I’ve been inspired by the Mexican Dia de los Muertos sugar skulls ever since I made one in the art class I used to attend before we moved out from London so when my girls asked me what they can dress up as for Halloween I suggested this and they loved the idea.
What we didn’t know was the fact that our school does now allow masks so we had to do face paint instead but as we found out last minute we decided to finish them and use on some other Halloween parties later on…
The masks are quite easy to make (no real sewing skills required) but at the same time are time consuming so allow about an hour or two to complete.
for the masks
- felt sheets (we used black, yellow, pink and red)
- seed beads or sequins (we used shinny green beads)
- lace or thin elastic
- sewing threads (in matching colours)
for the outfits
- flowery head bands (£3.00 each, Asda)
- black long sleeve shirts (on hand)
- black leggings (on hand)
- black scarves or capes (on hand)
- bright / colourful dresses (£1.00 each on sale in Primark)
- temporary wound tattoos (Tiger – £1.00 / pack) – optional
- fake flowers (on hand) – optional
- black face paint for the lips (we used Snazaroo, it lasts all day and does not cause allergic reactions and we are allergic to virtually anything)
- First cut out shape of the mask from paper, make sure holes for eyes are in the right positon and are big enough.
- Using soft white crayon draw, on hard surface, the outline on black felt and cut it out.
- Cut out also decorations from other felt colours.
- Sew them onto the mask.
- Add also beads and tying laces or elastic.
- One the day use face paint and thin brush to paint the lips.
Above photo has been taken on a school day, before 7 am so please, forgive us the quality.
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I really love the masks you created! :) So great to read that this beloved Mexican tradition is recognized around the world. In case you don’t know the backstory to Dia de los Muertos, I recommend that you read up on it and tell your kids, as it is still a respected and ongoing tradition for Mexican’s and other Latinos. :) It’s a day to gather with family and friends to remember loved ones who have passed away. This tradition dates back to Aztec empire and is still celebrated by Mexicans, but especially by our indigenous groups, who are unfortunately not as taken cared of as we would like. :( Either way, they are still practicing their customs and Dia de los Muertos is one of them!
Again, thanks for the tutorial, as Dia de los Muertos is coming up!
Thank you Chica, I’m a bit familiar with Dia de los Muertos traditions and tried to explain them to my daughters. In Poland we also celebrate on the 1st of November but usually it is just visit to the cemetery to leave some flowers and light the candles on the graves. I like Mexican way of celebrating much more…