Looking for planter ideas to decorate your Day of the Dead altars? Make these simple sugar skull inspired DIY planter pots for the Day of the Dead holiday traditions.
Supplies needed for making the Day of the Dead planter pots:
- Hollow plastic skulls
- Utility knife
- Paint markers
- Acrylic paints
- Precision paintbrush
- Paint palette (Optional)
- Stencils (optional)
- Spray paint (Optional)
- Drill (Optional)
DIY planter pots for Dia de Los Muertos
Take the hollow plastic skulls and draw the area you need to cut to use as a planter.
Use a utility knife to cut a hole at the top and spray paint it in the color of your choice. I spray painted the planters in black.
Add holes at the bottom using a drill or an awl if you are going to use it as a flowerpot.
Note: I am using a skull-shaped drinking cup from the dollar tree as I couldn’t find the plastic skulls that are usually available during the Halloween season. It was quite difficult to cut through the drinking cup as it was hard plastic, I had to use a drill and sharp utility knife to cut through it. I then sanded down the sharp edges as much as I could.
Once the paint dries, add designs on the planter using the paint markers or acrylic paints.
Sugar Skull Planter Paint Ideas
Use Stencils To Create Beautiful Designs
Use stencils to create designs. Place the stencil on the forehead of the skull planter. Use a stencil brush or any paintbrush and load it with very little acrylic paint of your choice. Then use dabbing motion to transfer the design.
I chose orange and yellow acrylic paint and blended it as shown below.
I felt like the color was not bright enough so I took a precision paint brush and filled the design with more paint to make the design pop.
To add the white dots around the design use a white paint marker. Use some simple designs like a flower or sun with rays to fill the eye area.
Fill the nose holes with an upside down heart and highlight the area of the jaw with some paint.
Use your creativity to add some designs to jaws. I used the white paint pen to highlight the jaw and in the other planter I just used some yellow paint to add lines in between the teeth.
Check our these Day of the Dead paper plate masks for more design ideas.
Final Touches to Your DIY Planter Pots
Filling Your Planters Up
Once the design is done, fill the planter pots with soil and add your plants to make these flowerpots. Or you can use artificial plants like fake succulents like I did. The choice is yours.
I love these planters for the Day of the Dead. The dots make the flowerpots look more artistic even though the designs are very simple. Kids will enjoy decorating these along with these beautiful sugar skull coloring pages for kids to celebrate the Dia de Los Muertos.
You can also fill these garden pots with these gorgeous DIY marigold flowers to decorate your altars.
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