Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Latino celebration which honors loved ones who have passed away. Day of the Dead celebrates All Saints Day holiday on November 1. Candles are lit for Day of the Dead; here are Dia de los Muertos candle crafts. You will note that in images from Day of the Dead activities that skulls and skeletons figure prominently. These are part of the larger religious significance of death, remembrance and rebirth. Several of these crafts focus on skulls and skeletons for Day of the Dead. For those not comfortable with the skeleton motif, I’ve included other candle crafts.
To create your Day of the Dead candle you will need:
-white candles: taper, plain votive candles, votive candles in glass holders, altar or grotto candles (12′ tall in clear plastic holder or glass jar), or solid white pillar candles. Wax candles vs. beeswax will be more reasonably priced. Candles in plastic holders will be safer and less expensive.
Church Candles Online is a good distributor for buying candles in bulk (24, 48 and 144 gross)
Amazon is a good source for smaller quantities of candles (click here for ‘white candles’ search page).
Oriental Trading sells votive candles and pillar candles reasonably, too.
-permanent markers or paint pens to decorate and write on candle or candle holder.
-plastic spoons and knives or wooden popsicle sticks to carve candles
-glue dots to affix decorations
images of deceased (if desired)
decorative stones, aquarium rocks
ribbon and yarn scraps
colored tissue paper
wrapping paper scraps
bits of broken jewelry
Skull or skeleton candle craft: carve white candles to resemble a skull or skeleton. Outline details with pen. Add decorations and ‘clothing’. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) skeletons and skulls are jaunty and fun-loving. Click here for dozens of free printable Day of the Dead skull patterns, designs and templates.
Votive Candle Craft: Decorate plain candles or candles in glass or plastic holders. Use glue dots (click here for ordering) to affix decorations. Follow the traditional Day of the Dead skeleton theme or simply create a memorial votive candle honoring loved ones. Be sure to include name, birthday and date of decease. Here’s a sample: Jack Jones- October 24, 1921- December 6, 2009.
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