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Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

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Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

A few months ago I received an email from a lifestyle director inviting me to collaborate with Parents Latina magazine and Family Fun magazine on a few projects inspired by the Day of the Dead celebration. I remember reading through the email and thinking that it must be a small collaboration for their website, but it ended up being an actual feature in the printed edition of Parents Latina magazine and Family Fun magazine!

We worked together for a couple of weeks. Sending emails back and forth with ideas, inspirational boards, sketches, drafts and photos of the actual finished projects.

Their team was amazing and really helpful! I remember the day I had to send the finished products to their offices in New York for the photoshoot. I was exhausted that morning because I had to stay up late the night before, finishing all the details on the sugar-skull pillows and then as you can imagine, my motherhood responsibilities woke me up at 6am! I survived the morning in Jaxon’s class with tons of coffee. That afternoon I put Jaxon in his crib hoping he would take a nap, but he didn’t love the idea.

It’s funny, but I was so scared the mini paper nichos were going to get ruined inside the box, so I packed them inside some tupperware next to the memory card game and tons of tissue paper. I also watched a youtube video about how to pack artwork to make sure I was as protecting the tissue paper transfer art piece.

Some pictures of the projects before finishing them below:

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

 

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

 

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

 

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

  • ABOVE. The tissue-paper transfer art piece took me a long time! I had to figure out a way to make the project easy to make for the kids, but when I got the perfect material and created the template everything was fun and simple!  Find the DIY tutorial and template here: 4 Fun Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids

I wish I had a picture of me walking from the parking lot to the USPS offices. I put Jaxon in a stroller and on top of the stroller, a humongous box. I maneuver like an expert with one hand, trying to protect Jaxon’s head from the box and holding the tissue paper transfer art piece in the other hand. I’m sure it was hilarious to watch from far away.

Two days ago, I finally met Grace Bastidas, the editor of Parents Latina and Ser Padres at the #WeAllGrowFamilia conference in Los Angeles. We talked about the collaboration and she gave me a copy of the Parents Latina issue with all the projects I created. It felt great to see the projects in print after putting so much work into them.

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

I invite you to check out the 4 Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids that I created on the Parents Latina website. You can also find some templates there and all the instructions to create something amazing with your kids.

It makes my heart smile when I think about the Day of the Dead as the inspiration behind the projects I created. Seeing the pictures of the projects brings back memories of my childhood. I can see my mom, beside me, while I hold scissors, glue, felt and paper, and together creating memories while we talk about abuelito and tia rosa.

Dia de los Muertos is special because of the meaning behind the tradition, but also the colors. It connects with me on a deep level, because just like live colorful, day of the dead is all about celebrating life and cherishing the moments we spend with the people we love, even if they are not with us anymore.

Live Colorful Featured in Family Fun October/November 2017

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Live Colorful featured in Family Fun

I  have some exciting news! I worked on a few Day of the dead inspired projects with FamilyFun magazine a few months ago, and one of them was featured in the magazine this fall!

Being able to collaborate with such an amazing magazine was a fulfilling experience. I’m a huge fan of their creative projects! They keep me inspired and busy every season, so as you can imagine, it was really hard to keep this collaboration a secret.

Live Colorful featured in Family Fun

Page 24, making memories, is what you are looking for! It’s a sugar skull DIY artwork created with tissue paper and water. You can can download the printable to make your own sugar skull artwork on the FamilyFun site. Don’t forget to get your copy this fall! I promise you won’t regret it.

For more fun ways to celebrate Day of the Dead you need to check out the October/November issue of FamilyFun sister magazine, Parents Latina. I created three extra fun craft projects with them this fall. I’m sure you will love them too!

Free Printable: Day of the Dead Cupcake Toppers

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Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers

The Day of the Dead is one of my favorite celebrations. I love it not only because it is so colorful, but also because it makes me think about my family, and traditions I grew up with in Mexico. So every year I feel excited about creating something inspired by the Day of the Dead to decorate my home and make the ofrenda for my grandpa, aunts and friends.

Sugar skulls are probably one of my favorite elements from the Day of the Dead’s celebration. These calaveritas are sometimes difficult to find in the United States. For that reason we made our own version of sugar skull using white chocolate in the past years. You can find the tutorials here and here in case you would like to make some, which I totally recommend because making chocolate sugar skulls is so much fun, especially for the kids!

If you are not into buying or making sugar skulls, what about printing them? I painted these calaveritas the other day, I shared them on Instagram and asked about what should I make with them and one of the first suggestions was that they would look super cute as cupcake toppers. So I put together a free printable that you can download, print and use to decorate cupcakes, muffins, gifts and other things that come to mind this Halloween and Day of the Dead.

Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers

Download the free printable here: Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers

Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers

Here are more colorful and fun projects inspired by the Day of the Dead. Enjoy and share if you love them:

  1. How to Make an Ofrenda for the Day of the Dead. All the tips and elements.
  2. How to make punched paper for Halloween. Whether you want to make punched paper for your Day of the Dead altar or prefer to use it as a seasonal decoration, here are some tips for you.
  3. Make Punched Paper o Papel Picado with Colored Paper Sheets. The letter size sheets of paper are just the perfect size to make bright papel picado.
  4. Decorate the pictures of your altar or ofrenda with this free frame day of the dead printable.
  5. Read more about the elements of a Day of the Dead altar
  6. Couldn’t find marigold flowers for your altar of ofrenda. Here an easy way to make cempazuchitl paper flowers.
  7. Planning a day of the dead party? Here a fun way to welcome all your guests. Day of the dead colorful wreath DIY.
  8. Learn how to make chocolate skulls inspired by the Day of the Dead in 5 easy steps!
  9. What are the traditional colors for the Day of the Dead celebration?
  10. Just for fun. 10 awesome Day of the Dead coloring books.
  11. The perfect treat for your Day of the Dead party! The easiest way to decorate chocolate skulls for Day of the Dead.
  12. The cutest mini papel picado printable!
  13. Papel picado printable, a fun activity for the kids.
  14. Day of the Dead printable stickers that the kids can color and use to decorate everything they want!

Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers