Monday, November 25, 2013


This is my 100th blog post, amigos.  And I figured I ought to do something really remarkable to celebrate this milestone, so I have decided that I am going to put together a list of . . . 100 Amazing Craft Ideas for Spanish Class!

Fantástico, ¿no?   Let's go!

Día de los Muertos
By far, the largest group of projects to be found online have to do with Day of the Dead.  I've included a diversity of projects here, but there are thousands more out there similar to these.

Day of the Dead - Papel Picado
Q-Tip Skeleton
Calaveras Sandwich Art
Paper Plate Calavera
Miniature Ofrendas for Day of the Dead
"Life and Death" Calavera Planters (Image Only)
Wire Calaveras (Picture Only)
Día de los Muertos Felt Banner
"Skullflake" Tutorial 
Catrina Face Paint (Several Videos) 
Crochet Calavera

Navidad and Winter Holidays
The winter holidays are religious in the Spanish-speaking world: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Christmas (Posadas), and Three Kings Day.  Consider your student population before you choose any of these crafts.

King's Day Shoe Craft (in Spanish)
Three Kings Popsicle Stick Puppets
Three Kings Paper Chain with Template
Handmade Nativity Scene
Farolitos DIY (in Spanish)
Las Posadas Coasters
Advent Calendars
Our Lady of Guadalupe Poncho Craft

Artist-Inspired Crafts
Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Salvador Dalí never cease to inspire Spanish and art teachers alike.
Miró-Inspired Mural
Picasso-Style Portraits
3 Dimensional Picasso Portraits
Melted Dalí Clocks 
Salvador Dalí Mustache Portraits
"Roll a Miró" Dice/Art Activity
How to Draw Frida Kahlo 
3 Dimensional Miró (Video)

Paper flowers are some of my favorites.  Here is a link to a post I made a few weeks ago about paper flowers, in case you missed it.  And the following are other flower crafts that relate to the Spanish-speaking world, each in their own way.

Paper Flowers
Verb Flower with Petal Labels
Noun and Pronoun Flower (Convert to Spanish)
Paper Spanish Roses
Origami Poinsettia

Wildlife of Central and South America
Central America and The Amazon have some of the most colorful and interesting creatures on Earth.  It's no wonder there are so many class crafts dealing with them.

Scarlet Macaw
Blue Morpho Butterfly
Clothespin Chameleon Instructions (in Spanish) and Picture 
Clothespin Snake Instructions (in Spanish) and Picture
How to Draw Monarch Butterflies

The Sun
I always knew the sun was important, of course, but I had no idea I would come across so many sun-themed projects when I started my search.

Aztec Sun Stones
Metallic Sun Sculpture
Mexican Folk Art Sun
Aztec Sun Circle and Weaving

Jewelry and Clothing
Everyone loves something to wear!

Embroidery Floss Friendship Bracelets
Lucha Libre Mask
Make a Poncho
Emossed Painted Clay Beads
Peruvian Wave Bracelet
Chilean Shell Necklace
Peruvian Thread Earrings (With Video)

Cultural Coloring Pages 
Coloring pages make great extra credit activities and they require just some crayons or markers for supplies.  I leave them with the substitute teacher in case my early finishers have nothing to do for the last fifteen minutes of class.

Hispanic Role Models Coloring Pages
Flags of Latin America Coloring Pages 
Mesoamerican Art Coloring Pages

I honestly could have linked 100 class-friendly recipes, if I had wanted to.  There is a LOT of Mexican food out there on the web along with some good Spanish and South American foods too.  These particular recipes caught my eye because they relate to other class topics easily.

Mexican Flag Vegetable Plate
Champurrado - Mexican Hot Chocolate
Hacer Guacamole (Video en Español)
Rosca de Reyes Recipe

And these 40+ crafts that follow, do not fit into any particular category.  I am sure you will find something there that will meet your needs if you are searching for a cultural craft project for your Spanish students.

Guatemalan Worry Dolls
Huichol Yarn Paintings
20 Ways to Make Piñatas
Musical Maracas
Mexican Dancer Doll
Papel Amate (Bark Painting)
Construction Paper MolasMicography Word Portraits
Mexican Metal Tooling
Art Prints (with Styrofoam)
Aztec Warriors Art Project
Chalk Adobe Paintings
Fruit Crate Still Life
Mini PiñatasBody Parts Art Project
Embossed Tin Heart
Paper or Fabric Fans
Terra Cotta Bull
Graphic Boot Verbs (Image Only)
Mexico Topographic Map (And other projects!)
Portraits with Verbs Like Gustar (Image Only)
Comic Strip Maker
Talavera-Inspired Ceramics (Requires Kiln)
Wanted Poster (Image Only)
Verb Conjugation Foldable
Paper Buildings in Town
South America Cork Board and Flag Pins
Explosion Book
Fiesta Rosettes and Señorita Dolls
Graphically Illustrate Song Lyrics (Image Only)
Gustar Heart Mapping (Convert to Spanish)
Rainsticks Craft and Lesson
Guatemalan KiteCosta Rican Ox Cart
Domincan Decorative Plate
Miniature Woven Rugs
Paper Bag Puppets (in Spanish) and a Puppet Theater (in Spanish)
Mexican Independence Craft (Video)
Cardboard Cactus (Follow Pictures, Instructions in Chinese)

I have been working on this list now for hours and hours and hours.  This has become the blog post that took over my weekend, but I'm happy with the results.  I think this might just be the most useful post I have ever put together, simply due to the breadth of it.  There is a little bit of everything here - for the artsy teacher and the glitter-adverse teacher alike.  I'm hoping that my readers will be able to find something new every time they come so that they don't feel anchored to the same crafts year after year.

I'd love to hear from you!



Amanda Obrist said...

I love your page! Very organized and detailed with many great ideas! I really appreciate the ideas that you listed and all the Creative sections you included! I'm looking forward to doing the fun and neat projects you listed!

Amanda Obrist said...

I love your page! Very organized and detailed with many great ideas! I really appreciate the ideas that you listed and all the Creative sections you included! I'm looking forward to doing the fun and neat projects you listed!

Anne Karakash said...

Muchas gracias, Amanda. It's very kind of you to let me know that you've found something useful here. Don't be a stranger - I put up new things all the time and I love to hear from other Spanish teachers. I hope your students have fun with the creative projects that you do! <3 --AnneK

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