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Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have died. It takes place on November 1 and November 2. Sugar Skulls would be used to decorate alters built to honor the dead. The Sugar Skulls are also given as gifts. It's a really fun family project too. If your kids take Spanish in school. Do this with them next year. Maybe they can get some extra credit!


  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 tsp Meringue Powder
  • 1 tsp Water
  • Skull molds (unless you're really good at sculpting!)


  • Mix Sugar and Meringue Powder
  • Stir until well blended
  • Sprinkle with water
  • Mix well with hands
  • It should feel like beach sand.
  • FIRMLY pack molds with sugar
  • With a straight edge, scrape off the extra sugar until smooth.
  • Immediately turn mold onto cardboard.
  • Carefully lift mold off.
  • Keep going until you run out of sugar.
  • Now let these air day for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Now they are ready to decorate!
  • I made Royal Icing to decorate. These are completely edible, but aren't really very tasty. They are better for decoration.
  • Sugar Skulls aren't scary, they're bright and festive!

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