Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DIY It - A La Croix Costume for Halloween

This fun costume was created in partnership with Silhouette. All ideas, opinions, and styling is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Kailo Chic Life possible.

Hey everyone! I am so excited today to share my very first DIY costume idea with you! I figured this year I needed to get in on the costume action and created this fun La Croix costume using canvas and hula hoops. Because who doesn't love La Croix?

Fun right?! To make your own costume you will need:
  • 2 - 2.5 Yards of Orange Duck Canvas depending on the length you want to make your can (or another color if you want a different La Croix flavor). I found my fabric at Joann fabric stores.
  • 2 kids sized hula hoops
  • Acrylic craft paint in light orange, peach, turquoise, and blue
  • Navy heat press vinyl and iron
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • This La Croix cut file (part 1, part 2)
  • Sewing Machine, thread, scissors
  • white foam core
  • silver paint
  • plastic headband
  • X-acto knife
  • Thick Silver Ribbon
  • Hot Glue gun
Begin by measuring the circumference of your hula hoops and divide this measurement in half. Cut your canvas fabric into two pieces that equal this measurement of half of your circumference by the length you want your can to be. This will vary depending on how tall you are; be sure to add 10" to this measurement to give enough material to wrap around the hula hoops.

Sew your two strips together to get a long rectangle piece that will become the body of the can. Use your acrylic craft paint and a can for reference to add abstract swoops and swirls to match the La Croix can.

While the paint is drying, use your Silhouette Cameo and the cut files above to cut your La Croix logo out of the navy heat press vinyl. I divided the logo up into two 12" by 12" cut files so that you can easily cut the entire logo out with only needing two 12" by 12" pieces. Once you cut the heat press vinyl you will need to weed the image (remove the negative space) and then cut the pieces apart to create the logo. As you can see below, the image is divided into la, cro, and ix.

Once your vinyl is arranged correctly, use a piece of Teflon paper to cover the image and then iron on the vinyl. Let cool and remove the plastic backing. Place the Teflon paper back on the vinyl and press again to secure it to the fabric. 

Once your can image is ironed on, sew the two sides of the fabric together to form a circle. Now use your glue gun to glue the fabric around the hula hoops. One hoop will be the top of your can and the other will be the bottom. Once it is glued into place, hand stitch or glue the shoulder straps onto the hula hoops and paint the top rim of the can silver with your silver paint. 

Last but not least, you need a pop tab headband! Cut out a pop tab shape from a piece of foam core and then paint both the foam core and plastic headband silver. Use the hot glue to attach the pop tab to the headband.

If I had it to do over again, I think I would have made the can a bit longer, but all in all it was such a fun project! The vinyl lettering and abstract painting totally makes it look like a legit can of La Croix don't you think?

If this seems like too much work for a costume for you, you could easily modify it by using solid color shift dress like these new ones coming out next week and then add the abstract paint, vinyl letters, and pop tab headband. I think it would look just as cute and be so much quicker!

So what do you think? Are you thirsty now?