Día de los Muertos Calavera Collage

Since Halloween is just a few days away, that means it is also time for the Day of the Dead and all the festivities associated with it! (In spanish, el Dia de los muertos)

I found this wonderful blog tutorial and had to share it here.  I just love her approach to making this collage.  I hope you read the entire tutorial and then gather the supplies and go to town making your own version with your children.  I know they will love it and the memory will stay with them forever.


Día de los Muertos Calavera Collage

dia de los muertos or day of the dead

Dia de los Muertos season is here.

With so many Day of the Dead festivities happening, I thought I would create a collage that incorporates two things I love: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and Dia de los Muertos. If you don’t know what a collage is, it is simply a cut paper assemblage. What I love about collage is, you can do anything with some colored paper and scissors. No wonder Henri Matisse called it painting with scissors!

I have bins and bins filled with multi-colored cardstock, paper and tissue paper. Most of it is scraps from other collages I’ve done. I just hate to throw anything away. But really, any cut paper that is left over is perfect to be used again in another collage.

I decided to try this collage with my 11-year-old  son. It started out as a couple of skeletons, or calaveras, but somewhere down the line it changed to Frida Kahlo (my muse) and her beloved Diego Rivera. Frida is easily recognizable in almost any art medium but Diego was a bit more of a challenge since his most recognizable trait, his large body, can’t really be duplicated on a skeleton!

What you need:

  • 8.5 x 11 Card Stock, Colorful Assortment
  • Elmer’s Washable All-Purpose School Glue Stick
  • Poster Board
  • Fiskars school scissors
  • Elmers No-Wrinkle Rubber Cement (for more experienced students)
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers, black
  • Optional: Cricut Tools Craft Tweezers

Read the rest of this tutorial here.

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