Day of the Dead Skulls! (Easy Halloween Alternative Craft for Kids Using Paper Plates)

Inside: A simple skeleton craft preschool kids can make for a Day of the Dead celebration.

“Día de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead in Spanish) is such a colorful celebration that is gaining momentum around the world outside of Mexico! Why not make a few skulls with your kids?

These Catrinas – type craft look great decorating walls or Day of the Dead offering tables.


(VIDEO) Paper Plate Calaveras for Day of the Dead:

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1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page.

2. Cut out and paste the skull’s eyes and nose hole to a paper plate.

3. Chop the paper plate’s “cheeks”.

4. Decorate your skull however you want! Felt tips are great for quick results but also look great with other materials such as paint or even playdough 🙂


Printable Preview:

PDF with a template of 3 skulls’ eyes and nose hole.

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Finished Examples:

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If you do this with your kids, I’d LOVE to see pictures of your finished projects posted on the Facebook wall of Box of Ideas.

Pictures of the paper plate skulls from last Dia de Muertos:



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The Author: Rodrigo Macias is a bilingual creative mixing his experience working in Childcare and Design to come up with imaginative & educational printables and activities for kids.