Day of the Dead crafts: Making crepe paper marigolds

Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead decorations 

This last week I have been getting together my Dia de los Muertos decorations. Making crepe paper marigolds for a little Dia de Los Muertos shrine. These are particularly small, flowers for a crown…fit for Prince…

The process of making the mini paper marigolds are the same as making the larger ones,  except for the stapling. Instead I sewed the paper circles together, a few stitches apiece. 

I have also been making dozens of these paper marigolds for the shrine in a larger version. Papel picado, lamps, colouring in skulls, flower crowns are also in the pipeline. 

I like to observe Dia de los Muertos. It’s nice when your friends and relatives come over. The crafts projects are varied, cheap to make and fantastically coloured. I miss my departed, as we all do, and taking time in remembrance is connecting and healing. I haven’t heard any annoying jingles on the radio in the months leading up. 

Dia de los Muertos is the best holiday. 

Because of course Prince is invited to the party!

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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