10 Dia De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids

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Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with our 10 Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids, including skulls, paper marigolds,  tissue paper banners, flower headbands, free printables & more!

What is Dia de Los Muertos and why is it celebrated?

The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Latin America. It is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death with colorful Calaveras (skulls) and Calacas (skeletons). Also, see The Best 11 Cinco De Mayo Crafts for Kids

When is the Day of the Dead celebrated?

November 1st & November 2nd, 2022. Dia de Los Angelitos (Day of the little angels) starts at midnight on November 1st when the spirits of all deceased children are believed to reunite with their families for 24 hours.

Why is the Day of the Dead celebrated for two days?

The first day celebrates infants and children who have died. This group is believed to have a special place in heaven, and is referred to as “Angelitos” or little angels. The second day is in honor of adults who have passed away.

What do they do on Dia de los Muertos?

Although the central theme of the holiday is death, it is a fond remembrance & shows love and respect for the deceased family members. Dia de Los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in this life.

What activities do the children do during the Day of the Dead?

Children can be involved in many ways. Decorate with sugar skulls and marigold flowers (cempasúchiles). Clean the gravesites of loved ones who have passed. Hold picnics and graveside vigils. Leave favorite foods of loved ones on graves. We like to celebrate different cultures around the world by making some crafts and understanding the meaning & significance behind each custom.  

10 Dia De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids

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 This year, make these super fun 10 Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids & anyone who loves Mexican folk art! Teach your kids about this holiday, as well as their own ancestors who have passed. Have fun!

  1. DIY Day of The Dead Ofrenda Altar
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    On November 2nd, the dead come back to visit the living, and the entrance of the altar (ofrenda or altar in Spanish) is built to welcome and guide them to their altars. 
    Make Mini Paper Nichos – Tiny altars are perfect for filling with photos, mementos, and other trinkets to remind you of loved ones.

  2. DIY  Photo Frame For The Day of The Dead
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    As photos are a crucial part of the ofrenda altar in the Day of the Dead celebration, why not use all the colors with their symbolic meaning to create a photo frame? 

  3. DIY Day of the Dead Printable Skull Calaveras Mask

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    Printable Calavera mask

    Placed alongside photos and possessions of the dead are the graphic and macabre representations of the human skull. Color the picture, cut the sugar skull out, and add a craft stick to make your own Day of the Dead celebration! 
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    I also love the DIY Day of the Dead Bookmarks – Red Ted Art 

  4. DIY Marigold (Cempazuchitl in Spanish) flowers –
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    The brightly colored orange petals of the marigold are said to represent the sun. Along with its sweet, floral scents, which get carried along by the evening winds, the flowers lead the spirits to their shining altar. Make gorgeous paper marigold blooms to decorate.

  5. Make Tapetes de aserrín (sawdust carpets)
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    Elaborate, hand-designed patterns of colorful sawdust called Tapetes de aserrín (sawdust carpets) will sometimes line the entryway of the altar, serving as a path for the dead. Check out the post to see how they are made. 

  6. DIY Day Of The Dead Catrina Craft For Kids
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    Catrina is not only an iconic part of the Day of the Dead but also recognized worldwide as an emblematic symbol of Mexico. This easy and cute Catrina Day of the Dead craft is a fun craft to make with the kids. It’s the ideal Day of the Dead craft for decorating an altar. 

  7. Make a Papel Picado – Tissue Paper Banners 
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    Those colorful, festive cut paper banners you see on Day of the Dead altars and at Mexican celebrations are papel picado. Papel Picado means ‘punched’ or ‘perforated’ paper, and traditionally Papel Picado is made from colored tissue paper and cut using chisels. Check out the cute tutorial to make your own.

    Printable Papel Picado

Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) is a two-day Mexican holiday in November that reunites the living and dead. Colorful Papel Picado is often displayed on Día de Los Muertos altars! This one is especially simple because there is no need to cut the insides, it looks like it’s cut like regular Papel Picado and so is really easy to practice scissor skills with young kids!

  1. Bake PAN DE MUERTO (Mexican day of The Dead Bread)
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    A type of sweet bread, this is only sold in the weeks leading up to the Día de Muertos. It’s eaten by the living, as well as left as an offering on the altar for the returning dead. It is a light and eggy sweet bread that is shaped like a round loaf or smaller round rolls – check out the recipe by Curious Cuisiniere.

  2. DIY Day of the Dead Flower Headband
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    Coronas de Flores, or crowns of flowers, are often placed on graves after burial and worn by children and adults alike with fancy dresses. This pretty floral headband is great for a day of the dead fancy dress costume.

  3. Monarch Butterfly Craft
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    Every autumn, millions of beautiful orange and black monarchs flock to Mexico to avoid the cold weather of the North. Their migration coincides with El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the
    Dead). The Ancient Aztecs of Central Mexico believed that monarch butterflies were the returning souls of their fallen warriors and that they should be honored. Let’s make some!

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