This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Target. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Celebrating Dia de los Muertos was not a part of my life when I was a child. I grew up in a Peruvian household with my mom, and while we acknowledged it as a holiday, we didn’t do anything for it. Living in Los Angeles, I did get to see it every year at Placita Olvera (Olvera Street) and I was fascinated by the gorgeous displays honoring and celebrating the dead. The bright colors, the festivities and the warmth of being surrounded by family as you celebrate the life of a loved one who had passed completely entranced me. Dia de los Muertos quickly became one of the first tradition of my Mexican heritage I immersed myself in.
My daughter was born in 2007, almost a year after my grandfather’s death. I was very close to my grandfather and I wished they had a chance to meet each other. When my daughter was 3, she started asking questions about him, so that was the year I decided to introduce Dia de los Muertos into our household.
Now, we go all out- from events to food to creating various crafts at home, Dia de los Muertos is our way to connect to a piece of our culture, and to honor my grandfather, and my uncle who passed away this year. As a busy working mom, this also means I have had to find ways to get all our needed Dia de los Muertos items in one place, and for me, that place is Target.
Target makes prepping for day to day life easy for me, but it makes it extra easy to get everything I need for Dia de los Muertos by having all the crafting supplies I need to make my version of papel picado stand out, and fun. Here’s how you can make your own papel picado:
- Find a Free Papel Picado template online. I used one from Mom.Me, but there are many to be found on Pinterest.
- Print free template onto cardstock paper
- Using X-acto knife and scissors cut out as many cardstock prints as needed, I used 4 for my banner, and it was pretty long.
- Punch 2-3 holes along the top of the cardstock.
- Next, spray adhesive to random parts of the cardstock…or everywhere!
- Sprinkle with glitter to really dazzle! Or, you can also use markers and color in designs of your own.
- Thread Cord through each hole, and hang where you want it!
While at Target, I also nabbed a few candles and a sugar skull decoration which made making an oferenda (altar) easy.
I’ll be heading back this week and picking up a couple picture frames to really complete the oferenda look, while also grabbing necessities like body wash, shampoo, and toilet paper. Target is essential to my life, and I love that I can grab everything I need for Dia de los Muertos there too.
Check out these two other great ways to celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Target!