Rachael wasn't satisfied to use any of the photographs that she found of Harry Houdini for this altar, so she took the time to paint her own portrait of him:
It was the perfect touch to keep the handmade-feel of the altar.
Another traditional aspect of La Dia de los Muertos is papel picado, artwork made of cut paper that is very popular at the Day of the Dead. Magic Castle and Boo Crew member John Eddings made some really wonderful papel picado files for us that I was able to cut a large quantity out of construction paper using my Boss 1416 Laser. These also turned out really great, and I've included the Adobe Illustrator artwork file in the files section for anyone who is interested in taking a look.