Day of the Dead (DIY Chalkboard Vases)

by Claudya Martinez on October 2, 2013

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Vases for Day of the Dead
Sponsored_Post_Sign_thumb.pngI’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.

DIY vase for Dia de los Muertos

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.

DIY chalkboard vases

 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.

Day of the Dead decorations

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.

Craft for Day of the Dead

Do you celebrate Día de los Muertos?

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  • http://tracismixedbag.com tracismixedbag

    aww, I love it. You can actually reuse the vases for every holiday. That’s cool.

  • http://www.mejorandomihogar.com Brenda

    Love them! Que bonitas y reciclables, Saludos!

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Wow, I was just thinking about you! Saludos, amiga. It was so nice to see you even though I didn’t get to spend much time with you. I love your spirit and enthusiasm.

  • http://joyandgladnessofheart.blogspot.com/ kelly thompson

    You are a riot. You don’t do a lot of crafts but when you do they are great and the pictures are boss! I lived in Santa Fe for 2 years during college and celebrated

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Well, thank you VERY much.

  • deborahpucci

    Love what you made. I was at World Market today and they had a few decorations for Day of the Dead and I thought of you.

  • http://xishellwords.blogspot.com/ ::xishell::

    These are really cute! I celebrate Dia de los Muertos, but it’s evolved over time… I’ve been thinking about what to do this year… Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.vidyasury.com/ Vidya Sury

    I am going to find out where I can get some chalkboard paint tomorrow. Love your art – those calacas look cute!

  • http://www.backinthebush.wordpress.com/ Cyndy Bush

    They are beautiful! what a lovely tribute.

  • Elba Valverde

    These are awesome!! I really love the idea making different designs throughout the year. Xo, Elba

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      My kids love them.

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