How to Make a Bag of Cheetos Costume DIY
I took a quick break from food to make something non-edible. Well, it’s still food-themed, just not actual food. My friend Kate and I happen to share a disgusting addiction to Flaming Hot Cheetos (NO THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT FYI).
It’s gross, and I fully admit to have replaced meals with just Flaming Hot Cheetos. Yes, a person who works with food for a living. Kate suggested creating some type of Cheetos costume this year, and I obliged.
Tools for Making Bag of Cheetos Costume DIY
– Insulating foam sealant
– Any orange, yellow or red strapless dress (Or long tight skirt). Preferably not 100% cotton and only flat patterns (no lace etc)
-Orange, yellow or red bra
– Orange, yellow and red craft paint (acrylic worked fine)
-White and black paint pens
-Orange spray paint
– Plastic food wrap
-Paint brush with a straight edge
-Hot glue gun with glue sticks
I have yet to see a Cheetos costume, so I went into this knowing there would be a lot of trial and error.
I decided to try the foam filler used for cracks to try to make the Cheetos. It’s called insulating foam and you can find it at your local hardware store. IF YOU TOUCH IT WET, IT WILL STICK TO YOU. Just Â a warning.
I sprayed one line as a practice run to see how it would flow. Once dry I spray painted with orange paint. The results were uncanny. I suggest doing a trial run to see how to use the spray and adjust thickness.
I actually had a tough time finding a strapless dress this time of year, so I found a long tight skirt and decided to use that. I decided I wanted Cheetos sticking out of the top of my dress, so I would attach to a bra that would be adhered to the top of the skirt.
From this I learned I needed smaller Cheetos. I used a cruddy bra and filled the cups with paper to retain their round shape (try to keep it close to your actual boob size, ahem.)
Drape plastic wrap over bra, allowing it to sink in well into crevices. In other words, you want the wrap to hold shape with the bra, so let it fall into slopes where it needs to.
Pump the foam into wide, short lines. Start at top of bra and finish a little below the bra. Allow to dry and harden. While drying, at some point you should be able to wrap your hand in plastic wrap (as a shield) and pat down the bottom of lines. You want to flatten bottom of lines once the bra ends.
You are creating a sort of flat “tail” at the bottom of each. You should do this when foam is still wet enough to be malleable, but dry enough so that it doesn’t stick to the plastic on your hand.
Should you get foam on hand, immediately remove it with acetone nail polish remover.
I did about 2-3 trials on the bra, allowing each set to dry almost completely before peeling off plastic. I peeled them, then spray painted with orange spray paint.
I then painted my dress portion of the Cheetos costume. I have the ability to freehand, however, I know many are not created equal when it comes to Â artistic ability. If you cannot look at a Â Cheeto bag and draw what you see, then just write CHEETOS in large, neat letters. Paint them in thick yellow. Doesn’t matter if the font matches, just make it large, neat and legible.
Once dry, use a black paint pen to outline CHEETOS so that is pops. Then, paint flames (mountain-like shapes) in orange and yellow. I had a red dress, so if you have an orange dress, for example, you only need to worry about painting in red flame and yellow flame portion. Using a sharp-lined paintbrush will help get details in. Smaller brushes for small details, large brushes (or a sponge) to fill in large areas.
If you get paint on black outline of CHEETOS , touch up with a black paint pen.
Write, “Flamin’ hot in center.” I could have added the cheetah and more details but I had one day to do this so I felt it was enough.
Now to construct my Cheetos costume. I got a bra from Walmart for about 6$. I would hold up each Cheeto to decide how they fit along the bra the best, then place it down on floor as arranged to remember the order.
I used a hot glue gun to glue one Cheeto onto the bra. I let it cool, then put bra back on to make sure Cheeto fit. I even pulled dress up over “tail ends” on bottom of said Cheeto to make sure everything looked good. I then proceeded with next Cheeto. Once all were in place on bra, I squeezed a ton of glue along all of the tail ends. Remember, these are the parts of the Cheetos that were flattened. The reason I flatted the bottom is to fit under the top of the dress. I then placed the top of dress over the tails and allowed to cool. Just make sure everything looks even.
Note: Since my dress was in fact a long skirt, this is why I have it below the bra. Depending on what length of dress you find, you may need to adjust bra versus Cheetos, versus dress placement accordingly. That being said, my way should work for most garments.
Let me tell you, it was a hit. The other thing that I learned was people (men) love to grab at you if you are in a Cheetos costume. One attempted to take a bite out of my lovely, chemical filled Cheeto prop, while others actually Â pulled on my bra Cheetos. Yes, they tugged the top of my costume almost revealing my boobies. Sigh.
So, just be aware that if you create a Cheetos costume, people will be so in awe of you that they just might try to touch you. Weirdos.
- - Insulating foam sealant
- - Any orange, yellow or red strapless dress. Preferably not 100% cotton and only flat patterns (no lace etc)
- - Orange, yellow and
- -White and black paint pens
- -Orange spray paint
- - Plastic food wrap
- -Paint brush with a straight edge (optional: sponge paint brush)
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