These puffy paint sugar skull rocks are a great project for all ages to help learn and celebrate Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos. There’s a secret weapon though when it comes to making them. Not all puffy paint is created equal. I actually tried several brands before I came across the Tulip Slick Dimensional Puffy Paint(aff. link) The biggest difference is the opening of the applicator. This brand has a small opening at the tip making it much easier to make lines, dots and small details.
SUGAR SKULL ROCKS SUPPLIES (affiliate links are provided for your convenience):
- Puffy Paint – I used these neon dimensional puffy paints as well as the white and black from this puffy paint set. You could even try the glow in the dark version.
- Rocks – If you can’t find any outside or at your local garden center, you can buy them on Amazon:
- Primer – I used both this black primer and a white primer (similar). You can also use acrylic paint, but a spray primer is much faster and easier for covering multiple rocks quickly.
- Sealant – I used this gloss sealant but this is also a great rock sealant option as well.
SUGAR SKULL ROCKS DIRECTIONS:
- Spray your rocks outside on cardboard using a black or white primer. Two coats are ideal.
- Draw a basic sugar skull design onto the rock using a pencil.
- Shake your puffy paint bottles well and test them first on a scratch piece of paper.
- Carefully add the puffy paint to the rock.
- Let dry completely.
- Seal your finished design with a spray sealant to protect it or leave as is.
If you are looking for more rock painting and rock art ideas, check out my new book, Rock Art Handbook. It has over 30 different rock art tutorials featuring dot painting, marbling, embellishments, decoupaging and much more. In the book I go in-depth on different art supplies that you can use on rocks and provide a ton of tutorials to get your creativity flowing
Hope these sugar skull rocks have provided some Day of the Dead craft inspiration. For more fun crafts, make sure you’re following me on me on Instagram @Colormadehappy and Facebook. And be sure to come share what if you’ve created if you’ve been inspired by one of my posts. I’d love to see it.
If you are interested in more rock craft ideas, check out these other great rock painting and decorating posts.
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- 4 Creative Ways to Decorate Rocks Beyond just Paint