I thought long and hard on an easy costume that my boyfriend and I could throw together the week before Halloween. I figured turning a dress into a piñata would be pretty simple with the help of Internet tutorials and YouTube videos. Boy, was I wrong! The first dress, that I spent hours working on (painstakingly gluing strips of paper to the fabric), turned out to be too tight and all the crepe paper busted off the second I pulled it over myself.
So, I thought, I’ll go buy a bigger dress. By this time it’s already Wednesday night…( I’m a bit of a procrastinator). I finished the dress around midnight and hung it up to dry, praying that it would fit the next day. My boyfriend’s costume at this point is already complete. I bought a sombrero and a sweet stache’ from party city, and crafted a piñata whacking stick out of an old wrapping paper roll. My grandma, who is from Guatemala, happened to be a pro at making sarapes, so she whipped it together one afternoon. Okay, so its Halloween day and all of my peers in nursing school are dressing up. Well, I didn’t want to risk destroying my dress before the party, so I wore my man’s costume instead! Everyone thought it was adorable, and I was incredibly warm and toasty all day!
That night, my grandma and I had to practically glue the dress to my body and I had to inch along to prevent tearing the crepe paper. (I recommend using felt and sewing it to the dress). I also made little wristlets and a hair pin with streamers. Once we were all put together, we hit the town. We were nominated for the costume contest at the bar and made it to the semi-finals (We actually acted out the fiesta for the crowd). We lost to a really scary nun… She deserved it though; it was a great get-up. By the end of the night, after tons of dancing, pieces of my costume were everywhere; on the dance floor, in the bathroom, at the bar….everywhere! I doubt they’ll ever have me back! Needless to say, it was a marvelous night!
How to on dress:
- Stretch a dress over a canvas.
- Cut strips of different colored crepe paper with 1” slits in the paper.
- Glue the strips to the dress overlapping each one.
- Let dry.
- Do backside the same way.