Dia De Los Muertos Crafty Tutorial Special!

01 November, 2011 0 comments Leave a comment

Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is kind of a serious holiday, but it involves some beautiful and fun traditions. In Mexico, November 2nd is the day when, according to religious tradition, the deceased return to their homes for one day to visit family and friends. In preparation for their arrival, people decorate their homes and bring out all their loved ones’ favorite stuff, so they can enjoy it during their visit.

These things include sugar skulls and marigolds, but can extend to the person’s favorite foods and even vices (cigarettes and tequila are common!). It’s a crazy, colorful celebration that seems to be filled with joy and lots of handmade creations like shrines, candles, and masks. Pretty cool! Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka the Crafty Chica, is a kingpin of the handmade community and has been instrumental in sharing her culture’s crafts; she has some great advice that you don’t have to be a believer to follow:

Remember Dia de los Muertos is about celebrating life – not mourning death. We celebrate the cycle of life. Not only the deceased, but our own lives – right now. Let these days remind you to count your blessings. To try new things. Take chances. Meet new people. Let yourself experience goosebumps galore! That is truly living. Give your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren something to remember you for!

She’s also got a zillion craft tutorials relating to the holiday, including this one for tissue paper flowers and this one for matchbox shrines! Check ‘em out and see if you get any ideas for crafts of your own, and Happy November to you!

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