Salt Dough Sugar Skulls
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that begins on November 1st and ends on November 2nd. It is believed the gates of heaven open at Midnight on October 31st to allow for deceased children and adults to reunite with the living. This gives the living and the dead time to celebrate together. For more information about the Day of the Dead read here!
We chose to make our sugar skulls from one of our favorite materials, SALT DOUGH! That's right. Salt dough. It's cheap, its versatile and it's environmentally friendly. See our blog post for more on that subject! We thought it would be fun to make our salt dough Sugar Skulls both art for the walls AND masks to wear about! Read on for the tutorial!
*2 cups flour
*1 cup salt
*1 cup warm water
*Half cookie sheet
*8 inch skewers (for masks)
*Nature finds (flowers, leaves, stems, pine cones, etc.)
1. Make the salt dough. Pour the salt, warm water and flour together into a bowl. Mix until combined. Add more flour or water depending on consistency. You want the dough to have a play dough like feel. It should not stick to your fingers or surfaces.
2. Roll the salt dough (on the parchment paper) to about 1/6 inch thick.
3. Cut out Sugar Skull template and place on salt dough. Use a knife to cut around the Sugar Skull template. Do not cut the mouth out of the salt dough skull! Use the template as a guide for teeth placement. Use a straw to punch a hole in the top for hanging on the wall or slide a skewer in to use as a mask!
4. Bake the Sugar Skulls for about 3 or 4 hours in an oven set to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. It sounds like a long time but you can put them in the oven and walk away! Check them after 2.5 hours and every 30 minutes thereafter to ensure they are not over baking. They need to be hard but not brown.