This fun and colorful piñata costume is made with crepe paper, fabric glue and a store-bought dress. It’s an creative, no-sew costume that’s perfect for Halloween or any theme party.
Last week we went to a costume party, and the theme was the letter P. I decided to go as a piñata and thought it would be an easy costume to make myself. Although my DIY piñata costume took more time that I originally thought, it was definitely a success as far as homemade costumes go – even though some people at the party didn’t know what I was!
I purchased a cheap tank dress from a discount store and then bought a ton of crepe paper streamers. Once I cut all the fringe into them – the most time consuming part of the process – I laid out a few pieces to determine my color placement. I wanted it to look random but organized at the same time…and kind of like a Mexican fiesta.
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How to make a pinata costume:
I stretched out the dress with a long art canvas that was wrapped in plastic, but I’m sure really anything would work. Then, I started applying the crepe paper with fabric glue – two strips of each color at a time.
Some of the paper pieces that I used were a bit too wide for the dress so I simply cut the excess off and secured the new ends with some extra glue.
Once the first side was finished, I let it dry overnight and gently flipped the dress over and started again, lining the colors up with the first side. Around the arm and collar I folded the paper over the edges and added glue to keep the “hems” in place. At the top of the straps, I added a horizontal strip flat over the seam to finish the costume off.
For the hats – I made the strips shorter, smaller and with thinner fringe. Then, I glued them to party hats and topped them with long, thin streamers of crepe paper. I used glue sticks for this step.
I added the red belt to define my waist because the dress made me look a little bit puffy!
(Sorry about the terrible cell-phone picture, but it’s the only full-length picture I took because we were in such a rush. I’m really disappointed that I don’t have any others.)
If you are following this tutorial and making your own piñata costume, I would love to see how they turn out! Would you mind emailing me pictures of your costumes? I may even feature them right here on Simply Whisked!
How cute does Cassidy look in her piñata costume? I’m loving the color she chose and check out those awesome colorful lashes. They totally make the costume!
Published: September 28, 2012. Updated: April 6, 2022.
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