The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations. – Frances Ann Day, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature
I’ve been meaning to do a Día de los Muertos craft for a few years now, but have always run out of time. However, I was a little bit more organised this year. I bought a ceramic skull candle holder from the craft shop and used Sharpie pens to decorate it to make a sugar skull. I used online inspiration to decorate my skull – a quick search brings up lots of ideas!
- Ceramic Skull Candle Holder – I bought mine in Hobbycraft (buy here in the US)
- Sharpie Pens (buy here in the US)
- Tea Light Candles (buy here in the US)
- Sketch out your design in pencil first – go softly so as not to leave too much of a mark, but enough to give you a guide.
- Mark over the sketched design with Sharpie pens. You may find, that they stop working after a while on the ceramic (at least, that is what I found) but a little break of using the same colour was fine.
- Pop a tea light candle in, and light up. All done!
Crafty October is a month long series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, where I share an idea a day for Halloween + Autumn. All ideas for Crafty October 2015 are here. And if you are a blogger and would like to share your ideas, check out the Crafty October 2015 Blogger Linky which is running until 31st October 2015.