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NEW Skeleton Folk Art

Artisans all over Mexico love Day of the Dead because it's the busiest time of the year for them - taking all their calaveras & skeletons to the burgeoning open air markets or setting up at temporary arts & crafts festivals in front of the cemetery walls. Their joyous skulls and satirical skeleton scenes mock death and add color & fun to the family ofrendas. The family tradition is to buy little skeletons every year from the artisan vendors which they use to decorate their tombs & altars to delight the visiting muertos!

Check out our NEW Featured Arrivals & NEW Day of the Dead Gems too!

Fabiola
Hand Painted
Clay Skulls

4 awesome painted clay skulls to show relative sizes

Colorful, fun, detailed hand painted clay sugar skulls from Guanajuato, Mexico. No two alike! Votive tea lights fit under size 3 and 4 and look great glowing on tabletops, & ofrendas or tomb stones.

Left to right - Size 4, 3, 2, 1

Large finely painted magenta clay skull 3 beautifully hand-painted clay skulls

Fabiola Painted Clay Skull

Size 4 » 4 1/2" tall x 5 1/2" deep x 5" wide

A5308 - $45 each

Fabiola Painted Clay Skull

Size 3 » 4" tall x 4" deep x 3 1/2" wide

A5307 - $30 each

7 colorful hand-painted clay skulls 3 small hand-painted clay skulls

Fabiola Painted Clay Skull

Size 2 » 2 1/4" tall x 3" deep

A5306 - $16 each

Fabiola Painted Clay Skull

Size 1 »1 1/2" tall x 2" deep

A5305 - $9 each

See more of our favorite Skeleton Folk Art

Fisherman retablo open to show 3 fisherman and their day's catch.

Fisherman Retablo

The three skeleton spirit fisherfolks are busy at work. There's a lot of story being told in this retablo. As you open the doors, you see the skeletons holding the day's catch.

Every aspect of this nicho is beautifully executed with lots of fish and baskets, detailed skeletons & a delightful paint job. This piece is a collector's dream.

Very limited quantities. 4" wide x 5 1/2" high x 2" deep. Peru

A5311 $90 each

 

Check out our Skeleton Folk Art Collector's Gallery

Gigante Sugar Skull Wall Masks

While in Mexico in March, Angela found this gigantic Sugar Skull Wall Mask mold in a papier mache workshop. It's an impressive,  gorgeous piece of folk art! They are hand finished and uniquely painted. I think we have a real winner for restaurant walls or as a centerpiece for a big ofrenda. Wouldn't this look great reigning over your cash register? There's not much time for the artist to make many masks before our last truck shipment of the season.22" high x 17" wide x 5" deep

These gigante wall masks are so large that the UPS cost varies dramatically from the East to the West side of the US. Therefore, you will be charged the "actual" UPS cost + $5 for the packing materials added to your order.

Giant turquoise papier mâché sugar skull mask Giant white papier mâché sugar skull mask Giant zazamora (purple) papier mâché sugar skull mask

A5176T - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, Turquoise, $175 each

A5176W - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, White, $175 each (out temporarily) A5176P - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, Boysenberry, $175 each
Giant Rosa Mexicana (red) papier mâché sugar skull mask

Mayra with 3 giant papier mache masks and other assorted Day of the Dead folk art

 

Temporarily out
A5176Y - Yellow
A5176Mag- Rosa Mexicana

Giant mango papier mâché sugar skull mask
A5176R - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, Sandia, $175 each (out temporarily) A5176M - Sugar Skull Wall Mask, Mango, $175 each

Explore more Papier Mache Skeleton Folk Art

Women's Mariachi

Clay skeleton mariachi playing up a storm. Approximately 3 inches tall. Set of 5. Mexico

A5259 Women's Mariachi $36 / set of 5

5 Skeleton women mariachis playing ups a storm.

Metallic Knick-Knack Boxes

All sides are covered in reverse painting and metallic foil. Very finely detailed, despite the photo. One of our best gift items ever!
Wooden metallic box with  colorful sugar skull and flowers

Where do you keep all your paddy-wacks? You'll love to use this super cool sugar skull box for little things like earrings, car keys, chocolate ganache truffles, stack of coasters or the proverbial paper clips. Great gift for man or woman.

The design is reverse painted on glass then backed with scrunched metallic foil. Finely finished hinged box and all wood is painted black. Design is on all four sides & top. 4.5’" x4.5" x 2" high

Sugar Skull Box

A5215 $35 each

Metallic box with colorful sugar skull surrounded by flowers
Metallic box with romantic skeleton on bended knee to a catrina.

Do you need a unique & romantic gift for the one you love? This is perfect.

This romantic skeleton serenade box can be filled with keepsakes - used ticket stubs, pressed flowers, a beach stone, milagro, fortune cookie fortunes, small photos, jewelry or a lock of hair.
4.5’" x4.5" x 2" high

Skeleton Serenade Box

A5216 $35 each

Metallic box with romantic skeleton on bended knee to a catrina.

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2 colorful paper mache pinata ornaments

Piñata Ornament

A5140
$7.50 each

Multi-colored papier mache pinata ornament.

These mini piñata ornaments are exquisite handmade precious things that can be used as a hostess gift, party favors for weddings, fiesta decor or small Christmas tree gifts. It's so nice to find affordable traditional hand made folk art as an alternative to factory made junk. 6" across. Assorted colors. Mexico.

We have a wonderful collection of Holiday Skeleton Nativities & Ornaments

Skeleton Bone Dog & Cat Rattles

These hand finished papier mache bone dogs are great for processions or just sit in your pencil cup next to your computer to keep you company. The cats and dogs stare at you and makes you laugh. What more could you want from a cute rattle? Rattles are adorable on bright sticks and tied with ribbons. These look perfect stuck in a big mason jar filled with black beans!

3 skeleton bone cat rattle on a colorful stick with ribbons 2 skeleton bone dog rattles on colorful sticks with ribbon

Bone Cat Rattle

Papier mâché skeleton cat is 5" deep x 3" high with a colorful 18" stick and ribbons. Mexico.

A5178 $15 each

Bone Dog Rattle

Papier mâché skeleton dog is 5" deep x 3" high with a colorful 18" stick and ribbons. Mexico.

A5177 $15 each (out temporarily)

Castillo Style Day of the Dead Village Scenes Pottery

The most expensive Castillo piece I've ever seen was in Puerto Vallarta, and it was an entire intricate circus scene that cost over $13,000 made by one of the famous first generation Castillo artists. There are many talented offshoots of this huge family these days. It's unusual to see a Mexican pottery that is fired and then painted with natural dyes or acrylics in place of glazes. The Castillo style pottery is beautiful, interesting and makes wonderful additions to any Day of the Dead collection... and yes, still painted with one-hair paintbrushes. We hope you enjoy these museum quality Castillo style pieces!

Colorful Frida skeleton head altar with candle holder

Frida with Rebozo Candle Holder

Unique Castillo style candle holder for 3 candles! Candle holders are behind Frida's head and hands. 8.5" tall x 7" wide x 3.5" deep. Colors and designs are unique. Mexico

A5251 $ 195 each

Castillo Style Skeleton Frida Altar

Amazing piece! 6' tall x 6.5" wide x 4" deep. Candle holder is at the top, center, with a 3/8" diameter candle deposit. Her sugar skull earrings dangle. Colors and designs are unique. Mexico

A5250 $175 each

3 skeleton "bone" dogs on a stand, Castillo style 3 skeleton "bone" cats on a stand, Castillo style

Castillo Style Bone Dog Trio

Dog Gone Bone Dogs - This trio of yappie-hyper happy dogs can sit next to your keyboard as your best friends. Their perky little ears and scary big toothy smiles will make you giggle every time you look at them. This is a great piece of folk art - painted in the super detailed Castillo style. 
3 1/2" w x 2" d x 2 1/2" tall

A5254 $39 each

Castillo Style Bone Cat Trio

Elated bone cat family are all smiling like Cheshire cats! You can almost hear the kitties purring with contentment… their little tails all curled up. How does a bone cat purr anyway? Very detailed Castillo designs outline the base. This makes a great small gift or addition to a Castillo collection.
3 1/2" w x 2" d x 2 1/2" tall

A5255 $39 each

Castillo Skeleton Bone Dog and Cat

To remember past pets. Very well detailed Castillo Style pottery. Assorted hats and items in mouth. Approx. 3 1/2" tall. Mexico
3 Castillo skeleton cats with hats and goodies in their mouths 2 Castillo skeleton bone dogs with hats and day of the dead items in their mouths
(note tail!) Castillo Bone Cat A5261 $26 each Castillo Bone Dog A5262 $26 each

Explore our extensive Castillo style Day of the Dead Folk Art Collection

Romantic Papel Picado Banners

Celebrate love with a colorful Mexican tradition dating back to the 17th century. These hand-cut tissue paper banners can flutter overhead in the garden for your first amorous embrace - gardenia scented. - or be silhouetted by a midnight full moon while sharing a way too expensive bottle of red wine on a balcony with a serenade playing below.... or just hand them up for an anniversary, rehearsal dinner, wedding or Valentine's Day!

A large string has 10 "pages" and extends to approximately 20 feet.
Designs: Amor Eterno (eternal love), doves, hearts
Colors: Rosa Mexicana, yellow, bougainvillea, marigold & red

Large Romantic Papel Picado Banner - in-stock

B4042 $18 / strand

Find the best Papel Picado Cut Paper Banners for all occasions - custom too!

XL Bendable Novios

Are you having a really big wedding cake? These hand made jumbo sized novios might just be what you need so that your uncle Charlie in the back of the reception hall can see them. These dramatic novios are put together with wire so you can move their arms, legs, heads & bodies…. Are you thinking of a little animation in your video? These would be lots of fun to use in your wedding photography.

The black wood base is 2" x 6" and these are made with love in great detail by the nicest artist in Puebla, Mexico. 10.5' high x 6" wide x 2" deep.

Makes a great anniversary & Valentines day "amor eterno" present too!

A5172 $65 each

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Beautiful, happy, bendable jumbo-sized skeleton novios on a black platform
Two festive papier mache Catrina skeleton sonajas (rattles) with fancy colorful hats on long wooden sticks.

Three festive papier mache Frida  skeleton sonajas (rattles) with colorful flowers on long wooden sticks.

Sonaja skulls measure approx 5" x 5" x 5" plus hats and sticks are approx 18" long

Papier mache bride and groom sonajas (rattles) on a stick. The bride has a long veil, the groom a dapper red feather in his top hat.

Sonaja - Catrina

Kind of a whimsical cross between Catrina and the Flying Nun, these hefty rattles capture the fun of the holiday. Assorted color & flower combinations. Mexico.

A5011 $22 each (out temporarily)

Sonaja - Frida

Once again, Frida is immortalized in another folk art form - the rattle! Fun to have sitting on your coffee table to distract the eye from the stack of remotes. These are decorative folk art and dangerous for children. Mexico.

A5012 $22 each

Sonajas - Bride & Groom

These versatile bride & groom rattles with top hats & fancy veils transition from the wedding reception to the cemetery with style and ease. Simple Chanel classic black & white formal outfits make these rattles great keepsakes. These are decorative folk art and dangerous for children. Mexico.

A5010 $42 / pair

4 skull rattles, 2 with sombreros and all with ribbon on a long stick

Sombrero Skull Ribbon Rattle

Is this your magic wand? These rattles will be fun to take to parties or processions or stick into floral arrangements or a pot of (uncooked) beans! The artist makes them on colorful sticks with bright hats, tied with ribbons. These are decorative folk art and dangerous for children.

Papier mâché skull is 6 1/2" x 4" x 3", 20" head to bottom of stick. Mexico

A5131 $16 each

Carmen Headband

A5287 $12 each

Papier Mâché Boutineer

A5312 $6 each

Frida Headband

A5286 $12 each
Headband with colorful bunched papier mache flowers and long ribbon strands. Colorful papier mache boutineers

Headband with colorful papier mache flowers across the top and long ribbon strands.

Papier mâché flower accessories made in Mexico City. Assorted colors.

Love papier mache? So do we!
Papier Mâché Skeleton Folk Art - skulls, masks & more

 

Paper mache procession mask - smiling Pachuco male skeleton mask with blue hat

A5107 Pachuco (many fun hat colors)

Papier Mâché Procession Masks

In Mexico, the devout parade around in processions in the cemeteries carrying santos, incense & candles as they pray, chant and sing on November 2. In more recent times, more popular processions take place in the town squares & surrounding streets the week before Day of the Dead with musicians, participants in costumes, masks and even skull face painting. Theater performances and interpretive dance are becoming common in Mexican cities too.

In the U.S. where traditional Halloween traditions are increasingly interwoven with Day of the Dead iconography, Catrinas and Fridas are showing up to costume parties.

Our new Papier mâché artist has made these strong & high quality mache masks with really large eye holes so they can really be worn by folklorico dancers or just hung on the wall.

While these vary in size, the hefty sized skulls (without hat or flowers) measure approx 9 1/2" hight x 7" wide. Mexico.

$40 each

 

Paper mache procession mask - Carmen - smiling female skeleton with a bunch of colorful flowers on her head.

A5106 Carmen (side flowers)

Paper mache procession mask -smiling Friday skeleton mask with a corona of colorful flowers on her head

A5104 Frida (corona of flowers)
(out temporarily)

Paper mache procession mask - Sarita smiling female skeleton with lots of makeup

A5105 Sarita

Paper mache procession mask - smiling Rosita skeleton mask with a single rose in her hair

A5102 Rosita (single rose - comes in many colors)

Paper mache procession mask - your basic smiling skelton mask with blue sparkle decorations

A5109 Calaca - no lipstick

Paper mache procession mask - smiling Catrin skeleton with red top hat mask

A5103 Catrin with Top Hat - some with a mustache. Hats are assorted red or black

Gigante Retablos

These spectacular piece of folk art are the original creation of Mexico City artist Rafael Rodriguez. He carves and makes many of the furniture and mini elements inside these beautifully handcrafted retablos. Scenes are extremely well detailed and are a showcase piece for any collector, restaurant or museum. These diorama type retablo scene boxes were first made by 19th-century resident nuns in the Santa Monica convent in Puebla. Wood with glass. Because of the fragility of these pieces, they should be picked up at our warehouse. Please contact us for details.

Click on the images below for larger photos.

Large handmade Day of the Dead ofrenda with decorated ofrenda table, skeletons, papel picado, marigolds and words from 1939. Large handmade wooden retablo showing a sugar skull maker at his shop with lots of sugar skulls, bags of sugar, a friendly skeleton, stove and words from 1937.

Gigante Retablo – Day of the Dead Ofrenda

20" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall. Mexico

A4101 $525

Gigante Retablo – Sugar Skull Maker

20" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall. Mexico

A4102 $525

Repousee Chef ornament with a skeleton fish, dangling earrings, golden skillet and shoes.

Repoussé Chef with Skeleton Fish Ornament

This skeleton chef prefers fried fish over tamales! Her big, fashion forward movable earrings compliment her chef hat, floral dress and gold high heels. Her fish wiggles as she grips it with her oven mitt before sautéing it in her French gold skillet in a reduction tamarind & wine sauce. Great gift for any of your Day of the Dead loving friends who love to eat!

A4108 $20

 

Repoussé Sugar Skull Ornament 

This fanciful sugar skull has beading on both sides. A mixture of twisted wire, flowers & leaves, hearts & crosses decorate this smiling skull. 2.5" x 3.5"

A2311 $20

Repousee Sugar Skull Ornament

Repoussé metal work was introduced to Mexico during the French control of Mexico in the late 1800's and has been around ever since. Church decor, metal art, jewelry and tourist art still draws heavily from the repoussé technique of hammering and stretching sheet metals into beautiful folk art.
See more NEW Repoussé Ornaments & read about the artists who make them here

Carved wood skeleton surrrounded by colorful flowers in a hand-painted box

Enramada – Spirit of the Garden Retablo

This impressive skeleton wood nicho is an excellent piece of folk art to stand on a shelf or hang on the wall. It's reminiscent of looking down on a fertile, verdant garden to witness a spirit about to spring to earth with a joyous entourage of colorful roses.

The artist captures the energy, movement & life of the spirit with his mastery of sculpting potato paste & detailed painting. The fanciful wood box is painted in vintage retablo style. 9" high x 4" wide x 2" deep. Peru.

A2029 $95 each


Large white paper mache skull with red painted decorations and gold  foil eyes & glitter.

Large Glitter Skull

9" high x 8" wide x 9" deep

Four large colorful, elaborately decorated paper mache glitter  skulls with 2 cempesuchil flowers. Medium size red paper mache skull with purple painted decorations and gold  foil eyes.

Medium Glitter Skull

7" high x 5" wide x 5" deep

Papier Mâché Glitter Skulls

Finally a new papier mâché skull that dazzles even the most jaded of Day of the Dead collectors! These are extremely well made and stuffed full of free hand painted designs, then encrusted in "diamantina" glitter. They are molded like all papier mache skulls, but hand-shaped to give the skull a real folk art feel. Many large ones have tin foil eyes. If you were to look at 50 skulls, only a few would be duplicated color combinations. Bright assorted colors, 2-tones and a few B&W. Mexico (if there is a color combination you don't want, please write us a message in the Order Notes on check out). Large Glitter Skulls measure 9"H x 9"deep x 8"W. Medium Glitter Skulls measure 7"H x 5"deep x 5"W. Collectors will love these!

A5022 Large Glitter Skull $72 each  •  A5021 Medium Glitter Skull $48 each (out temporarily)


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