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Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull DIY Footprint Painting Activity for Babies & Toddlers

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull DIY Footprint Painting Activity for Babies & Toddlers

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Are you looking for a fun Dia de los Muertos skull painting activity for toddlers to make this year? Keep scrolling to find out how to make this easy Dia de los Muertos sugar skull DIY footprint painting.
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Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos

Growing up, Halloween was hands-down my favorite holiday. I loved dressing up and seeing everyone else’s costumes. And eating a ton of candy, of course!

I assumed this was how everyone celebrated Halloween across the world.

However, in middle school, one of my friends mentioned how she was celebrating Dia de los Muertos and I stopped in my tracks. What was this holiday? How had I never heard of it?

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull DIY Painting with Huggies

Dia de los Muertos (also known as the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday where families remember friends and family members who have died and help them on their spiritual journey.

It takes place October 31-November 2 each year.

People visit cemeteries, build altars, and leave items for the deceased. The goal is to encourage the spirits to visit and hear the thoughts and prayers directed to them. I think of it as a celebration of life.

What is a Sugar Skull?

Dia de los Muertos sugar skull

One of the most recognizable components to Dia de los Muertos are the sugar skulls (also called calaveritas de azúcar.)

It originates with the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards introduced the people of Mexico to the idea of creating decorations out of local ingredients.

Dia de los Muertos sugar skull

Mexico was full of sugar at the time and it was easily accessible to people of all incomes.

Traditionally, sugar skulls are molded from sugar and water and decorated with a deceased loved one’s name.

Today, there are different sizes of skulls, numerous accessories, coffins, and other shapes. And sugar skull-inspired decorations are featured alongside Halloween decor.

I personally appreciate the joyful and celebratory aspects of sugar skull decor compared to the spooky and gruesome Halloween decorations.

Would you like to learn how to make a craft inspired by sugar skulls? Read on!

DIY Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Painting

Sugar Skull-Inspired DIY Footprint Painting


Black Construction Paper
Foam brush
Fine-tip paint brush
Paper Plate
Non-toxic white paint
Acrylic paint in multiple colors (or paint pens)
Plastic table cloth
Huggies Natural Care Wipes

Step 1: Gather your supplies

The first thing I like to do is take an inventory of what we already have and what we still need.

Since this is a baby-oriented activity, I’m a bit pickier about the products I use. I like to be extra careful about the paint I use on my baby.

I grabbed a box of Huggies Natural Care Wipes. This craft tends to get a bit messy, so Huggies wipes are very necessary!

Step 2: Cover a table

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull DIY Painting with Huggies

This can be a messy activity. Usually, I like to paint outside for easy clean-up.

However, it’s October in Seattle and the rain and chill have set in. So, I re-used a plastic tablecloth from my youngest son’s birthday party as our craft surface.

You could also use a cardboard box or newspapers.

Step 3: Paint your baby’s feet

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull DIY Painting with Huggies

My preschooler loves to do footprint activities, but his feet are growing like crazy! So, instead I had him help me paint his brother’s feet. Using the foam brush, paint your baby’s foot completely.

Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies and each toe.

Step 4: Stamp your baby’s feet

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull DIY Painting with Huggies

I like to place my construction paper on a hard surface and bring the paper to my son’s foot. I’m able to move the paper to stamp exactly where I want it.

But, as babies get older, it’s often easier to have them stand directly on the paper on the floor.

Stamp as many times as you’d like. Re-apply paint as necessary.

Step 5: Wipe baby’s feet!

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull DIY Painting with Huggies

This step may be the most crucial! Using your Huggies Natural Care Wipes, clean your child’s feet thoroughly.

Make sure to get all those nooks and crannies again!

I like to purchase Huggies Natural Care Wipes because they are free of alcohol, parabens, and MIT.

Plus, they are hypoallergenic and free of harsh chemicals. And perfect for cleaning up messes like kid crafts involving paint!

Step 6: Paint your design

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull DIY Painting with Huggies

Squirt different colored paint onto a paper plate to create a palette. You could also use paint pens. Then, start creating your sugar skull designs.

I’m not super creative, so I browsed pictures online to use as inspiration.

For me, crafts are about making memories with my kids. My preschooler and I worked on this one together while talking about the Day of the Dead.


Is the paint used for the Dia de los Muertos sugar skull footprint painting safe for babies and toddlers?

Absolutely! Always ensure you use non-toxic, washable paints that are safe for baby’s delicate skin.

How can I prevent my baby or toddler from making a mess during the activity?

Lay down some newspapers or a disposable tablecloth, have wet wipes on hand, and try doing the activity after a feeding when they’re most calm.

Will the paint be easy to wash off my child’s foot?

Yes, the paints recommended for these activities are typically water-based and should rinse off easily with mild soap and water.

Can I use regular paper for the footprint painting?

It’s best to use a thicker paper, like cardstock or canvas, to prevent the paint from bleeding through or wrinkling the paper.

How can I ensure the best footprint impression?

Make sure the foot is evenly coated in paint (not too thick), press it firmly onto the paper, and lift it straight up to prevent smudging.

What age is suitable for this Dia de los Muertos painting activity?

It’s perfect for babies and toddlers of all ages, just ensure constant supervision to ensure they don’t ingest any paint.

Can I turn the sugar skull painting into a keepsake?

Definitely! Once dried, you can frame the painting or even add the date and your child’s name to remember the fun day.

Is this Day of the Dead activity suitable for group playdates?

Yes, it can be a great group activity. Just ensure each child has their own set of materials and enough space.

How long will the painting take to dry?

Depending on the thickness of the paint, it could take a few hours. It’s best to let it dry overnight to be safe.

Can I add other designs or embellishments to the sugar skull footprint?

Absolutely! Let your creativity shine. Add glitter, stickers, or use colored markers to enhance the design once the paint has dried.

Sugar Skull Baby Feet Painting Ideas Wrap-Up

Incorporating cultural celebrations like Dia de los Muertos painting with little ones can be such a joy.

This baby feet painting activity not only creates a memorable keepsake but also introduces them to vibrant traditions.

With feet painting for toddlers and babies, every tiny footprint brings the festivity of Dia de los Muertos to life in a cute and personal way. Enjoy creating and cherishing!

Looking for more Day of the Dead activities? Learn how to make sugar skulls, read these Day of the Dead books for kids, see small towns in Mexico to visit during Day of the Dead, and find out fun Day of the Dead crafts for kids!

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Courtney Buteau

Monday 9th of October 2017

This craft is so cute! I love this whole idea. I totally want to do this with my 5-month old's feet. I always have wipes handy, too. So it should be an easy cleanup! #client


Monday 9th of October 2017

Do it! Seriously! Your baby's feet will grow so quickly!

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