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In recent months, I have been fascinated with Mexican nichos. Little shrines filled with nostalgic trinkets that commemorate and celebrate the life of the departed. Perhaps the deaths of two close friends this summer have influenced my creative processes.

I have come across many garishly glittered nichos and others scarcely the size of a matchbox. After a morning trip to El Mercado, the Mexican market in San Antonio, I was inspired to design and create these nichos using simple materials with clean lines and bright colors.

Call it a nicho, shrine or spirit house, personal shrines date back to 7000 BC. They have been used to commemorate births, celebrate lives and honor the mystery of death. This will provide a festive centerpiece to your Día de los Muertos ofrenda, or serve as a display alcove for treasured photos and trinkets. The gothic arch design is reminiscent of old Spanish churches.

No “matchbox” nicho here. Sturdy wooden nicho stands 9-1/4” tall, is 5-3/4” wide and 3-1/2” deep. It is made of re-purposed fencing material with a vintage, distressed finish.

The crepe paper flower photo props are NOT included.

Why build a fence when you can create a loving window into the past?

Personal Nicho Wall-Hung Shrine


  • Handmade item
  • Material: wood
  • Only ships within United States.
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