Day of the Dead Hand Painted Pumpkin

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Day of the Dead Hand Painted Pumpkin

You have to admit this is an amazing hand painted pumpkin!  Last year I went to an event that decked out the room in Day of the Dead decor.  This pumpkin was at the registration table. I thought it would serve as inspiration to create your own Day of the Dead hand painted pumpkin!

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.  Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.  Your life will never be the same again.” – Og Mandino

The hand painted pumpkin was painted with acrylic paints. A paint set like this would be perfect because of the variety of colors needed.

Here’s a close-up of the pumpkin:

Day of the Dead Halloween Pumpkin

Day of the Dead History:

The Day of the Dead is celebrated in central and southern Mexico on November 1st and 2nd.  It is a way of honoring deceased loved ones.  Traditions include building private alters with marigolds, the favorite foods of the deceased and sugar skulls (decorative or edible skulls made of sugar or clay.)  Family and friends visit the graves of the departed and offer the gifts.

The sugar skulls were created out of clay molded sugar.  They are decorated with icing, feathers and beads. The name of the deceased loved one was usually written on the forehead of the skull and they were placed on the altar.  Because sugar production in Mexico is abundant, learning to create sugar art for festivals was a thrifty approach to decorate.

Here’s an example of a fun Day of the Dead sign that you can use as inspiration to create your own sign using acrylic paints and adhesive back Craft Jewels.

Day of the Dead Sign

Does your family celebrate Day of the Dead?  If so, what traditions do you to honor your deceased loved ones?  Please let me know in the comments below.

The pumpkin was at the Seattle Wedding Network monthly meeting. Their gatherings are always decorated beautifully. You can find information about this wonderful organization here.

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Day of the Dead Hand Painted Pumpkin

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