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You know how much we love our DIY Halloween costumes!! This year is no different and after much discussion, our family settled on dressing up as the characters from the Disney movie Coco. Although I was super excited because I love this movie so much, I started to think some of the costume pieces would end up being difficult to make; not with my Cricut Maker!! So much of my handmade Halloween costumes were made using my Maker and were super easy to do!
My time frame for finishing my homemade Halloween costumes was moved up significantly when we purchased tickets to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. If you have ever been to the party, you know guests go ALL OUT with their costumes and we wanted to make sure ours were great too!
Let’s start with Miguel’s guitar
My first project was made with the Chipboard. I wanted to recreate Miguel’s guitar by stacking two layers of Chipboard together and staggering the seams. To adhere the Chipboard to the mat, I made sure to use the Brayer to get a good and even stick.
This is the first layer, taped down to my mat to help secure it.
I was able to find a guitar and skull image to pair together to get the correct look. I also added a small piece so I could add my guitar strings. You can find my project here.
The Cricut Knife Blade is amazing at cutting accurately through the Chipboard! The setting automatically has the Knife Blade cut the image 20 times so be sure to patiently watch your project while it’s cutting to clear away scraps and to see if your Chipboard has been cut through before 20 passes. My guitar was cut completely through around 12 passes.
Here is my first layer. After removing from the mat, I dusted away all of the loose chipboard “sawdust” pieces.
Using my TrueControl Knife and Cutting Ruler to cut one of my Chipboard sheets in half. I need the second layer of my guitar to have the seems in different areas of the guitar. The Knife and Ruler made this so easy and safe!! No sliding rulers or cut fingers!
Once both layers were cut out, I used craft glue to put them together. (Don’t mind my unconventional weights! Heavy books would have probably worked better.)
After adding the final details, we had a pretty good replication of Miguel’s guitar!! My son LOVED it! He felt just like the character from the movie!
How to create the bones:
The other four characters’ costumes would need to have skeleton features. I was able to find black high performance tees for my kids to wear under their dresses and shirts and using SportsFlex Iron-On to create bones! You can find my project here.
My large EasyPress 2 and mat made affixing the SportsFlex Iron-On simple. I love that I can set it to the exact heat I need and set the timer so no guessing! The larger size also helped with this bigger design!
It beeps when it’s done too!! Seriously fool-proof!
Even the arm bones on the sleeves were a piece of cake!
Look how well the final product turned out!! And my daughter is giving some serious Tia Victoria looks here!
How to make hair flowers:
I just love that Cricut Design Space has Simplicity Pattern projects!! I knew I would need hair flowers and found the perfect one! I knew these Zinnias would be exactly what I wanted.
After clicking “make” on the project page, I changed my quantity to “2”.
I wanted my Zinnias to be all pink so I moved the items on the yellow and green mats to the pink one.
Here are all of the pieces, enough for two flowers on one mat. The project also comes with downloadable PDF instructions to show you how to make the flowers, step by step.
I think they turned out beautifully!! And they add just the right touch to my daughter’s Frida costume!
How to make leather aprons:
It’s hard to tell in the bigger picture but I was able to use the Scoring Wheel to add the family initial to Imelda’s apron, just like in the movie!
I even was able to add a shin bone to some leggings to make sure looked more like Hector.
We were able to have an awesome face painter come and finish off our costumes!! My kids loved that people kept shouting out their characters names and even had one lady ask to take pictures with them! We had such a great time at the Halloween party and are now ready for Halloween!!
Although my husband and I decided against dressing in full costume (mainly my husband), we did want to still be on theme. Check out my post on how I made our shirts here!
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