DIY Art: Día de Muertos (Day Of The Dead)

dia de muertos-pan dulce-hot chocolate-Día de Los MuertosDía de Muertos (English: Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday observed mainly throughout Mexico. “The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a holiday.” — Wikipedia

Interestingly enough, Día de Muertos is a multi-day holiday celebrated on October 31, November 1 and November 2. Per Wikipedia, It’s  “in connection with the triduum of AllhallowtideAll Hallows’ EveHallowmas, and All Souls’ Day.[1][2] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.” 

So in honor of Dia de Muertos, my little one and I made this super easy piece of artwork using 3 inexpensive items. dia de muertos-DIY-Art-Día de Los Muertos

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Items Used

  • Dollar Store Calavera paper plates. Yes, paper plates! 🙂
  • Old frame. We had one in our garage that just needed a little spray paint.
  • Piece of fabric. We used the left over material from a previous project as it just so happened to be black and white but you can also purchase material at your local fabric store.

Directions

Cut out the skulls from the paper plates. Cut your fabric to the size of your frame. Glue the fabric onto the back portion of frame (i.e. where you would place a photo instead). Glue your skulls in a decorative way directly onto the fabric. Mount the artwork using a mat board (our old frame already had one). Frame your piece of art and hang! All it takes is just a mere 10 minutes.

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¡Feliz Día de Muertos!

Abrazos (hugs) — GladysDia De Los Muertos-Day of the Dead-DIY-ART

 

 

 

Adding A Little Spring Into Our Home

Spring-Art-Toddler-Activities Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirpin’ away. What better way to welcome Spring than to do a DIY art project with your kids?

Here’s a fun Spring DIY my 2-year-old and I worked on this past Sunday. Mia definitely enjoyed making homemade watercolors!

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Items Needed: Moss with liner, Markers, water, paint brush, coffee filters, plastic foam bowls, scissors, green acrylic paint & a 16X20 canvas.

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We made watercolors by simply adding water to the plastic foam bowls and dipping some inexpensive makers into them. For this project, we picked 3 different colors.

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Cut out the bottoms of three foam bowls. Add a bit of glue to the back of each circle foam and place them into the center of the coffee filters (Note: I used about 10 filters per flower). Hold the filters upside with a tight grip so the foam doesn’t fall out and dip the ends of the filters about half way into your watercolor base. Repeat process for each individual flower. Be sure to keep the filters facing upside down the entire time to prevent the color from bleeding to the top. Place onto a dry paper towel and let air dry for a few hours.

Spring-Art-Toddler-ActivitiesOnce the filters are completely dry, remove a couple sheets off the back of each flower and fold the paper in half and then two more times as shown above. Cut out a piece in the form of a letter ‘C’ and open up the sheets. You should have a flower with 4 petals.

SpringGlueGlue the cut pieces with the non-cut pieces and then glue the finished flowers onto your canvas.

Spring-Art-Toddler-ActivitiesUsing a moss with liner is perfect for cutting out shapes and letters. Here, I used a stencil to trace the word ‘Grow’. If you decide to use a stencil, make sure you trace out the letters backwards. As you can see, I learned the hard way. I had to redo the letter ‘G’. 🙂 And let me warn you. This part is super messy. Definitely suggest doing this step outside. Spring-Art-Toddler-Activities

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Lastly, using a little green craft paint and a paint brush, we added stems to each flower. Done and done!

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Spring-Home-Decor-DIY

Exciting news! I teamed up with the lovely ladies of CrafterThought.com and SerendipityDelight.com on this blog post. Check out how they added a little Spring into their homes. Love their ideas!

Click on the photos below to see their spring inspired home decor.

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Cheers to Spring!