I also love it when a child comes to my door for Trick or Treating with a homemade costume. I don’t care if it is made with tin foil, cardboard, poster paint, held together with gum. Maybe it’s because I was one of those lucky kids whose mother would make me the Halloween costume of my choice every year. I’ve since been fortunate enough to continue this tradition with my own children. We have made costumes like a purple flower fairy, a Monarch butterfly, a black-eyed Susan, and this year an owl and a Luna moth.
One of my goals this year was to make my children’s costumes under $25, no sew and and from materials purchased locally. A fantastic store that helped me with this is called I Have a Notion located in Watchung Plaza, Montclair. Though tricky to find, it was well worth the trip. They carry satin and velvet ribbons in every color, giant rick, rack buttons, fabric dye in a variety of colors and all kinds of wonderful fabric. Best of all they are wonderfully helpful and local! It is a great place to take elementary school age children and get inspired.
These are my results :
The owl costume is made only with a brown hoodie, felt, hot (warm) glue and ping pong balls I painted. It cost less than $25 to make, an hours worth of time, as well as being warm and comfy. The luna moth was much more involved. It was made with wire, felt, hot glue, bias tape, paint and faux fur and me muttering “I need to get a life” over and over again. It cost about $30 (excluding the price of the booze).I would really love to see more and more home made costumes in Baristaville this year. One issue some people have with making home made costumes is that they don’t know where to start. Help is on it’s way! Here are some tips I have come up with after many trial and error costumes:
- Felt is your friend. It is inexpensive, it does not need to be sewn, it holds hot glue like a charm and you can paint on it!
- Tulle (that net-like sort of fabric) is great. It also does not need sewing or hemming and is great for skirts and capes.
- Get a glue gun. No need for that hot blister-giving glue gun that we used when we were kids. Now they make them as warm glue guns that are safe to use have around children.
- Wire comes in all sorts of gauges and even wire hangers make wonderful forms. The best way I have learned to hold it together is with plain old duct tape.
- Fabric dye comes in every color so if you are looking for tights in green or yellow and cannot find them at the store get inexpensive white ones and dye them.
- Places like Yahoo image search is a wonderful place to get inspiration.
If you are looking for ideas for making costumes or even just the props please post your questions and I will be happy to help!
Just Ask Holly!
(Photo (top): Flickr/L. Marie)