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Easy to Make Day of the Dead Skull Pumpkin Candle Holders

Day of the Dead DIY calavera pumpkin candle decor These Day of the Dead skull pumpkin candle holders are and easy DIY project that will make a fun centerpiece and are also ideal for a Day of the Dead altar.  At home we celebrate El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, this holiday is all about celebrating life and on that day we remember our loved ones that have passed away.  I really like that this holiday is a great opportunity to teach my children about appreciating life and the time spent with family and it’s a great way to follow on all of the spooky monster and zombie overload that comes with Halloween. My kids love decorating pumpkins so we decided to create a set of Day of the Dead inspired pumpkin candle holders which we decorated with flowers and candles as the focal point for our Day of the Dead Altar. When we moved to the US from Guatemala we left all of our family and friends behind, we left our country and our traditions and embraced a new life in a new country with new traditions.  In Guatemala we celebrate the Day of Dead by getting together with family and eating traditional dishes like Fiambre, visiting the cemetery and remembering our loved ones who have passed away.  Since we move to the US we have also adopted some new traditions. Through these old, new and blended traditions we stay connected to that country and that culture that always is a part of us and we also strengthen our bonds not only with each other but also with our extended family who is far away and also with the family who is no longer with us. Day of the Dead DIY calavera pumpkin candle decor

Materials for Day of the Dead Skull Pumpkins

Day of the Dead DIY calavera pumpkin candle decor


  1. Cut the stem off each pumpkin.
  2. Center candle base on top of pumpkin and trace around it with the pencil.
  3. Carve out the circle remove the pumpkins seeds and pulp if you are using a real pumpkin.
  4. Spray paint the pumpkins white and let dry.
  5. Paint the sugar skull Day of the Dead inspired designs on the pumpkin with the Black Paint Marker.
  6. Insert the candle in the hole making sure that  the candle extends 1.5″ to 2″ above pumpkin. Apply hot glue where candle and pumpkin meet to hold in place.
  7. Arrange the silk marigolds and flowers around the candle and glue in place using the Two Temperature Glue Gun’s low temperature setting.

We placed these on a table along with the picture of my grandmother and grandfather both of whom my kids did not get to meet.  This is a great way to remember them and to talk about them with my kids as well as an opportunity to explain to them about death in a positive light and teach them the importance of celebrating life. Day of the Dead DIY calavera pumpkin candle decor How do you celebrate your loved ones that have passed away and teach your children about death?  I would love to know.

Check out more ideas for Day of the Dead celebrations on my Pinterest board below.

Follow Growing Up Bilingual’s board Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead on Growing Up Bilingual on Pinterest.

About the author

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. Isabel Garcia

    Your Day of the Dead pumpkin skull candle holders look amazing! 🙂

  2. Oriana @ Mommyhood's Diary

    Those candle holders are super cute!! Love all the Dia de los muertos content you share here. This is a new celebration for us so we’re learning a lot.
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