Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls

You don't need to be an "Artist" to join in. Any age, any skill level. The goal is to have fun and join in on the celebration. You can do a traditional sugar skull, or you can think outside the box and be whimsical. Sugar skull blanks are available for purchase. The price is $20 which includes the entry fee for the first skull, additional skulls are $10 each. This is per person. You must pay the $10 application fee per person. 60/40 split on sales with 60% to artist.

During the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos , sugar skulls are often used to decorate the ofrendas , and they are exactly what their name describes: skull-shaped sugar. Traditional sugar skulls are made from a granulated white sugar mixture that is pressed into  skull molds. The sugar mixture is allowed to dry and then the sugar skull is decorated with colors, feathers, colored foil, and more.  

The First Sugar Skulls
Dia de Los Muertos was an Aztec ritual that celebrated the lives of those who are deceased. The Spaniards who invaded Mexico tried to eliminate this month-long holiday with no success. Dia de Los Muertos was eventually merged with the Catholic All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1st and 2nd to make the holiday seem more Christian.

According to Angela Villalba from the Reign Trading Co., sugar art dates back to the 17th century when Italian missionaries visited the New World. Mexicans during that time period had very little money and learned from the Catholic friars how to make decorations out of an ingredient they had plenty of—sugar. Molds were made of clay and the sugar decorations were used to adorn the church, gravestones, and the ofrendas (the collection of objects placed on an altar for the holiday) for Dia de Los Muertos celebrations.

Decorations and Embellishments
Smaller skulls are placed on the ofrenda on November 1st to represent the children who have deceased. On November 2nd they are replaced by larger, more ornate skulls that represent the adults. These decorative skulls have the name of the deceased on the forehead and are decorated with stripes, dots, and swirls of icing to enhance the features of the skulls. These designs are usually whimsical and brightly colored, not morbid or scary. Feathers, beads, or colored foils are “glued” on with the icing to create highly ornate skulls. Some companies manufacture small, edible skulls to be eaten during the holiday and many artists sculpt, paint, or otherwise create beautiful and ornate skulls to be used as decorations, jewelry, and anything else you can think of!

F.A.Q.

You can make as many as you want.  The cost for each additional sugar skull blank is just $10.

We need the Sugar skulls delivered by September 23, 2022.

We would like to keep them under 18″ x 18″ and they must hang on the wall.