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The Easiest Way to Decorate Chocolate Skulls for Day of the Dead

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The easiest way to make your own calaveritas de chocolate for Dia de los Muertos! | Live Colorful

We are a few days away from Halloween and the Day of the Dead celebrations. That put us in the mood of making a super fun and easy tutorial show you how to make and decorate chocolate skulls using a different kind of candy!

 

MATERIALS:

  • 3D Sugar skulls mold (Similar to the one we got on a local store)
  • White chocolate (500 grams)
  • Candy, chocolate chips, colored edible confetti

STEPS:

1. Melt about 90% of the white chocolate in a double boiler carefully. Check the temperature regularly. Turn off the stove when you get a liquid chocolate consistency.

2. Pour the white chocolate in your skull molds, do it slowly and carefully. Then put your chocolate skulls in the refrigerator.

3. Wait one or two hours until yours skulls feel firm.

4. With the white chocolate leftovers, do the same as step # 1. When the chocolate is ready, pour it into a small container and use it to glue the candy.

5. Have fun decorating the chocolate skulls!

Check out the tutorial that we made last year, it’ll explain more in detail how we made the chocolate skulls. We decorated them with melted white chocolate painted with food coloring. It was fun!

How to Make Chocolate Skulls for Day of the Dead

Learn how to make chocolate skulls inspired by the Day of the Dead in 5 easy steps! | LiveColorful.com

Learn how to make chocolate skulls inspired by the Day of the Dead in 5 easy steps! | LiveColorful.com

 

More Day of the Dead projects and ideas here. 

How to Paint a Fun Chevron Pattern on Your Walls

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How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

I really like the color of my kid’s bedroom. The room was already painted with that hue when we moved in and we decided to keep it that way. It’s an unusual shade for a toddler, but it works great as a neutral canvas for all the colorful toys that are laying around the room.

There is just one problem with this shade of gray-blue, it darkens the space.

So I decided to add a lighter color that will balance the light in the room. At first, I was just going to paint the whole wall in white. But then, I was inspired by the idea of painting some waves, that would look great with the acrylic octopus mobile that my son has above his crib. My son is really into animals, and water, so I knew it was going to be perfect.

Instead of covering the whole wall, I brainstormed and came up with a simple chevron pattern that simulates waves, and looks versatile and modern.

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

MATERIALS:

  • 1 gallon of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Sheen: Matte. Color: Snowbound SW 7004
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock
  • 1 Purdy® White Dove™ Roller Cover 9″
  • KWIK-Release™ 9″ Roller Frame
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

STEPS:

  1. Start by measuring the wall and planning the pattern so everything looks geometrical.
  2. Measure, mark and use the painter’s tape to trace the pattern.
  3. Apply the paint.
  4. Wait few minutes after you finish painting and remove the tape. Do it carefully to avoid pulling up any paint.

The wall looks great, and the white pattern actually lightens up the room. I also moved things around in the bedroom, so everything looks new and fresh!How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. Find the original article in Spanish here. 

How to Make Extra Soft Homemade Playdough for Toddlers

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The softest homemade playdough for toddlers. Easy recipe! | Live Colorful

When I was a kid, all I wanted to play with was polly pocket houses and playdough. I loved using the playdough to “design” extra props for my polly pocket city. I used to make trees, sofas, cars and all of sorts of cute and silly things.

However, my boy didn’t seem that interested in playdough at all. I bought him a few Play-Doh bottles a few months ago, but he just didn’t know what to do with it, and then, our poodle started eating it! So we threw it away.

Then last summer, a friend sent me a homemade playdough recipe that she found on Pinterest. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be an interesting activity for my toddler, but I wanted to try. So we planned a playdate and we tried the recipe in my house. It was fun and the kids actually enjoyed the process more than I thought.

This is a perfect activity for the upcoming cold days of fall and winter. You can make just a small mix of one color in a few minutes, or various mixes in various colors, and extend the fun for hours!

We found the recipe at How Does She and it ended up super fluffy and soft.

The softest homemade playdough for toddlers. Easy recipe! | Live Colorful

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 10 drops of food coloring (add more for more vibrant colors)

NOTE: We tried to double all the ingredients to make a bigger batch of mix, but the result wasn’t great. We tried again with the exact measurements from the recipe and the playdough ended up perfect.

STEPS:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a pot and stir them until blended together.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a large ball.
  3. As soon as it joins into one large ball, take it off the heat and dump it onto your counter or wax paper.  
  4. Wait for it to cool for a few minutes, then knead it a few times until it becomes super soft.
  5. Store it in plastic containers.

The softest homemade playdough for toddlers. Easy recipe! | Live Colorful

The softest homemade playdough for toddlers. Easy recipe!