Dia De Los Muertos Skull Mask Painting Tutorial

Make these! DIY Dia De Los Muertos Skull Masks

Fall is in the air and we’re getting ready for all the fun festivities! I just wrapped up all the excitement from painting my first public mural and hosting a pop-up shop. One of the favorite pieces of the night were the Dia De Los Muertos Skull Masks so I thought you might like to see how they’re made! The kids and adults at the event loved picking up the masks and taking photos. These fun little masks seemed to catch everyone’s eyes and they are just super fun this time of year. Check out the Dia De Los Muertos Skull Mask Painting Tutorial below! 

Make these! DIY Dia De Los Muertos Skull Masks

Skull Mask Tutorial 

Creating these fun Dia De Los Muertos Skull Masks are super easy, fun and the whole family can make one! 

  1. Gather supplies: Paint (Black, white & teal), Paint brushes, Black Paint Markers, Wooden Skull Masks (We found ours at Michaels).
  2. Set up your work station: cover your table with newspaper or canvas tarp.
  3. Paint the skull white then let dry.
  4. Then Paint the mouth black.
  5. Next, Paint the eyes and nose teal then let dry. 
  6. Design your mask with the black paint marker. You can do this however you like but a few things I did first:  
    • a wave at the bottom
    • a flower at the top
    • a heart between the eyes
    • a flower around the interior of the eyes and exterior
  7. Once you have the above design elements, you can take your paint marker and create lines and dots that flow in the direction of the elements. 

Skull Painting Tutorial

The wooden skull masks are typically found near the halloween craft supplies at most craft stores. You might even find something similar at Target or Walmart. 

Painting Skulls

You can paint the masks any color you’d like but since I was working with a beach theme, I stuck with teal, black and white. I love how the teal pops and the black + white creates a good contrast. You could always use multiple colors if you’d like. 

Dia De Los Muertos Skull Mask Painting Tutorial

This art project takes about an hour to complete. If you’ve done a few it may take less time. 

How to paint a dia de los muertos skull

I recently rediscovered paint pens and they are my absolute favorite tool right now. It’s really fun to create little details with these pens.

Dia De Los Muertos Skull Decor

I hope you enjoy this fun paint tutorial! Let me know if you’d like to see more painting or craft projects from us. We’ve had a ton of fun creating and playing around the house with these little skulls. Give it a try and pin the image below to save it for later! xo, Bri 

This post contains an affiliate link. I only link to products I use and love. 


I love sharing about family, food and fun in and around San Diego! Enjoy, Bri

Recommended Articles