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Topic: dia de los muertos/day of the dead themed bathroom? HELP!  (Read 5509 times)
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emilytate
« on: June 06, 2005 06:18:54 PM »

Hey all...

finished decorating the kitchen, and am moving on to my bathroom--
since i love "dia de los muertos" stuff (my skeleton-on-a-bicycle is my favorite thing ever!) i thought having a day-of-the-dead bathroom might be fun - and a small enough space that it could be neat without overtaking my life.
i know i need to do lots of gold/bright colors, skeletons, flowers... but thought there might be some great ideas from you! i have a small budget (read: already in credit card debt, so really, SMALL budget,) but am willing to spend some $ for the overall effect/happy feeling it will give me everytime i'm in there...

so far, i have some picture frames from thrift shops that i'm going to spraypaint gold, and some pictures of skulls/skeletons/etc. that i'm going to color/glitter to hang in the frames on the wall. and plans to find some pretty pink or red BIG fake flowers i can hang around. and i have a bunch of candles in there, and am going to go buy some virgin mary ones? ooh, and i have some catholic prayer cards...

so, pretty much, i have a few ideas, but not nearly enough. HELP?
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2005 06:32:37 PM »

How fun! The first thing that comes to my mind is bread of the dead done in doughcraft and glitter. I may actually have to do that myself, it would be a neat homeschooling project! One sorta related thing I've been meaning to do is just to blow up some pictures of loteria cards and frame them. I got a set off ebay for maybe $5 total. In case anybody hasn't heard of these, it's basically Mexican bingo, only instead of a letter-number combination, there's different objects on the cards, all neat tattoo-ish designs. Also, I know the color associated with el Dia de los Muertos is yellow.

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2005 08:21:26 PM »

I <3 Day of the Dead. Here's some proof (a coffee table I just repainted):

http://www.stompyboots.com/elsewhere/mortetable.JPG

Anyhoo... here's some ideas from moi:

1. Marigolds. Seriously. In small bunches, either dried or fake. Maybe hanging upside down?

2. Do you have room for a small "shrine?" On a shelf, maybe? A nice scarf/runner, some candles, flowers, etc. + pictures of passed on loved ones? That's what DotD is all about, after all.

3. Take some clay (Fimo, salt/flour dough, whatever) and make wee little "sugar skulls." You could either paint them or, if using Fimo/Sculpey, decorate w/little ribbons of clay. Stick paperclips in the back for hanging or make them stand up like pictures. Dang, I like that idea.. might have to use it myself...

Sorry, I'm quite wiped, so that's all my ideas for now. Hope they're helpful.

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2005 08:29:00 PM »

The first thing that popped into my head is painting a sugar skull on your toilet lid.  Or if you didn't want to make that commitment, maybe you could use the Sublime Stitching patterns to embroider a lid cover or your shower curtain.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2005 10:10:17 PM »

hooray for quick responses!! you guys are awesome  Grin

keep 'em coming!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2005 11:10:59 PM »

Punched tin -- yum. I'm sure you can DIY that. Like punched tin votives. And prayer candles are cheap and can usually be found in the "ethnic" food section at yr grocery store.

Funny enuff, I also have a Mexican folk-themed* bathroom and kitchen -- I just lurve folk art. Especially of the Latin American kind. I have some loteria cards in brushed aluminum frames. And I've been collecting crosses for years, usually made by folk artists, that are beautiful and look amazing when displayed on the wall together. My non-Catholic roommate seems to be OK with this Smiley. Oh! And in a fit of craftiness the other night I used the loose loitera cards to make some garland -- all I needed was a hole punch, safety pins and binder rings.

* I really hate themed rooms, tho -- brings me back to memories of mom and her "cow kitchen" -- I guess I'd rather use the words subtly inspired.
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2005 12:09:57 AM »

you could hang up pictures of people who have passed, like in traditional alters. i personally wouldn't want anyone i know who's died staring at me while i piss. but a dead celebrity would be alright. i saw a really amazing alter dedicated to those who have died in iraq during dia de los muertos last year. maybe do something dedicated to the women of juarez?

i imagine there's got to be a pattern for sequined skulls somewhere.

paper mache skeleton masks are supposed to be pretty easy to make.

i second using loteria cards. i don't know if you can find all the sizes online but there are several different sizes.

i live in los angeles. we have a wonderful old mexican street called olvera street. on olvera street, you can buy everything and anything that fits into your theme, along with all sorts of other cool latin american stuff. and cheaply. i'd try and find out if there's any latin area somewhat similiar in portland. 

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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2005 08:30:56 AM »

On the topic of prayer candles, you can make interesting ones by using transparency film (which can go through your printer). Just find a picture, print it on the film, cut it to size and tape/glue it on. You can always hide the seams with ribbon/spangles.

I second the punched tin. You can punch sheets of it in designs (just make sure you've got a piece of wood or something underneath- you don't want to punch into your leg!), or fill tin cans with water, freeze 'em, and punch designs in. I personally think it's hard to make tin-can-lanterns look good, but play around and see what you come up with.

If you haven't been here, you should go: http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dead/

You can do a google image search and find some great art for inspiration/framing.

And hey, how about mini shrines, say out of Altoids tins, etc.? You could stack 'em next to the toilet like you would with books/magazines. Dang, I like that idea, too....  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2005 03:04:07 PM »

There are lots of Dia de los Muertos ideas on this page at my website too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Halloween_etc.htm
(....click on the "Dia de los Meurtos" subcategory....)

Some ideas/projects have to do with polymer clay, some don't.... there are also links to sugar skull recipes, photos of all kinds of skeleton ladies and people, altar ideas, links to real Dia de los Muertos celebrations, etc.


Have fun!

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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2005 03:16:02 PM »

When I got married last year, we had a Dia De Los Muertos theme for the wedding. (and yes, some of the relatives think we are totally insane...but you should see the customized skelly bride & groom cake topper I had made!)...

Anyway, I made some garlands of tissue paper flowers in red, hot pink, orange & yellow. They weren't very big..about 2 inches across I guess, but they are super easy and cheap to make. I would think you could just use bigger circles to get the size you want...I can give you super easy instructions on how to make them.

We also had Papel Picado hanging from the ceiling (there is a great seller on eBay who is cheaper than anyplace else I've seen) and sugar skulls all over the place.

I made the sugar skulls using the recipe on the mexicansugarskulls.com website and then sprayed them with a clear acrylic sealer after the wedding and they haven't deteriorated at all...I live in St. Louis so it gets pretty humid here but I haven't had any problems.

If you are interested in any of these ideas send me a message. I can send you some pics if you like.

The guest room in our house also has a DDLM theme...

I'm jealous of your bathroom!

Amy

Here is a pic of the "cake table" at the wedding. You can see the tissue paper flower garlands on the left, the sugar skulls on the table & the papel picado along the edge of the table. There are also little white chocolate skulls decorating the sides of the cake layers.

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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2005 10:02:56 PM »

So happy to find this thread! I have Day of the Dead and Frida Kahlo souvenirs from a trip to Mexico (of course now I wish I'd bought tons more) and have decided to work them into a theme for my bathroom in my new apartment. I found one of those loteria shower curtains from Walmart on ebay, and I have the Sublime Stitching patterns - I think using them on a toilet lid cover is a fantastic idea, Craft Addict! I'm thinking lots of red and hot pink towels. Now I just need to find a bathmat... Ideas, anyone?
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2005 06:30:59 AM »

OMG!!! I adore your wedding cake!!! that's too cool for words!  We had our cake decorated with trad. tattoo flowers and heart banner on top, but nothing like that!

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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2005 06:59:54 AM »

Thanks, dianajeanne...it was funny when we met with the baker to talk about the design, they kept refering to it as the Grateful Dead cake, but they didn't think it was odd or anything.

Winks - I've seen a lot of brightly colored solid bathmats at Target & Walmart...you could go with one of those...or, at one point I saw a bathmat at Walmart that was a big pink & orange flower...that might work, maybe?
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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2005 10:55:32 AM »

I <3 Day of the Dead. Here's some proof (a coffee table I just repainted):

http://www.stompyboots.com/elsewhere/mortetable.JPG

Anyhoo... here's some ideas from moi:

1. Marigolds. Seriously. In small bunches, either dried or fake. Maybe hanging upside down?

2. Do you have room for a small "shrine?" On a shelf, maybe? A nice scarf/runner, some candles, flowers, etc. + pictures of passed on loved ones? That's what DotD is all about, after all.

3. Take some clay (Fimo, salt/flour dough, whatever) and make wee little "sugar skulls." You could either paint them or, if using Fimo/Sculpey, decorate w/little ribbons of clay. Stick paperclips in the back for hanging or make them stand up like pictures. Dang, I like that idea.. might have to use it myself...

Sorry, I'm quite wiped, so that's all my ideas for now. Hope they're helpful.

-AtlasCoughed
Wow, that's such a neat table Smiley
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