I was invited by Disney to attend the Coco press Junket at Pixar. All opinions shared are my own.
The day of the Dead has increased in popularity. Year after year we see more calaveras (skeletons/ sugar skulls) or Katrinas popping up around us. The day of the dead celebrations include festivals, races, and open-air concerts. Colorful t-shirts, coffee mugs, and even cookies all announce and celebrate the day. So to mark the release of Disney- Pixar’s Coco animation film, Día de Muertos and Hispanic Heritage month all in once, how about a making this DIY Photo Frame For The Day of The Dead Ofrenda Altar with the kids?
Color and The Day of the Dead
As we have shared, The Day of The Dead is a Mexican celebration on November 1rst and 2nd that comes from pre-colonial times. That means, way before the Spanish arrived in The Americas. The focus of the tradition is to honor family members that have gone before us. There is a lot of symbolism around the Day of the Dead, even color have an important meaning. For example, white is renewal and hope while pink is the joy of paying tribute to loved ones that have gone already. Black represents death, red is love/respect, and orange and yellow are the bridge between family members alive and dead. A combination of many colors with significant meaning for this celebration are used in all the elements that come together for the occasion like sugar skulls and at ofrenda altars.
DIY Photo Frame For The Day of The Dead Ofrenda Altar
As photos as a crucial part of the ofrenda altar in the Day of the Dead celebration, why not use all the colors with their symbolic meaning to create a photo frame? It is quite easy. Because the Día de Muertos is a special way to honor our ancestors, you can be inspired by the things or colors they like best. The DIY Photo Frame for the Day of the Dead Ofrenda Altar should be a fun, and inspiring easy craft:
- 1 pine photo frame
- markers and color pencils
- Clean you pine wood photo frame.
- Make your design with a pencil so you can modify as you want.
- Color over with makers and color pencils your design
All you need is your creativity, some Mexican folk art inspiration and remembering your family as you work!
Day of the Dead Ofrenda Altar
The Day of the Dead Altar features photos of family members gone before us. Photos on the altar will spark a family conversation about moments, stories and anecdotes that are our history. In the Disney-Pixar film, the photo is a far more important element because if there is no photo, our ancestors can’t come back and visit us during the Día de Muertos celebration!
Are you ready to put up photos for the Dia de Muertos celebration in your DIY Photo Frame For The Day of The Dead Ofrenda Altar? Don’t forget a few marigolds too. Here is how you can make some easy paper marigold flowers for your celebration.