I am so excited to share a few of my craft projects for Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos is November 2nd and celebrates culture and honoring the memory of loved ones who have passed away. On this day, altars are set up that include decorations, photos and special items – such as candy, food, sports teams or anything related to the memory of the deceased.
This week I am featured on the Sizzix US Blog! I was inspired by a Day of the Dead event where I was asked to host a craft station to make a marigold chain garland. The marigold chain came out beautiful and I had so much fun teaching how to make the chain – with flowers and floral wire! We had the flowers pre-cut and ready to string onto floral wire, we also had tags ready for people to share a sentiment or memory of loved ones. For my Sizzix post, I created an altar garland that incorporates marigold flowers. I really love how this one turned out. I am using the new Crafty Chica Day of the Dead line for Sizzix. I was so honored to visit Sizzix along with my mentor and friend, Kathy Cano-Murillo – she is always an inspiration! It’s even better now that I get to use her Sizzix line! Here is the link to my post: http://www.sizzix.com/blog/altar-garland-dia-de-los-muertos/Last year, I made a garland with Paper Flowers and Skulls, pictured below. This one was part of the City of Riverside’s Community Altar in 2015! I love being a part of this awesome festival in my hometown. This year’s Festival will be Sunday, November 5th in Downtown Riverside. I am hosting classes at Create Studio to coincide with the Festival, here is the link to the class information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1673603376287501/I also made an Altar Garland with Crafty Chica papers, tissue paper and gems, it was on display at the City of Riverside’s Community Altar in 2014.I also made Pan Dulce toppers using Crafty Chica’s papers – this would be a nice simple craft to incorporate as you celebrate with children and teach about things that can be placed on an altar.
I hope you are inspired to make a beautiful garland for your Day of the Dead Altar!
Special thanks to photographers: Joe Morrison, Brenda Flowers and Scott Hernandez.