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In November, colourful and lively festivals pop up all over Mexico and other parts of the world to celebrate Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It’s a way of celebrating and remembering the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Follow the simple steps below to paint your own decorative Day of the Dead stone skulls.

You will need:

  • Newspaper
  • Round stones or pebbles with a flat surface
  • Thick and thin paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Felt-tip pens
  • Cup of water

Step one

Gather your equipment!

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Step two

Using a thick paintbrush, go over the entire top surface of one of your stones with a first coat of white paint. Leave to dry.

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Step three

Once dry, paint a second coat of white over the stone and leave to dry again.

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Step four

Using a felt-tip pen, draw and fill in in big black eyes.

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Step five

Draw a little nose, like an upside-down heart shape, then a line of very straight teeth underneath.

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Step six

Now it’s time to decorate your skull with paint and felt-tip pens! Little flowers, dots in circular patterns and curly swirls are common designs. Use as many colours as you like!

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Repeat the steps above to create a whole set of Day of the Dead table decorations!

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Feeling inspired? Check out last month’s Lonely Planet Kids activity.