Hallmark Designer Tuesday S. loves Halloween. Which is why she jumped at the chance to scare up a kids’ costume workshop for a few of her co-workers. And like she does every year, she wowed us once again with the coolest costume for her little one. Read on!
Let’s get those tiny goblins ready to hit the streets to snag as much Halloween loot as their little plastic pumpkins can carry! I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge sucker for a homemade Halloween costume. You show up at my door with a cleverly crafted costume and it’ll easily earn you three extra pieces of candy. Maybe four. And as a mama, one of my favorite things to do is whip out the hot glue gun and sewing machine, grab my pumpkin spice latte, and transform my wild animals into tamed, sweet, docile creatures. A perk of working alongside so many creative mamas is we sometimes get to craft those costumes together—just recently, in fact. These costumes took about a day and were made from materials you can find at any craft store.
Rachel S. set out to turn her little lady into some yummy sushi. She rounded up two fun patterned fabrics to create the fish pieces, and some opaque green fabric and sheer tulle for the seaweed wrap. Then she crafted a sweet little headband with felt and buttons to represent the wasabi and ginger. For the rice, she dressed baby all in white. And the kicker is, she’s making a matching sushi costume for the dog. Get out of here!
For the little, little babes, Ai C. and Hannah C. created costumes built off of Hallmark Baby Body Suits and Perfect Knit Hats. Hannah stitched pom-pom ribbon in rows up and down the sides of the Body Suit. On the hat she added a big, pretty blossom and voila, there’s adorable baby blooming cactus.
Using the same set in different colors, Ai C. sewed grosgrain ribbon to the Body Suit, overlaying it in opposite directions to create a little ice cream cone body. Then she took two hats, stuffed the top one, sewed them together and embellished the ice cream topping with looping ribbon and pom-poms. What’s the cutest thing ever? An ice cream cone baby!
Look at this little ray of sunshine! Laura L. crafted a sweet little rainbow costume using felt, stuffing and sequin ribbon. She built the costume like a sandwich board so the rainbow is on both sides with little straps to keep it on kiddo’s shoulders. She used a thick felt for the entire shape of the rainbow, then layered on the felt colors. For the clouds she used two pieces of white felt (stitched or hot glued together), stuffed them, and added the sequin ribbon detail (four clouds total). And how about those adorable raindrop leggings?! She stamped the little drops onto basic leggings using fabric paint.
Who’s ready to shake them tail feathers? This perfect little peacock costume will make the little girls swoon. Margaret S. wanted to make a simple, easily wearable peacock costume, so she created a flowy skirt out of three different colors of tulle. First she cut several peacock feathers in a range of colors. Each feather consists of three shapes layered on top of each other to create the peacock feather detail. For the tail feathers she attached thin wire to the waistband of the tulle skirt, then added a long line of feathers. She also added multiple feather-covered wires along the back of the skirt. Then she made a collar out of felt and covered it in peacock feathers, fuller at the top then tapering down. What’s great about this is that it’s just a skirt and collar, so if it’s cold where you live for trick-or-treating you can layer up long sleeves and pants in a solid color underneath, or if it’s warmer you can just use a simple leotard (pictured).
Oh deer! How cute is this little deer costume? Ashley H. created the headband for her daughter using faux greenery, acorns, fabric flowers and felt ears. For the antlers she sculpted them using Sculpey™. She then glued the antlers and ears to a solid headband and layered on greenery and fabric flowers with lots of hot glue. A Google search for “deer makeup” turned up simple instructions for painting the perfect face. The rest of the costume consists of a solid colored sweatshirt with a round faux-fur belly glued to it, and some soft, tan leggings.
Whoo-whoo doesn’t love an itty-bitty owl? Both Amber G. and I set out to create owl costumes for our littles. Since Amber’s girl is a baby, she wanted something easy to put on and move around in. First, she cut out several felt feathers. Then, she cut a large circle with another circle in the middle of that circle to create a little poncho. Finally, she glued all of the felt feathers onto the poncho and added real feathers for texture. For the mask, Amber created a headband-type owl mask so that baby wouldn’t have to cover her face. For this she cut a small eye mask out of white felt, then added felt feathers to the side, then a few little real feathers. For the beak and eyes she used mustard-colored felt, with black felt for the pupils. Finally, she attached the whole thing to an elastic band.
I wanted to do a sophisticated twist on a tawny owl since my daughter is older. She also requested “real wings.” So, I cut several feather shapes out felt (using a total of three coordinating felt colors). Then, I measured my daughter’s arms outstretched and cut a half-circle that length (then cut that in half). Next, I layered the feathers onto the quarter-circle felt wings, and then used faux fur to create a wrap skirt and faux fur collar. Finally, I attached the wings to the inside back of the collar and added elastic bands to the wings to slip around her wrists. For the mask I used a store-bought mask form and layered it with faux fur and speckled feathers. For the beak I used gold-sequin ribbon, layered to cover the entire beak. For the detail around the eyes I cut two large circles out of the burnt orange felt and added sequin ribbon for detail.
And there you have it, a whole gang of trick-or-treaters ready for some Halloween partyin’. These costumes took about a day and used basic materials from the craft store. We did have a sewing machine for some parts of these costumes, but we used a whole lot of hot glue. Truckloads of hot glue. Also, be warned: this time of year, fabric-cutting counters are where the party is at. If you don’t want to be hanging out at that party all day, my tip to you is get into the craft store right when they open.
Do be intimidated by those giant blow-up Halloween lawn ornaments. But do not be intimidated by Halloween costume crafting. Just have fun with it…I promise you, the kiddos will love it.
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Photographer: David Shaughnessy