My 6 year old son loves all things ORANGE! So naturally, he wanted to be a his favorite snack for Halloween–Doritos. Off to the store I went, to set about constructing an 848 oz bag of Doritos (since he weighs 53 pounds, I wanted to do his “Net Weight” in ounces).

The Homemade Doritos Bag Child’s Costume took 8-10 hours to make, and cost about $12 in materials. I spent about 2 hours on the computer, 2 hours cutting and sewing the cloth, and 4-6 hours making stencils and painting. I had to paint one side of the bag and then wait for it to dry, so it took 2 days to do it.

I measured his size on a piece of paper and brought it to the fabric store for a “pattern.” I ended up using 1 1/8 yards of shiny vinyl fabric (like raincoat fabric,) which gave me 1″ seams on 3 sides, and a 3″ seam on the top of the bag. I sewed it down the sides, leaving a 12″ space on either side for his arms. I hemmed the bottom and left it open so he could walk. I sewed 2 lines of stitching through the top 3″ seam, to make it look like the ridged edge of the bag. The material’s stiff enough that it sticks straight out, like a real bag.

I used a Doritos bag as a guide for all of the decorations. I printed the logo off on the computer (complete with the “R” for registered trademark) and traced it onto a piece of cardboard. I used an xacto knife to cut a stencil for the words “Doritos” and “Nacho Cheese,” and also for the flame.

Then, I painted all of the front decorations with acrylic paint from the craft store. I used a foam brush to paint the black shading first, and then used paint brushes and the stencil to paint the words. Using a toothpick dipped in paint, I hand printed the “guaranteed fresh by,” “flavored tortilla chips” and the “NET WT.” I used Oct. 31 as the “guaranteed fresh by” date, since it’s a Halloween costume.

The back of the costume has nutritional information, a barcode, an ingredients list, and a freshness guarantee. I made all of these documents on the computer, using Microsoft Word with Arial font. I printed each paper off on the computer, and covered each (front and back) with clear contact paper, to protect it and also to make it look shiny like the bag. I then glued each piece onto the bag using contact cement. Note: hot glue didn’t work, it just peeled right off. I used paint to finish the decorations on the back of the bag, and used a yardstick to make sure the white line was nice and straight.

Of course, any Doritos bag needs an explosion of Doritos…so he has a hat to finish off the costume! I traced and cut Doritos out of a file folder, and painted them with light and dark orange paint. I dabbed the paint on the Doritos to make them look textured (same way I painted the bag). I hot glued them onto a plastic baseball cap.

His costume is one-of-a-kind!