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Layered Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Free SVG


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The Day of the Dead is a holiday representing a celebration of life and death. Originally the holiday was celebrated in Mexico but now is celebrated in many Latin American countries. It is a time for families and communities to come together to remember and honor their deceased loved ones. Sugar skulls, known as calaveras, are one of the symbols closely associated with the Day of the Dead celebration. The skulls are usually edible and made of clay. However, they can also be created with wood, clay and other materials. Sugar skulls are often brightly colored with decorative patterns, designs and flowers.

And this Layered Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Free SVG is perfect for those of you who love paper crafting. Use your Cricut, Silhouette or other cutting machine, your favorite brand of card stock and the free SVG cut file to create and craft this design in minutes. Scroll below for the easy cutting steps and video assembly of the design. Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

-Materials List

  • I am using my Cricut Maker. You could use your Cricut Explore or another similar cutting machine.
  • Light Grip Cutting Mat
  • Glue. I am using Art Glitter Glue
  • Brayer
  • One (1) 12n x 12in sheet of card stock in Tan
  • Two (2) 12in x 12in sheet of card stock in White and Orange
  • Three (3) 12in x 12in sheet of card stock in Black
  • A scrap of card stock in Yellow


Step 1: Download the Layered Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Free SVG File

Download the SVG file in my free Resource Library HERE. You can get the password for my library by filling out the newsletter form at the bottom of this post.

Save the downloaded zipped folder on your computer. Pay attention to where on your computer the folder downloads and then unzip the folder to extract the contents. The folder and files must be unzipped (extracted) before you can upload the SVG file into your cutting software.

Step 2: Upload the Layered Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Free SVG File

Once you have the folder and files extracted/unzipped, upload the Layered Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Free SVG File into Cricut Design Space. The SVG will upload grouped together and will produce a skull that is approximately 6.6 in width x 8.9 in height. You do not need to resize or ungroup the design. However, if you wish to make the design larger or smaller you may do so by grabbing the handles around the bounding box of the design and moving your mouse until you achieve your desired size. Please Note: The smaller you size the design, the more difficult it may be for your machine to cut. If you make the design larger you may need to use card stock larger than 12in x 12in.

After you have the design uploaded on the canvas and at the size that you desire, select Make It in the upper right corner.

Step 3: Mat Preview

Once you have selected Make It, a new window will open with your mat preview screen. On this screen you will see that the software has prepared eleven (11) mats for the cut. Use the scroll bar to the left and scroll through all the layers. Take note of each layer and the order of the layers.

After you finish making adjustments to the elements and taken note of the card stock order, ensure that your first mat is selected. If the first mat is not selected, the cut order will not match the order of your card stock.

When you are ready to begin your cut, select the Continue button in the lower right corner.

Step 4: Intricate Card Stock Cut Settings

After selecting Continue, your next screen will have your material selection menu. For this project, I will use the Custom Setting Card Stock for Intricate Cuts. Check again the order of the mats, arrangement of the elements and ensure that your card stock order matches the software order. Use your brayer to secure your card stock to your mat. Once you are ready to cut, load your mat into your machine and begin.

Step 5: Assemble the Layered Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Free SVG File

That’s it! You have finished cutting the Layered Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Free SVG File. Check out this video of the assembly.

I hope you enjoy this Layered Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Free SVG File. I would love to see how yours turned out. Feel free to post a picture on this post over on my Facebook page, AllThingsWereCreated20, to show it off. See you there! And if you have any crafty friends who might enjoy this post, I would be so grateful if you would share the crafty fun and link them to my website.

Have fun crafting!!


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Download this Layered Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Free SVG File in my FREE resource library. The password to access my FREE resource library is always at the bottom of my newsletter. Use the Design Number to find the file inside the library.

Design #166–Layered Sugar Skull SVG –FREE cut file, available in my resource library

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Last but Not Least

Friendly Reminder: These designs are not to be distributed outside of this blog post.  You are welcome to use these designs for personal or commercial use up to 200 uses in your own home. Please visit my Terms of Use and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. Thanks for your support and understanding.

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