One of the most important Mexican holidays is Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). You can celebrate this festive holiday that honors the dead through food, decorations, and dressing up, and the easiest way to do that is by using our top 11 Day of the Dead DIY video tutorials.
Often confused with Halloween, Day of the Dead is a celebration that draws from indigenous Aztec and European traditions. It begins on October 31st and continues through November 1st and 2nd. Day of the Dead is the time when deceased loved ones come back and visit the living. Children that have passed visit on November 1st, All Saints Day. On All Souls Day, November 2nd, adults can pass from the spirit world to ours. The traditions of honoring departed loved ones are spreading beyond Mexico and into other parts of the world.
1. Day of the Dead Is Not Halloween
Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that has deep roots and rich symbolism. It’s not Halloween. It’s a festival of life.
Eddie G put together a helpful tutorial on what Day of the Dead is and why it’s significant to the Mexican culture. As he explains, this holiday has become an international celebration of all the people that have passed. It’s a meaningful way to keep them close to us year after year. This video is school-friendly so its perfect for kids. While it’s not an actual Day of the Dead DIY video, it helps you learn about the origins of the holiday, the customs, and lets you see how it’s celebrated in Los Angeles, CA.
2. How to Build a Day of the Dead Altar
In this two minute video, you will see what the different levels of an altar mean and how to build one yourself.
3. DIY Day of the Dead Shrine for Less Than $10
Using items from the 99 Cent Store, you can make a beautiful Day of the Dead shrine for less than 10 dollars.
4. DIY Papel Picado
Papel Picado translates to “perforated paper” or “pecked paper.” These are the colorful flags you see at many Mexican celebrations. Follow the instructions and template in the video for your own festive DIY papel picado.
5. Day of the Dead Candle Magnets
These adorable magnets are easy to make with a ping pong ball, battery-operated lights and markers. These are a creative alternative to sugar skulls that adults and kids can make. Just follow the easy instructions from PBS.
6. Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de Muerto)
World-renown chef, Rick Bayless, is known for his expertise in traditional and innovative Mexican cuisine. Here, he demonstrates how to make the traditional bread of Day of the Dead. Need more step-by-step instructions? You can get his full recipe here.
7. DIY Sugar Skull Cubes
This innovative DIY video shows how you can make sugar skull cubes for your coffee or tea. Completely edible and ready to eat. These also make a sweet gift.
8. Large Sugar Skulls
The traditional decorative sugar skulls are shown here. Angela Villalba’s business creates sugar skull molds. She explains the technique for making these works of art that honor the departed.
9. Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorial #1
SmashingBeauty is known for easy to follow step-by-step makeup videos. Here, she not only tells you about each and every product, she takes time to explain each step as she builds this look.
10. Day of the Dead Makeup Tutorial #2
This makeup tutorial is unique in that it doesn’t have the standard white base. Instead, the artist uses her natural skin tone as the base. She also has plenty of tips and tricks to pull off this authentic Day of the Dead look.
11. Day of the Dead Makeup Look #3 – Half Sugar Skull
If trying to match both sides of your face seems daunting, go for a half sugar skull look. This will allow you to be as creative as you want without having to worry about symmetry. The artist offers a list of makeup and tools as well as alternatives so you are sure to have everything you need for this look.