Celebrated on November 1 and 2, Day of the Dead honors the memory of departed souls, welcoming them back to celebrate the best of life. Families decorate grave sites with marigolds and set up stunning altars. Streets flutter with paper banners. Store windows glisten with sugar skulls. Skeleton figures grin rakishly from every corner. "Day of the Dead Crafts" is filled with dozens of terrific projects that allow you to participate in the excitement of the holiday while expressing your own creativity. You'll enjoy showcasing these unique, fun, and meaningful projects throughout the year.Inside you'll find step-by-step instructions, ideas, and inspiration for a wide range of projects, including: Calaveras, those comical and clever skeleton figures caught in the act of enjoying life's favorite activities; Masks and skulls made from paper mache, gourds, and even sugar; a meaningful and artistic ofrenda, or altar, to honor those who have passed Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more to wear day or night; and, Pieces guaranteed to liven up any decor. Colorful, whimsical, and often dramatic, Day of the Dead art is steeped in rich history and symbolism.
The projects in "Day of the Dead Crafts" honor the traditional, while taking advantage of today's materials for a fresh and exciting twist.
Introduction. Th e History of the Day of the Dead. Ofrendas: Altars to Welcome Returning Souls. What is Your Ofrenda Style? Prepare an Ofrenda. Optional Extras. Ofrenda Themes. Create a Unique Memorial. Calaveras: Skeletons With Personality. Clay Calaveras Span the Spectrum. Who Will Your Calavera Be? Clay Calavera. Dressed Male Calavera. Dressed Female Calavera. Detailed Male Calavera. Detailed Female Calavera. Beyond Clay Calaveras. Paper Calavera. Decorative Nichos. Collage a Nicho. Masks and Skulls: Decorative Pieces to Display or Wear. Open Your Mind to the Possibilities. Paper MachA(c) Mask. Paint Your Mask or Skull. Decorate Your Mask or Skull. Wood Burn a Gourd Mask. Photo-Collaged Mask. Tasty Sugar Skulls. Jewelry: Necklaces, Earrings & Bracelets. From Sophisticated to Silly. Heritage Memory Necklace. Microscope Slide Earrings. Marigold Beaded Necklace. Th ree Original Charms. Fabric Jewelry. Marigold and Skull Pendant. Uncultured Pearl Earrings. Photo Transfer Necklace. Home DA(c)cor: Stunning Decorations for Your Home. Bring Your Home to Life. Design a Papel Picado. Papel Picado Lampshade. Day of the Dead Printmaking. Studentsa Interpretations. Puzzle-Pieced Composition. Wall-Mounted Candleholder. Creating With Puff Paint. Colorful Puff -Paint Creations. Painting on Glass. Building Skeleton Puppets. Patterns. Resources. Index.