Day of The Dead (Día de Muertos) Inspired Decor

dia de los muertos calavera opera mask
Our iNSPIRE Q team decided to honor the traditional Mexican Day of The Dead (Día de Muertos) holiday by creating a festive gathering space you can easily replicate in your own home! Our goal for this theme was to keep the setting playful and exuberant in order to best honor the holiday’s spirit of celebrating family in a colorful and tasteful way. Our decor mostly focused on brightly colored decorations mixed with tasteful touches of black pieces throughout the room –no Halloween vibes here! Vibrant pottery and glassware can be seen used for serving dishes and drinkware, while Mexican textiles, marigolds, poppies, and sombreros add to the overall theme.
dia de los muertos calavera pumpkin idea
Our decor included a nod to traditional hand-painted sugar skulls (calavera de azucar) which we created by using pumpkins. Decorating our side table with Day of the Dead fabric found at a local craft store, and a tissue paper poppies/marrigold wreath helped to keep this gathering space lively!
dia de los muertos end table decor idea
Want to learn how to make our tissue paper floral wreath and grab an easy recipe for churro flavored Chex Mix? Check out our easy steps below to get started!
dia de los muertos inspired marigold and poppy paper wreath on mantle
TISSUE PAPER POPPY/MARIGOLD WREATH INSTRUCTIONS:
Traditionally in English culture, poppies symbolize memorial for those who have passed. In Mexican culture, marigolds hold a similar theme. These orange flowers are important to the celebration of Día de Muertos as marigolds (more specifically, their petals) are symbollically known to be a guide for the deceased’s spirit looking to find their altars that have been set up for them by their families in order to honor their lives during this 3 day holiday.
We honored this tradition by creating a festive, brightly colored paper wreath that can be reused!
You’ll Need: 
  • Tissue paper (pink, yellow, orange and black paper work best!)
  • Scissors
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • String (optional)
  • Tape

Directions:

  1. Layer tissue paper (about three sheets worth) and make sure they are aligned properly prior to folding *TIP: layer different colors together for a fun effect!
  2.  Accordion fold all layers, then round both ends of the ‘petals’ using the scissors
  3.  Tie the center of the flat paper with pipe cleaners and unfold the flower into desired shape
  4. Cut center layer into fringed strips for a fun effect
  5. Place string on the back of the pipe cleaners and tie marigolds together to make a chain
  6. Tape ends to desired space to hang wreath

CHURRO CHEX MIX INSTRUCTIONS:
Churros are a sweet pastry that are typically fried and coated with cinnamon and sugar! In Mexico, these treats are also found stuffed with chocolate, vanilla, toffee (cajeta), or fruits such as strawberries.
Our recipe featured requires no fryer and has all the flavor of the churro dessert traditionally found in Mexico!
You’ll need:
  • 4 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

1. Place Chex cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
2. In a small bowl combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
3. In a small, microwave-safe bowl combine the brown sugar, butter, and honey and microwave on high for 1 minutes or until melted. Pour over cereal and stir gently until evenly coated. Place in microwave and cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stirring after each minute.
4. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mix over cereal and gently stir until evenly coated. Pour onto parchment-paper lined sheet pan, spread evenly, and allow to cool completely. 
5. Once cooled, enjoy!

 

dia de los muertos end table decor idea featuring brightly colored candies

We sincerely hope you enjoy our tips on creating a festive and fun space in order to celebrate Día de Muertos!