These Sugar Skull Pots and Flowers are an easy craft for kids to make for el Dia de los Muertos. This easy duct tape project is fun to make with the kids. Sugar skulls and paper flowers are commonly used during the Day of the Dead celebrations to decorate altars where the photographs of loved ones are displayed. I was looking for a fun Day of the Dead craft to make with the kids and I came up with the idea to create these sugar skull pots with flowers. This kid-friendly Day of the Dead craft is the perfect activity to do with the kids during a Day of the Dead party or celebration.
My kids had so much fun making these and I was thrilled that we finally found a use for the sugar skull duckt tape I bought last year and didn’t get to use. This year I am hoping to use it for quite a few Day of the Dead DIY projects.
Day of the Dead DIY Flower and Planter
- Two small planters about 5 inches
- Sugar skull duct tape
- Glue gun
- Flower foam
- Knife to cut the flower foam
- Piece of cardboard about 5” x 5”
- 2 pieces of yellow tissue paper
- 1 piece of blue tissue paper
- 1 piece of pink tissue paper
- Colored markers
- Free printable skulls sized to 2” tall, download them here
- 2 colorful paper straws
Step 1. Get out your planters, duck tape, and scissors.
Step 2. Apply the duck tape in strips from the top to the bottom. Then put a strip of tape on the side of the planter, leave about an inch of tape at the bottom. Cut two slits in the extra tape so that it can be stuck to the bottom of the planter without making creases in the tape.
Step 3. Line up the pattern in the duck tape as best as you can while attaching the tape around the planters.
Step 4. If you have planters with a lip around the top edge, you can use short strips of tape about 2 – 3 inches long to cover this area.
Step 5. Get your knife and gently cut pieces of the floral foam to fit snugly in the bottom ⅔ of the planters.
Step 6. On the cardboard, draw and cut out two 2 inch wide circles.
Step 7. Use the yellow tissue paper cut into 5” wide strips to scrunch and glue around the cardboard circle. Repeat this another time making this second one closer to the center of the circle.
Step 8. Use the blue tissue paper cut into 6 inch wide strips and use the same method to create a flower edge behind the yellow one (as shown).
Step 9. Repeat making another flower with the pink tissue.
Step 10. Color and cut out 2 sugar skulls and attach them to the center of each flower.
Step 11. Glue a paper straw to the back of each flower and push them down into the floral foam.
These Sugar Skull Planters and Flowers make great Day of the Dead party decoration and are also ideal to add to any Dia de los Muertos Altar. I’m sure you and your kids will have lots of fun making this duct tape project for the Day of the Dead.