Homemade Halloween Costumes
I made my headpiece for my wedding and discovered how inexpensive and easy it is to do. Instead of buying my friends' daughters a bunch of toys for Christmas, I've decided to make them each a small headpiece to play dress up with. They all love dressing up like brides and princesses and such and these are so much nicer than the ones you get for dress up boxes.
They only cost about $4.00 to make, the material to make a veil runs for about a dollar a yard, and you don't have to make them perfect for kids.
If anyone is interested in a Halloween costume for a little girl, why not try this out? You can buy hair clips, headbands, flower girl halos, etc... at Walmart for a couple of dollars, as well as ribbon and silk flowers, fake pearls, etc....All you have to do is glue them on!
~ Submitted by Sarah
Take a brown paper grocery bag and turn it upside down. Cut holes in it for the child's head and arms. Cut the bottom into strips, like fringe. Add a few beads, and a feather headband and you now have an Indian costume.
Have the little boy wear one of yours or Dad's button down shirts. Put some of your lipstick or blush on his cheeks in circles. Add a tie, a hat that is too big, and some pants, and he is a hobo.
Have your child dress in all white. Take a white sheet and wrap around the child and pin it. Have the child sit down and bend his head over. Take a white towel a wrap it around his head "Sheik" style. Pin it to keep it together. You now have a makeshift Aladdin.
Have the child dress in all black. Take about three yards of black material and pin it to the back of his shirt. Slick back his hair, paint his face white, and you have a Dracula.
Put a lifejacket over his clothing, and a fisherman's hat on his head. A child's fishing pole (without a hook of course) makes this fisherman's costume complete.
A hat that your child wears tipped sideways, a black mustache drawn with eyeliner and an artist's palette that you cut out of cardboard make a nice artist's costume.
~ Submitted by Serena
My son Steve is really into middle ages stuff. He is dressing up as a knight.
His father cut out a shield and sword of plywood and together they painted on a coat of arms. It was a nice father and son time together.
If you are not so handy with a saw it can also be done with cardboard, markers or paint. To seal it from the weather cover in clear contact paper.
Creative ideas are much more fun than store bought items. They will have a lasting meaning with your children as they remember the time you spent together.
~ Submitted by Carol
About the Author
Amanda Formaro is the mother of four children. She and her husband live in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She is also the owner of The Family Corner.com website at http://www.thefamilycorner.com and runs the Frugal Mom Weekly newsletter.
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