This simple outline skull stencil can be printed and used as a craft pattern, mask template or coloring page, or as a starting point for Kids' Halloween Crafts and
How to Draw a Day of the Dead Skull
Transform this simple skull drawing:
Spark ideas by having a look at some Mexican or Aztec
Day of the Dead
(Calaca or Calaveras) Decorated Death Heads or Masks.
Here's a collection of
photos of Decorated Day of the Dead Skulls
You will find some fantastically colorful and often surreal ideas, (a ‘Catrina’ skeleton wearing a huge flowery hat, for example!) – and be inspired to add some brightly colored patterns or weird and wonderful ideas to your own, not so Grim Reaper!
The Day of the Dead
is a Christian celebration, representing the combination of the European Catholic traditions of All Saints and All Souls Day with earlier Indian Aztec, Mixtec, Olmec and Toltec pre-Columbian traditions.
Día de los Muertos is a national holiday in Mexico on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. It’s a joyous occasion for family and friends to get together to pray for and remember those who have died. Decorated altars are created and sugar skulls, marigolds (flor de muerto - flower of the dead), and favourite foods and beverages are offered to honour the dead.
Print or copy this skull outline
- or here's a
Profile Skull Template.
Cover your skull with patterns and shapes - begin with large simple shapes, such as circles and triangles or stripes. Repeat the shapes across the skull.
Then fill these shapes with smaller ones - don't leave any big empty spaces!
Color your design - Either with the brightest colors you can find - or just black and white can look very effective.
You can use your decorated skull drawing as a design for a fantastic sculpture;
or handmade print.
These make great Halloween Party Activities or
How to make a Mask from this Skull Stencil
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