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DIY “Day of the Dead” Style Wreath

Day of the dead, or Dia De Los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday that is celebrated on November 1st every year. The decorations are filled with lots of black and white and some pops of bright vibrant color. So today I thought I’d share my take on Dia De Los Muertos decor – a Day of the Dead wreath! It’s easy to make, and it is a refreshing departure from regular Halloween decorations. So read on to check out the simple tutorial.

Halloween wreath diy

Halloween wreath diy supplies

Here’s what you’ll need for your Day of the Dead wreath:

  • Unpainted resin skull (something like this)
  • 11×14 inch picture frame without glass
  • 1/4 yard of black lace fabric
  • Black, white and gold artificial flowers
  • Hot glue gun with extra glue
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie markers
  • 8″ pliable wire (not pictured)

Painting skull

Begin by decorating your resin skull with Sharpie markers. I chose black and magenta to keep things simple, but feel free to add other colors for a more traditional look. The ink should dry quickly, but be sure not to smudge it as you’re working. Feel free to copy my design, or get creative by coming up with your own. Head over here to check out some inspiration.

Skull painting process

Dia de los muertos skulls, or sugar skulls as they’re often called, almost always have colored circles around the eyes and dark lines between the teeth. They often have a spider web design on the forehead as well.

Flowers on the skull

Flowers are another common element that you might want to add to yours.

Creating wreath frame