A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath, is easy and fun wreath to make for the month of October and through Nov. 2nd. I decided to make a posada style sugar skull wreaths few for our house this year. It is an opportunity to teach my children about different celebrations and holidays celebrated from other cultures in our community, have a little fun making art and decorating our house. The calavera [plural:calaveras is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made from either sugar or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls. The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as colored foil, icing, beads, and feathers.
Crafting in the same style -Day of the Dead folk arts called a Posada style, which means blank skulls that you can decorate. I ordered my skulls from Oriental Trading Company – Bag of Skulls.
Supplies for A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath:
- Styrofoam Wreath
- Oly-Funª Craft Pack Jet Black
- Bag of Skulls
- Sharpie Markers in bright colors and black
- Stickles – bright collection
- Turquoise Adhesive Jewels
- Fabri-Tac Glue
- fake flowers in bright colors
- Adtech Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Instructions to make a Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath:
- Cut Olyfun into strips and wrap around wreath form. Sector the ends with glue. I use Fabri-Tac because it does not melt the foam like hot glue.
- Form a loop at the end of the Olyfun to make a hanger for the wreath.
- You can add Stickles glitter glue to the wreath if you want. If you do give it ample time to dry.
- Decorate the Skulls with Sharpie Markers. I freeform the designs with very basic swirls, dots and hearts.
- Fill in the designs with the markers. Embellish the design with Stickles glitter glue.
- Enhance the design with stick on crystals in various spots.
- Poke small holes in the wreath with scissors for the base of the flowers. Add hot glue to the base of the flower and press into the holes. Hold in place for a few seconds.
- Add a generous dollop of hot glue to the base of the skull and adhere to the bottom center of the wreath. Hold in place for a few seconds.