This post is sponsored by General Mills.
Today I’m sharing a simple Día de los Muertos sugar skull mask craft that I made with my little brother to help him learn about and understand Día de los Muertos.
Growing up, my abuelitas made sure I knew about our Hispanic culture and that I was involved in all of the holidays and celebrations. Everything from Cinco de Mayo to Posadas, quinceañeras to tamaladas, and of course, Día de los Muertos.
My littlest brother will turn 5 years old next month and it’s awesome when we get the chance to introduce him to new family traditions. When he was younger, he was included but didn’t really understand them. As he grows older, he becomes more curious and asks questions. Lots of questions! This year, we taught him more about Día de los Muertos while working on a fun craft.
Día de los Muertos Sugar Skull Mask
He never got the chance to really get to know his grandparents before they passed away so Día de los Muertos is a holiday we hope he’ll grow up to love and cherish. As we talked about how we use the holiday is for us to honor and pray for the spiritual journey of our loved ones who have died, we made a Día de los Muertos sugar skull mask that he could wear when we visited their graves.
- 1 box of Trix cereal (you could also use Cocoa Puffs)
- 1 box of Lucky Charms cereal
- Card Stock
- School Glue
- Paper Straw (you could also use a craft stick)
It was easy to find the General Mills cereals we wanted to use at Walmart.
Print the skull template onto card stock. If you don’t have a printer, you could just free hand the outline of a skull. Then, cut it out along with the eye sockets.
Decorate! Use the cereal and glue to decorate your masks. We found it was easiest to pour the glue into a small bowl to dip the cereal in. This is the fun part, because there’s no real “instructions,” just have fun with it!
Our abuelita loved Lucky Charms, so I know she would love our masks. She liked to pick out the marshmallows, so to honor her memory, we did the same when decorating these masks.
Let the masks dry for 4-6 hours. Some of the cereal, especially the marshmallows, will absorb the moisture from the glue so make sure to let it dry completely before you move onto the next step.
Tape the paper straw onto the back of the mask. We placed the straw halfway up for stability and used 3 pieces of tape.
Now you have a sugar skull mask to use when observing Día de los Muertos with your family!
Do you observe Día de los Muertos in your house?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.