3 Easy DIY Costumes for Kids
No costume, no worries. Make one of these fun costumes for Halloween.
Our boys love to play dress up. On any given day there are superheroes, villains and wizards running amuck in our home. Luckily, our boys are also very creative and will make costumes out of supplies they “borrow” from the workroom. This year we decided to help them out a little with simple, but fun costumes they can wear for Halloween or any time they feel the need to go incognito.
- grey hooded sweatshirt and pants
- 2 matching grey 9x12 sheets of craft felt
- 1 white sheet of 9x12 craft felt
- 1 black sheet of 9x12 craft felt
- handful of polyfill
- set of googly eyes
- cardboard cutout of dorsal fin (search for a dorsal fin template online and use it to cut out a cardboard piece that will fit on the craft felt with a ½ inch seam allowance).
- sewing machine (not shown)
- grey thread and needle
Using the cardboard dorsal fin for a template, cut out two fins from the grey craft felt. Cut two, 2 inch strips of white craft felt (from the 12 inch side). You should have two-2 by 12 inch strips of white felt (you may need more strips depending on how big the hood is. Measure the outside rim of the hood to get the appropriate measurement). Cut two-3 inch circles from white felt and two-2 inch circles from the black felt. Sew the two-2x12 inch strips of white felt together to form one long piece. To make the “teeth,” make a mark at two-inch intervals. Then, draw a “V” downwards from the two points. Cut away the felt in between the V’s leaving a 1/2 inch border at the top.
Pin and Sew
Pin the felt teeth to the inside of the outer rim of the hood. Pin the two grey pieces of dorsal fin together. Sew around the hood to secure the teeth in place. Sew around the fins leaving the bottom, straight side open. Turn the fin inside out. Insert the cardboard into the felt fin (you may need to trim the bottom of the cardboard to make sure none of it sticks out past the felt). Stuff either side of the cardboard with polyfill.
Position the fin in the middle back of the sweatshirt. Fold in the fabric at the base of the fin 1/2 inch. Hand sew the fin to the back of the sweatshirt with matching thread. Hot glue the black piece of circular felt on top of the white piece of circular felt. Glue the googly eyes onto the black circle. Hand sew the eye to each side of the hood of the sweatshirt.
Put it On
Put it on your little shark and let him terrorize the sea...or front yard.
- black sweat pants
- 2 black long sleeve shirts
- 3 strips of black fabric (like from an old t-shirt)
- printout of a ninja star (from an online search to make cardboard ninja stars)
The hardest part about this costume is making the ninja stars. Use a template of a printed star to trace onto cardboard. Then, cut out the star. You can then wrap it in foil, silver duct tape or paint it. Other than constructing the stars, the most work you will do for this costume is folding the hood.
Ninja Hood Step 1
Put one of the long sleeve t-shirts onto your child’s head, stopping just below the eyes. Take the back of the shirt and flip it over your child’s head.
Ninja Hood Step 2
Take the sleeves and wrap them loosely around the neck and tie a knot in the back. Ta-da— instant ninja hood. Have your child put on the other long sleeve black shirt and black sweatpants. Use the strips of black fabric to tie a sash around each knee, above each elbow and around the waist.
Hand your child his giant ninja stars and send him off to battle the mutant samurai.
- long sleeve black t-shirt
- black sweatpants
- 2 empty two-liter soda bottles
- metallic duct tape
- metallic grey/chrome spray paint
- yellow and orange streamer paper
Jetpack and Suit
Spray paint the 2 liter soda bottles and let dry. Add a strip of metallic duct tape down the outside of each pant leg and down each sleeve of the t-shirt.
Cut several 1 foot lengths of orange and yellow streamers. Bundle them together at one end and insert it into the mouth of the bottles. Secure the streamers in place with duct tape.
Cut 4 equal lengths of duct tape for each side of the straps that will hold the jet pack in place.You’ll need to measure your child around the shoulder area to get a sense of how long it should be. Tape two of the lengths together (sticky side to sticky side) to form a strap. Repeat for the other two lengths of tape. Cut two more lengths about 1 and 1/2 feet long and tape them to each other for the chest strap. Secure the two bottles together with duct tape. You may need to wrap them several times. Form each strap into a loop and tape it down to the back of the jetpack. Use additional strips of tape to hold the strap in place down the length of the bottles. Tape the chest strap to one end of the loops and leave the other side loose until you put the pack onto your child. Then, secure the other side of the chest strap with another piece of tape once it’s on your child's back.
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