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The Book of Life La Muerte Costume

Snukumi La Muerte

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

This homemade costume for girls entered our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Mayda, the 'La Muerte' costume creator:

My 9 year old daughter Snukumipeypey Orona is wearing the costume. We saw movie previews for The Book of Life about 6 months ago. when she saw it she immediately turned and said Mom I want to be the one in red.

How To:
Hat - foam construction hat from Michaels, the base cut out of foam board and then spray painted red, skulls, trim, and candles all made from foam and lots of hot glue, details painted with paint and some with permanent marker, flowers made from tissue paper, couldn't find large pink feathers so glued a bunch small ones to pipecleaner, artificial fern for green.

The dress - red dress, glued same tissue paper flower with some artificial flowers, foam candles, skulls, and the cuffs, choker made from black ribbon, gold foam and Velcro. Facepaint I did.

Rating: 4.3 of 5. Votes: 68

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#1 comment by Angie and Xavier Ayala October 18, 2014

Awesome Job Mom

#2 comment by Amber Ballesteros October 18, 2014

This costume is amazing! It has my vote!

#3 comment by Celia October 18, 2014

Amazing hash vote too

#4 comment by Sylvia Garcia October 18, 2014

Amazing job!!!!

#5 comment by Jen October 18, 2014

Nice work!

#6 comment by Mena October 20, 2014

I'll vote for this costume in a New York Minute!! This is fantastic!

#7 comment by Cecilia November 1, 2014

And I thought I was crafty... YOU my friend are a Master Crafter.

#8 comment by Opal January 4, 2015

Absolutely awesome!!

#9 comment by janie February 23, 2015

How about the eyes does she have yellow contac5s

#10 comment by iamcart March 6, 2015

THis is PHENOMENAL!!! Highest craft honors to you!

#11 comment by Mayda March 6, 2015

Janie, no contacts. I painted her eyelids. thank you all for the wonderful compliments!!

#12 comment by Vanessa March 25, 2015

Do sell your costumes

#13 comment by Mia August 22, 2015

Can I purchase the costume

#14 comment by Christina September 9, 2015

Oh my goodness my daughter is obsessed with the book of life and we r flipping over how beautiful u made this.. I got my work cut out for me
Beautiful, amazing job

#15 comment by Mayda September 9, 2015

Thank you everyone! i am not selling this one just yet. My Daighter wantede to make it better so I am upgrading the costume so she can wear to Alamo Comic Con. I'm painting the print on dress and making a larger hat is 31/2 feet diameter and making the skulls all out of clay so they will have demention instead of being flat

#16 comment by jellys mama September 11, 2015

Where can I find a dress like that ?

#17 comment by Mayda September 15, 2015

I made the dress but im sure you can find a plan red dress at a thrift store or from another costume

#18 comment by Suzie September 19, 2015

What did u use to make it stay circle on the both. Can u please email me please

#19 comment by Mayda September 19, 2015

Suzie I don't see an email for you. Im guessing your asking about bottom of dress. a small hula hoop works best (dollar tree)

#20 comment by Claudia September 23, 2015

Can you send me an email with a tutorial on how to make the hat, candles and skulls, please.

Thank you

#21 comment by crysta September 27, 2015

This is amazing my daughter loves it. she wants to be her for Halloween. I too would like a tutorial on how to make the little things. if you cannot email it can you put it up on here. I would love to make this for my daughter.

#22 comment by Mayda September 29, 2015

The hat is cut out of a large 1/4 inch cardboard. used a foam play construction worker hat for center of the hat, the trim is made out of thinner cardboard (like soda can box)the candles are white foam rolled and lots of hot glue, the flame red orange yellow foam cut and glues, flowers on hat mixed with orange and yellow tissue paper flowers, I could not find lrge pink feathers so I glues lots of little one to pipe cleaners, skulls re made out of a toilet paper clay and I used a skull ice cube tray for the mold all painted with acrylic paints hope this helps

#23 comment by Brianna October 2, 2015

Do you make & sell costumes? Le Muerte costume for a 4yr old.

#24 comment by Beth October 6, 2015

Wow!! That's spot on! You should enter the business.

#25 comment by Rita October 12, 2015

I am in charge of making the hat for my granddaughter. I got a red Day of the Dead Hat at Nobbies for $10, cut out skulls from 3 different colors of construction paper. Will use foam for candles and fake flowers.

#26 comment by SrtaRita October 15, 2015

How did you make the dress? Did you use a pattern or eye balled it? I'm going to take the task of making the dress since the bottom needs to flare out, any pointers would be great! Making this for my 7 1/2 year old:)

#27 comment by Monica October 20, 2015

What facepaint do you use?

#28 comment by mayda October 21, 2015

had a long adult red dress made alterations to fit, base glued to a small hula hoop to give flare

Makeup = Pasradise Mehron waterbase. washes off very easy :)

#29 comment by Jen October 31, 2015

I'm hot gluing red glow sticks for the candles! Wish me luck!

#30 comment by Monica October 20, 2016

How did you get the bottom of the dressto keep its form? I tyed to use a hoola hoop but when she walks it flops from side to side?

#31 comment by Kristina Smith October 25, 2016

I about died when my daughter asked to be this for Halloween! As long as you think outside of the box (and read forums) you can do it! So glad to have your costume to reference... I wanted to add... I used the medium sized lollipop sticks from Wilton for my candles. This way I didn't have to glue foam. I just simply added orange paper flames. VERY QUICK! I also didn't want to spend the money on ferns and feathers so I used the leaves left over from all the flowers for the costume and added them to a pipe cleaner to make my own ferns. I followed suit with pink felt to make my own feathers to save money. Since my daughter is asthmatic, face paint was out of the question. I bought a full-face Mardi Gras style mask for 2.99 from hobby lobby and broke out the sharpies to make her mask. Now she can dress up head to toe year round. Thank you so much for having such an amazing costume to follow! Hope my hints help anyone else whose child is adamant about being La Muerte!!!

#32 comment by Mayda October 26, 2016

Monica, i used a hula hoop and one side i did glue a little foam board to help it stay down

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