Sugar Skull Planter

Sugar Skull Planter

Posted by DecoArt on Sep 26th 2021

Paint these sugar skull planters in bright bold colors. Use Americana Acrylic Paints™.


    • tracing paper
    • transfer paper
    • pencil
    • terra cotta pot
    • 3/4" Flat Brush
    • 3/0 Liner Brush
    • 3 Round Brush


    1. Choose any size terra-cotta flower pot for this project. Work with one pot or paint a variety of sizes and shapes to create a diy centerpiece or display.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Using the 3/4" flat brush, paint the entire surface with Snow White Americana Acrylic Paint™. Apply a second coat and allow to dry. Using the pattern provided, trace design onto tracing paper and transfer to the pot. If you prefer, use pattern for a reference and draw your own design with a pencil. Paint the eyes and some flower centers using Desert Turquoise. Allow to dry.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Paint the nose and some other flower centers using Ocean Blue. Allow to dry. Apply second coat, if needed.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Using Jack O Lantern and a small round brush, paint the teeth and some details, such as flower petals and hearts. Apply second coat and allow to dry.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. With Royal Fuchsia, paint scallop designs around the eyes, heart and some flower centers. Allow to dry.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Using Cadmium Yellow, paint some flower petals. Using the handlw of your liner brush, add dip dot details around the nose/heart. Allow to dry.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Using the liner brush, paint the vines and leaves with Festive Green. Allow to dry.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Using a liner brush and Snow White, paint the design in the center of the eyes. Allow to dry.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Slightly thin Lamp Black paint with clean water. Load your liner brush and outline the design with Lamp Black. Allow to dry.
    18. Instruction #9
    19. Optional: Following manufacturer's instructions, apply Dura Clear High Gloss Varnish (or any Dura Clear Varnish) to add an extra layer of protection for use outside.
    20. Instruction #10
    21. Paint other pots of varying sizes with the same color palette to create a display or centerpiece.
    22. Instruction #11
    23. Add flowers or fill the sugar skull inspired pots with treats to add to any Dia De Los Muertos celebration and decorations.
    24. Instruction #12


    Skull Design Pattern