Geez, it’s been an embarrassing amount of time since my last blog post. This fall was BUSY. Updates to come, but let’s get going with a last minute Day of the Dead costume!
It’s all about the flowers and the makeup. A little strapless dress with flashy tights is all you need for a base. But the accessories make the outfit.
The wig is optional, but just an all-around good idea. The number of strangers who will take your photo is directly proportional to the height of your beehive. Fake eyelashes, on the other hand, are obligatory.
All that and the makeup aside… Here’s how I made the really simple accessories:
First, go buy a ton of fake flowers from the dollar store.
For this project you’ll want the flowers with plastic coated wire stems so you can bend them around the belt.
bendy stem fake flowers
belt with lots of holes (or punch the holes yourself!)
textured plastic headband (textured for hot glue to grab onto)
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
dollar store skeletons and twine
cheap plastic skull rings
Separate the stems and clip them off close to the base.
Having way too much fun with fake flowers…
I totally scored when I found this slotted belt at Marshall’s for 10 bucks. I was planning on doing a whole lot of wire wrapping and hot gluing, but I recommend trying to find a belt with holes, or buying a thin leather belt and punching the holes yourself. So. Much. Easier.
This part is as simple as threading the stems through the slots and wrapping the wire around the belt a few times to hold it in place!
Keep wrapping more and more flowers! Where the stems are threaded close together, the flower belt will get thicker (do this towards the middle). To taper off the ends, leave more open holes between flower stems.
Optional: I found this hanging skeleton garland, cut them apart and loosely tied them over the flowers on my belt!
Next! A matching crown of flowers! I opted for asymmetry though it’s customary to go the whole way around with huge multi-colored blooms. The key here is the headband with some texture so the hot glue has something to grab onto. Otherwise you’ll find the flowers falling off everywhere…
Use a generous amount of hot glue. Just pour it all on there.
And for a little bonus, I found these cheap plastic skull rings at the dollar store – 50 for a buck! – and with a little sharpie magic, made some Dia de los Muertos knuckle rings:
Ta da! Dia de los Muertos accessories for the best Halloween ever!