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DIY Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Tree Table Decor

This Day of the Dead skull tree is  easy to make and the perfect  center piece  for a Dia de los Muertos celebration.

This year we are decorating the house with a Day of the Dead theme. There are sugar skulls and marigolds and even Day of the Dead inspired pumpkins.  At home we have really embraced the Day of the Dead as the perfect opportunity to inspire in our children a appreciation for those family members who are no longer with us and an opportunity to talk about death in a positive light.  To decorate the house we decided to make a sugar skull inspired Dia de los Muertos tree.

Materials for DIY Day of the Dead skull tree.

This DIY project is easy to make and will liven up your altar or table scape and looks great next to the Day of the Dead candle skull pumpkin candle holders we made a few days ago!


  • Dried twigs
  • Orange ribbon
  • Silk flowers, preferably marigolds (I could not find any so used any yellow and orange flowers)
  • 1 small pail or flower pot
  • White ball glass ornaments
  • Black oil Sharpie marker
  • Moss
  • Glue gun



  • Start by painting sugar skull designs on the white ball ornaments.
  • Tie a piece of ribbon to each ornament.  
  • Tie a large piece of orange ribbon around the pail or flower pot ending in a ribbon and secure with a couple of dots of hot glue, then add some flowers securing them with hot glue.
  • Arrange the twigs in the pail or flower pot in the desired way using a two tier flower frog or a wet foam block and cover the foam with the moss.
  • Hang the sugar skull inspired ornaments on the twig at different levels.
  • This Día de los Muertos sugar skull tree will make a beautiful decor on an altar or shrine or as a centerpiece for a Day of the Dead celebration!

This Day of the Dead sugar skull tree is a fun DIY project and easy to make!

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

    Awesome DIY Day of the Dead Project! Love your step-by-step instructions. 🙂

  2. GiGi Eats

    Ha! So perfect for the Halloween Party! 🙂 I am so not a Halloween girl, start up with the Thanksgiving decorations and then I will be do them too!!
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  3. Natalia

    Me encantó! Esta Spookstacular 😉
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  4. Gilda Campos

    Que bonita idea!. Me gusto muchísimo. Original y creativa!.

  5. Adriana Db (Hogar-Mujer)

    Nosotros no celebramos el día de los muertos, pero me gusta el projecto, creo que podriamos sustituir las calaberas por calabazas. Gracias!
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  6. Laura Rodriguez

    Paula me encanta el proyecto es fácil y se puede hacer con los chicos. Muchas gracias!
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  7. Diana Rodriguez - Entre Compras y El Hogar

    Que lindo proyecto para hacer en familia.
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  8. Desirée

    Una actividad genial, Paula. Gracias por compartir.
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  9. Adriana Martin

    super linda decoracion y tan sencilla de hacer!
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  10. coolchillmom

    Honestamente esta es una fiesta adoptada para mi pero me encante
    Me gustaria aprender mucho mas de ella para que sea parte de la infancia de mis amores
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