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Sugar Skull Balloon Backdrop

Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead (November 1) is one of my favorite Mexican festivities. It’s a day to celebrate the lives of loved ones that have passed on. On this day, it is believed that those who have passed are able to come back and join their family in the celebration. So, we build them an altar to honor their journey and we decorate it with brightly colored papel picado, paper flowers, marigolds, and the person’s favorite foods, drinks, music and belongings. Sugar skulls are an important part of this tradition, as they are meant to be a representation of a loved ones’ life on earth. Each one is handmade and unique and they come in all different sizes. My mom used to buy them for all her kids and we would leave them up as decorations in our house for the entire month of November. Our team was inspired by these sugar skull candies to create this balloon backdrop – representing a life that was bright and colorful. We added the heart and flower details to help capture a beautiful and loving spirit.

Sugar Skull Balloon Backdrop | Oh Happy Day!

Sugar Skull Balloon Backdrop | Oh Happy Day!

Sugar Skull Balloon Backdrop | Oh Happy Day!

Materials:  Projector, Day of the Dead skull design, 260Q latex balloons (in pink, orange, yellow, wintergreen, light green, tropical teal, caribbean blue, and neon pink), balloon hand pump, scissors, gaffer’s tape

Step 1: Project the design onto a large, blank wall.
Step 2: Fill the lines of the design with balloons, taping them to the wall with loops of gaffer’s tape. You can cut balloons to size by inflating a balloon to the length that you need, knotting both ends, and trimming off the leftovers. For the rounded segments, tie the two ends together to form a loop. Secure the balloons to the wall with a loop at the beginning, middle, and end.

Sugar Skull Balloon Backdrop | Oh Happy Day!

Sugar Skull Balloon Backdrop | Oh Happy Day!

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Styling by Amy Moss
Crafting by Naomi Julia Satake

  1. Kathleen

    September 29, 2016

    SO CUTE.

  2. Michelle

    September 29, 2016

    This looks so amazing!

  3. Katie Harvey

    September 29, 2016

    Ahh this is so creative! I love the pastel color choices! Great job! (clap, clap, clap)

  4. Natalie

    September 29, 2016

    Love your balloon backgrounds, they’re always so bright and fun! Whenever they’re in my feed they cheer up my day no end – thank you

    – Natalie

  5. diecast

    September 29, 2016

    This is such an amazing ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Amanda

    October 6, 2016

    I love this! I’m kinda obsessed with sugar skulls. I have a small handmade business making modern paint by number kits. I’ve designed a couple of holiday themed kits including a sugar skull. My husband thought I was crazy, but its been a best seller, My kit with this decoration would make for a pretty fun paint and sip party 🙂

  7. bonnie

    October 9, 2016

    Love this!!!

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