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1 Oct 2023
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Hola, festive souls! Ever been mesmerized by the vivid, soulful, and enchanting celebrations of Mexico's Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)? If so, gear up as we embark on a fun DIY journey to craft our very own 'Day of the Dead' altar!

Portrait of the Departed

Every altar starts with a tribute to someone special who has passed on. Whether it's your beloved grandma, the charismatic Freddie Mercury, or your childhood goldfish, place their portrait center-stage! It serves as a focal point, reminding us of the memories shared and the love that never fades.

Papel Picado

These delicate, decorative perforated paper banners dance gracefully with the wind, symbolizing the fragility of life. Their intricate designs often showcase skeletons and skulls, celebrating both life and death in a playful manner.

Marigolds (Cempasúchil)

Bright orange and cheerful, marigolds are said to guide spirits back to the world of the living with their vibrant colors and enticing scent. Scatter petals or craft a pathway leading spirits to the altar.

Sugar Skulls (Calaveritas)

Delightfully sweet and adorned with colorful designs, sugar skulls represent the departed soul. While they're tempting treats, they mainly serve as decorative pieces, often labeled with the deceased's name.


A simple yet powerful element. Salt purifies and prevents evil spirits from entering the sacred space. It also represents the continuance of life.


Presenting the favorite dishes of the departed is a heartfelt way to honor their memory. Whether it's tacos, mole, or a piece of chocolate, it serves as sustenance for their spiritual journey.

Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)

This sweet, round bread is often decorated with bone-shaped patterns. It symbolizes the deceased and the circle of life. Plus, its sugary aroma is simply irresistible!


Illuminate the path for spirits with flickering candles. Their warm glow represents hope, love, and the celebration of life.

Creating a Day of the Dead altar is more than just an artistic endeavor. It's a heartwarming journey, celebrating memories, love, and the eternal bond we share with those who have passed on. Whether you follow traditions to the tee or infuse your personal touch, your altar will be a testament to the joyous spirit of this extraordinary Mexican holiday.

So, grab your materials, embrace the colors, and let's honor our dearly departed in style!