|Day of the Dead Altar|
Photo Credit: Eleni
|Day of the Dead Skeletons|
Photo Credit: Jen Wilton
A few weeks ago, Elle had a sleepover, and as an activity, hubby bought each of them a wooden skeleton to paint. As they deliberated how best to paint them, I suggested they draw inspiration from Day of the Dead sugar skulls and skeletons, also known as calaveras. They were excited about the idea, so we did a Google search for mexican skulls, and used these as inspiration.
|I just love their tuxedos!|
When Pea saw the finished calaveras, she wanted to paint one herself. So I got two more - one for each of us (I just love Mexican crafts!)
We started with the base colors of white for the skull, arms and feet; and black for the tuxedo. We left them to dry overnight, and had a great time adding all the colorful details tonight. We used bright acrylics, metallic paints, glitter, and even a few sequins.
If you'd like to decorate your own calavera, I created two templates inspired by these wooden ones, that you can download and print. The bones can be joined with yarn, string or twist ties. There is a blank one and one with designs. Just click on the links below:
If you would like to learn more about the Day of the Dead, Spanglish Baby has a round up of activities and informative posts related to Dia de Los Muertos here.
You can find more cultural and historical activities at the following linkups: