Halloween isn’t the only holiday just around the corner, Day of the Dead is coming up right along with it! Since creating my Coco paper lantern a couple weeks ago, I’ve been itching to do another Día de los Muertos design. I’ve always loved the intricate and creative designs done on sugar skulls, and have been looking for a reason to try my hand at some. So, get crafty and prepare for Day of the Dead with these lovely die cut skulls.
I feel like these die cut skulls are particularly fitting for Day of the Dead, not only because they include stylistic elements of sugar skulls, but because of the fact that they implement cut paper as a medium. These skull designs with all the intricate little shapes cut out of them, to me, is reminiscent of papel picado: the lattice-like tissue paper designs seen in Mexican culture.
I really loved coming up with the designs for these skulls. Even if they ended up taking a lot longer than I had originally planned, I’m super proud of how they turned out! Which of the three designs is your favorite?
I use a Cricut Explore to do my die cut designs, and I absolutely love it! For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out some Halloween freebies available on my blog!
These “sugar” skulls would be perfect for a Day of the Dead scrapbook page or ofrenda decoration.
Enjoy making these fun, die cut skulls for Día de los Muertos! How do you plan to put these delicate designs to use?
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