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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.

6 exquisitely hand-painted clay sugar skulls.

French Garden Victorian Skull

Awesome one-of-a-kind clay skulls. Scrolly vines are exquisitely painted by hand by women’s workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

4'' high x 3.5'' wide x 3 1/4'' deep

Colors: green, magenta, turquoise, white, metallic or yellow.
Choose your color preference in ORDER NOTES upon checkout.

These are a real treasure for your ofrenda.

A5214 $48 each

Wooden metallic box with  colorful sugar skull and flowers

Metallic Knick-Knack Boxes

4.5’" x4.5" x 2" high

Sugar Skull Box
(left) A5215 A$35 each

Skeleton Serenade Box
(right) A5216 $35 each

Wooden metallic kick knack box with skeleton Catrina courted by skeleton on his knees offering her flowers

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

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

Beautiful, happy, bendable jumbo-sized skeleton novios on a black platform

Escape to the Honeymoon

More info soon!
26" x 20" x 3"

A5210 $65 each

Enramada – Spirit of the Garden Retablo

Enramada – Spirit of the Garden Retablo

Stunning potato paste & wood retablo. 9" high x 4" wide x 2" deep. Peru.

A2029 $95 each

3 happy skeleton bread bakers making pan de muerte, large rustic stone stove, firewood and baskets of bread.
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Skeleton Bread Bakers with Rustic Stone Oven

Beautifully detailed nicho with doors that open. 4" wide x 5 1/2" high x 2" deep. Peru

A5150 $90 each

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 moveable 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 DoD loving friends who love to eat!
A4108 $20


Repoussé Skeleton Cyclist Ornament

Bike aficionados will love this intricate, hand hammered skeleton on a souped up cycle. This 3D piece is equally elaborate on both sides. Yes, the wheels turn! 5" tall x 4" wide (+ 2 1/4" hanger.)
A2312 $24
Colorful Respousse skeleton bicyclist ornament

Repousse 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 repousse technique of hammering and stretching sheet metals into beautiful folk art.
See more NEW Repoussé Ornaments & read about the artists who make them here

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

Sombrero Skull Ribbon Rattle

(left) 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. Papier mâché skull is 6 1/2" x 4" x 3". 20" head to bottom of stick. These are decorative folk art and dangerous for children. Mexico
A5131 $16 each

Piñata Ornament

(right) 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.
A5140 $12 each

Multi-colored papier mache pinata ornament.

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, Monica Torres, 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

$40 each

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

A5107 Pachuco (many fun hat colors)
(out temporarily)

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

A5106 Carmen (side flowers)
(out temporarily)

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 - Bigotes - smiling male skeleton with brown heair and a huge mustache

A5108 Bigotes

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 bigotes. 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
Empty white retablo with painted flowers on the inside and outside doors and top.

Create Your Own Retablo Shrine

Make your own shrine! Empty hand-painted retablo with leather hinges. 4" wide x 8" tall x 2" deep. Peru

A2027 $20 each


See finished retablos in our Collector's Gallery, Romantic Skeleton Folk Art and New Skeleton Folk Art pages.

Mini Day of the Dead Skeleton Open Air Market Scene

These adorable 6 piece skeleton scenes depict the excitement of the week before Day of the Dead in any southern Mexican village. Most families not only spend up to 2 months of their income to buy all the special items needed to build their ofrendas, buy new clothes and pay for all the holiday foods. Many use Day of the Dead as an excuse to take their families on long bus trips to the capital of their state to buy cempasuchil, papel picado, sugar skulls, pan de muerto and items they can't get in their village. Here, the mini scene included a popsicle vendor, market seller of fruits & treats, Arab tacos (which means meat cooked on a rotisserie), pan de muerto seller and "nieve" lemon ice. The skeleton couple is watching the market activity with their two skeleton dogs.

6 pieces, 1 ½ - 2” high.

A4107 $38 / set of 6

Flaming Heart Calaveras

Clay. Hollow with cutout eyes.
3 1/3" tall x 3" wide x 3 1/2" deep
$28 each

A3018 Flaming Heart Calavera, Rosa Mexicana
A3019 Flaming Heart Calavera, Black
A3020 Flaming Heart Calavera, Blue

Sugar Skull Wall Masks

Fine artist quality plaster. Masks have a ring on the back to put on the wall. 7” tall x 5” wide
A4074 Rosa Mexicana Wall Mask $39 each A4075 Bone Wall Mask $39 each A4076 Marigold Wall Mask $39 each

Castillo style skeleton bread baker at his oven with his skeleton dog

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!

See more Castillo Style Pottery

Castillo Bread Baker

4 ½” deep x 6 ½ ”wide x 5 ½ high. Mexico
$195 each
colorful ceramic skull lantern for tea light or candle

Talavera Skull Lantern

The cutout eyes flicker & glow with the flame of tea lights which fit nicely inside the ceramic skull. Each one is hand painted with a unique design, but all look very similar to the photo. Bright assorted colors. Mexico

Large (7.5" high) A2257 $42 each

6 Skeleton novios - wedding couple - in decorated matchbox

Skeleton Wedding Couple Matchbox

Hand painted matchboxes slide open to reveal a happy little wedding couple inside. When you want to give a little treasure of a gift, these beautiful boxes are a lovely keepsake. You can print a small sticker with the names of the bride & groom and attach it to the back of the box. 2" wide x 1.5" tall x 5" deep. Peru

A2170 $6 each
A2170-50 $250 / 50 matchboxes


More Day of the Dead Wedding favors

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