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Topic: Ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos  (Read 1528 times)
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lotus01
« on: October 20, 2009 06:42:43 PM »

Hello All... this is my first time sharing a completed project on craftster! I'm not sure if it was more appropriate to share it in the holiday forum but there was no section for Dia de los Muertos Sad This was a joint project between my husband and I. Billie Holiday was the inspiration for this particular alter although most commonly alters are made to commemorate loved ones that have past. I made the calaca (skeleton) using a cheap plastic Halloween skull and a wood dowel for her backbone. I then built her up with paper mache. My husband built the alter from pieces of our old fence. I made crepe paper marigolds and then added a vase with fresh picked marigolds from our garden.  I found a lot of good information on this  website about building ofrendas in your home as well as the history of the holiday http://mexicansugarskull.com/index.html The Mexican Day of the Dead by Chloe Sayer was also a good resource. I hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment












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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009 03:15:39 PM »

this is really cool. i'm in the middle of making a paper mache skelly man. how big is yours? its hard to tell in the pics.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2009 08:20:12 PM »

Thank you, skaborsk! She is about 18 inches tall. The altar is about 40 inches from the base to the peak. My goal next year is to to make a life sized skeleton. Looking forward to seeing pics of yours.
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