Today we are learning how to draw a Sugar Skull with simple step by step instructions that you can print for reference. Sugar Skull drawing is easy despite the intricate details and decorations you might want to add with this skull drawings – easy lesson created with kids in mind. Use these printable sugar skull sketch directions at home or in the classroom so kids can draw their own sugar skulls.
Simple Sugar Skull Drawing Instructions
Today we are helping our kids develop their creativity and improve their motor skills by drawing a sugar skull! Follow along the skull drawing easy instructions and print for later reference. Click the purple button for the printable sugar skull drawing lesson:
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This skull drawing lesson pack includes 3 printable pages with detailed instructions to draw a beautiful sugar skull with basic shapes. Just follow the easy drawing instructions and then kids can add their own colors…
How to Draw a Sugar Skull Step by Step
First, draw an oval as the basis of the human skull.
On the lower quarter, draw a rectangle.
Draw a second oval inside the square you just drew.
Now erase all the extra lines of the ovals and rectangle.
Let’s add ovals for the two eyes.
Draw an upside down heart for a nose.
Draw a curved line for the smile and small vertical lines that are slightly curved for teeth.
Erase all the extra lines and you are done with your skull drawing! You can stop right here if you desire a simple skull drawing or move on to step 9 to make this a sugar skull drawing!
Get creative and decorate your Sugar Skull:
- Dots – add small dot details around the eyes and over areas of the skull drawing as decoration and feature emphasis
- Flowers – add flowers and floral elements to decorate your sugar skull (especially at the top of the skull)
- Hearts – add heart elements and upside down heart shapes work well for human skull nose designs
- Leaf pattern – many of the decorations of sugar skulls have their roots in nature
- Bright colors – choose a bright color scheme for your sugar skull art full of colorful decorations
Now it is time to celebrate how awesome your amazing drawing turned out!
Easy Skull Drawing Instruction (Download & Print PDF)
What do sugar skulls represent?
The skulls represent human head with pronounced cheek bones, large circles for eyes, and are used as decorations and are iconic symbols of for the Day of the Dead celebration.
Skull Drawing and Dia De Los Muertos & Mexican Day
The sugar skull is often associated with the holidays, Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) or Mexican Independence Day. These sugar skull designs are often depicted as colorful skulls and have a flower design element to them.
What Do the Colors Mean on a Sugar Skull?
Each color you use when making your own sugar skull has meaning when it comes to Day of the Dead art projects. Here’s what the colors of the Día de los Muertos skulls mean:
- Yellow=Marigold (which represents death)
- Pink=hope, purity and celebration
- White=purity & hope
- Black=Land of the Dead
Why is it Called Sugar Skull?
Sugar skulls are called sugar skulls because traditionally they have been sugar molded into the shape of a skull used to decorate ofrendas. This makes them edible skulls!
Free Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Ideas
Day of the dead art is super colorful so make sure to use as many colors as possible!
- Vibrant colors are the most used, but let your kid choose whatever colors they prefer.
- So grab your pencil to draw and crayons, markers, colored pencils and paint to decorate!
- We love the idea of using the easy sugar skull drawing technique as part of your Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead for kids celebration. <–Click for a whole bunch more ideas!
How do you make a 3D sugar skull?
While we have learned how to draw a sugar skull with this easy drawing lesson, it is fun to create 3D sugar skulls. Create a 3D sugar skull as a decoration or as a planter or carve a sugar skull into a pumpkin with this Day of the Dead pumpkin carving.
Easy Skull Drawing Ideas
Children love drawing! Even when following a step by step drawing tutorial, each kid’s drawing is unique; from the way they hold the crayon, to the colors they choose.
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The Big Drawing Book
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Drawing Doodling and Coloring
An excellent book filled with doodling, drawing and coloring activities. On some of the pages you’ll find ideas for what to do, but you can do whatever you like.
Write and Draw Your Own Comics
Write and Draw Your Own Comics is full of inspiring ideas for all kinds of different stories, with writing tips to help you on your way. for kids who want to tell stories, but gravitate toward pictures. It has a mix of partially-drawn comics and blank panels with intro comics as instructions – lots of space for kids to draw their own comics!
Are Sugar Skulls Good or Evil?
Skulls are usually represented negatively in many cultures and religion, but when it comes to Sugar Skulls, they are not negative. Sugar skulls are a celebration of the life of a loved one. It’s a joyous activity rather than macabre as regular skulls tend to depict.
How Should I Decorate My Sugar Skull?
There really is no wrong answer. We have a great list of ideas you can use above, but you can add other things like: waves, swirls, stars, squiggles, crosses, zig zags, even mandalas.
How Are Sugar Skulls Typically Decorated?
Well, we talked about the designs already, but items with Sugar Skulls on them typically are decorated with sequins, colored foils, feathers, glitter, even beads!
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How did your sugar skulls turn out? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.