Coco Movie Night

Coco is a magical movie full of beautiful scenes and lots of color. The moment we left the theater after seeing it, my mind was spinning with ideas for a Coco movie night at home. I’m weird like that.

Image of Coco Blu-Ray, paper flowers, and glass jar light

Creating a Magical Coco Movie Night

I wanted our Coco movie night to feel just as magical. But I’m a mom. I don’t have tons of time on my hands, so the decorations and food needed to be easy. I am proud to say that our night was a success with limited stress. These decoration and food ideas will help you create a night that your whole family will remember for years to come.


You don’t need to go all-out on decorations. A couple amazing decorations will be just enough to wow your kids. We did orange paper flowers and skull glow jars. 

Tissue Paper Flowers

Image of orange paper flower

Coco is full of beautiful orange flowers and petals. Pick up a pack of orange tissue paper and pipe cleaners to create your own beautiful flowers. This will sound complicated, but stick with me. It really isn’t that difficult once you get the hang of it.

I started with 5 inch squares. Stack up four of these, then fold them in half twice so you end up with even smaller squares. Cut along these new folds, and stack up your squares in a pile.

Image of three stacks of orange paper squares

Accordion fold them back and forth, as if you were making a paper fan.  Once you are done, wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle a few times to bind it together.  If you want just the blossom part of the flower, cut the pipe cleaner off once it is secure.  If you want stems on your flowers, leave them whole.  Then, cut the ends of the paper to make the flowers look prettier.  We went with a half circle, because it looks the most like the flowers from Coco. Next, you need to fan out your flower.  

Image of folded paper tied with pipe cleaner

After you have spread the papers back out, fluff the layers up, one by one, toward the center. A few rips here and there will occur, but it won’t affect the overall flower.  After you have finished one side, do the same to the other.  And that is it.  You’re done.

Glowing Jars

image of dia de los muertos skull jar lights glowing green, blue, and yellow.

Next up, you will need some jars, a sharpie, glow sticks, and wax paper for the skull glow jars. Use the sharpie to draw the Coco skull on your jar. Don’t panic. You don’t need to be an artist. If you need some inspiration, watch the video at the end of this post to see how I did it.

Roll up some wax paper and put it down in your jar. This will diffuse the light. Place two or three glow sticks in your jar. 



The possibilities are endless with food for this movie. Any Mexican inspired dish will work. We went with a yummy burrito casserole, some chips and cheese dip from a local Mexican restaurant, and some conchas. (We are working on a recipe for conchas so be on the lookout for that.) Conchas actually do show up in Coco. Next time you watch it, see if you can spot them. The kids got excited when they spotted them. 

Enjoy Your Coco Movie Night

There you have it. Turn down the lights, light some candles, enjoy some yummy food, and then you are ready for a magical night. 

Watch the video for more detail:

Tips to create a magical Coco Movie Night




Beth is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom and photographer. She spends her days coming up with creative ways to inspire and teach her two oldest kids. Let’s be honest though, a big part of the day is spent chasing after the smallest one. She hopes to spread goodness and magic with her DIYs, recipes, and tips. Follow her on Instagram @PaperAngelsPhotos

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