Día de los Muertos Inspired Sugar Skull Mask

Learn about Día de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") and create a sugar skull inspired mask!

Published on October 16, 2020

Mask picture

Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) Facts

  1. Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) started in Mexico and northern Central America. Today, it is celebrated in Mexico and parts of Central and South America.
  2. Not to be confused with Halloween, Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life and to remember those who have passed away. It is traditionally celebrated on November 1st and 2nd.
  3. Calaveras azucaradas (“sugar skulls”) are colorfully decorated and act as a reminder of the circle of life.


  • Paper plate
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Popsicle stick
  • Markers
  • Sequins (optional)
  • Printable template (optional – template can be found through Google Images)

Time needed: 30 minutes


  1. Trace template (optional) or draw out a sugar skull shape onto the paper plate

  2. Cut out
    TIP: When cutting out the holes for the eyes, fold the top of the plate over around the center of the eye circle and make a cut. Unfold the plate and slide your scissors into the cut you created.

  3. With a black marker, outline the eyes, draw a mouth, nose, and designs
    TIP: Use the ridge of the plate for the mouth then, draw “M’s” on the top of the mouth line and “U’s” on the bottom. For the nose, draw an upside down heart.

  4. Color in your design

  5. Glue on sequins or other decorations (optional)

  6. Turn over your sugar skull and glue the popsicle stick to the back