Día de los Muertos is this weekend! Are you ready for it, or are you scrambling at the last minute for supplies and decorations? Not to worry, we have put together seven fast and easy crafts for your familia to make.
One of the cutest and most useful crafts I’ve seen this season for celebrating Day of the Dead is this easy to decorate travel mug from PearMama. The cost is minimal and simply uses a $.99 design-your-own mug, some paper, and markers. Your kids can doodle their own Día de Muertos-inspired designs, or you can do it for them and let them color it in. They make great gifts, too!
You can find a super easy tutorial for creating your own Day of the Dead treat bags on MommyMaestra, where you’ll find free printable calavera decorative sheets in both full-color and black-and-white designs. (Psst. They’re great for other projects, too!) These treat bags can be filled with small gifts such as erasers, stickers, tattoos, and more.
To decorate your home or front porch, check out this vibrant banner on latinamom.me. Simple to assemble, you just print the free download and cut out the shapes! You don’t even have to use glue, if you follow Dariela’s clever suggestion for using mini-clothespins and some colorful yarn.
Absolutely adorable and fun to make, these kid-friendly lanterns by Growing Up Bilingual use white plastic miniature cups, a few permanent markers, and battery-powered votives. They’re great for decorating the house or in place of dangerous candles on a family ofrenda in honor of dearly departed family and friends.
No Día de Muertos display is complete without a healthy helping of marigolds. But instead of running out and buying expensive plants to decorate your home, why not put the nenes to work making their own paper marigolds? The Hungry Texan has a fantastic tutorial for making these easy to assemble flowers that you can use anywhere and everywhere!
If you keep a stash of Martha Stewart’s Anywhere Punches like I do, then making these miniature papel picado flags is a breeze! Such a clever way of keeping track of drinks, or to decorate your ofrenda. These flags from Cupcakes and Cutlery are simple and quick to make with the right tools.
And finally, these free calavera mask downloads from Spoonful make a great afternoon project for little ones. Just print them up and let your child color them in with crayons, markers, colored pencils or whatever medium they prefer. Add a couple of ribbon ties and then let them wear their artistic masterpieces around.