Written by: Anitra Redlefsen
[Anitra is a teaching artist from Medina Ohio.]
[Visit her website at www.artisjoy.com]
This project is too cute! Marigolds grow plentifully in Mexico and are an integral part of Dia De Los Muertos ~ Days of the Dead ~ celebrations.
On November 1st (for deceased children) and November 2nd (for adults), special altars (offerendas) are prepared for the departed loved ones, adorned with special artifacts and many marigolds, as well as special foods.
It is said that the departed are welcomed back each year by the smell of the foods and the marigolds!
What You Need:
- tin can
- green, orange and yellow construction paper
- flower template
- stem template
- sticky tape
- acrylic and/or tempera paint
- white spray paint (or gesso and a paintbrush)
- white glue
What You Do:
- Recycle a tin can by: sanding the top edges and painting it white (with spray paint or gesso).
- Use the flower template (CLICK HERE FOR TEMPLATE) and print one yellow and one orange flower petal papers. When constructing the flower, you will alternate the pieces by color so you actually have petals for two flowers. I only used one for this project.
- Use the template for the leaves (CLICK HERE FOR TEMPLATE) and print two different greens, again, you will have leaves for two flowers.
- Roll and 8 1/2" x 11" piece of green paper and tape it in the back, this is the stem.
- Cut out the flower petals and cut along the black lines, being careful not to cut all the way through. With the black lines on the back, bend the petals forward so that they are sort of curled. Assemble the petals (alternating the yellow and orange) with glue.
- Cut out the leaves.
- Attach the marigold to the top of the stem and the leaves to the side.
- Using acrylic or tempra paint, create a picture or design on your can.
- When your painting is dry, insert your marigold into the can and secure with some hot glue.
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A title that features jaunty illustrations inspired by Mexican folk art and a short story about preparations for the Day of the Dead that includes within it an alphabet book based on the Spanish alphabet. The heart of the book is the artwork: vivid pastel clothing and scenery set against shiny black backgrounds and complemented by the bright white of the skeletons that form an integral part of the Mexican and Mexican-American celebrations.
Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead
by Randel McGee
Do you want to make your own skeleton pet? Skeletons and skulls are very important to Day of the Dead. Follow storyteller Randel McGee as he explores Day of the Dead in Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead. Learn to make a skull mask, paper marigolds, and even a skeleton candy basket.
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