7 Day of the Dead Crafts on Pinterest

Today we are celebrating Día de Muertos (the Day of the Dead) here in Mexico.  It's very different from Halloween, although the dates and the theme seem to overlap quite a bit.  If you want to find out more about it, have a look at these two posts: The Day of the Dead: 7 Reasons to Experience it and The Day of the Dead in Pictures.  I also totally recommend the Disney film Coco, if you haven't already seen it, which is all about the Day of the Dead.

This year I've been inspired by all the amazing activities I've found on Pinterest to do a round up of some of the best Day of the Dead crafts to recreate some of the most important elements of this unique Mexican celebration.  You can find all of these ideas and much more on my Pinterest board for everything related to the Day of the Dead.

Here you can find the all-important sugar skulls (and try out the recipe for real, edible sugar skulls at the end), skeletons, gorgeously colourful papel picado decorations, and altares de muertos that will fit in any space, no matter how small.

7 Day Of The Dead Crafts On Pinterest

This is a fun craft you can do with kids (or without!)

Rock Painting Day of the Dead Skulls from Hodge Podge Craft

Image from www.hodgepodgecraft.com

These candle holders look amazing!

Skull Pumpkin Candle Holders from Growing Up Bilingual

Image from www.growingupbilingual.com

Here is a great video tutorial and template for making the eye-catching and colourful papel picado used to decorate pretty much every Mexican festivity, but especially for the altars for the Day of the Dead.

How to Make Papel Picado from Happy Thought

Image from www.happythought.co.uk

How about a traditional Altar de Muertos that fits inside a shoebox or even a matchbox!

Day of the Dead Mini Altars from Spanglish Baby

These lanterns look amazing and very easy to make with the printable template.

Paper Day of the Dead Luminaries from RedTed Art

Image from www.redtedart.com

Day of the Dead Paper Puppet Skeletons from RedTed Art

Image from www.redtedart.com 

Real edible sugar skulls!  Scroll down the page for the instructions in English.

Sugar Skulls Recipe from Casa Haus

Image from www.casahaus.net

Have fun making these!

Follow my Day of the Dead & Halloween Pinterest Board for more fantastic ideas for crafts, recipes, costumes and activities.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


  1. These are some cute ideas! And they don't seem too difficult either. I love the skeletons! Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  2. Ah I love sugar skulls. Im a trained face painter and I love painting them! #KCACOLS

  3. These look like lots of fun to make and so easy too. I love the skull rocks. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  4. OH wow these are amazing!! I am not the best at crafts but we always like to decorate biscuits (and then eat them!!) #kcacols

  5. I don't 'do' halloween but those pebbles are almost cute and a great idea actually! #kcacols

  6. Wow these are so brightly decorated and really stunning to look at.

  7. Some really lovely ideas here! Love the easy printables for around tea light holders. #KCACOLS

  8. I love the aesthetics of Day of the Dead, so many beautiful (if somewhat scary) decorations. Thanks for sharing some cool ideas! x #KCACOLS

  9. Nice Day of the Dead crafts

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