Día de los Muertos is a widely celebrated holiday, not just in Latin America, but also in the U.S. The holiday demands preparation of all kinds, from cuisine and costumes, to decorations and dancing tunes, to prayers and parties. The season tends to bring out traditional harvest foods, like maize, pumpkins, and colorful beans dried on the vine, but have you ever thought of including avocado carving in your holiday crafts?
Yes, you read that right, avocado carving! You only need a few simple tools and ingredients and you can use this ancient Mexican fruit to make your very own Day of the Dead-themed skull carvings.
What you need:
The pattern is simple and the results are stunning. If you use all food-safe ingredients, you can even turn your carving into guac later and get all that wonderful avocado nutrition as well.
For this project, you’ll want relatively firm avocados. If you’re buying your avocados ahead of time, here are some tips you need to know about how to keep your avocado fresh and ready to carve. Just pop it in the fridge and it will keep well for up to 5 days, and longer if it is extra-firm when you bring it home.
Now, here’s how to make those skulls!
When you have your finished skull, don’t hesitate to decorate it! Add some lace trim around its neck, or put a fancy hat on top. If you don’t intend to eat it, you could even paint it for more color and flare.