One of the most common decorations on altars for Day of the Dead is the sugar skull. You might not know how easy they are to make; they just require a little time (drying overnight) and patience (decorating with royal icing). I’ve put together a detailed tutorial with photos so you can see how easy it is!
You can even do this project with the kids—but be sure to use a drop cloth in case they make a mess with the sugar.
Here’s my recipe for making sugar skulls and royal icing. The sugar I used to make the skulls was provided by Zulka, my favorite brand of non-GMO Mexican cane sugar. I received a sample but this creation and my opinions are my own.
A few notes on the supplies I used:
- I used a medium-sized 3D sugar skull mold purchased from Viva Greetings.
- I used Zulka azúcar morena, which was sent to me by the company to use.
- I used Wilton disposable decorating bags, and reusable couplers, round decorating tips (though I’ve used the open star tip and the drop flower tip in the past as well), meringue powder and icing colors.
Have you ever made your own sugar skulls for Día de los Muertos? Let me know if you use my tutorial to make them!