My husband and I were headed to a costume party. I am excited to bring you my piñata costume and more great couple costumes. I originally saw the idea at Coolest Homemade Costumes. I fell in love with the idea.
I have to share that making costumes has always been a passion. Whenever there was a chance to dress myself up (or anyone else, for that matter), I would take full advantage. The two pictures above show my sister, our cousin and her friend subject to my costume designs. There was a boom box, a tape cassette and a music note. Another parade I made them a TV and a remote control. These are just two example of years and years of creating. My mom actually has said that me doing the blog makes so many moments and interest I’ve had along the way all come together in a coherent way.
So although we are doing a different costume idea for Halloween (very simple), I have to say I jumped at the opportunity to make something for the costume party prior to the 31st. I wanted to give you a tutorial just in case you want to mimic it in the future.
I had an old dress that I liked the shape, but the zipper hadn’t been working well.
I bought streamers in some fun colors. I only needed about half a roll of each color for the entire dress.
I started at the top of the skirt portion of the dress. It would have been easier to start at the bottom for time sake, but I wanted to really make sure I got the alignment right at the top. The first handful of layers I would fold the crepe paper in half. Initially, I was hot gluing it down and then cutting in the fringe. Later, I decide it was easier to cut the fringe before and then glue it down. Therefore, for the first number of layers I would fold it in half (length wise), cut the fringe and then glue.
I continued in this fashion until I realized it was going to take forever to fill the dress if I folded the crepe paper in half (length wise) because the fringe length was small. I decided to graduate it out bigger.
I wanted double streamers for good coverage, so on the next layer, I doubled the streamer and then folded 1/4 of it down.
I continued that a ways and then graduated to layers that were the thickness of the streamer.
To make the process go quicker, I would fold up the streamer and then fringe it folded. It meant that I had to do less cuts.
When I hot glued, I would fold the layer on top up and then hot glue it about 1/2 inch down so that when I folded the top layer back down it would lay over the top of the streamer.
My husband helped do the top half of the dress because I wanted to make sure the shape of my body was accounted for in the bodice. I did notice the bottom half was a bit tighter since the dress didn’t lay out perfectly flat. It probably would have helped to have some sort of cardboard or form stretching out the bottom half of the dress too.
Here is the back of the dress.
For the piñata ears I used styrofoam cones and glued the layers up the cone. You could use piece of paper to form your cone too.
I glued and pinned the two cones to an old head band.
There you have the full look.
Here are some other friends from the party:
Doctor & Patient (No, she is not really pregnant, but she had a baby doll inside an old ball as the actual hump.
Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
Friends (whose husbands couldn’t attend and didn’t want to dress up) as My Little Ponies.
Mr Bates & Anna from Downton Abbey