On this page, you will find 30 intricate sugar skull coloring pages that are all free to download and print! If you are a teacher, parent, or coloring enthusiast, these sugar skull printables are a fantastic way for kids and adults alike to learn about the rich cultural tradition of the Day of the Dead while also having some fun and expressing their creativity!
For this series, I illustrated a diverse range of sugar skulls in different styles and complexities, ensuring that there’s something for everyone! Included are simple outlines of sugar skulls, ornate sugar skulls, sugar skulls with flowers, animal-themed sugar skulls, Day of the Dead sugar skulls, plus tons more!
To use any of these free printables, you can click on any of the below images or links to open the high-resolution PDF on a new page. From there, you can freely download or print to your heart’s content!
All these PDF coloring pages are on standard US letter size, but they also fit perfectly onto A4 paper sizes! Enjoy!
10 Craft Ideas To Do With Sugar Skull Coloring Pages
Here are 10 affordable, fun, and creative craft ideas you can do with your completed coloring page!
10. Sugar Skull Masks
To make sugar skull masks for you or your kids, you may need to resize the image a bit; you can do this by copying/pasting the illustration from its PDF format to a word processor doc.
Print them off and have your kids color them in. They could even embellish the skull with sequins, glitter, or any other crafty accouterments you might have.
Cut out the skull carefully and poke two holes on either side of the face. Then you’ll attach a piece of ribbon on each side, enough that you can tie it behind you and your kids’ heads.
9. Colorful Rocks
For this craft, you will need a handful of smooth-topped rocks and Mod Podge.
To start off, you can resize the sugar skulls to fit the rocks, print them off and have your kids color them in and cut them out.
Then, they’ll Mod Podge the skulls to the rocks, using at least several coats.
Once the rocks are dry, you can place them in your yard or garden or take them with you on walks through parks and trails and leave them for others to find.
8. Sugar Skull Jewelry
To make sugar skull jewelry, you will need shrink sheets, access to an oven, and jewelry notions, like chains, earring posts, etc.
You’ll print the sugar skulls onto the shrink sheets and have your kids color them in with markers.
Cut them out and then punch holes where you want the jewelry notions to attach; bake the cut-outs and wait for them to cool.
Once they’re ready, you can string the chains through for necklaces or bracelets and affix the posts or fishhooks for earrings.
7. Decorative Trays
To make pretty, colorful decorative trays, you will need a small wooden or plastic crafting tray and Mod Podge.
You can print off the candy skull of your choice, color it in, and cut it out carefully.
Then center it on the tray and Mod Podge it into place, applying several coats the entire tray length.
Wait for it to dry completely before using it; however, the Mod Podge “seals” the cut-out and the tray, so you can serve or rest beverages on it and not worry about spills.
6. Glittery Sugar Skulls
For a fun and low-stress activity on a rainy afternoon, break out the glitter and the glue.
You’ll have your kids trace the sugar skull lines with glue and then sprinkle different colors of glitter on top.
Wait for the glue to dry completely before blowing the excess off into a garbage can. The end result is super colorful and super sparkly!
5. Book Covers
To turn my sugar skull pictures into a book cover, you will need to perform a little computer magic first.
You’re going to copy and paste the illustration from the downloadable PDF into a word processor document and resize it.
Turn the page orientation to landscape and center the illustration on the right-hand side, with about a two-inch margin all around.
Print that and then lay the paper on a flat surface, illustration side down.
Fold both the top and the bottom inward and lie the book down on top of the page. The book’s front and back cover should slide into the flaps created by the folds.
4. Day Of The Dead Party Decorations
Throw a gorgeous Day of the Dead party and incorporate my sugar skull pictures into your decorations.
You could use cut-outs to create bunting or mobiles or just post them up on the walls.
The pages could be used as place settings, food indicators, cupcakes, or cake toppers.
Plus you could also use the illustrations as party invitations.
3. Sugar Skull Planters
Buy some planters on the cheap from the dollar store and pick up some Mod Podge, as well.
You’re going to resize the illustrations to fit the planters as necessary, color them in, and cut out the sugar skulls.
Then, you’ll Mod Podge the skulls onto the planters and let them dry completely before potting plants into them.
2. Flower Crown Sugar Skulls
This craft is perfect for tweens and teens, though it could be modified for younger ones.
You’ll have your kids draw the pieces of flowers – petals and leaves, mostly – onto construction paper and then cut them out.
They’ll color in the sugar skulls and then paste the petals and leaves directly onto the skulls, creating flowers in a crown shape around the heads.
You can pre-make the petals and leaves for younger kids and just have them create the flowers.
If you want to take it further, you could include sequins, glitter glue, or even buttons.
1. Sugar Skull Wreaths
You can make a sugar skull wreath using all items from your local dollar store!
You’ll need a wreath frame, flowers, and ribbon.
You’ll start by attaching the flowers to the frame, alternating colors and sizes until the frame is fairly full.
Then go in with ribbon, looping or adding bows wherever you like.
Next, you’ll color in and cut out your sugar skull centerpiece; you could color-match the flowers and ribbon.
Finally, you’ll poke two holes in the skulls, one at the top and one at the bottom, and nestle the skull into the frame so that the flowers hide the holes.
Attach the skull to the frame using pipe cleaner pushed through the holes.