DIY Fiesta Flair with Spare Parts 

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As part of our seasonal crafting series with creative reuse specialists Spare Parts, we rallied with founder Mary Elizabeth Cantú and collaborators Chris Castillo, Eric Cavazos, Amy Johnson and Marcela Ramirez to offer readers tips for DIY accessories sure to make a splash at free-spirited Fiesta events like Cornyation and the King William Fair. For information about Spare Parts and its contributions to arts education, visit sparepartstudio.org.
April 9, 2014
Photos by Bryan Rindfuss
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Even if there’s not a kid on the premises, this pile of leis, Mardi Gras beads and a plastic headband might look familiar.
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Cavazos used wire and hot-glue to craft this gravity-defying headpiece fit for the Rio Carnival.
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Carve your own niche among the ranks of Fiesta royalty with a custom-crafted medal.
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After spray-painting an old campaign button gold, Castillo created his medal using the end of an old tie, hot glue, plastic beads and some Western bling he picked up at a thrift store.
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Even if there’s not a kid on the premises, this pile of leis, Mardi Gras beads and a plastic headband might look familiar.