DIY Kakamora Coconut Costume for under $20

Looking for a simple DIY Halloween costume for your crazy kiddos? How about decking out the little nut jobs as Kakamora coconuts! It doesn’t get any more fitting, I’m here to tell ya. From the Disney movie Moana, these coconuts are relentless tiny pirates, wielding dart guns and homemade daggers. They team up to wreak havoc. Sound familiar? Read on to find out how you can create these costumes with a few key supplies, some tape, boxes, and paint. And if you want to deck out the whole fam this Halloween, check out my DIY Family Moana Movie Costumes here.

BONUS: this project will cost you around $20 (or less if you already have paint!)


Aside from the water heater pan, you may have most of these already on hand!

a water heater pan like this one from Home Depot
-spray paint in two shades of brown
-brown sharpie marker
-craft paints
-a paint brush
-cardboard or similar
grass skirt like this one
-hot glue gun and glue
-wide ribbon or similar
-a spade drill-bit for the eyes

Step 1: Find the Biggest Circle

Head to Home Depot and find the biggest circle in the entire store. For me, it was water heater pans. I had my kids hold up the pans to their bodies, and saw… COCONUTS. At around $10 each, done deal. Take em home.

You could probably paper mache a huge ball and make this even more awesome… but #aintnobodygottimefodat

Step 2: Paint the Circle

I used some textured dark brown spray paint as a base layer.

Then I cut out a free-handed shape from paper (a rounded squareish thingy) and used it as a stencil to spray the center a lighter shade of brown.

I could have done a better job of keeping my second layer of paint off of my first layer. I was a bit rushed. You will do better.

Step 3: Make it Coco-nutty

I used a brown sharpie to draw lines all down the dark brown areas, simulating coconut fibers. The messier the better.

Then, I tore off pieces of grass skirt, had my kids crumple them, and hot glued them on to create an even more coco-nutty effect. The messier the better.

Step 4: Face Paint

This is the best part. All the faces are different and fun – let your kids pick their own faces! Be sure to draw the black eyes very close together regardless of how far apart they appear in the movie – they will need to look through them!.

Tip: use chalk to outline where you will paint, you can easily wipe away the chalk afterwards.

I had many craft paints on hand and didn’t purchase anything special for this part.

Pure excessive joy right there.

Step 5: Hats

Each coconut also has a different set of head protection. I allowed my kids to choose these too. It was only halfway through one of them that I realized our coconut was wearing… a puffer fish… as a hat.

Make it easier on yourself, give them options you feel you can work with. Somehow, the fish actually came out pretty well. My son complained that the fish didn’t have his two other fins. Too bad, so very sad.

I created our headgear from random materials I already had on hand. I love these costumes for the improv!

I made the fish from cardboard and toothpicks. I will admit, I am slightly concerned about the safety of those around him while trick-or-treating with all those toothpick spikes. I may dull those down before the 31st.

I made the bone hat from a stray piece of insulation foam board leftover from another project (aka Maui’s Fish Hook – see that here). I painted it, then hot glued on some rope (again, leftover from the Maui project).

I then attached the head pieces to the tubs using hot glue. This was first-class engineering, folks. I am super handy. With my stacks of cardboard. And glue.

Step 6: Make Weapons

Again, I used scraps of materials and paint on hand to create weapons modeled after the ones my kids liked. Things I used included a piece of a dowel rod, pipe cleaners, a stick from the yard, more leftover foam board, cardboard, and a random plastic pipe. I LOVE how these came together without going out to get a thing!

Random pipe, paint, and stuffed with yard flag pieces:

Cardboard, piece of dowel rod, scrap of rope:

A stick my kids found in the yard from some other adventure, a scrap of foam board, scrap rope, pipe cleaners, piece of dowel rod, cardboard:

The arsenal:

Step 7: Add Kids

We measured their eyes and my husband drilled two holes into the black areas using a spade drill-bit. Finally, I took a long piece of wide black ribbon to hang each costume from my children like necklaces. You’ll never guess how I attached the ribbon to the tubs (ahem, more hot glue). We attached one side of ribbon first, hung it on the kid, lined his eyes up in the holes, then attached the other side where it would be best fitted.

This could probably be done more comfortably with different material – I simply used what I had on hand.

And there you have it! COCONUTS!

Find out how we DIY’d our way through making the whole fam into Moana this Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by!


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  2. Maite says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration! We actually just made one…modified with only cardboard (no pan) and only spent about $3-$4. If it weren’t for your instructions, I don’t think we would have been able to do it! Would love to share a picture of our family with you!

    1. Jackie says:

      I’m so glad! Thanks for the feedback! I’d love to see how yours came together!

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