Welcome to day two of Tried & True’s Dia de los Muertos Week! Hope you enjoy this quick Day of the Dead craft. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience and to help with the maintenance of this site.
Are you ready for another fun Craft Lightning project?! I love participating in Craft Lightning because it really stretches the creative muscles to think of a project that only takes 15 minutes to make and plus, this one is all about fun, spooky crafts for Halloween. A quick craft that’s all about my favorite holiday? I’m so in.
Day of the Dead Shrink Plastic Jewelry
1. Use a black permanent marker and the free Calavera printable to trace the skull image onto the shrink plastic. You could also use a printable shrink plastic but I didn’t have any so I just traced.
2. Color in the designs. My four year old son/craft assistant decided to color his skull in with green which I was totally up for but inside was thinking to myself, “What a silly boy. Skulls are white. Oh well, he’ll learn.” Well, instead, what a silly mama! His came out looking like this amazing Day of the Dead/Zombie with dark green flesh. I seriously like his more than anything I could have ever dreamed up. Lesson learned…4 year olds are natural artists and I should definitely follow his lead!
3. Follow the instructions found on packaging to shrink the plastic. For pin: Once the plastic is cool to touch, adhere a pin back with strong glue (I used Dazzle Tac) and allow to dry completely before handling. For bracelet: Either adhere the cut skull to a strip of shrink plastic that you’ve formed around a glass jar while still hot to create a bracelet or leave two 4″x3″ wings coming off either side of the skull before you cut out the plastic (check out the picture with the markers to see my wings.)
And that’s it! If you had all your supplies ready to go and you weren’t also juggling the needs of a preschooler as well, you just made your own Day of the Dead Shrink Plastic Jewelry in close to 15 minutes!
(Click on picture above to download free Calavera Printable!)
Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for hosting Craft Lightning. Stop by both blogs to check out tons of other fun crafts you can make in less than 15 minutes and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for another fun Dia de los Muertos craft!!