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Day of the Dead nicho craft activity

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Art activity project: Day of the Dead nicho making

Nichos are ‘shadow box’ style frames that are often featured on Mexican alters, ofrendas or hanging in the home. They are traditionally made of tin or wood and decorated with sequins, glitter and beads. Usually featuring a key object or central figure for whose honor or memory the nicho has been created.
This nicho craft activity is an introduction to some of the crafts used in the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Try this Nicho craft activity: Make your own Nicho!

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You will need:
Happythought nicho templates. scissors, a gluestick, coloring-in pens and/or pencils, sequins and gems for decoration.

Try this art activity for kids: Day of the Dead nicho crafting!

Step 1
Print the templates onto a light card stock and cut out a nicho frame and shadow box.

Step 2
Color in the frames with bright colors.

Step 3
Fold and glue the box frame and color in the central image, or stick another image of your choice on top. You can also add 3D objects, for example paper or plastic flowers, mini figures or trinkets.

Step 4
Glue the frames to the box.

Step 5
Decorate your nicho with sequins and gems.

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Shadow box frame templates
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Buy the templates as part of our new Day of the Dead craft activity pack!

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You might also be interested in some of our other crafts and printable activities and worksheets. Cinco de Mayo worksheets, calavera paper mask template and Mexican paper star ornaments. Plus food and drink signs, Day of the Dead activity ideas and a stunning DIY paper flower crown.


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12 thoughts on “Day of the Dead nicho craft activity

  1. You have to click “happythought nicho templates” and then you can buy the template pack for $5.00 good news is it comes with almost ten additional activities! and there are at least 5 nicho templates… worth it!

  2. it´s beautyfull!!!!

  3. me encantan tus ideas, son genialesy para esta temporada mas me encantaria las plantillas para realizarlo

  4. Me too! I would like to know how I can get these templates? Thanks.

  5. Looking forward to the release of these templates. Thank you!

  6. Where are these available?

  7. I am excited to try these, but I can’t find the templates. Thank you for the great idea!

  8. I would love the templates as well!

  9. Beautful!!!

    How can I get the templates??? Porfavor!!!!

  10. Same! I really would like to get the templates!

  11. I am excited to try these, but I can’t get the templates. Thank you for the great idea!

  12. Could you please tell me how to get the Nicho templates?

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