For those that are unaware of the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico, it is basically a day that celebrates the previous lives of the dead. Graves of loved ones are decorated with flowers, ornate candy skulls and candles. It's really quite beautiful and people pour their hearts and souls into the memory of their loved ones. You can read more about the tradition here.
Supplies you will need:
Glue gun and glue
Foam ring -found in the floral department
black crepe paper streamers
Next, we will begin work on the sugar skeletons.
You want to cut the head of the skeleton from it's body and leave enough of a stem so that you can easily press the skeleton head into your wreath.
I used acrylic white paint. For an even stronger bond, I would suggest using white paint especially designed for painting plastic.
I again used acrylic paint and a little pen and ink.
Let your skulls dry completely. While we wait, we can start on adding a hanging ribbon to our wreath.
Here I added the hanging ribbon for my wreath. This is not a dollar store ribbon, I used what I had handy, but the dollar store does have some ribbon available.
I start by wrapping the ribbon around the top of the wreath and then making a large loop at the top. Tie a knot around your loop.
Now it's time to position our skulls. I begun by finding the center of my wreath and placing one skull in the center.
Add a little hot glue to the stem of your skull and press into the hole you just made in your wreath. Do this with all three of your skulls.
The silk flowers I used were also from what I had on hand, but they sell silk flowers at the dollar store as well. Look for bright colors. Reds, yellows, pinks and oranges look great.
Here I used the back tip of a paintbrush to make a hole to place my flowers.
Add a little hot glue to the stem of the silk flower and stick the flower in your wreath. Do this will all of your silk flowers.
And here is the completed Day of the Dead wreath.
Here are some Day of the Dead inspirations to help you in creating your own wreath.