Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to Paint a Sugar Skull Backdrop

If you like no rules and funky designs then painting a sugar skull backdrop should be on your project list.  This sugar skull backdrop is a great statement piece for any Halloween party.

how to paint a sugar skull backdrop

Below I'll share how I painted this large sugar skull backdrop for our recent back to school party.

diy sugar skull backdrop

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  • 1/2" plywood (30" x 40" or desired size)
  • matte white & black paint
  • paint brushes (various sizes)
  • pencil
  • multiple colors acrylic paint (I recommend DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels)

how to paint a sugar skull backdrop

Step 1: Cut plywood to desired size and sand edges.  Paint the basic skull shape using matte white, two coats will be necessary.

how to paint a sugar skull backdrop

Step 2: Paint the background matte black, now's your chance to make crisp edges for the skull and really perfect the shape.

how to paint a sugar skull backdrop

Step 3: Use a pencil to sketch in the eye sockets, nose, teeth, jaw line and basic decorative elements.  Use black paint for the eye sockets, nose and outline the teeth then start on the decorations with bright colored paints.

how to paint a sugar skull backdrop

Step 4: Continue to add colorful decorative elements.  Keep things symmetrical when appropriate and use lots of colors.  Once completed outline every element using the same black paint.

Attach a wire hanger to the back and enjoy.

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