8 Day of the Dead Classroom Decorations

Day of the Dead Classroom Decorations

Are you looking for Day of the Dead Classroom Decorations for Día de los Muertos? Even though it is called Day of the Dead, it is actually celebrated over the course of two days, November the first and second. Teachers decorate their classrooms with sugar skull cut outs, papel picado garlands, and marigold garlands. You can make an orfrenda (altar) for your students to learn about the Day of the Dead traditions.

Día de los Muertos banners, party backgrounds, and tapestries can be hung on the classroom wall as large posters or as part of a bulletin board display. Porch signs with celebratory skeletons and skulls are used for wall dislays and classroom door decorations.

Generally, a lot of fiesta themed decorations are usually used to decorate for the Day of the Dead. You can have school wide decorations, displays in the hallways, and decorations in your classroom that have your students’ research and artistic work. See fiesta themed classroom decorations in this blog post.

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Day of the Dead Classroom Decorations

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Day of the Dead classroom decor: The teacher covered the group tables with Day of the Dead tablecloths.

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Skull Tapestry: A teacher used this sugar skull backdrop as a tapestry bulletin board display in her classroom for their Day of the Dead classroom celebrations.

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Skeleton Tapestry: These are close-up pictures of the skeleton party backdrop from the first picture above.

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Papel Picado: Hang up papel picado garlands all over your ceiling, bulletin boards and doors.

Day of the Dead skull cutouts

Skull Cutouts: This is a set of six colorful sugar skull cutouts. These can be a part of classroom wall bulletin boards or door bulletin boards. This is one of the most popular ideas for Day of the Dead classroom decorations. You can find free printable sugar skulls from TpT here. Some of the clip art sets come with worksheets that you can use.

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Information bulletin boards with talking calaveras: Calaveras or sugar skulls are perfect to use around your school to put up information about the Day of the Dead. A teacher used these laminated calaveras to ask each other questions and shared information anout the Día de los Muertos. She put them all over the school.

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Day of the Dead Classroom Decorations for an Ofrenda

An ofrenda is an alter for remembering the loved ones that have passed on. Below are ideas for making one in your classroom.

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Decorations for a typical classroom ofrenda or altar are marigold garlands, dressed up skeleton dolls, a large sugar skull banner for the background, and papel picado.

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This classroom ofrenda has vertical porch banners hanging from the whiteboard, each being on the left and on the right.

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I hope this post has helped you get ideas for making Day of the Dead classroom decorations.

In my country, Trinidad and Tobago, we have something very similar to the Day of the Dead. We call it All Saints Day and we visit the graves of our loved ones and light candles there for them at night. It is a very lovely sight to see all the graves lit up with dozens of candles. All Saints Day, like Día de los Muertos, is always observed on the first and second day of November.

To see more decoration ideas for Día de los Muertos, I have this collection of Fiesta themed classroom decor ideas that you can check out.

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