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How to Make a Day of the Dead Altar or Ofrenda

dia de los muertos decorationDay of the Dead is marked all over the world with parades, music, food and ofrendas – special altars dedicated to loved ones who have passed away. These altars are colorful, eclectic sites that honor the spiritual journey of the deceased, who are remembered with photographs and small personal items. They’re usually displayed within the home or on the sidewalk at parades with eye-catching decorations. Paper Plus has everything you need to decorate your own Day of the Dead altar, including:

Flowers

An ofrenda must have lots of color, and flowers are a wonderful, fresh way to decorate. If you don’t want to get cut flowers (marigolds are traditionally used), why not make some Mexican paper flowers from our selection of crepe paper sheets? Remember – more is more!

Skulls

On Day of the Dead, the skull is no longer a fearful symbol, but a reminder of life and unity! Paper Plus has multicolor skull garlands and lots of little grinning ceramic sugar skulls to decorate your ofrenda.

Candles

Paper Plus has a wide selection of tea light holders, including sugar skull tealight holders. Light at least one candle for each person being honored.

Papel Picado

day of the dead garlands and decorationsThe traditional Mexican paper cutouts are used to brighten the altar table and background. Paper Plus has a beautiful selection of papel picado with varying imagery.

 

Other items you might include: fruits and vegetables, a glass of water, incense sticks.

Enjoy the altar with family! Making an ofrenda is a wonderful way for families to remember loved ones and for children to build a positive understanding of death and dying.

We offer a great selection and friendly prices for Day of the Dead items. Looking for something specific? Call us at (510) 525-1799 and we’ll check our shelves.

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