You know when you’re cleaning, trying to get to the point that you can mop the floor, but you stop to construct a homemade ofrenda? Me too, happened to me this weekend as I was breaking down our recycling.
On Thursday last week, Son One decided he wanted to do a little thumbprint art. Not wanting this wish to float by, I quickly gathered up some finger paints and dug some cardboard out of the recycling. While we were at it, I put Son Two in his high chair and gave him a piece. We got two brushes (I keep a few art tools on our table in an old glass), and the little guy smashed the glittery paint while I swirled. Good stuff was made, but it went back into the recycling, because you can’t possibly keep it all.
Rewinding a bit more, the last time we watched Disney’s “Coco” my oldest expressed an interest in making an ofrenda this year. He does not remember this; however I do, because my heart squealed like it had just seen two sleepy kittens cuddling.
And I recalled it on Saturday as I was taking out the recycling, and the glittering, bright colors seemed perfect for the base of an ofrenda.
Were I organized at all, I would have had the boys paint the inside of a larger box. Luckily, Son One painted on a flattened corner, so I was able to re-bend it and secure it with packing tape.
The glittery piece from Son Two was taped to the top, and my yarn painting from the Spring went over some ripped pieces of envelope glued to the floor.
Finally, a trip to Michaels for some flowers to cover the rough edges. I'll have to go back for more- they were critical for adding polish. I'm also thinking about trying some papel picado for the sides and back if we get a little time.
I love this ofrenda! Both boys had a hand in making it colorful and festive. The glittery skeleton from At Home looks like he’s back in his childhood bedroom, just trying to get through the holidays without losing his mind! It’s eye-catching and earthy from now until November, and there will be room for our photos and offerings when the time comes.