Getting creative with celebrating ‘los muertos’

From the shades Magazine staff

During the month of October, Kathy Cano-Murillo has celebrated the upcoming Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday with a diverse collection of cultural and unique DIY crafts.

From ceramic mugs, memory boxes and altars to reverse glass painting and colorful calaveras (skulls), Cano-Murillo – who also is known as the Crafty Chica – has put a light, fun touch on the annual Latin celebration that is frequently misunderstood.

Often confused as being a “Mexican Halloween,” the tradition of celebrating Día de los Muertos actually honors a 3,000 year-old holiday from Mexico that celebrates the lives of those who have passed on. It is a three-day holiday, which begins Oct. 31 and ends Nov. 2 (in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1 and All Souls’ Day, also on Nov. 2). Families will gather at the gravesite of loved ones and/or build altars or ofrendas at home and always enjoy traditional food.

Kathy Cano-Murillo aka The Crafty Chica

And not to dismiss the ghoulish holiday of Halloween, Cano-Murillo also offers a diverse mix of fun projects that will entertain young and old.

So all you crafters – or moms (and dads) looking for a fun project for the family – check out some of the Crafty Chica’s creations at to add some life to your holiday weekend.

For more information on Día de los Muertos, visit

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