Easy Sugar Skull Ceramic Planter/Pot

Easy Sugar Skull Ceramic Planter/Pot for Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

As if we needed one more reason to love Trader Joe’s…. THIS sugar skull succulent planter! My students were asking for a project for Day of the Dead, so when I saw these awesome sugar skull succulent planters I knew I had to come up with a good way to make them! So here it is, just in time for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 1 & 2!

All you’ll need is clay, a popsicle stick, a fettling knife, and a dull pencil….

If you plan to plant directly into your finished pot, you’ll need to use a straw to poke some drainage holes in the bottom while your clay is still damp. No holes necessary if you plan to just insert a plastic pot. Another optional step is to use your thumb (or the back of a spoon) to add an indent where the temporal bone would be.

We haven’t glazed our sugar skull planters yet, but I’ll add pics when we do! For my sample, I plan to paint colorful glazes into my designs, wipe off any excess glaze that gets on the surface, and cover the whole thing with a clear glaze for a white skull (since we’re using white clay). If you don’t have a kiln, you can use air dry clay, paint, and Mod Podge to create a similar, colorful effect!

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