I got some tips from Zulka Sugar last year on how to make Sugar Skulls for The Day of the Dead and I thought they would also work great for Halloween parties! They do take a few days to make, so I suggest starting 3 days before your event, party or holiday. Just imagine it as a sweet crafty family fun weekend!
To begin, you’ll need a skull mold. You can find them at Michael’s or on Amazon inexpensively. You will also need a flat piece of cardboard cut out into a square to dry the skulls. I suggest taping parchment paper around it to keep it clean. The rest of the ingredients are easy peasy!
- 1 cup Zulka Morena Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp meringue powder
- 1 1/2 tsp water
- Cookie Icing (or use this recipe for Royal Icing)
- Food Coloring (for the icing)
First, mix together meringue powder, water and sugar until it looks and feels like wet sand. Then press the sugar mixture into the molds. You’ll want to do this with enough pressure to fill in all the creases. Once you are sure you have them filled in, even the back out with a knife or spatula. Turn these over quickly onto the cardboard pieces. It sounds tricky, but the sugar should hold inside!
Repeat this until you have all the sugar skull molds you need. Let them dry at room temperature for 24 hours. DO NOT refrigerate. If you put them in the fridge they will solidify in the cold, but when they thaw out later the moisture will make them fall apart.
Once they have all been dried out for 24 hours, then you are ready to put them together! They should be hard enough to handle and all you will need is 1 to 2 tsps of Icing along the back like glue. Then press the two sides together. Let this dry for another 12 hours.
Now you are ready to color the skulls. We started with white icing and then just made different colors with food coloring because Tot is impatient. Honestly, you don’t have to be an artist, just have fun!
If you want them to look a little better than your kid’s drawings, you can create icing bags with different colors using Ziplock Bags with the tip cut off (or purchase Wilton Icing Bags with decorative tips at Michaels). Ice one layer of the skull, let it dry and then ice another layer. This is to make sure the icing doesn’t all try to blend together and your lines are straighter.
You can find Zulka sugar at Walmart, Target and many other grocery outlets. I found it to be the best sugar to use for crafting sugar molds and their family owned company believes in the importance of sustainable, environmentally friendly products. That’s important to me.
If you decide to make your own skulls, make sure to share them with us on Instagram!