Sugar skulls, or calaveras, are a tradition of the Day of the Dead. With his own skull-like appearance, Supreme Leader Snoke from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi bears more than a passing resemblance to the holiday decorations. Put a Star Wars twist on the traditional sugar skull for a unique decoration with this how-to.
What You Need
- Styrofoam, plaster, or plastic decorative skull
- White modeling clay
- Red, black, and gold acrylic paint
- Black glitter glue (optional)
- Two blue gems
- Paint brushes (one with a flat-edged brush)
- Black Sharpie marker
Begin by molding a layer of the white modeling clay around the skull. Spread it evenly across the entire surface, pressing in for the hollows of the eyes and nose. Spread it thinly around the teeth so that the shapes are still visible.
It’s okay if the clay is lumpy — Snoke is rather lumpy himself.
Before the clay dries, use your fingers or a tool to carve in the gashes on each cheek and across the top of the skull. You can use reference images to get the placement just right.
Roll two small balls of clay and gently press them into the eye sockets.
Let the clay dry and harden completely.
Paint the skull white for a base color. Let the paint dry.
Next, fill the nose with black glitter glue (or simply fill in with black paint) and let dry.
Paint a thin red border around the nose for more color, and let dry.
Next, use the gold paint to fill in the gashes you made on the cheeks and top of the skull. Add designs, like loops and filigrees, with the gold paint. Let dry.
Next, use the flat-edged paint brush to fill in the eyes with black paint, and then paint radials (almost like flower petals) out of the middle as a homage to the First Order symbol. Let dry.
Use the black Sharpie marker to draw a circle around the outside of the eye designs to complete the symbols. (You may want to draw it in pencil first.)
Glue one blue gem in each eye.
Finally, outline the teeth with the black marker. (Again, you may want to trace them with pencil first.)
Your Sugar Skull Snoke is complete!