Carnival 2016 – Cotton Candy Vendor Costume

Can I start this post saying that I love Carnival? Yes? Then listen, I love Carnival!! It is that time of the year I can behave like a kid without worrying what others might think about me. It is not that any other time of the year I don’t behave like a kid, it’s just I don’t hide 😉

Last week the girls and I started to plan about it, and decided our costume. We were going to need some of our beloved cardboard, so we took some boxes from our last visit to the supermarket. Three like this:


I cut the corners with a pair of scissors


Then I designed some papers and printed them.


I guess you have an idea of what our costume could be.


I used some glue stick to glue the paper and decorate the box.


Miss A glued some pink paper in another piece of cardboard, you’ll see what for soon


And made some holes in it. Tinkerbell worked great


Then we printed some cone wrappers.


I used hot glue to make them stay on the holes, and some more hot glue for the cotton. Doesn’t it seem real cotton candy?


How to make a Cotton Candy Vendor Costume for our Carnival party

The last thing was adding some cords to hang it. I only used one from side to side, but I really recommend making it double for more balance, believe me.


Miss A love to pose


And little Miss S is a cheeky monkey.


How to make a Cotton Candy Vendor Costume for our Carnival party

I also made the skirts from an old piece of scrap fabric, they look quite nice, don’t they?  As daddy was travelling, we had some laughs trying to set the timer on my cellular for a picture to send him.


Then we headed for “Sa Rua” which is kind of parade with music, costumes, and lots of fun!! Love how people are so uninhibited and extrovert on Carnival, they don’t fear to make jokes or talk to strangers.

This shot was before it started, people waiting to see the show!



There were some funny floats and parades.

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  1. Katrin says:

    Hahaha, your little Miss S would get along great with my little Miss A…lol, talking cheeky monkey 😉 What a great idea for a costume Pili, I love the idea and you three girls look all amazing! The cotton candy trays are such a fun craft as well! Happy Carnival! We haven’t been yet, yesterday they had a parade in Cadiz, but we missed it. We’ll go to ours next weekend! I might have to copy your costume idea as I have no idea what to do!

    • Pili says:

      Hahaha, cheeky monkeys understand each other, I know, that would be really fun for them and for us! I would love to go someday to Cadiz for the Carnival, people there is just so funny and I love the “chirigotas”. Enjoy the Carnival there for me next week!

    • Pili says:

      Thanks, Mary! We rushed on Saturday morning trying to make the boxes and Miss A’s skirt, and we made it! The masks were only for the picture as I prefer to keep the kid’s privacy, but we really had a great time!

  2. Keri says:

    Pili, love your costumes!! You’re so creative!! It looks like Carnival is so much fun!! Your girls are so adorable!! How fun that Momma dressed up to match!! 🙂

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Keri!! Yes, Carnival is really fun!! I can’t remember a year I didn’t dressed up, I love it. I think next year we’ll plan in advance and will have a parade of our own.

    • Pili says:

      Thanks, Christina!! Do you celebrate it at the same time as us? You’re right about the financial problems, here it is almost the same and it’s a good way to free our minds for a little period of time.

    • Pili says:

      Many thanks, Marie!! Yes, he was happy to receive it and later on we had a video call to show him the party. Such a pitty he missed it!

  3. Life Loving says:

    Your matching costumes are so cute. You look amazing. The carnival looks really fun, there’s some really great costumes there too.

    Sally @ Life Loving

      • Life Loving says:

        No we don’t Pili. What is the Carnival to celebrate? We have Chinese New Year around this time, but I’m not Chinese or have any roots in China so I don’t celebrate it.

        Sally @ Life Loving

  4. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    This looks like a blast! I’m sure the girls loved it, there was so much to see and do and experience! Love it!

    Your outfits were so much fun, and I bet the girls loved that you all matched. What a great idea, and these could be fun Halloween costumes too!

    • Pili says:

      The girls really loved it!! Now they are older and are more aware of things, so they had so much fun.
      I don’t know why people here don’t dress up like that in Halloween, only creepy costumes…

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