Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that is becoming increasingly more popular throughout the United States. The sugar skull, particularly, has become popular in Halloween decorating. To celebrate that trend, I created some quick and colorful Dia de los Muertos DIY sugar skull placemats that you can use for your next party!
- Darice Craft Dies: Sugar Skull
- All Things You Solid Fat Quarters, Pink, Orange, Yellow
- Fusible Fabric Stabilizer
- Darice Black Felt
- Fabric Paint
- Darice Foam Pouncer
- Ric Rac
- Fabric Adhesive
Step 3. Use your die cutting machine to cut the fused fabric into the skull shapes. You will need three sugar skulls for each Dia de los Muertos DIY placemat.
Step 4. Place the sugar skull die over the cut fabric. We are going to use the metal die as a stencil now. Use a foam pouncer to pick up a bit of craft paint, then dab the excess off on a paper towel. Sponge over the die to add fabric paint to the fabric. Repeat until the paint fills the design. Remove the die to clean and wash it well before moving on to the next color. Repeat for each of the fabric skulls and let the paint dry.
Step 7. Finish off the Dia de los Muertos DIY placemat edges with some wide ric rac trim. I used a fabric adhesive to seal the ends and to attach the trim to the placemat.
These colorful placemats make a fun addition to any table! You can use this polka dot fabric to make fun napkins for the place setting. I even glued some flower cabochons onto miniature Halloween decor to add some more Dia de Los Muertos character to the place setting. Have fun crafting and creating decor for your next party!
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.