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Day of the Dead Crafts: More than 24 Projects that Celebrate Dia de los Muertos
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2008
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
on October 9, 2008
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
on August 11, 2009
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
on October 10, 2008
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
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
on November 5, 2008
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
on February 8, 2011
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
on September 9, 2008
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2008
I was born without the arts and crafts gene, so a stunningly beautiful and easy-to-do book full of projects like this give me hope of being able to create cool stuff for Dia de los Muertos. My heartiest thanks to the author team for a fine book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this book for my daughter and I. It was her choice.
It contains a bit of history about Dia de los Muertos and a lot of full color projects and pictures of wonderful art for inspiration.
It's better for crafters with some experience, most of the projects aren't step by step to make exactly what's pictured but rather guidelines for allowing your own creativity to flourish.
The section on calaveras was a favorite. It explains how to make them out of polymer clay and gives lots of ideas for other mediums including paper, wood and my personal favorite, the idea of embroidering skeleton features on a rag doll. That one doesn't have a pattern, but the idea is great and I think that's the sort my daughter will want to make.
There are instructions for making paper mache skulls or skull masks using a purchased plain face mask and a balloon that I know will be a family project this year.
The jewelry section has some great projects in it. My favorite are the different charms. I have some plastic skull beads and one charm was a very nice colorful wire and bead skeleton. The painted pearl earrings were lovely as well.
Very recommended for the variety of crafting mediums and the gorgeous photographs.
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