Sugar Skull Plates





Introduction: Sugar Skull Plates

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Make food-safe sugar skull plates and add some color to your dinner table!

Step 1: Watch the Short Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need

Rubbing Alcohol

E-6000 Spray Adhesive

Krylon spray paint in white and colors you like

Images from


Black Short Cuts Paint Pen

Minwax Polycrylic

Step 3: Prep the Plate and Cut the Images

Clean the back of the plates with rubbing alcohol

Edge them with a paint pen

*Smoosh the pen over a corner to create a divit and it will easily glide over the edge of the plate

Cut out your images

Step 4: Adhere and Paint

If you are using a white image and painting the plate a color, you will want to spray the back of the white image with white spray paint

*This will keep the color from bleeding through the sugar skull

Spray the front of the image with E-6000 Spray Adhesive and apply to the back of the plate

Add the skull first and then the flowers

When dry, spray paint the back of the plate in a color you like

Step 5: Seal the Back

Add several coats of Minwax Polycrylic to the back and let dry

*Clean these dishes with a sponge and immediately dry them to keep them in perfect shape!



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6 Discussions

Do you think this technique would work if I use plates that have designs etched into the bottoms of them?

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As long as I make sure it's glued well to the plate and that the color I use for the plate doesn't drop under the image?

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Yes, make sure it's glue well to the plate. You can also use a thin line of clear coating to seep under the image first (just in case) and then paint over that. That should keep it perfectly crisp.

you could just tape it on he back and sharpie stencil so you can reuse the template