Disclosure: This blog post includes products from Sizzix and Kunin Felt Group. The felt in this post was provided to me to create and share fun projects with my crafty audience! This blog post is not monetarily compensated. All ideas and opinions are my own.
I am so excited to share some of the fun ways I am decorating this year for Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos – is a holiday that celebrates the memory of loved ones who are no longer living. I love this holiday because it is a celebration of life, many families that celebrate this will put up altars which include favorite foods, pictures and cherished memorable items – such as sports teams and hobby items. These are offerings (ofrendas) to the souls of the loved ones. I am fortunate to help decorate the City of Riverside’s altar each year at our annual Day of the Dead Festival ~ this year I plan to use the Crafty Chica dies to make some beautiful garlands for the Festival.
I am so excited to share a few of my favorite crafty brand names to create a WREATH for Day of the Dead:
Eileen Hull Designs
Here are the Craft Supplies that I used to create this beautiful Day of the Dead wreath:
- Crafty Chica for Sizzix – Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Book
- Crafty Chica for Sizzix – Day of the Dead Sugar Skull (for hair bow)
- Eileen Hull fur Sizzix – This is similar to the vine die that I used… Vine #2
- Eileen Hull for Sizzix – This is similar to the flower die that I used… Flower with Heart Petals
- Sizzix Big Shot + Cutting Pads
- Kunin Felt in Black, Red, Yellow, Green and Blue * Note: the color choices are up to YOU, I love the bright and joyful nature of the colors I picked out.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Glitter mesh wire ribbon
- Straw wreath (12 inch) – you can purchase this type of wreath at Michaels or Joann Fabric
- Gem bling (I buy the large bag by Darice Crafts)
Step 1: Wrap your wreath with black felt (I used several 1 inch strips from a yard of black felt, the strips will need to be hot glued together as you wrap your wreath.) Once your felt is on, then you can add your glittered mesh ribbon. I got this ribbon at Costco and it takes approximately 5 yards of ribbons to wrap a wreath. Be sure to keep the ribbon in a small roll as you wrap your wreath. You can hot glue the ribbon to the felt on the ends to secure the ribbon. Be careful, do not burn yourself as the glue will be hot and likely bleed through the mesh when you are securing the end of your ribbon to the wreath.
Step 2: You need to die cut all of your pieces for the Sugar Skull, flower layers and vines.
Step 3: Hot glue all of your pieces (as you have artfully designed – in your preferred colors) before you adhere them to the wreath. This means – you can hot glue your sugar skull and flowers first. Once they are assembled and glued together, you can then add them to your wreath. I did adhere the vines BEFORE I added the flowers to make sure I had the spacing correct.
Step 4: Once your wreath is beautifully crafted, you can add a small 5-6 inch ribbon (use one that is sturdy and will withstand the weight of the wreath) that is looped onto the back side of the wreath for you to hang on a door hangar or wall hook. You can pin the ribbon into the wreath and then add hot glue to further secure it.
I hope you have learned about Day of the Dead – and will check out ALL of the amazing dies at Sizzix.com AND the fabulous felts available by Kunin Felt Group. I am now an avid felt crafter, it is an awesome material and can be used for so many projects. To check out my recent project featuring Kunin Felt and Expo International trims to organize my Day of the Dead craft die cuts, click here.