I don’t ever remember seeing a lot about Dia de Los Muertos when I was growing up, but these days, I see lots of decorations at Michaels for Day of the Dead crafts with bright and festive skeletons and skulls. After the Big One’s schools started doing Sugar Skull crafts and activities, and I saw how pretty they were, I thought that maybe a few crafts and treats to celebrate the Day of the Dead would be fun. They definitely add a bit of color and design into otherwise orange and black Halloween season. Did you know that Dia de Los Muertos originates in Mexico and the Aztecs? I didn’t! I also I didn’t know that the Day of the Dead takes place from November 1st to November 2nd, with the first day having more child-centered focus and the second day having an adult focus. Regardless on which day you choose to celebrate, there are so many wonderful Day of the Dead Crafts, Snacks and Tutorials that are available on the web. Here are just a few of them that I found.
Day of the Dead Crafts
Mod Podge Rocks is always a great source of inspiration, and doesn’t disappoint with this gorgeous decoupaged Day of the Dead Pumpkin Craft with a white pumpkin and succulents.
Red Ted Art has a lot of awesome Dia de Los Muertos ideas, and most of them can be done with your kiddos. So how about decorating some of the pebbles that you find in your kids’ jeans’ pockets with these Day of the Dead Stone Skulls.
Artsy Momma suggests gathering some fun foam and stickers and a lot of creativity and imagination to make this Foam Sugar Skull Craft.
With some terra cotta pots and acrylic craft paints, these Day of the Dead Planter Craft would definitely liven up a garden or outdoor celebration by Creative Kismet!
Are you into adult coloring books? Red Ted Art has some free downloadable Day of the Dead Adult Coloring Pages that would be great for a party.
For kids, use some of the leftover wine corks, white paint and sharpies to try out these Kids’ Day of the Dead Cork Crafts.
This version by the Bilingual Family doesn’t use glass jars making them very Kid Friendly Dia de Los Muertos Lanterns.
I’ve seen die cut sugar skulls at Michael’s that work perfectly to help you recreate a Sugar Skull Mask Garland by Paper Source.
Maybe you’d like to make an entire skeleton. If so this Sugar Skull Doll by Zing Zing Tree is a great project.
Here’s another project that your Littles can make and wear! I know that my Monkey would love his every own Air Dry Clay Sugar Skull Necklace.
I had to save my favorite for last! You know how well I like my felt crafts, so my favorite Dia de Los Muertos craft so far are these Embroidered Felt Day of the Dead Skull by Artlexia.
Day of the Dead Snack Tutorials
There are lots of decorative treats to help you celebrate the day of the dead, some of them are a bit beyond my current skills, but are lovely nonetheless, like these Day of the Dead Skull Cookies.
And I know that my mini cakes would stick into the pans, but I’m quite impressed by these Stuffed Sugar Skulls Mini Cakes.
This would be an awesome crafting snack for your kids to make for the Day of the Dead, or maybe a party active? Cool Mom Cool Tips suggests using markers to have your children make their very own Sugar Skull Pudding Cups.
I think that I might be able to handle these Sugar Skull Candies, now I just need to find the right mold!
Who knew there were so many Day of the Dead Crafts and Tutorials that are great for bakers, crafters and kids!