DIY Painted Sugar Skull

how to paint a sugar skull



I have a heavy influence of Spanish and Native American art and history in my artistic psyche, probably since I
grew up in a community with both cultures represented via food, art, and music, they are interests that I find
myself continually drawn to. 

And, I love bright colors, and sometimes a well-placed fake flower too.
Today’s project is something I have been longing to do, and never found the right medium.
Until a Dollar Tree trip to pick up a few things, and I scored this skull door-knocker.

Plastic, and not exactly the best canvas you could think of.
But it made me think of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the beauty that we leave behind once our
youthful skin, and even time here have passed.  Gathering and praying for those they love that have passed on
before them, Dia de los Muertos is a time to honor and remember our loved ones beginning October 31 to
November 2 each year.


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 The kids kept telling me to call my project “he” because they felt that a skull door-knocker must be a guy
I guess.  But by the time that she was done however, I loved her and she was surely a glitterly, flower-laden

Pretty, colorful, a little spooky, and a wonderful project to complete your eclectic Halloween decor.


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Here is what I used to make this DIY Painted Sugar Skull project:


  • Base for project, I used a Dollar Tree find an awesome doorknocker skull, only $1!!
  • White spray paint for base
  • Assorted acrylic paints and brush for decorations
  • Black glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue
  • A few flowers to coordinate


I used white spray paint, applying two good coats, allowing each to dry well.  Next I used aqua paint to color
in the eyes, pink, lavender, orange, and charcoal to fill in each area remaining.  Once I was done and the paint
was dry, I used a bit of Mod Podge in the nose, inside the eyes, and dotted around the eyes, then shook black
glitter over to cling to each area with Mod Podge.


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A little hot glue and a few pretty pink flowers later, and my sugar skull was done!
I love how this project turned out, it’s different, and something not so mainstream for
this fabulous Halloween season, but oh I adore her.
In all her black-glitter and pink flower glory.


how to paint a sugar skull

Can you believe what a little paint can do?

It never ceases to amaze me, thank you so much for creating and following along, love you SO!!


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  1. Very very VERY cool!!! I want one! Pinned!

  2. Cute skull!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party!

  3. It turned out beautiful!

  4. I love this! So creative!

  5. Love sugar skulls. Thanks for stopping by Creative Spark Link Party. Hope you stop by again today to link up.

  6. Oh my my my. I’m going to have to stop by the Dollar Tree and pick one of these babies up. I’m also heavily influenced by Native American/Spanish styles. I love love love this! I mean, I could seriously go on and on about how much I love this. Definitely pinning, and definitely making. Great job!!

    Renea –

    • Renea you are so kind, thank you for such a wonderful message 🙂
      And thank you SO much for the Pin too!! Hope you are having a wonderful week- xoxo

  7. Dana Dussias says:

    Hi I love it. They sell for like $60-$100 on other websites. How long ago did you make this? Just wondering if Dollar Tree will have these now, or if you found it years ago?
    Thanks, Dana

    • Hi Dana!

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment 🙂 I made this sugar skull from a Dollar Tree Door Knocker that I had purchased the previous year and never did anything with. If you cannot find them in your local store I bet you could find one on Ebay or Amazon too!

      Happy Crafting & thank you again for visiting!

      xoxo, Tanya

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