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Yesterday I set up our Day of the Dead shrine. Last year it fit on our printer table; this year it's about eight feet tall. Wow. And we all love it. Madly and passionately love it.
My regular readers should recognize a lot of the projects included. It's such a special time for our family to reminisce about loved ones, tell their stories, laugh together.
I wanted to make a shrine for Grandma Maki and my Auntie Myrtle but wasn't able to. Hopefully they'll be added by next year.
Left Side (Note the traditional Tequila... it's missing a snort or two *grin*)
One of my favorite parts of this shrine is the flower garland I hung around it.
They are all made with water bottles. My DH hosts a large meeting each month and I asked him to bring home all the used water bottles. I bet he didn't expect me to make this. LOL.
In case you haven't seen these before, they were popularized by Anthropologie and everyone was making them back at the start of 2010. Mine got all the way through painting and then hid in the basement for six months.
Here's how you do it:
2. Cut in Half
3. Dry Thoroughly
4. Cut Petals using scissors
You do this by cutting out a piece like this
5. Bend the petals down. Some won't stay down, don't worry.
6. Do this to all your tops and bottoms
7. Spray Paint. I like mixing colors but I also prefer my projects to be very imperfect.
Assemble. I hot-glued a top into a bottom piece and then used a bottle cap for the centers. You can then further embellish them with Sharpies and paint pens if you like.
All that was left from a huge box of "trash" was this:
Most of the items in my ofrenda were made using Bombshell Stamps and supplies by Gauche Alchemy. My inspiration came from the lovely Crafty Chica.
Have a great weekend, everyone.