Celebrating Day of the Dead with Sugar Skulls

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Day of the Dead or “El Dia de Los Muertos” is a Mexican holiday held each November 1 & 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The holiday focuses on celebrating the lives of the friends and relatives that have died. Traditional celebrations include building alters in the home in honor of the dead, eating favorite foods of the dead, and visiting the graves of those who have passed.

Sugar skulls are traditional Mexican folk art used to decorate and hand out during the Day of the Dead. To create our sugar skulls we used “salt dough” that I prepared at home. Salt dough is made up primarily of salt, flour and water. Click here for a basic salt dough recipe. If you have any anyone with a gluten allergy then DO NOT use salt dough. You can also use air dry clay or regular kiln fired clay. 

Roll the clay into a ball.  After forming a ball, pull down the bottom half of the clay to form the jaw.  Use the eraser side of a pencil to press in the eyes and use the round end of a paper clip to form the nose and mouth.  After the face is finished, use glitter watercolors, or any watercolors,  to add color to the salt dough face.  The salt dough can either air dry or be baked in a low temperature oven to harden. 

 How do you celebrate “Day of the Dead”?

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