DIY Kids' Halloween Costumes
From the closet: Pajamas and your scarf
Add: Winged hat ($35)
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From the closet: White blouse
Add: Crochet wig ($35)
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From the closet: Holiday dress
Add: Crown ($23)
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From the closet: Fancy dress
Add: Unicorn wig ($45)
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From the closet: Khaki pants and orange shirt
Add: Lion hat ($20)
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What you need:
Blue pants, button-down shirt, and cap
Three small stuffed dogs
Small messenger bag stuffed with a few pieces of old mail
Red, blue, yellow, and white craft foam
From the inside of the pants, pin two stuffed dogs by their mouths to ankles. Attach a dog to the mailbag as well.
Using craft foam, create a U.S. Mail badge, and pin (or glue) to shirt pocket. Cut out letters from craft foam and glue "U.S. Mail" to cap. (Our model wore his backward!)
What you need:
12 yards of pink tulle
Pale-pink or white leotard
16 by 20-inch white oak tag or a craft-foam sheet
Elastic measured to fit under chin
To attach tulle to the leotard: Make a loop in the tulle every foot or so, twist the loop, and then glue to the leotard at the twist. Don't worry about perfection: Loose, lumpy, and bumpy is what cotton candy looks like!
For the hat, roll a paper cone out of white oak tag or a craft-foam sheet; glue; punch holes in the sides and thread elastic through, knotting the ends, to make the chin strap.
Paper plates, pipe cleaners, and google eyes are the makings of a cute crustacean.
All materials are available in crafts stores and/or hardware stores. You'll also need hot glue or craft glue and scissors.
2 google eyes
2 black pom-poms
Red fleece balaclava
10 red pipe cleaners
5 feet red plastic tubing
1/2 yard red felt
Bubble wrap, 18 x 8 inches
6 black pipe cleaners
3 red paper plates
1/2 yard self-adhesive Velcro
Red vest or sweatshirt
Head: Glue google eyes to black pom-poms, then glue the pom-poms to the front of the balaclava for eyes. Wrap a small piece of red pipe cleaner around the end of two 12-inch pieces of tubing for antennae. Glue them under eyes, as shown.
1. Glue red felt to both sides of bubble wrap. Wrap two red pipe cleaners around felt (about 3 inches apart) to create vertebrae ridges.
2. Cut six 6-inch pieces of red tubing for legs. Push pieces of black pipe cleaner through all of them, leaving an inch or so of pipe cleaner sticking out one end. Wrap a red pipe cleaner about 2 inches around the other end of tubing. Glue 3 legs to each side of the middle of felt tail.
3. Glue 2 paper plates together, side by side, and glue a third plate centered over the first two. Then glue the plates to the end of the felt portion of the tail to make flippers.
4. Attach tail to upper back of vest or sweatshirt with Velcro.
Your little guy will be perfectly sweet, not scary, with glittering scales of scouring pads!
1 yard green felt
1 yard green rickrack
Green scouring pads
2 small plastic cups
Green craft paint
2 bicycle reflectors
12 inches red rickrack
Tail: Cut a 20-inch piece of green felt and twist it into a cone. Press the cone flat and glue it to back of hoodie, with pointed edge hanging down. Glue rickrack from center of hood front down to tip of tail. Cut scouring pads in half diagonally and glue them onto rickrack trim.
Snout: Paint plastic cups green; glue reflectors across the top of each. Trim with red rickrack, as shown. Glue cup bottoms to front edge of hood.
Ears: Cut out 4 green-felt triangles. Cut pipe cleaner in half; sandwich each half between 2 triangles and glue edges together. Glue ears to hood and gently bend, as shown.
Toolbox: You'll need a hot-glue gun, glue sticks, and scissors. All materials available at crafts shops, unless noted.
Safety note: If your child tends to chew on things, use caution with pom-poms and small decorations.
This costume starts with a sweatshirt two sizes bigger than your child's size -- found at a discount store for about $5 apiece. You'll also need a hot-glue gun and scissors.
1. Cut the sleeves off a white sweatshirt; fold in and glue raw edges.
2. Use a generous amount of craft glue to attach cotton balls all over sweatshirt, placing them close together. (You'll need two large bags of cotton balls.)
3. Hat: Glue cotton balls to a white knit child's hat. Cut two large teardrops each out of black and white felt. Glue together for each ear and glue ears to hat as shown above.
4. Add black leggings or tights and a black turtleneck or long-sleeve T-shirt, and color your child's nose with black eyeliner.