There are so many lovely shoebox altars that you can make. One detail that stands out is the use of  “calaveras” skulls.  If you have a child that’s extremely sensitive and has had a loss recently in their lives skulls may not be for them.

So here’s a super easy to make DIY Shoebox altar for Day of the Dead that your kids will love.  This shoebox altar will capture the essence of honoring and remembering our loved ones.  

What do you need? 

  • Pictures of your loved ones 
  • Colorful party streamers 
  • Glue gun 
  • Ribbons 
  • Marigold flowers 
  • Any item that honors your loved ones. We used a musical note ribbon for Grandpa (who was a pianist) and for Abuelita (my son’s great-grandmother) a tiny picture frame of Nuestra Señora de la Providencia Patron Saint of Puerto Rico. 

I purchashed this diorama box on sale and used it for the shoebox altar. You can also use a small rectangular box or shoebox.  

Together with your child put together the box, and talk about your loved ones. This is a great activity to find peace especially when you’re missing those who have passed away. 

Every year when Day of the Dead comes around we will take our box and light up the battery-operated candles and remember our loved ones.

Do you need a little bit of inspiration for your shoebox altars?

Take a look at these ofrendas:

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  1. Very creative and doable idea!! I’ve never celebrated Día de Los Muertos with my husband before but now that we have our son I want to turn it into a tradition at home.

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