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Topic: El Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) decorations  (Read 1597 times)
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« on: September 17, 2010 05:00:42 PM »

El dia de muertos is one of my favorite holidays. In fact, my three favorite holidays are three days in a row. Devil's Night is on the 30th, (Those of you from Detroit know what I mean. I don't personally burn anything down, but I can understand the mentality about it) Halloween is on the 31st, and el dia de muertos is on the 1st.

Now to the decorations!
El dia de muertos is a form of All Saint's Day that is celebrated in some parts of Mexico. Papermache skeletons, sugar skulls, paper cut outs, and religious candle are every where. Its generally a day spent in respect for your dead loved one. The skeletons and monsters of el dia de muertos are friendly, rather than scary as on Halloween. It is common for families to set up alters to those they love who have passed on, and often leave out the person's favorite food, flowers, etc.

Here are some of the things I have made! Because I am a newer member of Craftster, I can't post photos directly here yet, but here are the links!

My alter made of cardboard and construction paper for Salvador Dali and Freida!

Skulls made out of foam core!

A tiny coffin I made out of paper, masking tape and cardboard

I have sugar skulls as well but no photos of the, but I am making a new batch this year so I will post photos of them!
« Last Edit: September 19, 2010 04:11:08 AM by MareMare - Reason: to reveal images for new member » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2010 02:45:37 AM »

These came out great. Friend of mine was just showing me a pencil  sketch of a skull done in the same style!
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010 11:34:26 PM »

Everything looks really great. I love the coffin the most!
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2010 03:43:47 PM »

Thank you! The coffin was fun to make and actually houses two small sugar skulls painted to resemble Frieda and Dali!

The easiest thing to do for making the paper cut outs is to fold it in half, imagine half a skull, and start cutting!
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2010 06:46:01 PM »

Lovely work - I especially love the coffin. Looking forward to DotD this year!

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