This easy sugar skull art project is sure to be a hit with students in grades 3 and up. Sugar skulls are a popular icon representing the Day of the Dead holiday.
Day of the Dead (or Dia De Los Muertos) is a festive two day celebration (November 1st & 2nd) honoring the lives of loved ones who have died. This colorful holiday from the Hispanic cultures of Mexico, Spain, and South America, is gaining wide popularity across the U.S.
One of the most recognizable symbols of Day of the Dead is the brightly colored sugar skull. To add a new twist to my other Dia De Los Muertos projects, I decided to make a sugar skull with kirigami!
If you’re not familiar with kirigami…. think “paper snowflakes” and you’ll have the basic idea! Kirigami is similar to Origami (paper folding) but it includes cutting the paper in addition to folding it.
If you google kirigami, you’ll find examples that are extremely detailed and intricate. These are made by adults using an Xacto knife on a cutting mat, often with complex patterns as guides. But kids can have fun with kirigami just using plain copy paper and scissors.
This Easy Sugar Skull art project can be simply glued on a contrasting background – or embellished with markers (or glitter glue!) to add some color, if you like!
- 8.5”x11” copy paper, white
- 9”x12” construction paper (black or any color you like)
- glue stick
- hole punch(es)
- parchment paper
- glitter glue
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