Day of the Dead Snowflake Combination: Floral & Skull Patterns
I wanted to make something for Halloween, but I didn’t want it to be too creepy. I also wanted to make a floral snowflake as we say farewell to the flowers as the seasons are changing. My son suggested that I make a snowflake for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) — it seemed like the perfect way to combine ideas!
Day of the Dead is a celebration of the lives of those who have passed on and a way to keep their memories alive! So much of who we are is a result of the collective experiences of our ancestors — the dreams that they had, the hopes that they clung to, and the adversity that they faced.
FamilySearch is a wonderful resource, preserving and making billions of records available for free to the public. They recently hit a very important milestone: all of their records have now been digitized! See https://www.deseret.com/faith/2021/9/21/22680623/church-familysearch-celebrate-incredible-milestone-of-digitizing-2-4-million-rolls-of-microfilm for more details.
What will you find when you research your family tree? My friend, Michael Jensen, kindly shared his personal experience with me:
“When I was very young, my family had to move away from the state where all of our relatives lived. During my formative years, we visited sporadically those relatives, including my grandfather. My Grandpa was 70 years old when I was born. All my memories of him were as an old man, retired, tired and fragile. He couldn’t hear well and spoke very loud because of it. He was more of a stranger to me than a grandpa.
“Years after he passed away, I felt an urge to get to know my ancestors better. I started with trying to get to know my grandfather better. He was an educator, a historian, a thespian and a strong participant in his religion. Looking at my own life, I was also an educator, an historian, a strong participant in the same religion, and found many other wonderful connections between us. One day, while looking through some documents of his, I found a death certificate for his second child, Shirley, who died hours after birth. He was just 27. My wife and I lost our first child at birth as well when I was 27 and I felt an incredible connection between me and my Grandfather at this moment. In discovering more about him and his life, he has become more alive to me, I have grown a love for him that I didn’t get a chance to forge while he was alive. Learning more about him has led me to remember him not with just memories of the times we shared together, but with new memories of shared experiences across time. I know a bit more who I am because I understand a bit more of who he was. I feel more whole because of it.”
I hope that as you learn more about your relatives you will make connections to them and find strength and understanding that you did not have before.
Supplies needed for making snowflakes:
Patterns (see below)
12″ & 8.5″ squares of paper (newspaper weight works very well – I used wrapping paper from Dollar Tree)
Paper clips or staples
The curly-Qs in the Floral Snowflake are challenging. Take your time and modify them if you need to, see examples in the video below. Because they are more challenging, cut them out first: save the other areas of the snowflake until last, they will provide stability while you are cutting out the curly-Q’s.
If you like curly-Q’s, you can look forward to more in the 3rd Book of the Christmas Snowflakes Series, which focuses on the journey of the Wisemen.
The Floral Patterns used in the video above can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qgKNJNnYBJ_xwOMVe6meUMU1Lqs9OeDH/view?usp=sharing or by clicking on the pattern images below.
If you are only interested in the Skulls Snowflake or want a walk through of how to use the Box Folding Template, here is a separate video for you:
The Skull Snowflake Pattern on the Box Folding Template can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OISv0gkv24370lt08E-wI6P56TtpR3Ax/view?usp=sharing or click on the image below.
Don’t forget to experiment with leftover pieces! . . . and don’t be paralyzed by perfection, enjoy the process!
Freehand 2in1 with Floral Snowflake
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