I made these cute Sugar Skull Dolls with my girls for Halloween and Day of The Dead (Día de Muertos) and they turned out so beautifully that I thought I’d share how to make them with you. They look fantastic as stand-alone ornaments but also look amazing added to table centrepieces. Make sure you check out my other Halloween Crafts
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Materials Needed To Make Sugar Skull Dolls
Card (empty cereal packet is fine or you could use card stock)
40mm polystyrene ball,
double sided sticky tape,
pva (white) glue,
permanent marker pens,
non bleed tissue paper,
cotton pipe cleaners
How To Make The Sugar Skull Dolls
1. Draw a circle about 21-22 cm in diameter (I use a plate to draw round) on a piece of card. You can use card stock or an old cereal box which is what I’ve used for this tutorial. Cut the circle in half and keep one semicircle to make the doll dress.
2. Cut a piece of patterned paper to cover the semicircle making sure you add an extra 1cm all the way round to fold over and glue to the back. Glue ths in place but before folding over around the curved edge make small incisions all the way around so that the paper will fold over and glue neatly.
3. When dry find the center of the straight edge and gently bend the two ends in to form a cone. Try not to crease the cone. Allow the cone to undo and add two strips of double sided sticky tape to each edge see picture. Now curl the edges back around and stick in place. If the card is thick you may need to add a little PVA glue in between where the sticky strips hold the cone together.
4. Using a sharp pencil make a hole in the polystyrene ball so that the point of the cone can be glued inside.
5. Using permanent marker pens (sharpies are great for this) draw your sugar skull face on.
6. Using a sharp point (I use a nail) make 2 holes towards the top of the cone and thread your pipe cleaner through (I use a natural coloured one) and bend the arms into shape. Glue the head on and allow to dry.
7. Glue a doubled up piece of rectangular shaped tissue to the top of the head and curl the edges to make a hat (it’s a smaller version of this tissue paper hat). You may need to hold it in place and shape it a little whilst it dries.
8. Finally, add some felt flowers to the side of the hat and one between her hands …
The pink Sugar Skull Doll was made last year and considering she has been played with loads she’s weathered pretty well.