After my recent trip to LA, I came back inspired to create my very first Día de los Muertos altar. Day of the Dead is something that I’ve always appreciated aesthetically, but (although I am of Mexican descent) we never celebrated the holiday when I was growing up. Maybe it’s because it also happened to be my grandmother’s birthday.
This year, I’m going for it and even made my own papel picado banner. I know I’m a novice, but I LOVE how it turned out. My banner consists of skulls and owls.
I made the skull template myself, it wasn’t very hard even though my drawing skills are rudimentary at best.
I downloaded the papel picado owl template because I just couldn’t resist its cuteness.
I can’t wait to show you the rest of my altar as soon as it’s done. I have to say I am really enjoying the process and dedicating time to remembering loved ones that have passed. It somehow makes me feel like we are bonding and I also get to tell my daughters about beautiful human beings they never had the pleasure of meeting.
If you’d like to make your own, follow the link for an easy papel picado tutorial. Before you leave, be sure to tell me what you think of mine…be kind, it’s my first.