Day of the Dead Katrina Doll
Paper-bag “Katrina’s” ended our Dead of the Dead unit.These festive, vibrant sculptures were a blast to create. The fifth grade students worked hard taping paper bags and paper towel rolls together, adding paper plate hats and trying hard to find ingenious ways to make the arms stay together! After completing the armature, paints were mixed, sequins gathered and the fun began…
What you’ll need:
- Cardboard food boxes of various sizes. Cereal and cracker boxes work great.
- Paper towel rolls
- Paper plates
- Brown paper lunch bags
- Cardboard egg carton
- Lots of masking tape
- Embellishments (pom-poms, sequins, feathers, marigold silk flowers, tissue paper, etc)
- Liquid tempera paint without much water added.
For the body: Stuff the bottom of a lunch bag with newspaper. Place a paper towel roll inside bag. Cinch top of bag around roll using masking tape to secure.
For the head: Use part of an egg carton cup and tape to top of paper towel roll. Use a paper plate to cut a circle to be used for the brim of the Katrina’s hat. Use an egg carton cup as the crown of the hat.
For the arms; Use newspaper or lunch bag paper and fold a length of paper until thick. Wrap this folded piece around torso and tape to paper towel roll securely. These are the arms.
Tape the entire Katrina to the cardboard box stand.
Using liquid tempera paints (or acrylics if you prefer), paint the face of the Katrina white. Allow to dry before adding black facial features. When paint dries, add embellishments and if you have the time and know-how, maybe add a few tissue paper marigolds.
The “Katrina’s” took three, 45-minute sessions. Constructing the armature was the most difficult but the students listened well and got busy after the demonstration. Painting and decorating was a huge amount of fun. I put supplies on each table and gave minimal instructions. This seemed to work well, as the kids engaged their imaginations freely.