Folk Art Milagro Decoration Kit
This flat pack, DIY Floral Tree of Life is made of plywood and comes unpainted. Enjoy it unpainted as-is or paint your own version as a solo or group activity!
This Milagro Decoration Kit comes was inspired by a display of Milagros from around the world and on view inside at the Museum of International Folk Art, in Santa Fe.
When the Spanish came to the New World, they brought with them the Milagro tradition. Translated from Spanish to English, the word Milagro means miracle. These “charms” can be made of silver, tin or gold, bone, wood, or wax; and come in many shapes and sizes: from hearts, hands, and eyes, to houses, and animals. Milagros can be offered for healing or in gratitude for a prayer answered. Equally they are carried or given for protection and good luck.
Some of the qualities assigned to Milagros include:
- Heart: love, joy, longing, passion, worry
- Hand: work, strength, creativity, creation, help
- Eyes: vision, insight, intuition, vigilance
Horse: work, speed, travel, journey
- Dog: dog, protection, loyalty
- House: home, protection, family
Instructions for this easily-assembled kit are included, but for best results, we recommend you remove and paint the cut outs before stringing together. Please note, paint is not included.
String them together to make a mobile or wall hanging, use them as gift tags, or give them as Valentine's Day gifts.
Approximate dimensions for the hand milagro: 7" high.
Pictured here are examples of milagros that inspired this set.
Metal milagros from various countries, Girard Foundation Collection, Museum of International Folk Art.