Simple Sugar Skull Drawing Tutorial for Kids

Today we are learning how to draw a Sugar Skull with simple step by step instructions that you can print for reference.

Skull drawing might feel a little intimidating because of the level of detail, but this easy skull sketch tutorial will take away all the fear. You will start by learning to draw illustration and then transform it into a sugar skull drawing.

day of the dead art - How to Draw a Sugar Skull tutorial shown in a stack with crayons and Day of the Dead decorations - Kids Activities Blog
Learning how to draw sugar skulls is a fun & colorful art experience for kids of all ages.

Simple Sugar Skull Drawing

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. The printable set is a complete skull drawing lesson and it is free!

If you are looking for cute pictures to draw, you are in the right place. This is part of our collection of easy how to draw ideas for kids (and adults will love learning through these easy printable tutorials).

Skull Drawing and Dia De Los Muertos

The sugar skull is often associated with Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It is a Mexican Holiday at beginning of November. These sugar skull designs are often depicted as colorful skulls and have a flower design element to them.

What do sugar skulls represent?

The skulls represent human skulls 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.

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Let’s follow the simple step by step instruction to skull drawing!

How to Draw a Sugar Skull Step by Step

Today’s tutorial printable pack will be useful for kids who love drawing and coloring.

Your kids will be able to create their own beautiful sugar skull

This pack includes 3 printable pages with detailed instructions to make a beautiful sugar skull. Just follow the easy instructions and color the sugar skull once you’re done!

Let’s start! First, draw an oval!

Step 1

First, draw an oval as the basis of the skull.

Now add a rectangle on top of it.

Step 2

On the lower quarter, draw a rectangle.

Draw another oval inside the rectangle.

Step 3

Draw a second oval inside the square you just drew.

Erase extra lines.

Step 4

Now erase all the extra lines of the ovals and rectangle.

Add ovals for the eyes.

Step 5

Let’s add ovals for the two eyes.

Also add a heart upside down as a nose.

Step 6

Draw an upside down heart for a nose.

Draw a curved line for the smile and small vertical curved lines for the teeth.

Step 7

Draw a curved line for the smile and small vertical curved lines for teeth.

Erase extra lines. Awesome! Now you have the base.

Step 8

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!

Wow! Excellent job! You can get creative and draw any decorations you want!

Step 9

Get creative and decorate your Sugar Skull!

Easy Skull Drawing Instruction (Download & Print PDF)

Now it is time to celebrate how awesome your drawing turned out!

Free Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Ideas

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Our Sugar Skull drawing is starting to look like a skull!

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 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

How to Draw a Sugar Skull instructions printable page 3.  The last few steps to complete your skull drawing and decorate it.
We are now done and ready to decorate your Sugar Skull drawing!

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.

And not only that, but drawing activities will give your little one a confidence boost! Being able to make simple drawings is one of the best and easiest activities to build self-esteem.

Kids love arts and crafts, and what better way to spend family quality time than doing engaging kids activities! We have over 4500 fun activities for kids like classroom prints, worksheets, printable coloring pages, crafts, scrapbooking ideas, and so much more.

Another great activity for kids who enjoy drawing and coloring are zentangles; zentangles patterns for kids are easy to follow and the end result is a beautiful image.

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This how-to-draw printable set is super easy to follow. Just download the PDF, print it, and grab some crayons!

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Still looking for more holiday printables? Find more cute pictures to draw and other fun crafts in our holiday activities for kids! Whether you are celebrating Halloween, Christmas or 4th of July, we have tons of ideas for each date.

How did your sugar skulls turn out? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.

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