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DIY Day of the Dead Celebration Banner

Day of the dead is about celebrating  those who have passed on to the afterlife. As a Latina, I try to make my celebrations the best for my kids with what I have. Being in an area where resources are limited, leaves me to be as creative as I can get. This means my family does a lot of crafting. When possible I teach my kids to make crafts out of recycled materials.

Recently, the kids and I began to decorate our home for day of the dead and the kids and I created a super easy and fun banner. We usually just stick to small crafts to encourage conversation about our traditions but this was an opportunity to share more on important people in our family that have passed.  Our banner was the perfect craft to talk and get creative for Day of the Dead. We wanted it to have a flare of our Mexican culture as well as a new and creative twist to the famous papel picado traditionally used in all Mexican celebrations.

With just a few materials you may already have in home, you too can make a Day of the Dead

Gathering materials we knew we had all the supplies already in home.  Follow the tutorial it’s easy as 1-2-3!

  • Day of the Dead Recycled Craft 1 of 11
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    We love how our banner turned out the kids had such a blast making it! Follow this easy tutorial to make this recycled craft for Day of the Dead!

  • Banner Supplies 2 of 11
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    We used balloon string, recycled brown paper bags, old birthday gifts tissue either from gifts received or given and glue. 

    You will need 2 pair of scissors Decorative and regular. 

    If you are working with small children please do all the cutting . We suggest using a glue stick instead of regular glue too. 

  • Size your banner 3 of 11
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    Cut 4x4 squares out of the recycled brown paper bag. If you wish for your banner to have larger flags you can double the size  this will make flags heavier. NOTE: This 4x4 will make two mini flags.

  • Fold recycled bag squares 4 of 11
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    Cut as many squares as you'd like. After cutting at least 3 squares which makes 6 flags for your banner fold in half. 

  • Cut and fold again 5 of 11
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    After  folding cut all your squares in half. You should have two 4x2 strips per squares. Fold them again like a card. This will be your flag size. 

  • Papel Picado technique 6 of 11
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    This is the fun part. Fold your card square in half again. This can be a little hard because you have double the paper. One the fold cut shapes. You can use your decorative scissors and regular scissors. This is called the  papel picado technique. Once you open up your flag you have a beautiful shape in the middle of your flag. 

  • Adhere tissue 7 of 11
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    Once all your flags have papel picado design cut open them up and place them along your flag. You will need a small square of tissue small than your flag that will fit on your design. Ad glue and place your tissue. Gently smooth out any wrinkles. Place your string over it and add glue to the other flap of your flag. 

  • Seal over string 8 of 11
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    Close the flap over and seal tight. Rub it gently over to make sure it is sealed. Do the same for the next flags.

  • Create different flags 9 of 11
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    Try creating different patterns and different edges for your flags. 

  • Try different patterns 10 of 11
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    With your tissue create a pattern we had 2 different colored tissues and made a blue red blue pattern. 

  • Hang and celebrate 11 of 11
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    Hang your flag and celebrate! 

    Optional Using a 4x4 square cut an image or design into it and use it as your middle design for your flag like the picture above. 

Do you make crafty things with your kids for the holidays?

Read more of Ruby’s writing at Growing Up Blackxican

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