Craft For The Day Of The Dead: Paper Plate Skull

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If you are looking for a Day of the Dead craft that you can do with your children, you’ll love this paper plate skull.

It is not only easy to make, but also very fun and the kids really like that it’s tridimensional. There’s nothing as wonderful as sharing special moments as a family while creating something that pays tribute to our loved ones and our culture’s traditions.

paper plate skull craft for day of the deadThis Day of the Dead skull is made with paper plates and to give a special touch, we used Lucky Charms cereal to decorate it. You can use it to decorate your home or if you prefer, as a mask, as long as you make holes in the eyes’ area so you can see.

Here are the instructions, step-by-step.


Paper Plate Craft: Tridimensional Skull for the Day of the Dead

Craft for the Day of the DeadMaterials

  • White paper plates
  • Lucky Charms Cereal
  • Scissors (with a rounded tip if your child will use them )
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Glitter. Better yet: Glitter glue, which is what I used.
  • Permanent Markers (like Sharpies)
  • Paper puncher
  • Optional: Ribbon, yarn or wooden ice cream stick to use as a mask.

First cut the paper plate and shape it into a skull


  • Use the scissors to shape the paper plate into a skull. Picture a semicircle and then at the bottom, cut it into the shape of the jaw, as you see in the picture.
  • Use a black marker to draw eyes, the nose (draw an upside down heart) and the teeth.
  • Make the nose tridimensional by gluing a heart-shaped Lucky Charms marshmallow backwards.
  • Decorate your skull. Use cereal on the edge of the eyes, and fill in with colored markers and glitter. Be as creative as you (or your children) want to be!
  • To use as a mask, punch holes in the eyes, then punch two holes in the temples, and tie ribbon or yarn. You can also glue a wooden stick. So easy!



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