When it was time to pick saints for All Saints’ Day costumes, there was no doubt who my 3 year old wanted to be- Saint Juan Diego!
He absolutely adores the movie Juan Diego, Messenger of Guadalupe. I don’t love all of the CCC movies, but this is one of my favorites! It’s so sweet, I like the animator they used for this movie, and it actually made me cry the first time I watched it. You can buy the movie here, or you can rent it from Pius media.
The real challenge to being San Juan Diego for All Saints’ Day is creating a tilma with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on it. You can make a simple tilma from paper bags, or you can get more complicated with it. I was thinking about printing an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on iron transfer paper, and ironing it onto a make-shift tilma. Ultimately, I decided to paint it on myself!
Here’s what you need to paint your own tilma:
- Black Fabric Paint
- Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe (I printed mine from Paper Dali– Vee has some great Our Lady of Guadalupe coloring pages)
- Stiff fabric of some kind (I bought tan upholstery fabric on clearance at Joanne’s Fabrics)
- Assorted colors of acrylic craft paints. I used Apple Barrel Paints. (See a great explanation of the colors and symbols of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Paper Dali)
I started by folding the fabric in half, and cutting a head hole in the top. Trim your timla to be the size you need for your particular child.
Next, I printed the Our Lady of Guadalupe coloring page the right size I needed for my tilma.
To transfer the image, darken the back of the print-out with the side of a pencil.
Tape the picture onto the fabric in place, and trace (with plenty of pressure) over all the lines.
This will impress a faint pencil drawing on the fabric. I had trouble getting a good picture of this.
Now you’re ready for the fun part! Go around all of your pencil lines with black fabric paint.