Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a wonderful holiday that celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed. One of the symbols of the holiday is the sugar skull, usually decorated in bright colors. I wanted to use the sugar skull icon in a shrine for our dog that we lost early in the year, but I did not want them to be the focus. I punched out skulls from colorful card stock and glittered them in monotones.
I started the shrine by covering Conan’s bowls with handmade tiles, beads, baubles and all kinds of things that have meaning for our family. It’s not a traditional mosaic process. I glued everything on with hot glue and did not grout.
I made a polymer clay sugar skull to add as a finishing touch. Let’s start with that tutorial and go from there.
Mark making tools – needle tool, pencil, craft knife
Glitter in several colors
Black felt pen
Card stick in several bright colors
Skull shaped punch – I used Martha Stewart’s
Glitter glue in the colors of your card stock
Silk flowers in bright colors