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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (8 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470258292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470258293
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Celebrated on November 1 and 2, Day of the Dead honors the memory of departed souls, welcoming them back to celebrate the best of life. Families decorate grave sites with marigolds and set up stunning altars. Streets flutter with paper banners. Store windows glisten with sugar skulls. Skeleton figures grin rakishly from every corner. Day of the Dead Crafts is filled with dozens of terrific projects that allow you to participate in the excitement of the holiday while expressing your own creativity. You′ll enjoy showcasing these unique, fun, and meaningful projects throughout the year. Inside you′ll find step–by–step instructions, ideas, and inspiration for a wide range of projects, including: Calaveras, those comical and clever skeleton figures caught in the act of enjoying life′s favorite activities Masks and skulls made from paper maché, gourds, and even sugar A meaningful and artistic ofrenda, or altar, to honor those who have passed Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more to wear day or night Pieces guaranteed to liven up any décor Colorful, whimsical, and often dramatic, Day of the Dead art is steeped in rich history and symbolism. The projects in Day of the Dead Crafts honor the traditional, while taking advantage of today′s materials for a fresh and exciting twist.

About the Author

Kerry Arquette , fi rst published at age thirteen, has work featured in Seventeen, Good houskeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal and other popular magazines. She has authored more than a dozen books, including Daddy Promises and her award–winning children’s picture book What Did You Do Today? She is a cofounder of Cantata Books Inc. Andrea Zocchi , cofounder of Cantata Books, Inc., was an art director for a large design and how–to book and magazine publisher. Multitalented and versatile, he has worked as a graphic designer, freelance photogrpher, director of a foreign studies program, sales manager, and farmhand. Jerry Vigil , a self–taught Chicano artist, has carved bultos and retablos since 1998. Known in his hometown of Denver as the “Dean of the Dead,” he is a high–profi le art activist and instructor whose work has appeared in dozens of local and national exhibits and competitions as well as numerous publications. His signature calaveras are a distinctly vibrant blue.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Schnack on 10 Jan. 2010
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Really pleased with this book - lots of great photographs and inspiration for a good variety of DOTD items to make at home. There are five main sections
1. Ofrendas
Altars or displays of multiple memorial items, to honour particular individuals or as a general offering to those who have passed.
2. Calaveras
Probably one of the most recognised DOTD symbols - skeletons with personality! Instructions on how to make them from clay or paper.
3. Masks and skulls
The other very popular DOTD ornament. Lots of different types including paper mache, wood, photo-collage etc.
4. Jewelry
Beaded necklaces, charms, fabric jewelry, lots of ideas.
5. Home Decor
Lampshades, paper hangings, candle holders, glass painting, various decorative objects.
The instructions offered are easy to follow, with step-by-step photos and lists of materials required. The book was published in America so there are a few items that may be slightly difficult to source in the UK but I found everything online without too much trouble.
Highly recommended if, like myself, you appreciate ethnic crafts or like this type of Mexican folk art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emzy on 14 Oct. 2010
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Excellent book! Brightly coloured imagery to really entice, step-by-step guides to re-creating some iconic Dia De Los Muertos artefacts. Some projects a little harder than others, but a great resource book in itself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. J. Hawk on 17 Feb. 2012
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Some of the ideas in this book are great.
I bought it as a teaching aid and it will be great for the job.
Personally, I think you need to be prepared to adapt the ideas, they rely heavily on polymer clay which can work out very expensive.
With a little imagination, you can adapt the crafts and materials (salt dough, air dry clay) and make some great items.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Lisa Newton on 19 July 2010
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Book contains history and traditions telling you all about the day of the dead then there are craft projects on how to create items for the festival.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great source for crafters 16 Oct. 2008
By C. Zavala - Published on Amazon.com
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I am fully satisfied with purchasing this book. The book would be easiest to use for experienced crafters, but there are projects ranging in all skill levels. It is well-organized and contains both authentic and more modern Day of the Dead crafts. Some patterns are included in the back.
There are brilliant pictures that can be both instructional and wonderful for inspiration. The actual projects have step by step pictures and text, as well as extra information for fixing 'mistakes' or enhancing the overall creation. The best projects will take time and patience, but the outcome is well worth the work.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Unique and inspiring! 9 Oct. 2008
By LoisD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm excited about making the projects in this book! Because they are true
folk art, I'll be able to display them in my house all year round,not just in the fall. I'm working on my first calavera (skeleton guy) and
plan to make as many of the jewelry projects as I can and give them to
friends as gifts. I'm no great crafter. Why hasn't anybody published a book on Day of the Dead crafts before this? I can't imagine!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fun, but perhaps a bit lacking? 12 Aug. 2009
By Illusionaire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book, and it has a lot of fun ideas, but the coolest items pictured in the book did not come with directions on how to make them! Don't get me wrong, the projects in the book are cool, but are pretty basic and not terribly challenging.

I was hoping for directions on more challenging projects, larger photos of the items that do not have directions, or more design ideas to use as embellishment on the projects provided. (The template section at the end is relatively short.)

I'll keep this book on my craft shelf for ideas, but I'm going to keep looking for additional books to use as source material.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Awesome! 10 Oct. 2008
By Sally Dee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I already own this book and its so cool I bought a copy for my sister. The projects in this book range from the traditional (typical skeleton calavera) to the unique (Day of the Dead Jewelry). The book is colorful, and interesting with easy to follow step-by-step photos of the projects. As an artist I find this book a terrific resource and very inspiring...love it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Day of the Dead Crafts 24 Projects that celebrate Dia De Los Muertos 6 Mar. 2011
By John Welborn - Published on Amazon.com
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I have purchased many Day of the Dead crafts books in the past but this is by far the best Day of the Dead crafts books I've come across. Each page filled with large step by step instructions with beautiful photos and examples. There are some great and easy to use patterns in the back of the book, and a helpful resource guide for further study and fun. I actually borrowed this book from my local library, and within 10 minutes of browsing through it, I was ordering this book on Amazon. I had to have it.
My family creates memorial alters each Day of the Dead for family members who have past away. It is a time of remembrance and getting in touch with your family roots.Young children can hear stories and help with these fun crafts which remind us that our family members who have past on are only a thought away and craft project away. I give this book my highest recommendation. Have fun!
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