Monday, November 2, 2009

Day of the Dead

This year we decided to make calaveras, little sugar skulls that are used to decorate altars or to give little kids cavities when they eat them. Why? My boys have been bugging me for about 3 years to make them. So, we made them. This is what they are supposed to look like:

I was foolish enough to walk away and get something else done while they decorated theirs with frosting. This is what I found:
Thing 1 is a minimalist-less is more! Or he's carving in the skull injuries that caused this poor one's demise.This guy got into a silly string fight...


With this one, who lost.
A bystander green beret got mixed up in the fray.

This one was mistaken for a forensic face reconstruction kit- turns out it was the Hulk's skull they found. So luckily there were a few untouched ones and they turned out a little more traditional. I would recommend using real decorator tips and bags instead of snipping a little hole and letting the kids have blowouts on the tops and sides. You have way more control with the real thing. Here's our results:






Except to me, especially at this angle,
they look a lot like this guy:

9 comments:

Kat said...

Oh how fun! I bet my boys would LOVE that. :)

BoufMom9 said...

What a great craft and learning experience and looks like the kids REALLY enjoyed themselves :)

4boyzmdmom said...

I'm sure we'd have a bunch that looked like that if we did that at my house!

caramama said...

Those are awesome! Especially the guy who lost the silly string fight. ;-)

That Girl said...

I think my favorite is the green beret. Your skulls are cultured!

RAQ said...

love it! did you take them to the cemetery and put on the graves along with candles?

Patty O. said...

How cool! That looks like a lot of fun!

Jen said...

These are great! Too funny what can happen when your back is turned for one second!

Honey Mommy said...

Haha! That last one does look a lot like C3PO.