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Papier Mâché Skeleton Folk Art - skulls, masks & more

Beautiful, hand painted red papier mache Big Eyes skull.

NEW Big Eyes Skull

What's more iconic for Day of the Dead than a big, colorful, spectacular papier mâché sugar skull for your table, living room or ofrenda?  A sugar skull represents a departed soul so the big eyes & joyous design let's you look into the soul while you remember your loved one.

Papier mâché was brought to Mexico by the French in during the reign of the Emperor Maximilian. While Abraham Lincoln was fighting the Civil War, Maximilian was introducing Mexico to everything French. A little town close to Mexico City was the cradle of all papier mâché - Celeya - and remains so today. They made papier mâché masks, toys & dolls for the poorer folks that couldn't afford European imported goods. These popular, colorful folk art pieces spread into homes & festivals in all parts of Mexico, and their durability has made them last throughout the ages - even Diego Rivera had papier mâché filling his painting studio (and Frida Kahlo posed for a photo holding a big sugar skull from her hospital bed).

Papier mâché is a timeless & collected type of traditional folk art and will make a great centerpiece for your Day of the Dead celebration. Each skull is unique. Excellent quality papier mâché & very well painted. 11 inches deep x 8 inches wide x 9 inches high. Mexico

A5361 Big Eyes Skull, $120 each - AVAILABLE

NEW Gigante Sugar Skull Wall Masks

While in Mexico in March, Angela found this gigantic Sugar Skull Wall Mask mold in a papier mâché workshop. It's an impressive,  gorgeous piece of folk art! They are hand finished and uniquely painted. I think we have a real winner for restaurant walls or as a centerpiece for a big ofrenda. Wouldn't this look great reigning over your cash register? There's not much time for the artist to make many masks before our last truck shipment of the season. 22" high x 17" wide x 5" deep

These gigante wall masks are so large that the UPS cost varies dramatically from the East to the West side of the US. Therefore, you will be charged the "actual" UPS cost + $5 for the packing materials added to your order.
AVAILABLE - Will ship on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mayra with 3 giant papier mache masks and other assorted Day of the Dead folk art
Giant turquoise papier mâché sugar skull mask Giant white papier mâché sugar skull mask Photo coming soon!Giant Rosa Mexicana (red) papier mâché sugar skull mask

A5176T - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, Turquoise, $175 each

A5176W - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, White, $175 each A5176R - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, Rosa Mexicana, $175 each
Photo coming soon! Giant Black & White papier mâché sugar skull mask better photo coming soon! Photo coming soon!
A5176C - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, Cempasuchil, $175 each NEW A5176BW - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, Black & White with glitter, $175 each A5176LG - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, Lime Green, $175 each
The papier mâché animals below are great for pet owners who want to celebrate the memory of past pet companions or place them on their ofrendas of loved ones who loved their pets!
3 skeleton bone cat rattle on a colorful stick with ribbons 2 skeleton bone dog rattles on colorful sticks with ribbon

Bone Cat Rattle

Papier mâché skeleton cat is 5" deep x 3" high with a colorful 18" stick and ribbons. Mexico.

A5178 $15 each (out)

Bone Dog Rattle

Papier mâché skeleton dog is 5" deep x 3" high with a colorful 18" stick and ribbons. Mexico.

A5177 $15 each AVAILABLE

4 skull rattles, 2 with sombreros and all with ribbon on a long stick

Sombrero Skull Ribbon Rattle

Is this your magic wand? These rattles will be fun to take to parties or processions or stick into floral arrangements or a pot of (uncooked) beans! The artist makes them on colorful sticks with bright hats, tied with ribbons. These are decorative folk art and dangerous for children.

Papier mâché skull is 6 1/2" x 4" x 3", 20" head to bottom of stick. Mexico

A5131 $16 each AVAILABLE

papier mache skeleton as large as a man Angela with Fancy papier mache skeleton

Gigante Dangling Papier Mâché Skeleton

(left - hehe) This dramatic piece is perfect to decorate your stage, restaurant, or extravagant Day of the Dead celebration. Well constructed, 6 foot tall jointed skeleton is designed and painted by the famous Linares family of Mexico City. Very similar to the gigantic skeleton in Diego Rivera's studio.

F2100 $350 each *

See extra-extra Large Skulls here

NEW Gigante Extra Fancy Dangling Papier Mâché Skeleton

Extra fancy papier mâché with magenta glitter. Approximately 5 1/2 feet tall.

A6000 $495 each

Available - Only 1 left

"Skully" Dangling Papier Mâché Skeleton

Almost 4 feet tall, this skully can sit at your dinner table!

F2024 $125 each *


"Skully" Dangling Papier Mâché Skeleton

This 3-foot skully can sit on your lap!

F2023 $85 each *

* Papier mâché dangling skeletons (all 3 sizes) may require extra shipping charges due to their large box volume and low weight. You'll be only charged actual UPS Ground charges on your dangling skeleton! For example, shipping our 6-foot skully from our warehouse in California to the East Coast costs approx $75 Box size: 43" x 18" x 18". It's always less expensive to ship UPS Ground to a commercial than a residential address. A 4-foot skeleton shipped to Seattle costs $32 Box size 24" x 15" x 15". If you order small items that can be packed around the sides, it doesn't add any additional costs. Your invoice will be adjusted and charged at time of shipping.

Paper mache procession mask - smiling Pachuco male skeleton mask with blue hat

A5107 Pachuco (many fun hat colors)

Papier Mâché Procession Masks

In Mexico, the devout parade around in processions in the cemeteries carrying santos, incense & candles as they pray, chant and sing on November 2. In more recent times, more popular processions take place in the town squares & surrounding streets the week before Day of the Dead with musicians, participants in costumes, masks and even skull face painting. Theater performances and interpretive dance are becoming common in Mexican cities too.

In the U.S. where traditional Halloween traditions are increasingly interwoven with Day of the Dead iconography, Catrinas and Fridas are showing up to costume parties.

Our new Papier mâché artist has made these strong & high quality mâché masks with really large eye holes so they can really be worn by folklorico dancers or just hung on the wall.

While these vary in size, the hefty sized skulls (without hat or flowers) measure approx 9 1/2" hight x 7" wide. Mexico.

$40 each


Paper mache procession mask - Carmen - smailing female skeleton with a bunch of colorful flowers on her head.

A5106 Carmen (side flowers)

Paper mache procession mask -smiling Friday skeleton mask with a corona of colorful flowers on her head

A5104 Frida (corona of flowers)

Paper mache procession mask - Sarita smiling female skeleton with lots of makeup

A5105 Sarita

Paper mache procession mask - smiling Rosita skeleton mask with a single rose in her hair

A5102 Rosita (single rose - comes in many colors)

Paper mache procession mask - your basic smiling skelton mask with blue sparkle decorations

A5109 Calaca - no lipstick

Paper mache procession mask - smiling Catrin skeleton with red top hat mask

A5103Catrin with Top Hat - some with a mustache. Hats are assorted red or black

7 brightly colored papier mache spirit skull masks with smiling faces and awesome detail.

Spirit Skull Mask with Ribbons

NEW papier cache Spirit Masks got a color make-over when Angela went to Mexico and worked with the artist on a new color palette. Bold bright colors to knock the socks off your muertos Our new artist in the state of Guanajuato has been making these papier mâché masks for over 20 years!

While I wouldn't recommend them to be used as a real usable mask without first enlarging their eyes, they are perfect for wall decor, centerpieces or hanging on the wall. These are imported as traditional folk art and not to be purchased for wearable masks for children.

Masks are 8 1/4" high, 5 1/2" wide and 3" deep.

These fun, inexpensive skull masks come in deep, bright. Assorted colors. Mexico. Please let us know if there is a color you do NOT want in the Order Notes upon checkout.

A5127 $15

NEW Glitter Eyed Skull Mask

Great piece of folk art, which was inspired by the papier mâché masks of Celeya in the 1940's. Great wall decoration. These come in bright assorted eye colors. These masks were actually used in the Independence parades of 16 de September, not for Day of the Dead. But, who cares???

These masks are frequently used by dance troops and Day of the Dead festival goers. One would have to punch a hole in the sides with a nail and thread some ribbon through to tie it on, if you actually wanted to use the mask.

8" high

A1155 $13.50 each

3 papier mache skull masks without crowns

Small Papier Mâché Skull Masks

Decorate them with glitter pens
5" high

A1134 $7.50 each

Two festive papier mache Catrina skeleton sonajas (rattles) with fancy colorful hats on long wooden sticks.

Three festive papier mache Frida  skeleton sonajas (rattles) with colorful flowers on long wooden sticks.

Sonaja skulls measure approx 5" x 5" x 5" plus hats and sticks are approx 18" long

Papier mache bride and groom sonajas (rattles) on a stick. The bride has a long veil, the groom a dapper red feather in his top hat.

NEW Sonaja - Catrina

Kind of a whimsical cross between Catrina and the Flying Nun, these hefty rattles capture the fun of the holiday. Assorted color & flower combinations. Mexico.

A5011 $22 each

NEW Sonaja - Frida

Once again, Frida is immortalized in another folk art form - the rattle! Fun to have sitting on your coffee table to distract the eye from the stack of remotes. These are decorative folk art and dangerous for children. Mexico.

A5012 $22 each

NEW Sonajas - Bride & Groom

These versatile bride & groom rattles with top hats & fancy veils transition from the wedding reception to the cemetery with style and ease. Simple Chanel classic black & white formal outfits make these rattles great keepsakes. These are decorative folk art and dangerous for children. Mexico.

A5010 $42 / pair

NEW Cute Pooch

This papier mâché bone dog is going to be your best friend - he's fun, happy and you can pet him or feed him his big bone.... But he's better than a real dog because there's no dog hair on your sofa or slobber on your T-shirt. You can sleep late without fear of a dog licking your face or whining to be let out. You can move your bone dog to the side of your desk to watch you adoringly, put him under your dinner table to sit patiently for table scraps or set him in the window to await your return from work. This dog is everything you could possibly wish for in a pet - no vet bills, no smelly dog food cans and no need for plastic pooper scooper bags! He's a great companion and you can still take him to the dog park as a conversation piece! Unique new piece for any Day of the Dead collector.

18" high x 9" wide x 16" deep with removable bone & curly tail. Excellent strong quality papier mâché from a great artist in Guanajuato, Mexico.

A5321 $175.00 each

Cute white and black papier mache skeleton dog with bone.

BIG skeleton pooch.... That's an adult hand!

Papier Mâché Skeleton Rooster

Wire armature and strong construction. In Mexico, a rooster is a symbol of fertility and frequently shows up in nativity sets and folk art. 10 inches tall

Current roosters don't have any red paint - they're black and white. Mexico

N2094B $52

paper mache skeleton rooster

Mini Papier Mache Skull cascade
Papier mâché was popular Day of the Dead decor during the late 1800's Colonial Period. These black & white skulls look like 3D interpretations of skeletons in the wood cuts made popular by the "father of folk art", Jose Guadalupe Posada, who worked up to the time of the Mexican Revolution 1910.
Mini Papier Mache Skull blank papier mache skulls

Mini Papier Mâché Skull

Black & white skulls. 5 inches high x 4 inches wide

N2068 $18 each

Blank Papier Mâché Skull

Paint your own! 5 inches high x 4 inches wide

N2069 $13 each

Flying skeleton angel with white feathered wings Cupcake skeleton chef

Flying Angel Skeleton

Our Exclusive Design
With white feather wings made by our resident papier mâché artist. I have mine dangling over my computer! Finely painted skeleton with feathers, halo and string. Very nice gift for the Day of the Dead collector who has everything! The detail and gold paint job on the skeleton body is beautiful. Makes a nice, unusual gift. Folk art like this is traditionally hung on the children's "angelito" ofrendas on November 1. Approx 7" x 7" Made in Mexico"

A1162 $46 each

Cupcake Skeleton Chef

Some chef come with little white jackets. Papier Mache & Wire, Mexico, 7” high

A1273 $34 each

Large white paper mache skull with red painted decorations and gold  foil eyes & glitter. Four large colorful, elaborately decorated paper mache glitter  skulls with 2 cempesuchil flowers. Medium size red paper mache skull with purple painted decorations and gold  foil eyes.

Large Papier Mâché Glitter Skulls

NEW awesome shipment! Finally a new papier mâché skull that dazzles even the most jaded of Day of the Dead collectors! These are extremely well made and stuffed full of free hand painted designs, then encrusted in "diamantina" glitter. They are molded like all papier mâché skulls, but hand-shaped to give the skull a real folk art feel. Many large ones have tin foil eyes. If you were to look at 50 skulls, only a few would be duplicated color combinations. Bright assorted colors, 2-tones and a few B&W. (if there is a color combination you don't want, please write us a message in the Order Notes upon check out). Large Glitter Skulls measure 9" high x 9"deep x 8" wide. Mexico. Collectors will love these!

A5022 Large Glitter Skull $64 each 

Extra large papier mache  China Poblana dancer Papier mache Mexican hat dance couple with guitar
Variety (6) of China Poblana dancers in unique outfits and Charro skeleton

Skeleton Mexican Hat Dancers

Large papier mâché, 26" tall. Fun & Collectible!

Senorita N2103 $285

Mexican Hat Dance Couple N2102 $395

Charro Boy N2104 $155 | Guitar N2105 $25 (out temporarily)

Headband with colorful bunched papier mache flowers and long ribbon strands. Colorful papier mache boutineers

Headband with colorful papier mache flowers across the top and long ribbon strands.

Carmen Headband

A5287 $12 each

Papier Mâché Boutineer

A5312 $6 each

Frida Headband

A5286 $12 each
Papier mâché flower accessories made in Mexico City. Assorted colors.

Boldly painted!

Large Papier Mâché Skulls

Approximately 8" x 6" x 8"high

F2028B $65 each


See Extra Large Skulls in our Collector's Gallery

Large painted papier mache skulls and silk gold marigolds

Sugar Skull Key Rings

Is that a sugar skull in your pocket or are you just happy to see me???

These unique hand-painted skulls are quite hard & durable and can be used as a key ring, or take the ring off and hang on a ribbon as a cool necklace. All have glitter eyes and lots of teeth! Mexico. Were $9.50 each.

A5129 NOW $6 each

Colorful hand-painted papier mache sugar skull key rings with glitter eyes.

medium papier mache skulls stack of 7 medium papier mache skulls

Papier Mâché Skull – Medium

Assorted bright colors with glitter accents colorful. VERY well detailed painted and accented with glitter. 7" tall x 5" wide x 6" deep.

A2036 $38 each (out temporarily)

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