Day of the Dead crafts – dioramas with salt dough bead skeletons

Day of the Dead diorama craft activity

The second of my Day of the Dead inspired crafts – dioramas, had a different set of limitations. This one was to be completed in one session, and, as that session was to be at my kitchen table with several children, I didn’t want any of the mess of paper mache and paint. Hopefully though, there was still plenty of opportunity for creativity and experimentation.

In advance (and not on my kitchen table) H and I prepared small boxes for everyone. We cut away one side of each box -leaving a small rim or frame and painted them white.IMG_0063

We also made some salt dough beads in the shape of skulls, chests and hip bones. We made the holes using a kebab stick so that they could be threaded on to pipe cleaners. Once they were dry details were added using a black marker pen.

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To our pre-prepared boxes and beads we added plenty of collage papers – including glittery ones, felt pens, pipe cleaners, stick on gems, plasticine, scissors, glue sticks and a label maker and let everyone get stuck in creating their dioramas.  We looked at examples and imagined what are figures might be doing. The boxes were decorated inside and out, and we added titles with a label maker. Once the children had created their scenes and their skeletons I stuck the figures into their places using a glue gun.

Day of the Dead diorama craft activity

Day of the Dead diorama craft activity

Day of the Dead diorama craft activity

Day of the Dead diorama craft activity

 

 

 

 

 

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