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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470258292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470258293
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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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Customer Reviews

If this is true, Day of The Dead is the next big rockin holiday.
houdinitedjuju
The book is colorful, and interesting with easy to follow step-by-step photos of the projects.
Sally Dee
This books is gorgeous with a lot of beautiful and interesting ideas and pictures.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Zavala on October 16, 2008
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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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LoisD on October 9, 2008
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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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Illusionaire on August 11, 2009
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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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sally Dee on October 9, 2008
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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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Welborn on March 6, 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher on November 4, 2008
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Great ideas in this book! Some might be too complex for a Spanish classroom but perfect for an art classroom trying to do a unit on other cultures. I'm doing the clay bodies with a Spanish class right now for the first time. I hope it works. I might consider other projects in the future when I have time to plan and order supplies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Rivera on February 7, 2011
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I'm a jewelry artist looking for inspiration for Day of the Dead projects and this is loaded with fantastic ideas I can incorporate into my own designs. I can scale down many of the larger projects for my own unique art.

Before reading this book I knew nothing about the history, symbolism and tradition of the Day of the Dead. I now have basic knowledge of this celebration that was taught in an easy to read format mixed with unique fun projects.

This book has ideas for clay sculptures, plaster skulls, paper mache masks, altars, memorials, jewelry and more. Something for every crafter!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Lashley on September 9, 2008
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I was very pleased with this book, these are easy crafts that will be fun to do and fun for my granddaughter.
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