Felt and Feather Dia de los Muertos Skull Broach

The vibrant and symbolic traditions behind traditional Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations (November 1st) are becoming more mainstream with each passing year, spreading from Mexico through the US and beyond. Among the most popular Day of the Dead icons are skulls and skeletons, which pop up everywhere on the days and weeks leading up to Dia de los Muertos. With that in mind here’s our whimsical Felt and Feather Dia de los Muertos Skull Broach project that you can DIY and wear to your local Day of the Dead cultural events.

Felt & Feathers Dia de los Muertos Broach

Materials:

  • Black Felt
  • White Foam Sheet
  • Black and White Netting or Tulle
  • Assorted Feather Packages and Trims from The Feather Place
  • Scissors
  • Broach Pin
  • Glue
  • Decorative Accents (Sequins, Glitter Paints, Buttons, Rhinestones, Foam Shapes , Small Silk Flowers..)
  • Printable Skull Pattern to use as a general reference. We used the Printable Skull Pattern below and shrunk it down to print at a 5×7″ photo . 💀

Cut out your white skull template so you can trace around for shape. Don’t worry, It does not need to be perfect. Continue and cut your skulls shapes out of the White Foam Sheet with an additional slightly larger piece out of the Black Felt Fabric.

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Glue on the White Foam Skull Shape over the Larger Black Felt Skull Shape.

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Arrange and glue your Feathers, Trims, Rhinestones and Decorative Accents onto the skulls. Have fun with this, There is no wrong way to do this. We encourage you to search Google images for inspiration!

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Glue the broach pin onto the back of the Black Felt and your done! Wear your Felt and Feather Dia de los Muertos Skull Broach to your local Day of the Dead cultural events.

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Feather Top Painted Pumpkin Holiday Decor

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Make your pumpkin last longer this year with paint and decorative feather embellishments. We created a pumpkin centerpiece that could be used for Halloween and Thanksgiving by using natural wheat stocks, dyed pussy willows, trimmed coque tails and dyed pheasant tail feathers.  With just a few easy steps, you can turn any pumpkin into your own masterpiece with so many color and style options.

Materials:

  • Pumpkin
  • Dried Wheat Stalks
  • Dyed Pussy Willow Stalks
  • Dyed Pheasant Tails
  • Pheasant Feather Wreath
  • Trimmed Bleached Coque Tails
  • Floral Picks
  • Spray Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Scizzors
  • Wire Cutter

Product Skus:

  • BRN24–O ($8.64)
  • BRN24–GO ($7.50)
  • WRPH8N–N ($7.50)
  • CCNSD10-12–BE

Directions:
STEP 1.
Tape the pumpkin. We chose a chevron pattern and used 3 different widths of tape. Pre-cut tape strips approximately 4-5 inch each. Tape lengths will vary depending on the shape of the pumpkin.

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STEP 2.
Paint the pumpkin. Many types of paint will work, we found spray paint be the easiest. Be sure the painters tape is pressed into all the grooves of the pumpkin before applying paint. Allow paint to dry.

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STEP 3.
Trim the feathers, dried wheat stalks, & pussy willows to desired lengths. For a well balanced floral arrangement, we evenly divided this material by cutting long, medium, and short pieces.

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STEP 4. Remove tape from the pumpkin carefully.

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STEP 5.
Pick the feathers, dried wheat stalks, & pussy willows. Use medium gage floral wire and cut into 4-5 inch pieces with needle nose wire cutters. Use clear floral tape to wrap around the stems and floral wire. Gather two or three of the wheat stalks along with the floral pick. Use clear floral tape and wrap around the end of the stalks and the top of the pick. Continue this process for the pussy willows and feathers, use desired amount. You will also need two picks 4-5 inch for your feather wreath.

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STEP 6.
Place the feather wreath on top of the pumpkin. Use two cut floral picks to press through the wreath and pumpkin to hold wreath in place. Then push the dry wheat picks into the pumpkin, following with pussy willows and pheasant feathers. You might want to add more or less once you see how the arrangement is coming along.

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