La Calavera Catrina (in English, 'The Elegant Skull') is zinc etching made by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada in 1910. Catrina has become a part of the Day of the Dead celebrations and is used in costumes, figurines, posters and artwork.
This is a simple cut and paste paper craft version of Catrina. You can glue the pieces together or use brass tacks to assemble it so the pieces move.
- something to color with
- Optional: brass tacks
- Optional: fancy scrapbook paper, wrapping paper or construction paper
- Print out the template of choice (you'll need 4 pieces of paper to make Catrina, she's quite big).
- Color the pieces as appropriate and cut them out.
- Glue or brass tack the arms to the sides of the shoulders (the shoulders are sticking out of the rib cage). The piece of the arm you're gluing looks like a ball. There are small dots to help you line up the pieces.
- Glue or tack the elbow of the arms together (these are the pieces from the Arms Template that look "bone shaped")
- Glue or tack the hands to the arms.
- Glue or tack the hips to the bottom of the spine.
- Glue or tack the largest leg bones (femurs) to the hips.
- Glue or tack the knees together.
- Glue or tack the feet to the bottom of the legs.
- Glue or tack the head to the top of the spine.
- Optional: Cut out a fancy long dress (ballgown) and dress Catrina in it.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).