Día de Los Muertos is a holiday observed in Mexico as well as well among people of Mexican heritage across North and South America. It is a day meant to honor one’s dead ancestors, and celebrates build altars known as ofrendas to commemorate their ancestors, filled with flowers, candles and sweets meant to honor them.
These ofrendas, as well as the ubiquitous marigold flowers and sugar skull candies, are well known symbols of this holiday, which is usually celebrated in conjunction with All Souls’ Day. Another popular figure of the day is La Catrina or Santa Muerte, the great Dame of the Dead, who is most commonly depicted as a woman, her face painted in a colorful or flowered skull, festooned with a flowered crown.
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It’s popular to dress up like La Catrina for the holiday and you may be surprised to learn that it’s simple to make your own Santa Muerte crown out of everyday household items. All you need is a headband, some stiff zip ties, a hot glue gun, regular glue, glitter, and artificial flowers.
Simply lock the zip ties on the headband in a “starburst” pattern. You can trim the lengths as you see fit. Secure these in place with a touch of hot glue, then dab due on the ends of the ties and douse each with golden glitter. When that is dry simply hot glue flowers around the base of the ties until you have achieved the look you want.
Though this holiday is Mexican in origin and honors the dead, it is a joyful celebration that all can appreciate.