Sugar Skull Tin Ornaments For Day Of The Dead And Christmas

Christmas Skull Tin Ornaments

Sugar Skull Tin Ornaments For Day Of The Dead And Christmas

By BluKatDesign on Etsy

I love the festive colors of Dia de Los Muertos! This post should have been published last week for the celebration but I just discovered that the Word Press Editor has changed and was very difficult to figure out! After an hour of fussing with it, I finally can do the basics. Now, why didn’t they warn us, why did they make it so hard use, and why the change???

Making tin ornaments is super fun, I make these Day of the Dead ornaments out of tart tins, vintage cookie cutters, and mint tins like Altoids or Mr. Moxey’s.  I also use recycled greeting cards and papers and funky found objects like keys and dice.  Not only can these ornaments be used for Day of the Dead but they look great on a Christmas tree! They also make beautiful gifts for any skull lover! Please click on photos to take you to my Etsy store for details.

day of the dead butterfly ornaments
Day of the Dead butterfly ornaments made with Mr Moxey’s mint tins

butterfly skull tin ornament
Butterfly skull tin ornament
purple sugar skull ornament
Purple sugar skull ornament with lock

Green sugar skull ornament
Green sugar skull ornament with key

day of the dead ornaments
Sugar skull Christmas ornaments

Pink sugar skull ornament
Tin ornament in pink!

I also make colorful skull necklaces and earrings. You can find some of my festive Day of the Dead jewelry here: Skull Necklaces

For more Day of the Dead ideas, please follow me on Pinterest:

Would you put skulls on your Christmas tree? If not, you can find my classic vintage-inspired tin ornaments in my Etsy store! Your comments are welcomed below.

Christmas in July SALE on all handmade ornaments!


Christmas in July SALE on all handmade ornaments!



Christmas in July sale on all ornaments, not only Christmas ornaments but Valentine’s ornaments, get well, friendship, and thank-you gift ornaments!  See wine cork ornaments, paper fan ornaments and Steampunk all in my Etsy store, BluKatDesign. You will find all sorts of special upcycled ornaments there!


Butterfly ornament made from a vintage cookie cutter



Upcycled Vintage Valentine



Steampunk paper fan ornaments with upcycled sheet music



Love vintage ornaments? Follow me on Pinterest: Vintage Christmas



Do you love making or collecting ornaments as much as I do? I would love your comments below!

DIY Crafts Clay Christmas Ornaments

Clay ornaments

Simple DIY clay ornaments

DIY Crafts Clay Christmas Ornaments


natural stone clay crafts

Natural stone clay from ACTÍVA Products

Simple DIY Clay Christmas Ornaments For a Fun Holiday Craft Project

 I have always loved the look of lacy ceramics so when I got this Natural Stone Clay  from ACTÍVA Products I was super excited to try making ornaments using my late mother-in-laws doilies to make textures in the clay. This is a super easy project that would be great for kids!  I love the natural white but you could use a watercolor to accentuate the lace.

materials for christmas ornamentsMaterials:

  • Natural Stone Clay by ACTÍVA Products
  • Krylon or Valspar clear gloss or satin finish
  • Fairy dust glitter
  • Cord for hanging


  • Cookie cutters
  • Old rolling pin or straight glass
  • Doilies
  • Waxed paper
  • Stir stick straw
  • Optional sandpaper


  1. Take a handful of clay making sure you have enough for the size of cookie cutter you are using.  Make a ball and press flat then gently roll out about 3/8″ thick on waxed paper with old rolling pin or straight glass. This clay reminds me of pie dough; it will crack and split if you press too hard. If it does crack, just squish it together. I found working one or two ornaments at a time is the easiest:


2) Sandwich the dough between two doilies and roll out until about 1/4″ thick:

Roll clay between doilies




3) Lift off doily and cut out with cookie cutters, I had a flower and heart cutters but birds would be cute too:

cookie cutter ornaments


4) With a stir stick straw, poke a hole for the cord hanger:

clay flower ornament


christmas ornament crafts

5) Smooth out any rough edges with finger, may use a little water.

6) Let dry 1-2 days on waxed paper, flipping them over if they start curling. You can use sandpaper on the dry clay and also smooth the dry clay with water if necessary.

7) Seal with Krylon clear satin or gloss, sprinkling with fairy dust  glitter and another coat of Krylon.  Let dry then flip them over and do the other side.

8) Tie a cord and hang!

holiday ornament diy


holiday oranment DIY


If you like these ornaments see ideas for more Christmas ornaments: upcycled ornaments using fabric scraps to cover old bulbs and photo ornaments made from jar lids! Also : 5 Christmas Crafts Ornaments and Decorations

Follow my Pinteres board: Christmas Ornaments

Do you love making Christmas ornaments as much as I do?  If you try making these let me know how it goes, comments welcomed!

Recycled and Upcycled Plastic Bottle Crafts for Kids and Adults

plastic bottle flowers

Plastic Bottle Flower Ornaments DIY

Recycled and Upcycled Plastic Bottle Crafts for Kids and Adults


Check out some inspiring recycled plastic bottle projects and a  a new DIY tutorial for plastic bottle flower ornaments. Great recycling ideas for kids and adults. Click on the photos to take you to the tutorials. Be sure to check out my latest  recycled jewelry  too!


plastic bottle cap art

DIY plastic bottle cap art mosaic



inspiring plastic design

Inspiring Plastic Design


plastic crafts

Tutorial for miniature dollhouse Chihuly style “glass” made from plastic containers.


Recycled Plastic Necklace

Recycle plastic into wearable art!

I would love to see how you recycle or upcycle, feel free to post a link to your page, blog or shop! Comments are welcomed here!