Day of the Dead Decorations Ideas

Decorate your altar

There are many ways to make and decorate your altar of the dead, also called ofrenda. Here are the basics that you can´t miss from your offering and that you can place using your creativity to create a spectacular altar. 

You will need a table, papel picado (tablecloth), and flowers. The traditional flowers for this day are called cempasúchil (marigold). If they difficult to find, you can use any orange or purple flower. 

In addition to these decorative items, you can´t miss the symbolic day of the death elements, such as a glass of water, candles, a bit of salt, of course, the photo of your loved ones and some drinks, food, or goodies that they liked. It can be, for example, chocolate, coffee, fruit, bread, and so on. 

You can also make different levels using boxes or shelves covered with papel picado so that the photos can stand out from all the other items.