Etsy Finds: Festive Day of the Dead-Inspired Decor

Etsy Finds: Festive Day of the Dead-Inspired Decor

Michelle Chin
Nov 1, 2010

November 1st is Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) and most commonly celebrated by many in Mexico. This weekend I attended the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the United States at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles and was surrounded by traditional dancers, costumed attendees and elaborate altars to welcome back the departed souls of loved ones.

Traditionally, during the celebration, families clean and decorate graves. Favorite foods, Mexican marigolds (they're thought to attract the souls of the departed), sugar skulls and papel picado, or traditional Mexican paper cut art are used to decorate the altars. It is considered a celebration and festivities can take a humorous tone as stories and funny anecdotes of the deceased are recounted with family members. Skulls, or calaveras, are common symbols for the celebration.

Below are ten festive decor items inspired by Día de los Muertos for the home:

Autumn Color Sugar Skull Handmade Stone Coasters
Sugar Skull Felt Pillow
Day of the Dead Cat Pull Toy
Dia de los Muertos Coffin Heart piece
Till Death Papel Picado Banners
Sugar Skull Potholder
Dia de los Perros
Day Of The Dead-Fido
Sugar Skull Birds
Sugar Skull Fiesta Tissue Box Cozy

(Images: FormaNovitas, VictoriaTheGerm, illustratedink, serpentes, aymujer, kitchenkitsch, sweetladyshop, craftychica, MisNopalesArt, tinsil)

Created with Sketch.