Sunday, October 29, 2006

Halloween Costume Making 101

Last night I finally got down to making Kevin's Halloween costume. Trust me, had the nasty virus not invaded our house last week I would have been more organized, but that just didn't happen.

There are a few things that you must know about me and Halloween costumes before you read on.

1-I am cheap. I have never spent more then $20 on a costume, and sometimes even as little as under $10.
2-I do not sew. I don't even own a sewing machine, and my sewing skills are only residual bits that I remember from eighth grade home economics class. Which I didn't show any promise in when I sewed the required gym bag project completely shut.

My costume making consists of checking out the local thrift stores and my handy dandy glue gun. You'd be surprised what you can do with a glue gun. Really!

Here's some things that we've done so far.....

-Kevin's first Halloween. I bought a white sleeper and made "spots" with black craft paint. A little cow 'hat' was bought in the Halloween section and completed the outfit.

-I made a collar out of rainbow material, added some pom poms to his shirt, and made a clown hat. Not our best costume. It looked sorta stupid, really. He didn't care, he was 2.

Scuba diver (pictured in the sidebar)
-John made the diving gear out of some 2 litre pop bottles, cardboard, and rubber tubing. The 'animals' hanging off of Kevin were cut out of felt material.

-very work intensive. I got the idea from this place, except that I used white felt material for the bones and then outlined them with glow in the dark paint. This was really cool because you could see Kevin glowing from down the street. This costume got rave reviews from everyone.

Mummy (pictured in the sidebar)
-this was my favorite costume. I bought an old sheet from the Thrift store, ripped it into strips, and then hot glued the pieces to an old pair of jeans and a sweatshirt. The most expensive part of this costume was the bandages around his head. Want the full instructions? They are here. He got lots and lots of compliments on this one.

-Easy! Pair of black pants, black shirt, black cape, face paint and some teeth.

Mad Scientist
-we couldn't find a lab coat so we settled on a set of scrubs from the thrift store that we splattered with red craft paint to make it look bloody. We covered him in plastic spiders as well.

This Halloween? It's a surprise. You will just have to wait and see. However, all I can say is that for a non sewing person like me, whoever invented this instant fusing stuff (just add the heat of an iron!) has my undying gratitude.

Well. That and whoever invented chocolate.

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