One of the challenges of living in a bicultural family is the calendar gets pretty full, especially when the holiday season rolls around. October is no exception, with both Halloween and Day of the Dead so close to each other. Now while the two celebrations are separate and distinct, and each really has a very different feel, they combine better than say St. Patrick’s Day, big in the US, and the Parades of Spring, big in Mexico.
So this time of year we like to do just that, combine the decorations of Halloween and Day of the Dead as we lead up to them, then on the specific days, celebrate each in its own way.
So with a challenge from the good folks at Lowe’s to add a little curb appeal for the season, we decided to tear into an overgrown flower box, and replace the out-of-control grass with a little dark bark, vibrant Day of the Dead decorations, and some spooky succulents.
Here is what the strip looked like before and after pulling up all the grass.
On the crafty side of this project, I picked up some colorful pots and twines at Lowe’s. Then I printed out some beautiful Day of the Dead Sugar Skull and cempazúchitl (marigold) design templates. Next, I used a little Mod Podge to secure the skulls and flower designs onto the pots. Lastly, I used crepe paper to make papel picado flowers, the way I did as a child growing up in Mexico, and put them in the pots.
Here is a close-up of one of the pots.
Here is a close up of a pointy succulent I picked up at Lowe’s that I interspersed among the finished pots after spreading a rich, brown bark.
Here is that strip now! Quite a difference don’t you think? The lanterns work great with votive candles at night, casting just enough light to create a dramatic feel.
- Succulent soil
- Colorful pots
- Mod Podge
- Multi-color dazzle twine Blue Hawk
- Day of the Dead printables
- Crepe paper for cempazúchitl flowers
- Pipe cleaners
Here is a link to a tutorial I created for making the cempazúchitl flowers.
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