There are few things I love more than quick projects and this Hot Glue Dia de Los Muertos Calavera Pin fits the bill! Whether your family has celebrated this traditional Mexican holiday for ages or you just enjoy the imagery of colorful skulls, this easy-to-make pin comes together in very little time and effort but really lets your creativity shine! I’m so happy to be participating in this special Craft Lightning to celebrate the publishing of Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts by Angie Holden (The Country Chic Cottage) and Carolina Moore (30 Minute Crafts). Grab those glue guns and let’s get crafting!
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Hot Glue Dia de Los Muertos Calavera Pin
- Glue Gun
- White Hot Glue Sticks
- Skeleton or Skull Ice Cube Tray (you can find this at Dollar Tree too!)
- Paints / Paintbrush
- Spray Sealer
Step 1. Heat up the white glue stick in your glue gun and when ready, squeeze a good amount of hot glue into the silicon ice cube tray. I suggest using a high temp large glue gun so that you have plenty of time to fill the entire skull before the glue starts to settle. Don’t worry if you get some fly-away strands of glue, we’ll be able to cut them away when the glue has completely hardened.
Step 2. Give the glue a couple minutes to harden up a bit.
Step 3. Add the pin back to the slightly cooled glue. You want to make sure that the glue is hard enough that the pin back won’t sink all the way into the glue.
Step 4. Once the silicon tray is cool to the touch, remove the glue gun skull. You can trim away any messy glue gun strands now.
Step 5. Now the fun part! Begin adding colorful embellishments to your skull. If you’re pressed for time and want to keep this project under 15 minutes, I suggest painting the eyes and nose black and adding the teeth detail.
Step 6. Then just add a few basic shapes to finish the look! As with all projects, you can go as simple or as complicated as you want with this step.
Step 7. Once you’re happy with the look, add a couple coats of spray sealant to protect your artwork!
I loved being able to add my own touch to this Hot Glue Dia de Los Muertos Calavera Pin and will be wearing it for many years to come!