How to Make Sugar Skulls

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Learn how to make Day of the Dead sugar skulls in this free video series about this Mexican holiday tradition.

Series Summary

There are two worlds: the living and the dead. All of us will have to leave this world to transcend to another existence. Wherever this realm of the dead lies, there is no doubt that is separate from the present reality of the living. However, can these two existences ever meet? On November 1st and 2nd, the two separate realities mingle together. An exception to the supernatural rules of this physical world, the Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated by the living for the dead. Observers of the holiday believe that departed souls come to communicate with the living. However, rather than focusing on the dreary prospect of death, the festival is jovial with laughter and love. Grand stories are told of the departed. Alters are built with the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. Pictures and memorabilia are left to remind the departed of their former life. El Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of the ever flowing circle of life and death, and it reinforces the belief that our greatest accomplishment in this life is to be remembered and loved in the next.

As part of the many customs of El Dia de los Muertos, many people create sugar skulls. These skulls play an important symbolic part of Day of the Dead celebrations. Sugar skulls are made from processed sugar, baked, and then decorated. They can be given as gifts or placed on alters. Sugar skulls are extremely easy to make, and they are a fun craft project for people of all ages.

In this free video series, learn how to make sugar skulls. Our expert, Amanda Claire, shows you the step-by-step process to make these Day of the Dead skulls. Learn what ingredients you need to make the skulls. Also, learn where to find sugar skull molds. Amanda shows you how to form the skull, and she shows you how to bake the sugar skulls. Learn how to add colors to your sugar skulls as well. So, start this el Dia de los Muertos off right, and learn how to make sugar skulls today!

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