Grab a dollar store ukulele or thrift guitar and make it over with this Coco Guitar from the hit Disney movie. Perfect for a Miguel Coco Halloween Costume or for just a Coco Fan!
I’m so stoked to share this DIY with you today because it turned out SO CUTE! Be sure to check out the full finished Miguel costume here over on my blog, Practical and Pretty!
WHATat you Need to Make a DIY Coco Guitar:
- Guitar (mine was from the dollar store!)
- Cricut Maker
- Standard Mat (Green)
- Black Vinyl
- Gold Vinyl
- Velvet Ribbon (or any kind of string or cord)
- Hot Glue Gun
- White Spray Paint
- This Cricut Design Space File
Directions to make a DIY Mariachi Guitar:
The first thing you need to do is cut your vinyl! This is a pretty intricate little design and some pieces are small! The good news is you won’t need much vinyl and if you mess it up you’ll have plenty left.
HOW TO CUT VINYL DECALS
- To cut the vinyl, open this Cricut Design Space File here —-> Coco Guitar Bottom Vinyl Cutout!
- Resize the design to fit your guitar if needed! Once it is resized, hit ‘MAKE IT’ in the top right hand corner! I didn’t attach these designs, because I planned on hand placing them all on the guitar individually. If you want the design to stay in place, make sure to choose the black images and attach them together and do the same for the yellow designs PRIOR to hitting ‘MAKE IT.”
- Verify the designs split onto the two different mats. If everything looks good, then hit ‘CONTINUE’ in the bottom right and corner of your screen.
- Choose your machine from the drop down menu and set your material as Vinyl.
- Load your Standard Mat (Green) with the Black Vinyl and then load the mat into your machine.
- When the ‘C’ button on your machine is flashing press it.
- Repeat for the Gold Vinyl Mat.
WEED THE VINYL DECALS
After your vinyl is cut, you will want to use your BrightPad to weed it! If you’ve never used a BrightPad, this project will 100% make you understand what’s so wonderful about them! Weeding black is hard enough, but weeding an intricate design like this makes it even more challenging. The BrightPad will help you know what to and not to weed.
Look how well you can see your weeding here!
While you are doing this, pull out a can of white spray paint and spray your guitar. Several light coats of the white spray paint is key! After the first coat, I decided to cut my strings off the toy ukulele, so it was a little easier to paint. I also realized that when it was time to place the vinyl decals, the string would get in the way! Spray as many coats as you feel it needs, but make sure to do light coats, so it doesn’t get any streaks!
After it is completely dry you will place your vinyl decals. I decided to just use scotch tape to transfer this design, because I wanted it to not be very sticky. I didn’t want to chance that the paint would pull off the guitar!
Depending on the size of the ‘guitar’ you are decorating, you may want to put them in different places than I did! There was a little thing in the way of my bottom of my guitar, so I had to cut mine up a little and rearrange it.
Once all of the vinyl is placed, you can glue on the velvet ribbon as a way for your child to hold it. This is totally optional, but I wanted my son to be able to sling it on his back! Turns out he didn’t want to sling it on his back for a picture, but we will try again on Halloween!
I glued it to the top of the neck as well as the bottom part of the guitar. This is not a permanent solution with a lot of use, but for a costume it works just fine!
Then you are all done with your Coco Guitar DIY!!
MIGUEL COCO COSTUME
To complete the costume, I shared a DIY tutorial to make a Miguel jacket over on my blog, Practical and Pretty! I am so in love with how this turned out. I think it is so fun and it just took me about an hour or so to put the whole thing together!
My son seems to like it a lot too!
Again, for the full tutorial Miguel Jacket go here!
Thanks Anna for this super fun costume idea!
Looking for some other fun Halloween costume ideas?
- DIY Girls Rockstar Costumes
- DIY Skeleton Pajamas or Costume
- 35+ Halloween Costumes made with the Cricut
- DIY Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bags
If you love this fun DIY costume – I’d love it if you pinned the image below!