outline decorations, and a blank one with only the eyes, nose, and mouth. Print below and happy crafting!

Sugar Skull (blank outline) & Sugar Skull (with designs)


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  1. Thank you, I will read the book Day of the Dead with my little students tomorrow, I hope will have the time to color at least 2 or 3 if I make teams. I have some of the sugar skull “calavaritas” and this will give more the idea about the Mexican traditions. Thanks again.

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