15 Colorful Ideas for Dia de los Muertos Decorations
Mark your calendars for November 2nd: Dia de los Muertos. We found masks, DIY projects, candles and more Dia de los Muertos decorations for an epic celebración.
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Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, Central America and South America. The holiday is on November 2nd (All Souls Day) but the party can last as long as a week. Let us help find the best Dia de los Muertos decorations for your fiesta.
Picture these intricate Mexican paper banners ($8) strung across the room. Your party is already off to a great start! The colors and lacy designs made in the style of the Mexican folk craft are on point with traditional Dia de los Muertos decor.
Skulls, or calaveras, are everywhere in Dia de los Muertos celebrations, and important symbol of departed souls. Place this ornately decorated skull ($26) on your table surrounded by low, glowing candles and flower petals and even add small gifts for guests.
Use these large and colorful paper decorations ($25) for entryways, across garden paths or clustered together to hang over tables. This pack comes with several paper lanterns, garlands, flowers and honeycombs. They assemble quickly and the colors are stunning. Don’t forget the authentic Mexican dishes for your party table.
Traditional Dia de los Muertos celebrations include beautiful and ornate face painting or masks. These half-face masks ($15) are not only beautiful but make it easy for guests to still eat and socialize—and they’re a lot less time-consuming than make-up.
Marigolds are the traditional flowers used in Day of the Dead displays, especially on the ofrendas or altars where departed loved ones are remembered. Use orange and yellow silk flower petals ($10) to decorate tables and entryways at your party. Then, set out trays of Mexican and Latin appetizers to keep guests happy!
Abundant flowers and color are part of what sets the Day of the Dead decor apart from the darker mood of Halloween. Use colorful tissue paper ($12) in various sizes to create stunning, airy flowers using an easy DIY tutorial like this one from ¡Hola! Jalapeno.
Beginning in the early 20th century, La Calavera Catrina, a skeleton lady in an elegant dress and hat, became a popular representation of Dia de los Muertos. La Catrina figurines ($40) are just the thing to add that macabre elegance to your table centerpiece.
With this sugar skull mold ($15) and a few basic ingredients, you can make authentic sugar skulls for your Dia de los Muertos party. Decorate the skulls with frosting and glitter. They’re easy and fun to make, great as part of the decor or for gifts. Plan B: Make a batch of Day of the Dead cookies.
This enormous photo backdrop ($20) is perfect to welcome guests. Hang it in the entryway, across a backyard patio or by the refreshments table. It’s colorful and will set the mood for all who see it.