My family decided to make Alebrijes for our Dia De Los Muertos Ofrenda this year (based on the Oaxacan carvings and sculptures by Pedro Linares, and also inspired by the Mexico City Alebrije parade that happens in late October every year.)
This is the Alebrije I made. There is a wire armature with paper to provide shape, covered in plaster strips. Its painted with acrylics. I carefully painted the stomach and tentacles too, even though no one will see them. The spines are toothpicks. Its a little over 2 feet long from nose to tail with a 2 foot wingspan. It’s a foot tall. The picture at the end is my alebrije with the 2 alibrijes my kids made (my alebrije is my only entry, but I wanted to share the kids creations too).