Day of the Dead: Art and Decor

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waitress Day of the Dead, or El Día de los Muertos, is a festival day in Mexico and other Latin countries, celebrating and honoring the lives of deceased relatives and friends. It takes place on November 1 and 2, the same day as the Catholic holidays All Saints and All Souls. It is celebrated by visiting the graves of loved ones and bringing the person’s favorite foods, drinks, and candy, along with sugar skulls and marigolds. Shrines to honor deceased loved ones are often made and displayed in the home. Another tradition is pan de muerto, or Bread of the Dead, a sweet loaf with bone shaped pieces on the top. Papier mache or other sculpture or paintings of skeletons in common occupations and activities (including children playing and pets) represent the deceased and also serve as a reminder that one day we will all die. Day of the Dead is a time to remember our connection to those who are gone, and to celebrate their lives and what they have meant to us. It’s also a time to dispel some of the fear of death and turn it into a festive celebration.
Elvis sugar skulls door
catrina shrine Frida peg

The fun and colorful imagery of Day of the Dead is very popular with Craftsters, whether it is part of their cultural background or not. The symbolism is universal and the colorful skulls, paper flowers and banners, and fun trinkets and candy are nearly irresistable. Here are just a few of our favorite Day of the Dead art and decor crafts. You can see lots more on the boards!

ami shrine skull embroidery
mirror painting paintings

Are you decorating for Day of the Dead this year?

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  1. malisha says:

    Hurray for Mexico and the day of the dead!!! I live in Mexico and, during october and november everything is full of skulls!!! Tasty!!! They even have a festival called “la feria del alfeñique” which is full of day of the dead related candies and decorations!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I made featured projects AND a Day of the Dead feature in one week…THANK YOU!!

  3. Margie says:

    Remember Gus Ariola and his comic strip Gordo? Every year his characters celebrated the Day of the Dead in a delightfully informative way. R.I.P., Mr Ariola. The Mexican Museum in San Francisco celebrated, also. R.I.P., Mexican Museum.

  4. Margie says:

    Oh, and go to and see what a wonderful artist did. I have taken some classes from him. Anything is possible.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Do you know where in San Francisco you can buy the Sugar Skulls?

  6. rigo says:

    I’ve always liked the catrina dolls and the whole depiction of them. Now I would like to make my own and I’ve been trying to search on the internet for books on how to make them. Does anyone know of a particular book or craft book that could teach me how to make them.
    Thank you very much.