Day of the Dead Crafts: More Than 24 Projects that Celebrate Dia de los Muertos

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Celebrated on November 1 and 2, Day of the Dead honors the memory of departed souls, welcoming them back to celebrate the best of life. Families decorate grave sites with marigolds and set up stunning altars. Streets flutter with paper banners. Store windows glisten with sugar skulls. Skeleton figures grin rakishly from every corner. Day of the Dead Crafts is filled with dozens of terrific projects that allow you to participate in the excitement of the holiday while expressing your own creativity. You'll enjoy ...

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Overview

Celebrated on November 1 and 2, Day of the Dead honors the memory of departed souls, welcoming them back to celebrate the best of life. Families decorate grave sites with marigolds and set up stunning altars. Streets flutter with paper banners. Store windows glisten with sugar skulls. Skeleton figures grin rakishly from every corner. Day of the Dead Crafts is filled with dozens of terrific projects that allow you to participate in the excitement of the holiday while expressing your own creativity. You'll enjoy showcasing these unique, fun, and meaningful projects throughout the year.

Inside you'll find step-by-step instructions, ideas, and inspiration for a wide range of projects, including:

  • Calaveras, those comical and clever skeleton figures caught in the act of enjoying life's favorite activities
  • Masks and skulls made from paper mache, gourds, and even sugar
  • A meaningful and artistic ofrenda, or altar, to honor those who have passed
  • Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more to wear day or night
  • Pieces guaranteed to liven up any decor

Colorful, whimsical, and often dramatic, Day of the Dead art is steeped in rich history and symbolism. The projects in Day of the Dead Crafts honor the traditional, while taking advantage of today's materials for a fresh and exciting twist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470258293
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/11/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 708,595
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerry Arquette, fi rst published at age thirteen, has work featured in Seventeen, Good houskeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal and other popular magazines. She has authored more than a dozen books, including Daddy Promises and her award-winning children’s picture book What Did You Do Today? She is a cofounder of Cantata Books Inc.

Andrea Zocchi, cofounder of Cantata Books, Inc., was an art director for a large design and how-to book and magazine publisher. Multitalented and versatile, he has worked as a graphic designer, freelance photogrpher, director of a foreign studies program, sales manager, and farmhand.

Jerry Vigil, a self-taught Chicano artist, has carved bultos and retablos since 1998. Known in his hometown of Denver as the “Dean of the Dead,” he is a high-profi le art activist and instructor whose work has appeared in dozens of local and national exhibits and competitions as well as numerous publications. His signature calaveras are a distinctly vibrant blue.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Th e History of the Day of the Dead.

Ofrendas: Altars to Welcome Returning Souls.

What is Your Ofrenda Style?

Prepare an Ofrenda.

Optional Extras.

Ofrenda Themes.

Create a Unique Memorial.

Calaveras: Skeletons With Personality.

Clay Calaveras Span the Spectrum.

Who Will Your Calavera Be?

Clay Calavera.

Dressed Male Calavera.

Dressed Female Calavera.

Detailed Male Calavera.

Detailed Female Calavera.

Beyond Clay Calaveras.

Paper Calavera.

Decorative Nichos.

Collage a Nicho.

Masks and Skulls: Decorative Pieces to Display or Wear.

Open Your Mind to the Possibilities.

Paper Mach?? Mask.

Paint Your Mask or Skull.

Decorate Your Mask or Skull.

Wood Burn a Gourd Mask.

Photo-Collaged Mask.

Tasty Sugar Skulls.

Jewelry: Necklaces, Earrings & Bracelets.

From Sophisticated to Silly.

Heritage Memory Necklace.

Microscope Slide Earrings.

Marigold Beaded Necklace.

Th ree Original Charms.

Fabric Jewelry.

Marigold and Skull Pendant.

Uncultured Pearl Earrings.

Photo Transfer Necklace.

Home D??cor: Stunning Decorations for Your Home.

Bring Your Home to Life.

Design a Papel Picado.

Papel Picado Lampshade.

Day of the Dead Printmaking.

Students??? Interpretations.

Puzzle-Pieced Composition.

Wall-Mounted Candleholder.

Creating With Puff Paint.

Colorful Puff -Paint Creations.

Painting on Glass.

Building Skeleton Puppets.

Patterns.

Resources.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    Unique and inspiring!

    I'm excited about making the projects in this book! Because they are true folk art, I'll be able to display them in my house all year round,not just in the fall. I'm working on my first calavera (skeleton guy) and plan to make as many of the jewelry projects as I can and give them to friends as gifts. I'm no great crafter. Why hasn't anybody published a book on Day of the Dead crafts before this? I can't imagine!

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