Coolest Doritos Bag Child’s Costume

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!

Homemade Doritos Bag Child's Costume

3 thoughts on “Coolest Doritos Bag Child’s Costume”

  1. You are one smart momma. Some people wonder “how in the world was a costume like this done?” But YOU didn’t just sit there and wonder HOW it was going to be done; you worked like a 30 caboose train engine to “get there.” Your son is fortunate to have such a mother.

  2. Can I buy this from you if he is no longer wearing it? My daughter is in a wheelchair and I think this would be perfect for her! Doritos are her favorite even though she doesn’t actually eat them (she licks the cheese off each chip) or any other food because she has a g-tube and is formula fed. Please let me know if you are interested in selling it or helping me to make one for her. Unfortunately I am NOT crafty at all,LOL. I thank you in advance for your consideration!

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