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4 nicho ideas for Day of the Dead!

Art activity project: Day of the Dead nicho making

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Nichos are ‘shadow box’ style frames that are often featured on Mexican alters, ofrendas or hanging in the home. They are traditionally made of tin or wood and decorated with sequins, glitter and beads. Usually featuring a key object or central figure for whose honor or memory the nicho has been created.
This nicho craft activity is an introduction to some of the crafts used in the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Try this Nicho craft activity: Make your own Nicho!

Nichos step-by-step: Craft activity idea!

You will need:
Happythought nicho templatesHappythought nicho templates. scissors, a gluestick, coloring-in pens and/or pencils, sequins and gems for decoration.

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Step 1
Print the templates onto a light card stock and cut out a nicho frame and shadow box.

Step 2
Color in the frames with bright colors.

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Fold and glue the box frame and color in the central image, or stick another image for 1 last update 2020/05/31 of your choice on top. You can also add 3D objects, for example paper or plastic flowers, mini figures or trinkets.Step 3
Fold and glue the box frame and color in the central image, or stick another image of your choice on top. You can also add 3D objects, for example paper or plastic flowers, mini figures or trinkets.

Step 4
Glue the frames to the box.

Step 5
Decorate your nicho with sequins and gems.

Shadow box frame templates
Printable nichos and tin can labels!

Buy the templates as part of our new Day of the Dead craft activity pack!

You might also be interested in some of our other crafts and printable activities and worksheets. Cinco de Mayo worksheets, calavera paper mask template and Mexican paper star ornaments. Plus food and drink signs, Day of the Dead activity ideas and a stunning DIY paper flower crown.


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13 thoughts on “Day of the Dead nicho craft activity

  1. Tara Torres

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I bought this years ago. I’m an art teacher and changed it up a bit so my kids could make them a little larger and do their own designs. We also make the outside frame with metal tooling. This template saved me so much time and helped me let their students put their own twist on it. I would love to share photos! Thanks so much! Best $5 I ever spent!

  2. You have to click “happythought nicho templates” and then you can buy the template pack for $5.00 good news is it comes with almost ten additional activities! and there are at least 5 nicho templates… worth it!

  3. Olivia Vera

    it´s beautyfull!!!!

  4. DIANA CERVANTES

    me encantan tus ideas, son genialesy para esta temporada mas me encantaria las plantillas para realizarlo

  5. Me too! I would like to know how I can get these templates? Thanks.

  6. Looking forward to the release of these the 1 last update 2020/05/31 templates. Thank you!Looking forward to the release of these templates. Thank you!

  7. Where are these available?

  8. I am excited to try these, but I can’t find the templates. Thank you for the great idea!

  9. I would love the templates as well!

  10. Beautful!!!

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for How can I get the templates??? Porfavor!!!!

  11. Same! I really would like to get the templates!

  12. I am excited to try these, but I can’t get the templates. Thank you for the great idea!

  13. Maria Billings

    Could you please tell me how to get the Nicho templates?

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