{TRES DEL MES} 3 Fun Day of the Dead Projects

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On November 1st and 2nd, people in Mexico and throughout the world will celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed on. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is meant to be a joyous occasion that allows friends and relatives to reconnect both emotionally and spiritually, even if only for one evening.

Below are three fun Day of the Dead projects and tutorials from some of my favorite bloggers that may just motivate you to join in on this age-old tradition!

How to Make a Día de los Muertos Altar by Leslie Tellez, The Mija Chronicles: Understand the tradition of the altar, as well as the significance of different foods and offerings associated with it.

Photo by Leslie Tellez
Photo by Leslie Tellez

Day of the Dead DIY Makeup Tutorial by Emily Pettiford and Jessica Turley, Bespoke Bride: Learn how to apply your sugar skull face paint with this step-by-step tutorial and video.

Photo by Bespoke Bride
Photo by Bespoke Bride

Day of the Dead DIY Sugar Skull Piñata by Elexia de la Parra, Casa Artelexia: Brighten up your altar with this adorable piñata. This is a great project for kids!

Photo by Casa Artelexia
Photo by Casa Artelexia

Learn more about Día de los Muertos:
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Altar Honoring Departed Loved Ones
Día de los Muertos Celebration

Lola Wiarco Dweck

Lola is a Mexican-American recipe developer, writer, and cooking instructor who loves sharing her culture with the world. Growing up in California and spending summers in Mexico, Lola celebrates her family’s Mexican recipes and vibrant culture through Lola’s Cocina.

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  1. Mija, I just love your website! I really like your dia de los muertos page. I wish we could all be together on Saturday. Send me a picture of your alter. I hope you have pictures of all of our loved ones who have gone on to a better life. Quesadilla, some refried frijolitos and coffee for grandma Macky. I once asked my mom, if she could choose her last meal, she said chile verde (no tomatillo) but I know you can’t do that. So a bologna sandwich, a fresh chile huerito and a glass of milk. If you have a small green onion, she liked that. Sprinkle a little salt on the side so she can dip her chile. Don’t forget to cut it in half diagonally. : ) my mom was lot about presentation of a dish, even if was just a simple sandwich. Have a wonderful celebration with your family. And don’t forget to send me a picture of Frida and Diego! Love Tia

    1. Hi Aunt Teresa! I’ll post a picture of my altar soon. I have pictures of my dad, Grandma Angie, Grandpa Pete, Grandpa Max, Grandma Lola, and Grandma Macky. I’m just missing Olivia’s picture.:(

      I’m glad you told me what to put out for Grandma Macky – I just had two chiles de árbol because they reminded me of the chile earrings she always wore. I have Trappey’s for Grandma Lola, but will add the other stuff. The chile guerrito always reminded me of Grandma Angie too – I remember her biting into them with her meals.

      We’ll miss you this year!

      – Lola