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Day of the Dead Skull Mask Craft

skull mask craft DIY Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead

We are gearing up for lots of fun celebrations in our home.  We are lucky because we get to celebrate American holidays like Halloween and we also celebrate Latin American holidays like El Día de los Muertos.   So after the trick or treating is over with and after the ghosts and ghouls have turned back into high-on-sugar kids we will be celebrating with a the Day of the Dead party at home.

DIY Day of the Dead mask craft for kids

For our party we made some fun skull masks.  These where very easy to make.  I found these  wooden skull masks at Michaels and they where just a few bucks.   We painted them white with spray paint and then we all had fun adding different designs and coloring them.

DIY Day of the Dead mask craft for kids

You can use anything to decorate these from acrylic paints to permanent markers and you can add glitter, jewels or flowers to make your mask more fun.   We used bright and fun colors to make them fun because El Día de los Muertos is all about celebrating the lives of our loved ones that have passed away and unlike Halloween it is a happy occasion because we are remembering our loved ones and getting together as a family to talk and share stories about those who are not longer with us.

DIY Day of the Dead mask craft for kids

You can check out all of our Day of the Dead party preparations HERE, including some fun and kid friendly snacks and easy decorations.

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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.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, 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. Maria

    I would love to make this with my kids. Thank you for the tutorial!

  2. Elizabeth

    Oh my gosh, I really need to make these with my kids. I wish that I had picked those wooden masks up at Jo-Ann’s when I was there the other day. Rats and snails.
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  3. Katherine Bartlett

    Very interesting idea. Very creative!
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  4. Jenn

    I love this idea! It takes the Traditional Halloween and makes it much more meaningful!!!
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  5. Savannah miller

    Oh man I wish I would have seen this earlier it would have been a fun Holiday craft with my kiddos 🙂

  6. Teresa Martinez

    This is something my daughter and I will find very enjoyable to do. Maybe we’ll try this next year.
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  7. Jennifer Williams

    That is cute, I love the easy crafts. We would probably use another paint as my youngest can not use spray paint yet.
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  8. Garf

    That is the cutest skull I have ever seen 🙂 Colorful and with a bow.
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