A week before Halloween, I spotted the biggest Hello Kitty piñata I had ever seen. It was seriously almost as tall as me! As it proudly dangled from the party store’s fence, only one thought popped into my head…I must make a Hello Kitty piñata costume! I headed home and immediately began researching the idea. What I found were a lot of crafty ideas and a very handy video that I eventually used as my costume-making guide.
Originally, I wanted to make the entire costume out of paper mache (like my Miss Death Star skirt). However I quickly scrapped that idea since I was short on time and I wanted the ability to sit down! Making the piñata dress out of craft felt seemed like the best solution. I picked up 2 yards of white felt and 2 1/2 yards of hot pink felt from the fabric store. Then I bought a white leotard from American Apparel and a $5 skirt from Goodwill. To imitate the look of a piñata, I cut long strips from the craft felt. Then I cut 1-1 1/2 inch fringe into each strip.
Using a hot glue gun, I glued each strip around the arm of the leotard. I continued this process until I had many rows of fringe on the sleeve. I thought gluing would be a faster process than sewing but unfortunately it wasn’t. Not to mention Tim Gunn would be horrified! Several hours (and a few glue gun burns) later, the sleeves were finally done. When I tried on the costume I became concerned. I looked more like a Dancing With The Stars contestant than Hello Kitty!
¡Ay yay yay! But since crafting is often about improvising, I modified the length and created a short sleeve.
I then used the excess fringe to create wrist warmers instead!
For Hello Kitty’s pink dress, I opted to sew the strips onto the skirt and leotard this time. This method was much more efficient!
Making the piñata dress turned out to be a little more time-consuming than I had originally planned. In fact, I spent so much time working on the dress, I had no time to make a head! So I headed back to the party store and bought the Hello Kitty piñata that had caught my eye before. Then…I beheaded Hello Kitty.
I tried on the head and thankfully it fit. I suddenly felt like I was back in the character department at Disneyland! For an authentic piñata look, I left the hook in and kept the “Made in Mexico” sticker on her ear. As a Latina, I felt the sticker was pretty appropriate. 🙂
To match the color of my dress, I swapped out her paper bow for a craft felt bow I made.
For the final look, I wore white tights, white boots, and long, white gloves.
As a huge fan of Hello Kitty, I loved wearing this costume! I might update the look and create Hello Kitty piñata feet for next time. If only there was a Harmonyland in America that I could wear this too! 😉 I hope you guys had a fun Halloween!