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Upcycled Ukelele – A DIY Dia De Los Muertos Skull

Since I got my hands on the new Crafty Chica collection from Michael's, I've been whipping up lots of Dia De Los Muertos inspired projects, Last month, I had to get my tires rotated so I walked down the street from my tire shop, Cole's Bros, to the Goodwill in Victorville. Inside, I spotted a ukelele that was broken, on sale for $3.99. I probably paid too much for it but I knew it would be perfect to make this Dia De Los Muertos Skull Door Hanging!

Dia De Los Muertos Door Decoration by Jennifer Priest

To make this project, you'll need the following supplies. Some of these you can get on Amazon or other online places so I've linked them up for ya. I do get a small commission if you make a purchase and that helps us keep the crafts flowing.



Other Supplies:

  • Iron
  • Cotton Cloth
  • Dollar Store Mums or Marigolds

Altered Ukelele for Dia De Los Muertos by Jennifer Priest - Door Hanging 3

If you can't find a ukelele, you can use a toy guitar or broken guitar. It's important to paint the whole ukelele with chalk paint or gesso to prime the surface as the acrylci paint won't stick onto the varnished body of the ukelele.

And here's how to create this project, start to finish.

I am so excited at how this project turned out! It's so unique and totally NOT a wreath (are we tied of wreaths yet?) and I hope this inspires you to get outside the wreath and upcycle something trashy into something cool!


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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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