25 Easy Day of the Dead DIY Projects

The Day of the Dead or Día de Los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st. It honors the lives of our family members and loved ones who have passed away. Here are 25 easy-to-make Day of the Dead DIY crafts you can do with your kids. Some of these are so easy they will only take a few minutes! Many of these Day of the Dead crafts would make incredible decorations for your altar or a party or celebration.

DIY Craft Ideas For Day of The Dead

1. Pumpkin Sugar Skull Candle Holders

These candle holders are an easy Día de Los Muertos craft project. A DIY pumpkin will make a stunning centerpiece, ideal for a Day of the Dead altar. Your kids will love decorating these colorful holders as the focal point for your altar.Day of the Dead DIY calavera pumpkin candle decor

2. Embossed Prayer Candle by Crafty Chica

Painting and glittering prayer candles will give your Day of the Dead altar a cheery feel! The flame represents eternal life, and people use certain scents to lure the dead. Adding a prayer candle to your Dia de Los Muertos celebration is a simple and creative way to honor our loved ones. Day of the Dead Skull Embossed Candle by Crafty Chica

3. Glow in the Dark Skull Lanterns

These non-toxic glow-in-the-dark Day of the Dead lanterns are so easy to make. They are a great Dia de Los Muertos craft to make with kids. We like to make this every year, using them as night lights for the kids. They are so much fun to create!Glow in the dark Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos skull lanterns made with mason jars.

4. Painted Skulls

Try this original activity the whole family will have a fantastic time doing! Get those creative juices flowing by painting these skulls. You can use them as decoration for the altar or a  Día de Los Muertos party.painted skull craft for el Dia de los Muertos

5. Sugar Skull Balloons

Cute sugar skull balloons are easy to do and make your wall pop. The best part is how affordable and simple this Day of the Dead craft is. And it only takes a few minutes to make!

We got some white balloons and added some intricate skull designs using a black permanent market. These where so simple to make and they looked great! The best part was how easy and affordable these where and it only took a few minutes to make them.

6. Dia de los Muertos Garland by MamiTalks 

Make a playful craft that will look great on an altar or as a Day of the Dead-themed decor in your home. Pin it on the side of the table for the perfect Día de Los Muertos decoration.

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7. Easy Kid-Friendly Skull Lanterns

This Día de Los Muertos lantern is not only a quick craft but also an affordable and kid-friendly option for your altar. Itis an easy activity you can enjoy doing together as a family.

Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead craft lanterns DIY

8. Dia de Los Muertos Ribbon Bracelet

You won’t believe how a sugar skull bracelet could be so cute! Hop on the beading train and whip up a batch of bracelets for Dia de Los Muertos! Check out the video on how to make this easy and fabulous craft!

Day of the Dead DIY Skull Bracelet

9. Day of the Dead Piñata

Make your own Sugar Skull Piñata and fill it with delicious goodies! Let your imagination fly, and use different colors and designs to decorate these fun piñatas!DIY SKULL PINATA

10. Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Tree

Inspire your children with an appreciation for family members who are no longer with us. Take advantage of this holiday to talk about death in a positive light with a sugar skull-inspired tree. This easy DIY project will liven up your altar! It looks great next to the Day of the Dead pumpkin sugar skull candle holders.This Day of the Dead sugar skull tree is a fun DIY project and easy to make!

11. Papel Picado Pumpkins by Crafty Chica

Here is a cool series of glittered Papel Picado pumpkins that are themed around Mexican pop art. It is the perfect DIY craft for the Dia de Los Muertos altar. Colorful and glittery, this is such a fun Day of the Dead decoration to make!


12. Stone Sugar Skulls By Alisa Burke

Looking for a unique project to create Day of the Dead crafts? Gather those rocks your kids collected over the years and make these incredible stone skulls! It is a fantastic activity to do with your kids on Día de Los Muertos.


13. Easy Skull Box Craft

These easy crafts are a great DIY idea! They will look beautiful decorating a Día de Los Muertos altar. You can create unique designs and paint these in many different ways. Your family will enjoy making these little boxes, which look so cute!

day of the dead skull box craft DIY

14. Day of the Dead Goodie Bags by Casa Artelexia

Surprise your kids with a decorated Day of the Dead-themed lunch bag! Your kids will love reading encouraging messages inside this adorable goodie bag.

skull goodie bags for Day of the Dead

15. Day of the Dead Planters by Creative Kismet 

These Calavera (skull) planters would make great decor for a Day of the Dead party. Or you can give them to friends/family as gifts to celebrate life! The plants make great hair or fancy hats! Sugar Skull Planters for Day of the Dead

16. Sugar Skull Dolls by ZingZing Tree

Make these cute Sugar Skull dolls that will look fantastic as stand-alone ornaments. They also look amazing as table centerpieces for your Día de Los Muertos party. They turned out so beautifully and are easy to make.SugarSkull-Doll

17. DIY Day Of the Dead Catrina Craft for Kids

This simple and adorable Catrina is a fabulous craft to make with the kids, ideal for decorating an altar. Día de Los Muertos is about celebrating the lives of loved ones who have passed away. It is the perfect day to bring ancestors “to life” by remembering and telling their stories.Day of the Dead DIY catrina craft for kids

18. Easy Day of The Dead Skull Mask Craft

Gear up for the Dia de Los Muertos holiday with incredible DIY crafts. You can use anything to decorate these sugar skull masks. Use bright and vibrant colors to make them more fun!dia de los muertos skull mask craft

19. Felt Skulls from Artelexia

These adorable, fuzzy take on traditional sugar skulls are perfect for the Día de Los Muertos. So let your kids go wild, matching colorful pieces of felt! Add a few embroidery stitches to create your own felt sugar skulls!DSC_0023

20. Day of the Dead Wreath by Persialou

Make a beautiful Day of the Dead craft inspired by the colorful sugar skulls and ofrendas (offerings) used to celebrate the holiday. The marigold is a popular Día de Los Muertos symbol. Use these pretty orange flowers to decorate the altars you make for loved ones. dia de los muertos wreath persia lou 5

21. How To Make Sugar Skull Tutorial from Sugar and Charm

Here is an imaginative take on the traditional art of Mexican Sugar Skulls. This memorable holiday usually includes beautiful and colorful designs. These vibrant decorations are so easy to make too!MexicanSugarSkulls1

22. Day of the Dead Skull Sun Catcher with Melted Beads from Artful Parent

Your kids will love this sugar skull suncatcher! This homemade craft with plastic beads would work well as a Día de Los Muertos ornament. Stick them on your kids’ bedroom windows and watch the colors shine through!Day of the Dead skull sun catcher craft

23. 3-D Calavera Masks

These colorful 3D Calavera or Careta masks are a great new idea to add to your party kit. Use this colorful craft as a costume or as part of your Day of the Dead decorations.dia-de-los-muertos-masks

24. Day of The Dead DIY Noise Maker

There’s not a child that doesn’t love to make noise! This sparkly and colorful Day of the Dead-inspired noisemaker is a cheery craft for kids. It’s sure to be a hit at any Day of the Dead party or celebration. In addition, it is a beautiful way to introduce kids to the meaning behind El Día de Los Muertos.Day of the Dead DIY noise maker

25. Shrink Plastic Jewelry by Tried & True

I love participating in fun Craft Lightning projects that are a blast! They stretch the creative muscles by pushing you to come up with an ingenious project. And the best part, it only takes 15 minutes to make.



These fantastic and easy DIY Day of the Dead projects are perfect for celebrating this important holiday. So get creative and have a blast with these Dia de Los Muertos crafts, which you can use to bring your altar to life, simply as decorations or as a whimsical project. 

Let me know if you make any of these. And make sure to add some more in the comments if you made a cute Day of the Dead DIY project yourself or find an awesome one out there.

25 Day of the Dead DIY projects

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

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13 thoughts on “25 Easy Day of the Dead DIY Projects”

  1. Hi, my name is Leon and I am a kid and I like all of the stuff that I’m going to do one oh and one more thing I’m in third grade.


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