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La Muerte from The Book of Life Costume

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La Muerte from The Book of Life Costume

La Muerte from The Book of Life Costume

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Costume type:  Costumes for Girls
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for girls entered our 2016 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Alexis, the 'La Muerte from The Book of Life' costume creator:

My daughter Isabella fell in love with La Muerte from the movie The Book Of Life. She immediately said she wanted to be her for Halloween. I began searching for a costume to purchase but quickly realized they didn't sell one. I found most of my supplies from Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Walmart. I purchased the dress because I have no sewing skills. I cut off the parts that I didn't want and I did sew the white lace sleeves. Everything else I put on with hot glue. I used 200 yellow foam roses on the dress, hat, and bracelets. I purchased the roses on amazon for $20/100 roses. I added bling pieces throughout the costume. I glued bling diamonds on the roses around the neckline and waist. I glued a hula hoop at the bottom of the dress to create an illusion that she was floating as she walked. It also made gluing the roses and candles much easier. If using a hula hoop that has water in it make sure to poke a hole and drain it. For the candles I used 6 inch cardboard straws that I rolled in paper to make them bigger and used yellow tissue paper for the flame. The neat thing about rolling a straw is that you can then insert glow sticks to give the illusion of a real flame. I added bling to every single candle. For the skulls I found a design online and printed on thicker paper. I then cut them and glued 2 together to have a double sided skull. I added little bling diamonds on the eyes of every skull. The hat was perhaps the hardest part of the costume. I used a large foam trifold to cut the shape of the hat. Once I had the shape I cut a hole in the center and glued an old hat my husband donated. I then covered the hat with cloth that I matched as closely as possible to the color of the dress. I hot glued the roses to the hat as well as the candles and feathers. For the loops of the hat I used red poster board. I covered the poster board with the same fabric I used for the hat. The fabric for the sleeves and hat I purchased from Walmart. I used a light pink acrylic paint to draw the designs on the loops and the dashes all around the hat. I added bling pieces to the hat as well. I knew the hat may be a bit much for my daughter to wear the entire time so I decorated a headband for her. Her costume consisted of 3 pieces, dress, hat, and headband. I found a very detailed face painting tutorial specific to La Muerte that was perfect for 1st time face painters like me. I didn't have a budget when I started. Had I known all the details that this costume needed I would've started sooner and taken my time to find less expensive supplies. This costume took me 2 weeks to make and cost approx $125 to make. I'm very pleased with the way the costume turned out and my daughter was super excited! She loved it and loved transforming into La Muerte. She received lots of compliments and so many people asked to take pictures of her and with her. She felt like a celebrity. Much respect to all parents that dedicate the time to make their child's costume. This was my first time and it's no easy task. Lots of long nights and hot glue blisters.

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#1 comment by Alexis October 7, 2018

I made this costume and I'm selling it if anyone is interested. Text me at 281 650 0372

#2 comment by Rachael October 23, 2018

Where did you find the dress?

#3 comment by Alexis Klatt October 23, 2018

I bought the dress at HalloweenCostumes.com
Please note I have sold the costume.

Good luck to anyone attempting to make this!

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