Sugar skulls are a popular motif for Day of of the Dead and decorating other items to look like sugar skulls has become quite popular as well. When the folks at Orchard Supply Hardware got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in making a craft for Halloween I said that making something for Día de los Muertos would be more up my alley because I adore everything about the holiday and its aesthetic. I was thrilled when they said I could come by and pick up supplies to make DIY Day of the Dead sugar skull planters and I couldn’t be happier with the finished result. I mean just look at those cuties! Didn’t they come out great?
Check out how easy they were to make and consider making some yourself. They are a great craft to make with kids or alone.
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- Ceramic pots/planters
- Spray paint (I used Krylon Chalky Finish Classic White)
- Paint pens (I used Krylon paint pens)
- Succulents (They look great and won’t require much watering, but you could use whatever plants you like)
- Potting soil
- Coffee filter (optional)
- Decorative pebbles or rocks (optional)
In a well ventilated area, spray paint the ceramic pots according to the directions on your spray paint. I did about three coats of paint on each pot.
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Once the spray paint has dried, use the paint pens to draw a sugar skull design on each pot. If you are drawing a blank (pun intended) use the internet for inspiration and search for “sugar skulls” to get ideas. Don’t worry if you aren’t much of an artist, I’m not and I still love the way mine turned out.
I let the fully decorated pots dry overnight before potting the succulents in them.
When you are ready to put succulents (or the plant of your choice in the pots), you can use a piece of coffee filter to cover the hole in the bottom of the pot so that water can still drain without any soil coming out. Then simply put a little bit of soil in the bottom of the pot, remove the succulent from it’s container, loosen the roots and soil on the succulent, plop it right into the new pot and fill the remaining space with potting soil. Remember that you don’t want to have the soil come all the way up to the top of the pot because then when you water, the water will drain right out the sides instead of staying in the pot.
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Bonus: add decorative pebbles or rocks to cover your plant because it looks pretty.
Talk to me, aren’t these calavera planters adorable?
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I was provided with materials for this project by Orchard Supply Hardware. I was not compensated for this post.