Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sugar Skull Magnet Tutorial + a Kit!

Hi Everyone! Last week I made some handmade sugar skull magnets to send as gifts to our Day of the Dead Mini Shrine Swappers. (you'll want to check out all the eye candy for sure!)
And then I decided to have a giveway with the extras!

So many of you asked for a tutorial and/or the ability to buy them, so here we are! And even better than that, I have put together a KIT for you, so that you can make your own Dia De delights! All you need to do is add the glitter, glue, and anything else you would like. They are available in two colors and you can find them HERE!

The Tutorial (couldn't be much easier!): First, grab yourself a kit. Each kit will make four! If you want to add color to the back of your magnet, I recommend doing that before attaching your Sugar Skull Paper Cut. I painted the back of my Masonite base with basic black acrylic paint so that I could sign them with a White Sharpie Paint Marker. Attach your Paper Cut to the base using Mod Podge or a similar glue. If you wish, you can ink the edges. If you want to seal your piece, you can do that now. I used a Spray Acrylic Sealer to protect my image. You could also use Mod Podge, Diamond Glaze, Glossy Accents, Crackle, Resin, etc. Next add some bling. I used Pink and Turquoise Stickles, and then finished off the piece with a Swarovski crystal. Finally, attach your magnet using a strong glue such as E6000!
See, now wasn't that easy? While you are most welcome to follow this tutorial to a T (permission granted), there are so many other possibilities too. Color them with Copics, add more crystals/bling, create an antique crackle effect, spritz them with Glimmer Mists, add some gold teeth via Stickles (lol), break out your glitter pens... you get the idea. Most importantly, have FUN! These make great gifts. You can even give the kit as a gift! Oh yes, they also make fantastic heads for our Doll Kits too! I'm so glad you were all as excited about these as I was. Thanks for the little push to share! xoxo


  1. I squealed with delight after seeing all those lovely creations over at your FB page. I've been making Dia de Los Muertos art since the early 80's when I first saw my first celebration across the border. I lived here all my life and as Mexican-Americans, we usually celebrated that holiday with religious traditions, going to a Requiem Mass, visiting the cemeteries and bringing nothing more than flowers to lay at the graves, say a prayer and leave. But after my grandparents passed away and were buried in Mexico, we went across the border to visit their graves and I saw all the colour and pageantry, plus the sugar sculls blew me away, along with the Day of the Dead bread or Pan Muerto and all the little toys and trinkets sold outside the cemetery...I was in love. So I'm glad there's so many types of supplies now but I think back on my many attempts and some failures, at creating something so different and many times told, bizarre!! LOL

    Love your site and will have to return often now that my blog is up again.. Between gmail and yahoo, I have felt doomed many times!!


  2. Ah-maz-ing! Love sugar skulls & these look like SO much fun :)


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