Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos – Art Puppets (10 Printable Patterns)

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos - Art Puppets (10 Printable Patterns)

It can be used to teach K – 6th grades.

Included: PDF, 10 Pages

The zip file includes 7 Day of the Dead puppet patterns. Day of the Dead Mexican holiday is a tradition that dates back to the Aztecs. Today, it is celebrated all over the world.

You can decorate the puppets in colorful patterns or create a play for your class with 7 Mexican characters. Your play can be taken on tour to schools.

You could cut out your patterns and trace them onto cardstock/tagboard. Your students will be more comfortable tracing around on tagboard. The strings can be attached to your student’s head, arms, or legs depending on their preference.

L.- Calavera (Skeleton) 12 x 18″

3. Quetzelcoatl 9 x 12″

4. Spider Monkey 9×12″

5. Jaguar 9 x 12″

6. Toucan 9×12″

7. 7.

8. 8.

9. The instructions for the Controller can be made using tape, yarn and popsicle sticks.

10. Tentative Cover Page


The patterns

9 x 12 construction paper

Construction paper 12×18″


Tagboard/card stock


Crayons and Colored Markers

Tape and Glue

Popsicle Sticks (2 per marionette)


This printable is also suitable for students younger than 12 to use as a decoration tool. Cut out the two designs, then staple, glue, or glue them together to create cute dolls and 3D hanging ornaments.

Notice: Students may use any copied images, artist’s photos, or artwork for the enhancement of their Art History, and to enhance their appreciation of Art. This is in compliance with Fair Use in Education.



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