Do you enjoy celebrating Dia de Los Muertos? Embrace the holiday with these 35+ Day of the Dead crafts perfect for the whole family!
Day of the Dead (also known as Dia de Los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated on November 1st – 2nd each year, right after Halloween. While it is mostly celebrated in Mexico, it has become popular in other parts of the world in recent years.
This day commemorates the lives of loved ones who have died and is characterized by lively, colorful celebrations! Potential ways to participate include building altars (ofrendas) for dead relatives, setting up special decorations in honor of them, and visiting their graves to burn candles or leave offerings. It’s definitely about celebrating lives lost rather than mourning.
What do I love about the holiday? Well, not only do I love learning about other cultures and their traditions – but I also love the bright colors and the sugar skulls (calaveras) that people use in the crafts surrounding Day of the Dead. Plus there’s delicious food and drink involved. Who else is in?
If you’d like to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos this year, I’ve got some great ideas for you. Here are over 30 Day of the Dead crafts I think you’re going to love!
We’ll be making sugar skulls, papel picado banners, calavera masks and more!
Day of the Dead Crafts
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors those who have passed away. This year, try these simple crafts to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with your family and friends!
Those colorful, festive cut paper banners you see on Día de los Muertos altars and at Mexican celebrations are papel picado. All you need to make these is tissue paper, the free template, and a pair of scissors.
These easy sugar skulls are an awesome dollar store craft that will really make your Halloween decor pop this year. And even better, you don’t have to be an amazing artist for painting sugar skulls. Simple patterns including swirls, dots, and flowers are all that is needed to create this eye-catching design.
With some felt scraps, embroidery thread, stuffing, and embellishments you can make the cutest (colorful!) sugar skulls! Perfect for kids and beginning sewists that want to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
During Dia de los Muertos, sugar skulls and other decorated skull-like things are given to the living and the dead. These calaveras planters are perfect for painting and turning into a useful gift! The plants kinda look like hair.
f you are looking for a cool five minute craft for Halloween or Day of the Dead, then you'll love this post. These sugar skull luminaries are ridiculously quick and easy to make . . . you will wonder why you hadn’t thought of them sooner.
There's a variety of Dead of the Dead crafts within this post! One of my favorites is the wooden spoons decorated with markers. Use brightly colored markers to turn these into plant pokes, puppets, or some other type of decor.
In some parts of Mexico children roam the streets for Day of the Dead, knocking on doors asking for small candies and money, just like Halloween trick-or-treating. Use fabric spray paint to make shirts that kids can wear for the celebration.