I love how embellished sugar skulls have seeped over from Día de los Muertos into Halloween decor and costumes. It’s hard not to admire a colorful sugar skull design! With that in mind, I wanted this year’s set of Halloween printables to call back to the sugar skull tradition. The subject of the illustration featured in the printables is a cat — an animal long associated with Halloween — and a sugar skull-inspired design!
I used this illustration to make three different Halloween printables for you, which you can find by clicking here. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use these printables to punctuate your Halloween with some artistic personality!
1. Candy Packet Halloween Printables
If you’re handing out candy this year, consider providing candy packets to trick-or-treaters! Candy packets help you to control the portions that you provide, and they offer an element of surprise — who knows what treats are inside?
To make them, print out the Halloween candy packet printable from the Printable “Sugar Skull” Halloween Cat Illustrations packet. Feel free to print the design out on any paper that you want to; from regular printer paper to cardstock, anything will work! Once you print out the design, cut it out along the guidelines.
Next, fold the two side flaps backward and glue them to each other. Fold the bottom flap backward as well and glue it to the side flaps.
Fold the top flap in order to make a crease, then restore the flap to its original position. Stuff the packet with candy, and secure it shut with a piece of washi tape (or — better yet — a wax seal!).
And voilà! All of a sudden, you’re the most artistic and creative neighbor on the block.
2. Happy Halloween Sugar Skull Cat Card
If you like to send Halloween greetings through the mail, give this sugar skull cat card a try! It’s easy, unique, and elegant.
First, print out the 3″x7″ sugar skull cat illustration (find it here) onto a piece of cardstock. Then, fold the left side of the paper backward such that the crease is about 1/4″ (~6 mm) from the cat’s tail.
The back of your paper should look like this:
Once you’ve folded your paper, use scissors to cut out the cat. Leave about 1/4″ of space around him! Make sure your scissors cut through the folded paper as well, and don’t cut the seam from the cat’s back foot to the bottom of his tail.
Use your preferred calligraphy or hand-lettering style to write “Happy Halloween” inside the card, and you’re finished!
3. Halloween Artwork or Coloring Page
Of the three projects detailed in this post, this is the most straightforward! Simply print out the 8″x10″ sugar skull cat illustration, then use your favorite medium to add color to it.
Once you finish coloring, you can frame the piece and display it as part of your Halloween décor!
I hope that you enjoy these Halloween printables! I absolutely loved creating them, so it will be my pleasure if you’re able to put them to good use. 🙂 For additional Halloween-themed inspiration, you may be interested in these tutorials, posts, and/or printables from years past:
- Frida Kahlo Halloween Art Tutorial
- Spider Mail Art
- Creepy Halloween Castle Envelope Art
- 3 Artistic DIY Halloween Stationery Project Tutorials
Have a wonderful October, and thanks very much for reading TPK!