Day of the Dead Planters

I am completely fascinated with Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).  The All Souls Procession,  here in Tucson, Az , is one of the most amazing things about Tucson.  It’s a really amazing event.  I went last year, despite an aching back and was so glad I went!

I made these Day of the Dead Calavera (skull) planters. I thought the plants would make great hair or fancy hats.  Sugar skulls, and other decorated skull like things, are given to the living and the dead.  It is similar to giving valentine’s as a way to say, “I love you forever”. I thought these would make great decor for a DOTD party or given to friends/family as gifts to celebrate life.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Now here is what you do:

1.  Thin out some white paint with water and so a white wash over the pots. Dry.

2.  Sketch out your skull face, then fill in with black paint. Leave as is, or go to the next step.

3.  Add colorful designs and use a black paint or a black marker to add swirly curly cues.

4. Pot your plants. I used succulents, but marigolds would be great too.  Marigolds are also known as Flor de Muerto (“Flower of the Dead”) which are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings (or altars).

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19 Responses to Day of the Dead Planters

  1. michelle says:

    love them! great job Regina. you totally make me want to get some planters and paint and get to work!

  2. Carrie says:

    These are so fun! What a great project.

  3. Alexandra says:

    I love these! What a great idea!

  4. elsa says:

    Oh, they are fantastic! You are so creative!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for posting this project. I was just online looking for different ways to introduce my boys to Dia de los Muertos. These are perfect. Thanks again.

  6. iHanna says:

    Love this idea Regina, and your pretty execution. So glad it’s the planters that are dead, not the plants too… ;-)

  7. April Cole says:

    What fun… these are fantastic! :]

  8. Kimberly K. says:

    Love, love these. I live in Tucson and am a HUGE fan of the All Souls Procession. I am gonna make some of these this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. lori says:

    These are really cool!

  10. AZP says:

    These are beautiful! Am thinking of making as gifts for xmas!

  11. Shelley says:

    I’ve always been interested in Dia de los muertos & similar traditions (I’m from the southwest), so I love this! Thank you for posting your fun tutorial :)

  12. Arianna says:

    These are great! Thanks for the tutorial. I loved them so much I shared them on Modern Hostess. http://modernhostess.net/2011/11/01/day-of-the-dead-inspiration/

  13. Candy Suter says:

    I love this post and your awesome pots! Great job and super idea! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Melissa Robertson says:

    Thanks! Love this! I made these tonight and they are really impressive.

  15. Shannon says:

    Thank you for the perfect inspiration. I love sugar skull art, and I happen to have a blue ridge aloe plant that needs a pretty pot, so this is perfect! I hope you had a lovely Día de los Muertos celebration.

  16. Lena says:

    Hey,
    I found the lovely picture of your planters on Pinterest and made my own version. Since I will post a tutorial on my blog about it, I was wondering if you would like to be mentioned as “my inspiration”. I would like to link to this post and use your first photo if you allowed me to. What do you think?
    Best regards,
    Lena

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