Day of the Dead DIY Noise Maker

This easy and colorful Sugar Skull inspired noisemaker is a fun and easy Dia de Muertos craft for kids. Day of the Dead DIY noise maker

There’s not a child that doesn’t love to make noise. This DIY sugar skull noisemaker is a great pipe cleaner craft to make with kids.  Filled with color and sparkle this is a fun and easy to make Day of the Dead toy that can also be a great activity for a Day of the Dead party or celebration. This  Day of the Dead craft for kids is a great way to introduce kids to the meaning behind el Dia de Los Muertos and to celebrate the memory of loved ones by creating a DIY project that incorporates Day of the Dead symbolism.  If you want to teach children about the Day of the Dead, and its significance a hands on project like this one is a great way to start those conversations about how Dia de los Muertos is a time to celebrate loved ones that have passed away.

Every year we celebrate the Dia de los Muertos at home. And even though I am from Guatemala and the Day of the Dead in Guatemala is celebrated very differently with giant kites and Fiambre, we have adopted many of the Mexican Day of the Dead traditions as well. We start with watching some Day of the Dead movies and making and altar where we place the photos of my grandparents. We also bake pan de muerto, and make easy and fun Day of the Dead recipes for kids along with some traditional Day of the Dead food. For more ideas you can check out my article about celebrating Day of the Dead with kids, it includes lots of Day of the Dead activities to do with kids. 

What is Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead?

Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a colorful and joyful Mexican tradition that celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed away. It’s a special time filled with beautiful altars, sugar skulls, marigold flowers, and lively parades. We have a fantastic Dia de los Muertos craft for kids that will let them join in on the fun. In this easy and exciting project, children will make their very own noise maker, adding extra excitement to the celebration. Whether you’re a teacher searching for a simple Day of the Dead classroom project or a parent looking for fun activities for kids during this holiday, this craft is a fantastic choice.

Creating a Sugar Skull Noise Maker: A Dia de los Muertos Craft for Kids

This Dia de los Muertos craft is all about making a cool noise maker. We’ll use a plastic spoon as the base and decorate it with colorful beads and bright pipe cleaners. Kids will have a blast designing their unique sugar skull noise maker, and they’ll also learn about the special meaning behind Dia de los Muertos. This hands-on project is perfect for classrooms, home activities, or Day of the Dead crafting sessions. It’s a great way to introduce children to this wonderful Mexican tradition while having lots of creative fun. So, let’s gather our supplies and dive into the world of sugar skull crafts for kids with this fantastic DIY noise maker.

Materials for Making This Dia de los Muertos Craft for Kids


Step By Stay Instructions For Making This Day of the Dead Noisemaker

This Dia de los Muertos inspired craft is so easy to make. Just follow the easy steps and let kids get creative decorating their spoon with beads and pipe cleaners to create their own sugar skull inspired toy.


Step 1. Use the white paint to make a skull shape on the back of the spoon. It will take 2 – 3 coats. Let the paint dry in between coats.

Step 2. Use the fine tip marker to draw a sugar skull design over the white paint.

Day of the Dead DIY noise maker

Step 3. Cut two,  8” pieces of ribbon. String about 12 – 15 beads on each one.

Day of the Dead DIY noise maker

Step 4. Choose 4 large rhinestones and glue them back-to-back on the ends of the ribbon to hold the beads in place.

Day of the Dead DIY noise maker

Step 5. Glue about 1” of the ribbon onto the spoon at the sides of the sugar skull and trim the rest of the ribbon.

Day of the Dead DIY noise maker

Step 6. Using your E600 glue, embellish the entire back of the spoon with rhinestones.

Step 7. Wrap the colored pipe cleaners down the handle of the spoon. Secure the ends of the pipe cleaners with the hot glue. You can also attach the different colors together with a bit of hot glue so that they stay in place.

Step 8. This noisemaker is mainly used for an adornment to shake at a dia de los Muertos celebration, but you can shake the spoon side to side to make some noise.

This DIY sugar skull noise maker is a great pipe cleaner Day of the Dead craft for kids.

Day of the Dead DIY noise maker

Other Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids

Day Of The Dead Inspired Animal Sugar Skull Lollipops

These animal sugar skull lollipops are the perfect treat to make with the kids. The fun Day of the Dead theme gives them a whimsical and unique look. These would make great treats to give away to trick-or-treaters for Halloween or as fun party favors.

Day of the Dead animal sugar skull lollipop craft for kids

Easy To Make Sugar Skull Pumpkin Candle Holders 

These DIY pumpkins will make a fun centerpiece and are ideal for a Day of the Dead altar. If your kids like decorating pumpkins, these sugar skull-inspired pumpkin candle holders are perfect. Make them the focal point for our Dia de Los Muertos Altar, giving it a whimsical twist this year!

Day of the Dead DIY calavera pumpkin candle decor

Day of the Dead Catrina Craft for Kids

This easy and cute Catrina Day of the Dead craft is a fun craft to make with the kids. It’s the ideal Day of the Dead craft for decorating an altar. This DIY Day of the Dead sugar skull catrina would also make a great decoration anywhere in your home and the kids had a lot of fun making it using materials we already had at home.

Day of the Dead DIY catrina craft for kids

Day of the Dead Mask Craft

You can create these colorful sugar skull masks that are easy to make for your Day of the Dead celebrations. Kids will have a blast adding unique designs and bright colors to make them fun. 

dia de los muertos skull mask craft

Sugar Skull Pots And Flowers Craft For Kids

These Sugar Skull Pots and Flowers are an easy craft for kids to make for el Dia de los Muertos. 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.

Day for the Dead flower pot craft for kids

Dia De Los Muertos Kid-Friendly Lanterns 

Altars usually include candles, but if you want a safer and kid-friendly option, give these lanterns a try. They are ideal for adding to your altar, and you won’t have to worry about them catching fire! 

Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead craft lanterns DIY

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