DIY: Calavera Skull Decoration
DIY: Calavera Skull Decoration. Today’s project is Super+Super’s offering to the #DOTDblogParty… our version of a Calavera skull which is traditionally made as an offering during the Dia de los muertos festivities in exchange for luck, health and wealth, makes a lovely little plant decoration of if you are feeling particularly joyous a fun cake topper! More often than not these decorations are made from sugar and decorated with icing and beads and piled high at alters and in traditional Mexican shrines. Our little fella however is polystyrene and has found himself a nice succulent to rest in.
You will need:
Polystyrene skull decoration from Hobbycraft
crepe paper + matching embroidery floss
mini pom poms
1- Cut 3 little piles of 6 squares of crepe paper. Ours were approx 3″ by 2.5″ but they can be quite rough.
2- Cut a short length of floss and after folding your little pile of paper in a concertina tie this around the centre to make a bow like fan.
3- Fan out the layers to create a mini paper pom-pom!
4- Repeat this 3 times. We then used our scissors and cut into each layer to add more texture.
4- Cut 2 more pieces of crepe approx 2″ x 4″ and carefully cut into little paper fringes pieces!
5- Push your skewer into the underside of the skull and make sure it is secure (you might want to add a spot of glue here)
6- Squeeze a thin line of glue along the top of your paper fringing…
…And wrap around your skewer approx 1″ down from the skull. Repeat this step with the next paper fringe layering it slightly higher up.
Pens at the ready!
7- This next bit is a little freestyle which as you should know by now we love!Starting by filling in the eye sockets with dark colours you can then cover your skull with a lovely random array of dots, lines and squiggles!
Our Pinterest board has lots of sugar skull deco inspiration so if you are stuck for a design just take a look there.
8- Now you are ready to stick your paper pom-poms on to the top of your skull!
9- We finished our design with a few additional mini pom-poms! More is definitely more for this project. We hope you have fun making yours!