This post is part of the Dia de los Muertos Crafty Blog Hop sponsored by Tried & True and Crafty Chica. Make sure to check out all the other meaningful Day of the Dead projects that celebrate history, tradition, and culture!
I am very excited to be a part of this Blog Hop! The City of Riverside hosts an amazing event and I am fortunate to be asked to help with the City’s Community Altar – this is an altar where people are encouraged to leave notes and memories of loved ones. Last year the altar was flooded with notes – it was quite a sight to see the love and care that poured into the beautifully decorated altar. Here is this year’s garland that will be at the City of Riverside’s event on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 3-10 pm in Downtown Riverside.
Here are the steps to create this DIY Paper Flowers and Calaveras Garland,
- Paper Flowers
- Tulip Tie Dye (Red, Purple, Green and Yellow)
- White foam board or a plastic table cloth to protect your table
- Skull (calavera) die cuts
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step 1: I had a big bag of white paper flowers, so I dyed 8 sets of paper flowers in the colors of RED, PURPLE, GREEN and YELLOW. I teach people how to tie dye – so I used my leftover Tulip Tie Dye! I dyed the flowers on a white foam board on my patio table – the foam board was great because it absorbed the excess dye and protected my table. The flowers turned out really beautiful once they were dry. TIP: This step takes the longest – give yourself 1-2 hours to die the paper flowers. If you have colored roses you can forge ahead to Step 2.
Step 2: While your flowers are drying, you can prepare your skulls (calaveras) for the garland. I regretted that I did not punch holes in the skulls before I hot glued the flowers onto the skulls – so, you can learn from my mistake and not waste your time! Be sure to punch holes – I used a Crop-a-Dile punch because they are a big more heavy duty than a standard hole punch and also pierce smaller holes than a standard size. You can punch your holes and then thread your twine through the skulls. I found this pack of die cuts at Michaels – I liked them because they were a thick card stock material. For the very small cuts around the eyes, I did have to take a piercing tool and punch out each piece, it takes time – but is worth it when you are all done.
Step 3: Once your flowers are done drying, you can trim the wire stems with scissors and then hot glue them onto your skulls. Be sure to avoid hot gluing through the punched holes (Step 2) in the event that you will want to move/slide the skulls to fit your altar or display.
I hope you enjoyed my DIY Paper Flowers & Calaveras Garland! Good luck and I hope you enjoy the Blog Hop and please do enter the GIVEAWAY!!!
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