A round up of the best Day of the Dead crafts for kids, including balloon skulls, painted stones, paper marigolds, free printables & more!
Day of the Dead crafts often involve skulls, marigolds and skeletons and are used to celebrate the Mexican hoiday ‘Dia de los muertos’, where the living celebrate their memories of the dead. Children learn about the cycle of life, friends and relatives who may have passed away before they were born. It needn’t be (and traditionally is not) a morbid festival. Rather, it is a festival for family and community.
With this in mind, here are my favourite 10 Day of the Dead crafts.
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10 awesome Day of the Dead crafts for kids:
3. DIY tissue paper marigolds
Marigolds (the ‘flower of the dead’) are often sprinkled on Mexican graves, as their sweet smell is believed to draw the deceased back to earth for the ‘dia de los muertos’. Teach Kids Art shows how to make tissue paper marigold flowers for Day of the Dead.
4. Styrofoam skull printing
I love the simplicity of this craft from The Gingerbrad House and that the styrofoam used is from a ready-made pizza – great recycling! This 3D neon paint is perfect for making these ‘pop’!
5. Matchbook shrines
I adore teeny tiny crafts like these sweet matchbook shrines from Crafty Chica. You could choose to decorate them with skeletons, hearts and marigolds, or use a shoebox, or matchbox to make a mini shrine, including a photo, to remember deceased friends or relatives.
7. Day of the Dead bread
If you thought Day of the Dead crafts were all skulls and skeletons, think again… Kid World Citizen shares this delicious sounding recipe for ‘pan de muerto’, which uses orange blossom water and is shaped into a ball with ‘bones’ on top.
10. Crepe paper decorations
These ‘papel picado’ (traditional paper garland decorations) are made using brightly coloured crepe paper and can be made quickly and easily using Happy Thought’s free printable template.
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