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14 Gorgeous Day of the Dead Crafts

Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos with these projects.

Updated September 12, 2019
14 Gorgeous Day of the Dead Crafts

Day of the Dead crafts are wonderful for remembering loved ones and celebrating the joyful holiday. Yes, joyful! Make beautiful decorations, wearables, and more with the array of projects found in this collection. 

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Day of the Dead is that it's a scary or frightening holiday. In fact, it's a celebration of the lives of loved ones who have passed. People remember and honor deceased family members with the attitude that death is not to be feared but is a natural part of life. With this in mind, explore some of our favorite sugar skull crafts, shrines, and more below.

Day of the Dead Crafts

Day of the Dead Skull Door Decoration

Start with this gorgeous sugar door decoration! As an alternative to a traditional wreath, you can decorate a beautiful and cheerful skull complete with flowers, gems, and bright colors.

Day of the Dead Skull Door Decoration

Rose Sugar Skull

This traditional Day of the Dead craft involves painting a sugar skull in bright colors and pretty flowers! One trick to decorating your skulls is adding colorful dots around any of the lines on the skull. So, around the eyes, nose, cheekbones, and any other natural nooks and crannies!

Rose Sugar Skull

Day of the Dead Wedding Guest Book Alternative Wall Art

I have a good friend getting married on November 2 this year, and I think the blending of these two traditions is just wonderful. At weddings there is sometimes a rememberance table for those who have passed. How beautiful to hint at that in your guest book, too. After all, a Day of the Dead theme for your guest book is a wonderful way to remind you of your vows: "til death do us part."

Day of the Dead Wedding Guest Book Alternative Wall Art

Day of the Dead Slip-On Shoes

Use fabric paint and this step-by-step tutorial to add sugar skulls to a pair of slip-on shoes. The comfortable fit of these shoes makes these the perfect accessory to wear when visiting the cemetery that day.

Day of the Dead Slip-On Shoes

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

Did you know that sugar skulls became so popular because there was a surplus of sugar in Mexico in the 1700s, so people learned how to mold it into decorations for the holiday? Learn how to make a modern version of this traditional craft with this sugar skulls recipe. Henna creates gorgeous details!

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Page

This November 1 and 2, remember loved ones by coloring in a traditional image for the Day of the Dead. This beautiful sugar skull coloring pages features an abundance of beautiful flowers that will add cheer as you celebrate those who have passed.

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Page

Sugar Skull Coasters DIY

How about some festive coasters for this wonderful holiday? It's easy to turn these sweet molds into colorful creations with this simple tutorial.

Sugar Skull Coasters DIY

How to Make a Day of the Dead Shrine

This traditional craft is akin to the altars that families will build to their loved ones who've passed. These altars include photos and special possessions that belonged to these relatives. In this example, use clay to build an altar that will last for years to come.

How to Make a Day of the Dead Shrine

Printable Sugar Skull Coloring Page

We have another Day of the Dead coloring page you might love. In this example, color a girl's face all decked out in sugar skull makeup. The flowers are wonderful details, as is the spiderweb!

Printable Sugar Skull Coloring Page

Day of the Dead Skulls

Do you love the rock painting trend that's taken off in recent years? How sweet would it be to paint some of these stones and scatter them throughout your local cemetery. 

Day of the Dead Skulls

Stunning Sugar Skull Clock

How cool is this! This gorgeous project can remain on your wall all year long if you'd like. The flowers are SO stunning, both on the skull itself and decorating it's head like a crown.

Stunning Sugar Skull Clock

Day of the Dead Decorative Skull

This beautiful decorative skull involves adding beading to a papier mache mold. 

Day of the Dead Decorative Skull

Dia De Los Muertos Votive

Candles are wonderful for adding to any shrine, and they are especially lovely on the Day of the Dead. This sweet votive is easy to put together and can be used year after year; just switch out the candle.

Dia De Los Muertos Votive

Skull and Bat Jewelry

Create a lovely charm bracelet to wear on El Dia de los Muertos! This tutorial shows you how to incorportate shrink plastic into your jewelry. Draw or trace the skulls and learn how to put together the bracelet to create this colorful and festive look.

Skull and Bat Jewelry
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