It’s that time of year again. The trees are changing, you’ve been apple picking and taken foliage hikes with the family, but you’ve completely forgotten about Halloween! Don’t worry Thanks Mama is here to help! Instead of going to the nearest pop-up Halloween store and spending an absurd amount of money on costumes you’ll get one wear out of, we’re going to show you some of our favorite DIY costumes to try on your little ones. You’ll never go to the box stores again!
This summery strawberry costume is sure to make you forget all about the leave falling from the tree and transport you and your kids back to summer vacation!
What you’ll need:
- Green Felt
- Black Marker
- Roomy red onesie or bodysuit
- Green hat
- Socks for stuffing
- Cut out six leaf shapes from felt and glue to top of green hat (as shown). Draw strawberry seeds on bodysuit with marker. Stuff socks in bodysuit and hat. Dress your juicy baby in red pants, and go forth and be fruitful!
Talk about about adorable! With this easy no sew costume you and your baby will be the talk of the Halloween block party!
- What you need:
Yellow Onesie (OR Sleeveless onesie and Yellow Dye)
White felt (black or brown would also be cute)
Scissors and/or a Large Paper Trimmer
- Glue gun and/or Liquid Stitch
- Thin cardboard (cereal box)
First cut a pieces of thin cardboard (I used a cereal box) in the shape that you want.
- Trace the shapes of the leaves you will need to cover the cardboard onto pieces of green felt. Attach the pieces one at a time with a glue gun.
- Flip over the cardboard, and lay the elastic along the back. Cut a piece of felt wider than the elastic and glue it to the cardboard around the elastic. Then stitch together the elastic ends and you’re done!
Prepare your onesie. (You could cut the sleeves off of a regular yellow onesie, or dye a sleeveless one like I did. This was actually my first time dying fabric, and it worked perfectly and was really easy.)
- Cut long strips of white felt that are even in width. I used my big paper cutter. Also cut little squares. Lay them out over your onesie to get a sense of where you want them to go.
- You could use liquid stitch or a hot glue gun to secure the felt pieces. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PARCHMENT PAPER IN BETWEEN THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE ONESIE! Start gluing; letting the pieces stick out the edges.
- Carefully cut the edges of the felt along the sides of the onesie. Then go back and glue the edges to make sure they are secure.
Keep your kiddos warm on those chilly Halloween nights! How cute is this little flock of lambs costume?
What you’ll need:
- 1 sleeveless white leotard
- Two 20-by-35-inch pieces of wool-blanket batting
- 8-by-10-inch pieces of wool felt in black and taupe
- A white cotton knit cap
- White craft glue
- For bodysuit, place leotard on form or stuff it with something to give it fullness as you sew, such as a pillow or bag of Poly-Fil. Bunch batting together at 1-inch intervals, and sew to leotard with a tacking stitch. Trim excess. Repeat with remaining piece of batting for back of leotard.
- To create hat, cut two ear shaped pieces from black felt; cut two smaller ear shapes from the taupe felt for inner ear. Use a small amount of glue to attach one piece of taupe felt to each piece of black felt. Fold each ear in half lengthwise, and use a medium-hot iron to steam a crease down the middle of each ear. Lay each ear over hat, 3 inches from the bottom, with the taupe side in, and sew to hat.
Bubble Bath Mania
What you’ll need:
- Inflatable baby bathtub
- Wide ribbon
- 15 white balloons
- Bath pouf
- Cut a hole in the bottom of an inflatable baby bathtub(we used Munchkin’s Inflatable Safety Duck Tub). Leave at least 2 inches for the rim.
- On the remaining bottom rim, punch two holes near the front and back. To make the suspenders from wide ribbon, measure your child from shoulder to waist and multiply by 2; cut two lengths of ribbon to that size. Thread through the holes, knotting the ends underneath to secure.
- Blow up 15 white balloons and attach them with double-stick tape inside the tub and to the sides to make it look like bubbles are overflowing.
- Accessorize with bath poufs as hair accessories.
Are you making a DIY Halloween costume this year? Share yours with us!