I’m getting ready for some visitors in early November. November 1st and 2nd to be exact. These aren’t your normal run of the day visitors, these are my dearly departed. I’m getting ready for visitors from the other side in honor of Day of the Dead/ Día de los Muertos. I’ll be setting up an entire altar for them soon, but right now I wanted to make something a little extra special to hold the cempasúchitl (marigold) flowers I will placing on the altar.
Last year was the very first year that I ever truly celebrated Día de los Muertos and it was a wonderful way to talk to my daughters about death and also a way to introduce them to people and relatives they never had a chance to meet. We set up and decorate the altar together and every year I hope to add a special new element. This year, I’m adding DIY chalkboard vases that I made and decorated with hand-drawn calacas.
The vases were super easy to make. All I did was buy square ceramic vases, chalkboard paint, and a sponge brush at my local Lowe’s. The ceramic vases/potholders were originally a deep red color and I added two coats of chalkboard paint to them.
I really like the red color so I let it show through in areas, I wasn’t going for perfect coverage. Once the paint had dried, I used liquid chalk pens that I already owned to hand-draw calacas on them.
I love the way the DIY chalkboard vases turned out and the best part is that I can wipe off the calacas that are on there right now and decorate them with new ones every year or different designs throughout the year.
Do you celebrate Día de los Muertos?
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