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« on: August 12, 2015 08:02:43 PM »

I made this shrine for Monnie31 in last year's Witchy/Wiccan/Pagan Super Samhain Swap.



The box, if I remember correctly, started life as one of those wooden gift wine boxes. (They're great for shrines.) I cut the depth of the box in half, and then cut the front part into two halves to make the doors. I added shaped pieces to the top of each door and to the top of the remaining box, using thin plywood and cardboard. The base is another wooden box (origin unknown), with dividers set into the front and a drawer fitted into the side. I wanted the base of the shrine to protrude far enough forward to give room for setting shrine offerings on, and to make the whole thing stable.



I covered the shrine inside and out with scrapbook paper, and printed an image of guitar-playing skeletons onto some bright orange paper from the underside of an old board game (nothing goes to waste in my house!). I made the little frame at the top so Monnie can replace this stern princess with an ancestor of her own if she likes.



Inside, I have always loved those bride and groom skeletons, so I put them in their own little niches. (The doors are actually only a couple of centimeters deep, so I had to pare some off their backs to squeeze them in!) But they seem happy enough in spite of the cramped quarters:



The skellies and little skulls are Hallowe'en decorations stashed from previous years. The "stage" has velvet curtains and lots of draped and hanging ornaments, and another stand-in ancestor occupies the picture frame.



The niches in the base are filled with larger skulls, painted as traditional Mexican sugar skulls. These were fun to do.



The purpose of Dio de los Muertos shrines is to leave offerings of flowers, candles, food, etc. to the beloved dead, so I included a painted vase of tissue paper marigolds, a votive candle holder (which unfortunately didn't survive the shipping - my fault for sloppy packing) and a small, stone dish. There's also a little stand built into the front to burn stick incense in.



The offering accessories pack away in the interior and into this little drawer built into the side of the base.

This was a lot of fun to build, although it got complicated at times, as I was working on many parts of it simultaneously before it was all assembled.

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2015 05:23:06 AM »

My goodness this is lovely. I am rendered nearly speechless (writeless?) and can not think of where to start with my gushing. I can gather my thoughts enough to say that if this were mine I know I could spend a long, long time inspecting the shrine and discovering new favorite details inside and out.
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Holy cow!  This is so completely and utterly mind blowing!  So much thought in the details, I am beyond impressed!
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2015 06:16:52 AM »

This is so wonderful, I don't know where to start! However, I'll end by saying that the offering drawer is a wonderful ingenious addition. Awe-some!
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2015 06:17:19 AM »

I am so glad you posted this!  I never saw it before!

The details are fabulous...I especially love the trims around the openings ...
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2015 04:52:13 PM »

The details are fabulous...I especially love the trims around the openings ...

Me too! I've been hanging onto a package of that odd white trim around the skeleton niches for years. It's some odd Pakistani thing, rather stiff and not very suitable for anything. But perfect for this!

I'm so glad this Challenge came up, because it prompted me to post this. It was one of my favourite swap items last year, and I didn't think it got the exposure it deserved. Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2015 05:11:00 PM »

Alright, this is the most magnificent thing for so many reasons. You reconstructed several boxes to create a shrine with hinged doors, niches, and a platform for flowers and candles. Your sugar skulls are spot on. The paper you selected is perfectly aligned. You added a drawer. I bow to you, Wulf! Good show!
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2015 05:50:20 PM »

Holy Toledo, that totally rocks!  Beauty and detail. I just love it!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2015 08:28:34 AM »

This is gorgeous, Wulf! All the little details are exquisite.
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2015 03:31:03 PM »

Wulf, this is stunning! You haven't left out a single detail. Beautiful!
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