Day of the Dead Craft Projects

Find Ideas for Things to Make for Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Crafts
Create sugar skulls and more for Day of the Dead!. Wendy Connett/ Getty Images

Celebrate the Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos) festival by making decorations, altars and traditional sugar skulls. There are many other crafty ways to celebrate the day. Day of the Dead crafts use bright and vibrant themes and can be a fun alternative to spooky Halloween crafts. For more information about the celebration take a look at this in depth feature from About.com Go Mexico Guide, Suzanne Barbezat - Day of the Dead Celebration.

Here is a round up of some of the Day of the Dead crafts for you to enjoy:

Day of the Dead Skulls and Sugar Skulls Projects

No Day of the Dead celebration can be complete without a sugar skull or brightly decorated skull or skeleton. Brightly colored sugar skulls are an integral part of Day of the Dead celebrations. If you want to find out more about sugar skulls or are looking for some design inspiration then take a look at this gallery of sugar skulls.

Here are some Day of the Dead skull themed projects:

  • Skull and bead earrings - Day of the Dead earrings
  • Make a fabric skull garland (this garland has been designed for the Pagan festival of Samhain, however it adapts well to a Day of the Dead celebration.
  • Sugar Skull Necklace and Sugar Skull Earrings

Day of the Dead Altars and Shrines

Make an altar or shrine for your Day of the Dead decorations and to display special keepsakes of a loved one:

Paper Flowers and Flower Decorations

Paper flowers and flower decorations can be used in many ways during Day of the Dead celebrations. Make some as garlands or create some small flowers to decorate altars. Make the flowers from brightly colored tissue paper to add some vibrant color to your decorations. Rubber stamps can be used to stamp the paper before making the flowers to add further interest. Drawn or painted flowers can also make pretty additions to an altar or could be used to make a small garland. If you don't fancy drawing a flower free-hand then check out the flower stencils below.

  • Flower containers - tiny vases and buckets to display miniature flowers
  • Flower cross stitch patterns - range of flower cross stitch patterns
  • Crochet flowers - crochet patterns for different types of flowers
  • Flower symbols - flower symbols
  • Free flower stencils - free flower templates, these could be used to carve stamps or to make stencils
  • Flower reference photos - photos for inspiration

Templates and Drawing Resources

  • Waving skeleton template - friendly skeleton that could be used in many ways
  • Skull template - use this template to make sugar skull themed decorations
  • Death symbols - ideas for other symbols of death and dying
  • Musculature of the head - information about the formation of heads
  • How to draw a head - essential information for people wanting to learn more about drawing heads and skulls

Tips for Day of the Dead Crafts

Here are some tips to help you with your Day of the Dead crafting:

  • Use glitter glue or glitter pens to add a touch of sparkle to your projects
  • If you don't have the supplies on hand to make brightly colored paper flowers or paper sugar skulls, try cutting shapes from pieces of colored or patterned paper
  • Look for Halloween cast-offs that you can transform with paints and embellishments

Show Off Your Day of the Dead Crafts

Have you finished any Day of the Dead crafting projects? Why not share a picture or two of your work with others. Simply fill out this form to submit photos of your Day of the Dead craft projects - Day of the Dead Show and Tell.

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