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Day of the Dead Craft Supplies

Blank skulls in many materials ~ Skull beads ~ Cookie cutters ~ Clip art

Part of the fun of Día de Los Muertos is to make your own folk art! We have heard our customers say they want more authentic type art project materials, so here's a start and more to come! Be sure to send us photos of your final projects... kids and adults - or post them on the MexicanSugarSkull Facebook fan page.

NEW Skeleton Diorama Scene Box Kit

Kids or adults will enjoy making skeleton miniature boxes for weddings & anniversaries or personalize them for display on your ofrendas. Honor your loved ones by making them a skeleton box that reflects their occupation, hobby or passion!
5 Skeleton diorama scene box kits skeleton diorama kit with blue background

How to make your skeleton miniature box
Make the box show what the loved one liked to do while they were alive. Paint the walls with a scene or glue on objects made from fabric, clay, fimo, lace, papier mache or jewelry. The wire skeleton can be bent to hold things or add personality. Dress the skeleton by painting or add papier mache clothing, cloth skirts or hats, or use ribbon, fabric, felt or construction paper. Use your imagination!

They are very well made, and substantial. 

Size:  4.5" wide, 2.25" deep, 4.25" high. The skeleton is 3.5" tall with the base and has bendable arms. Made in Mexico. Designed by MexicanSugarSkull.com

Skeleton Diorama Scene Box Kit - A4019 $15 each
(If you want a particular background color, please write your preference in the ORDER NOTES when you check out.)

Need inspiration?

Check out our hand-decorated boxes like the Mini Matador & Bull in glass box (right) and other skeleton miniature figurines made in Mexico

Matador & Bull box is 2" tall x 3" wide x 1 1/2" deep

Mini Skeleton Matador & Bull in glass box

Blank Papier Mâché Skulls

Made by Mexican artists for you to finish. Make a sugar skull without the sugar! Use paints, glitter pens, feathers & beads to create your skull to honor your loved one! Don't forget to put the name on the forehead! (Large quantity discounts available for classroom use.) Check out our decorated papier mâché skulls for inspiration!

blank papier mache skull next to one painted by Agustin Galicia

Blank papier mache skull heads for artwork

NEW Blank Papier Mâché Skull

10 1/2" deep x 7" wide x 8" high
A2064 $45 each

Blank Papier Mâché Skull

Papier mache was one of the earliest Day of the Dead folk arts made back in the mid to late 1800's. Our papier mache artist in Mexico City rarely gets all the skulls painted (center) in the Posada style, which means we get some blank skulls that YOU can decorate. See what an array of these painted skulls looks like here
5" high x 4 wide"
N2069 $12 each

Clay Altar Skull blank next to tea light Clay Altar Skull Blank with tea light inside

Paint your own!
NEW Clay Altar Skull Blanks

I love these! These clay skulls are fired and can either be glazed & fired or painted with acrylic paints or glitter glue. Perfect to cover a tea light for your table, ofrenda or tombstone decor. Kids & adults will enjoy making these for gifts.
Well made by a family near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 3” tall x 3” wide x 3 1/2” deep, 1” hole, 3/8” deep eyes. (Candle not included.)
A2356 $10 each | A2356-12 $100 / dozen (12) I A2356-60 $450 / 5 dozen (60)

Thanks to Jeff S. for sharing his painted clay altar skulls - “Just wanted to say thanks for the great service on the clay skulls I ordered. They arrived on time and were a HUGE hit. Attached is a pic of some of the finished ones.”

5 Calacazo skull ornaments

Calacazo Paintable Skull Ornament

Plaster skull calaca comes unpainted with a little hook on top.
2” high x 1.75” wide x 1” thick
A2350 $8 / 2 pieces (out temporarily)

Large Carved wood skull blank Both carved wood skull blanks next to each other for size relationship
Photo above shows relative sizes
Small carved wood skull blank with keychain

NEW Large Wood Skull Blank

Is your machete dull? Start with these wonderful pre-whittled carved wood skulls and paint them with your favorite paints. We made black wood bases you can add for a gallery look.
5.5” tall x 4” wide x 3 .5” deep
A2354 $20 each

NEW Wood Skull Blank

White carved wood skull with ring & key chain attachment.
2.5” high x 1.75” wide x 1.5” deep
A2353 $6 each
A2353-12 12 $60 for 12

white resin skull blanks for you to paint with brightly colored acryllics painted resin blanks, four in a set, that you can paint yourself

Hydrostone Skull Blanks

Set of four 1 7/8" tall skulls, indented with whimsical designs to use in your craft projects. Drill for a bead or epoxy a magnet behind for a refrigerator magnet. Use acrylic paints and spray with Deft polyurethane when dry. Set of four designs. Made in the USA.
A1213 $8 set of 4

Above - Samples of resin skulls. Two coats of paint and sprayed with glossy Deft.

The artist says she wiped off the skulls with warm water before she started.

Plaster Catrina Mold Pieces

Are you looking for a sugar skull alternative? Adults and kids alike enjoy painting these plaster catrina pieces. Frequently used for refrigerator magnets (just epoxy magnet on back), jewelry and other art projects. A local artist makes these perfectly detailed pieces out of our Catrina chocolate mold (approximately 2.7 " h x .6" thick). Flat backs and sanded finish. Get the paints out, a fine pointed brush and enjoy creating cute sugar skull catrinas. Fun project for school, parties or wedding showers.

Sold in pairs of one catrina woman with big hat and catrin man with top hat. Made in the USA. Limited supplies this year.
A2240-2 1 pair (2 pieces) $5
A2240-12 6 pair (12 pieces) $30
A2240-30 15 pair (30 pieces) $60

plaster catrin and catrina mold pieces
unpainted plaster sugar skull for crafting or classrooms

Plaster Skulls

These plaster skull heads are fun to paint with acrylic paints, adorned with found objects and glitter. Fun for all ages. Make a sugar skull for your ofrenda without the sugar! These were cast in 2 piece molds and hand finished so the wrinkles and textural base will look handmade. Fun for parties, groups or schools, we offer 20% discount for half dozens.
Measure a nice 3 "wide x 3.5" high x 4" deep and weighs 4/10ths of a pound apiece,

A2057 $10 each | A2058 $50 for 6
Note - Large quantities may incur additional shipping charge.

NEW Mini Bouquets

Great for decorating sugar skulls! Flower petals made from dyed wood shaving with wire stems. Thailand. Bright colors – 10 orange, 10 magenta & 10 red with 1.5” wire stems

A2360 $5 / pack of 30 flowers

Mini bouquet with 10 each orange, magenta & red flowers made from dyed wood shavings

green edition logo Day of the Dead Clip Art for Embroidery

88 high quality skeletons, skulls, catrinas and other iconic Dia de los Muertos images

A quick way to embellish clothes, blankets, and other items. CD-ROM / book set contains royalty-free designs optimized for embroidery digitizing software. Personalize each design's size, color, stitch type & other elements. The book contains a visual index of the designs, showing each image in black & white and in different color combinations.

Compatible with all major brands of embroidery software, these meticulously processed digital files assure accurate, self-contained stitch patterns. Color motif colorways for Isacord treads with a conversion table for other manufacturers. JPG and EPS formats images on the CD. Files can also be used for print and web projects.

A2243 $24.95 CD-ROM / paperback book set

Day of the Dead Clip Art for Machine Embroidery
ceremic skull beads ceramic skull beads

Skull Mask Beads

Ceramic from Peru. Each one is hand painted. Has a hole at the top for wire hook or string. These are larger than the Mini skull beads to the right. Approx. 1 1/4" high and 1/2" deep.
A1039 $2.25 each

Mini Skull Beads

Ceramic from Peru. Nice to use in necklaces or bracelets. Hole runs from ear to ear. Size 1/2" x 1/2"x 1/2"
A1108 $2 each

stings of large white stone skull beads with brown accents pile of large half-inch carved purple skull stones

NEW Stone Skull Beads – white

Large ½” x ½” inch carved white stone skulls. The vertical hole runs through the bead to make it easy to make earrings or other art. Dyed with colors. From Indonesia.
A2358 $4 each

NEW Stone Skull Beads – purple

Large ½” x ½” inch carved purple stone skulls. The vertical hole runs through the bead to make it easy to make earrings or other art. Dyed with colors. From Indonesia.
A2359 $4 each

Pile of 3/8" carved stone skull confetti beads 8 multi-colored stone skull confetti beads for crafts

NEW Stone Confetti Skull Beads

3/8” high carved stone skulls. The vertical hole runs through the bead to make it easy to make earrings or other art. Dyed with colors. From Indonesia.
 A2355 $12 / bag of 8 (assorted colors)

Stone Confetti Beads

1/2 x 1/2 inch carved stone skulls. The vertical hole runs through the bead to make it easy to make earrings or other art. Dyed with colors. From Indonesia.
 A2250 $24 / bag of 8

hydrostone ornaments colorful confetti skull beads

Muertos Papel Picado Hydro-stone Ornaments

Hydro-stone is one of the hardest and strongest gypsum cements and recommended for producing high quality art. Approx. 2 1/2" x 4". Unpainted. For best results, use acrylic paint.
A1316 $20 / 4 piece set (out)

Confetti Skull Beads

Great fun for those folks that know what to do with them! Same size as the white mini beads above, with horizontal hole that makes them perfect for making necklaces or bracelets. Each one is hand finished and painted with colorful flowers, big teeth and doo-dahs. I wouldn't make them for this price! That's why they come in a mixed bag of 12 pieces. Size 1/2" in all directions.
A1406 $24 / bag of 12
4 Sugar Skull Stamp Cookie Cutters, 1 open

NEW Sugar Skull Stamp Cookie Cutters

Each colorful cutter measures 5" x 2 3/4" x 1/2. Works even better with clay than cookie dough,
A2320 $12 / set of 4

Sugar Skull Stamp Cookie Cutters

Resin Winged Skull

Winged skulls for you to paint! Crafters will enjoy decorating these skulls for jewelry, ofrendas or add a magnet. Specially designed by local artist. Made from lightweight proprietary resin.
4.5" wide x 1.5" high
A2007 $9.50 Set of two

 2 unpainted Resin winged skulls

mermaid woodcut from balsa foam

Balsa Foam Block

For woodcuts without the knife. Use chopstick or dull pencil to make design. Then roll with black paint. Pack contains 2 slabs. 6" x 8" slabs can be cut into small blocks with kitchen knife. You can use balsa foam to make Chinese "chops" or Renaissance wood block images too! It's lots of fun!
A1218 $12 / 2-piece pack

packages of balsa foam
Sample woodcut (above)
Skeleton mermaid made from balsa foam with a chopstick. Roller it with a brier with black acrylic paint and press balsa foam woodcut block onto craft paper. Press with fingers and lift off to dry. Sure beats the old fashion potato woodcut!
4 alebijes

Animal Alebrijes

Wood carved animals for you to paint in the traditional style of Oaxaca! A1042 $15 each

dog albrijes

Inspiration ~ Day of the Dead Wedding Quilt

Heather R. wrote & sent us these photos
Hi, have just come back to visit your site, thought you would like to see my Day of the dead wedding quilt, made for friends of my son & daughter in law. It is in Crazy patchwork style and is hand embroidered, This is the second one i have made. I am now planning the next one!

section of Day of the dead quilt section of Day of the Dead fabric quilt
Day of the Dead crazy patchwork wedding quilt

See all of our high quality 100% cotton Alexander Henry Day of the Dead fabric suited for all kinds of Day of the Dead craft projects

  • quilts
  • shirts
  • pajamas
  • tablecloths
  • pillow cases
  • curtains
  • & more!

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