Thursday, October 1, 2015

October craftiness!

On Wednesday, October 21, at 3:30 p.m. at the Northwest Branch Library, we hope you will join us for our teen craft, a Dia de los Muertos-inspired ofrenda!

Dia de los Muertos is a holiday to honor and remember family members and friends who have died. It is celebrated in Mexico (and in other guises in many cultures) with feasting, the visiting of graves, and the building of ofrendas (altars or memorial tableaux) for the beloved dead.

Join us to make your own miniature ofrenda in an Altoids tin! You can honor a family member, a friend, a beloved pet, a celebrity--whomever you like!

We will provide the box and many craft items with which to decorate it. YOU should bring a small photo of your person (don't cut up an original, make a photocopy!), plus anything TINY you want to include that is personal to him or her.

Here are a couple of examples of miniature ofrendas:


Melissa says: If you're wondering what you could put in one...when I made one for my mother, I put a little picture of a dress, because she loved fashion; some paintbrushes and a palette, because she liked to paint; a stack of books, because she loved to read; a picture of a rolling pin and a pie because she was known for her baking; and a couple of buttons and some thread because she was an amazing seamstress. All that plus a small photo of her told you a lot of what you needed to know about my mom, Bernice!

This craft is for teens in grades 6-12 only. To sign up, please email!

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