Mums in DIY Skull Flowerpots for Halloween

Renee Valdes
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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2 hours


When it comes to celebrating Halloween, extend the festivities with Latin style. Make colorful calavera skulls on clay flowerpots and plant chrysanthemums inside.

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a popular celebration of food and festivals that originated in Mexico. It honors the lives of those who have passed on. Colorful calavera skulls, known also as sugar skulls, are the most recognizable symbol. Find out how to create your own skull or simply use our downloadable PDF.

Step 1

To get started, remove any stickers from your flowerpot and spray paint it white.

For full coverage, spray paint twice. Be sure to spray the rims and inside the pot about 2″. You won’t have to wait long to spray paint between coats. 

Step 2

While you wait for your flowerpots to dry, begin drawing your skull or just download the easy skull PDF.

If you’re drawing your own skill, start with a 4 inch circle. You can trace around a flowerpot (as seen above) and create the circle that becomes part of the face. For the chin area, trace a smaller round object, such as a drinking glass. Erase the lines you don’t need.

Start the mouth with a horizontal line and draw ovals over it for the teeth.

Step 3

About 3/4 of the way down from the top of your circle, use a straight edge of paper, or ruler, and draw a horizontal line. Draw a vertical line through the middle of your circle. These will help you keep your drawing in proportion. 

You could also skip the circles and just begin with the eyes. Use a bottle cap from a gallon of milk to trace circles for the eyes. Draw an upside down heart for the nose. Add other features, such as flowers and other decorative lines and shapes to fill out the design.

Step 4

When your skull design is ready, flip it over and on the back, rub pencil lead across the area of the drawing. This will help you trace the design onto your flowerpot. 

Step 5

Trim your skull drawing with scissors, leaving about an inch on each side.

Step 6

When the spray paint is completely dry, tape your drawing to the flowerpot. 

Using a pencil, trace the front of the drawing onto the flowerpot, whether the PDF or your own design. 

Step 7

Start painting your color scheme on the flowerpot with your paint markers or brushes.

Day of the Dead calavera skulls typically come decorated with bright colors, including marigold, and of course, outlined in black.

Step 8

The last step is outlining your design with a black paint marker. This is the easiest way to create the rounded lines.

Start inside the skull and outline the eyes and other features. Save the outline of the entire skull for last to keep from smearing the paint.

Step 9

Now you’re ready to drop in a mum and display your decorative skull flowerpot. If you plan to use your flowerpot outside, make sure to use a sealer first. 

Step 10

You can also display your skull flowerpots with indoor plants or herbs. 

Step 11

No matter what design you create, skull flowerpots can be a festive and colorful way to decorate for Halloween. 

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