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Dia de los Muertos Skull Box Crafts

Dia de los Muertos craft I was really excited to find these cute skull Papier-mâché at Michaels. To make these cute boxes you will need:
- Papier-mâché skull boxes
- White spray paint
- Black marker, I used a black oil paint Sharpie
- Markers or pait in fun colors

Start by painting the boxes white. Then make a design with the black marker.

My kids really had a blast making these little boxes and they look so cute.
They loved them so much that they painted both the front and the back on them.

You can make so many different designs and paint these in so many different ways.


These make a great craft idea for kids for a Día de los Muertos party and they will look beautiful decorating a Día de los Muertos altar.

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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages. She used to be an architect now a freelance writer, market, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting . When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Teri

    This is an excellent idea for a kids craft.
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  2. rebeka deleon

    i love this. the kids would have fun decorating them and they are so cute.

  3. Amanda Lewis-Rodriguez

    Really neat idea!:)

  4. Chubskulit Rose

    What an artsy craft, good job little guy.
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  5. Totem

    Very cute! I have some of those boxes . I like how yours came out! I see your from Guatemala. Would you know how to make Guatemalan tamales by any chance? My God-sister is Guatemalan and her aunt the tamale lady passed away and I haven’t had a decent one since she died 4 yrs ago. All the ones I have tried since all have bones in them. :( I’m in LA. Wish I could make them!
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    1. Paula - Growing Up Bilingual

      Ahh Tamales! Wish I knew how to make them. No one in my family has made them and I just fear giving the recipes I have a try, specially since the process is soooo long. But here is a recipe if you want to try it :) http://www.thegringochapin.com/2011/01/mama-necas-tamales.html

  6. April McGregor

    What a fun little craft.:) Your boy look so cute!
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  7. Sofia

    Such a great Dia de los Muertos Craft!! LOVE IT!
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  8. anne hill

    wow i love this idea! so cute

  9. Catherine L.

    What a fun looking craft! I’m used to seeing evil looking skulls, so seeing cute ones are a nice change.

  10. Adin B

    Those are some cute boxes and what fun way for kids to do some arts and crafts. Love it! How fun!

  11. Tamarae Ellis

    I love Dias De Los Muertos and I think this is an amazing craft for kids! Super cute idea :)

  12. Tingting R.

    Your kiddos are crafty. These little skulls are so cute so the Halloween decor.
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  13. Alison

    Awesome skulls, great craft activity

  14. Janet W.

    What a great, easy craft for children! I’m sure the kids will love finding little items to put in their box!

  15. GY2012

    SO CUTE, GREAT IDEAL, KIDS WILL LOVE IT, I’M HEADING TO MICHAELS, THANK YOU !

  16. Blanca

    This is so cute! have to go and check at Michale’s! my girls are excited to have the first dia de muertos celebration at home.
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  17. becca

    love this my son would have a blast doing this
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  18. Erika Messer

    My daughter would love to try these, thanks for the idea :) These are really cute and halloweeny :)

  19. Sandra Beeman

    I haven’t seen anything like these boxes. What a great project for kids at Halloween and any other theme-related gatherings. Something different always makes a more enjoyable party. Enjoy.

  20. Heather

    I love these! Adding this to our ‘rainy day crafts’ list!

  21. Joy Q

    They are so cute. My family will have so much fun making them.

  22. rene

    Very cool idea! I hope to do this project with my kids!

  23. heidi eaton

    What a fun project to do with your kids. I know my grandkids would love doing this.

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