Tag Archives: DIY for Kids

Bat-Themed Kids Group Costumes

10154094_10152896308747652_4988028019148846828_n 10402821_10152913083857652_3445496489321925138_n

When it comes to costumes I have a couple of rules. Fun, Warm, and durable.

Having four girls is rough business for dressing alike.  I tried to do it a lot when they were younger and then thought they’d hate it later and so it wasn’t worth the effort to find that much of one thing.  My girls find their own way of matching anyway. Weeping Angels last year and this year they wanted to do Batman Characters.  They were inspired by these pics on Pinterest.  (I can’t find the original source of these and they are just awesome, so if you know, tell me so I can add the right credit)

be2ec41ac5c42d71763ef6c416ea49d4 d81b984a0efb1628ee95368f7c0339d2

The Cosplayer part of me wanted to take these and make them a little less poofy and more comic booky or kid appropriate gritty.  I started brainstorming.  Batman and Robin for the little girls wasn’t a big deal.  Joker with a tutu was going to e interesting, and Poison Ivy… well my Poison Ivy is 12.  I wanted her covered and still looking like a pre-teen.  A Challenge!

Confession time, unlike my wonderful counterpart Lexivsblog, I do not sew.  Machines drive me batty. Last year’s angel dresses were like a Grandma sweat shop.  My mom is a wonderful and giving woman.  Anything for her grandkids.  This year, I wanted to close down the sweat shop and give mom a break. I needed something that avoided the sewing machine.  These pins the girls picked out looked promising and I decided to use what I could from them with what we had around the house as much as possible.  The only times I make costumes is when it is cheaper than buying.  I wanted it done on the cheap.

The first thing I needed was the crocheted top.  I found these 10 inch tutu tops at The Hair Bow Company, and I was super happy to see that they are lined with a soft fabric.  At $4.25/each this was the most expensive part of their costumes.  Next I found Net instead of tulle for a grittier, gauzy look at 1.25/yrd.  I got four yards for each girl, not knowing how much I would need.

I used this fantastic cutter, cutting 4 in strips of the net.

IMG_2417[1]

Then I tied the net through the crocheted top.

One half knot worked just fine.  It doesn’t come out easy.

Also…  word to the wise, netting rips really easily.  Be gentile.

IMG_2419[1] IMG_2418[1]

The skirt with cutting and tying, took about 30 minutes and for Robin’s fluffier, shorter costume, only used two yards. The others were equal to or less than two yards.  I have a TON left over.

IMG_2423[1]

Not too shabby for about $7 and 30 minutes

but it needed more,,, and I was really worried about warmth and wardrobe malfunctions.

I poured through the girls’ closets for black long sleeved shirts and black leggings.

I also went through the dress-up bin and found an old Batman costume that was really worse for wear, dating all the way back to 2008.  All that was left was the mask and main piece.

10401180_43599532651_2801_n

I cut out the Bat symbol from the old costume, and used the mask, and cut off the cape.  The sweat shop did open for making the bottom part of this costume into a skirt for Poison Ivy.

Robin’s R is a paper print out of the Teen Titans’ Robin Logo sewed onto a black felt circle.

Next came Poison Ivy’s Bodice.  The greenery I had was from an artificial grape vine. I stuffed the top with phone books and hot glued the leaves on, leaving the sides for stretchiness.  As it was, it was STILL hard to get her into it after.  If you do this, REALLY STRETCH the crocheted top before gluing.

IMG_2425[1]

I wasn’t loving the plain-ness of the top so I added some tool which turned out to be very glittery.

IMG_2428[1]

I used the same loops in the top to add some color to the top. I also hot glued a flower of the red tool and some Christmas holly berried to the center.

For the Joker’s costume I made a tulle tie and flower, but it just didn’t have the umph that I wanted.

IMG_2505[1]

I poured through Joker costumes and comic book pics and realized that there are many versions of the Joker.

But What is consistent was that the Joker always has a sense of style and flair.  That’s what I was missing.  If the Joker were a girl and the kind of Dame to wear a tutu, what would she need?  I freaking fascinator, that’s what.

I cut a sort of pointy oval shape out of felt, hot glued some net for over the face, and tied a few shorter strips of the colored netting I had into a knot and hot glued that onto the felt and face netting.  Then I added a $.25 purple Christmas bobble to the top, twisting the stem through the knot.  It seriously took 5 minutes.

IMG_2631[1] IMG_2632[1] IMG_2633[1]

I wasn’t sure how it would look bobby pinned on, but it turned out well!

I also added, from our button bin, a Card Fan tie clip and Cuff links.

IMG_2569[1]

The costumes wear really well.

IMG_2580[1]IMG_2621[1]

IMG_2567[1]IMG_2528[1]IMG_2624[1]

So, I spent about 4-5 hours, and somewhere between $25-$30 total for four costumes… not too shabby!

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Budget, Children, Cosplay, Costumes, DIY, Family, parenting, Pinterest Attempts

DIY baby fairy or ballerina

 IMG334 IMG335

I originally made these little tutu’s as a baby gift for a friend but just love them as regular dress up box items or fun, quick and easy Halloween costumes for the little ones. Whether this costume is to play in around the house, or wear over to Grandma’s for the first Halloween Oooooo’s and Ahhhh’s, these little skirts are sure to please! Here’s how you make them…

First assemble your needed supplies… elastic for the waist band (measure a little snug or short the measurement by an inch or two on the baby or child so that it still fits once you add all the fluff), needle and thread, measuring tape, pins, scissors, and tulle/ribbon in various colors.

IMG326

Lay out the tool on a flat cutting surface – measure and mark the width you want your strips to be -and place a pin in each to hold them together? I doubled over the tulle I had, and then layered three pieces together so I could cut the whole skirt all at once. If you have a rotary cutter and sewing mat this process goes crazy quick! (Remember to make the length of the strips twice the length you want them to be for the finished skirt. Each piece will be folded over and looped around the waist band as the attachment method.)

IMG328 IMG329

Once you have all of your strips of ribbon and tulle cut into equal lengths, make your waist band for them to loop around. Make sure to make the waist a little smaller than the actual child. Once you start adding the fluff the elastic will stretch a bit and the final size will actually be bigger than you start with.

IMG331

Finally Take two to three pieces of tulle at a time or a piece of tulle and a piece of ribbon and match them up one on top of the other. fold all three pieces in half and loop them around the waist band making a small knot at the waist band to hold them in place. You want to make sure to have multiple layers of tulle in each loop to ensure the skirt is nice and full. Also having multiple colors in each loop creates a nice depth and whimsy.

IMG332

Aaaaaaaand vowala you have an adorable and fun tutu or fairy skirt in no time!

Leave a comment

Filed under Budget, Children, Crafts and Gifts, DIY, Halloween, Party Planning

Rainbow Loom Fish Tail Instructions With Pictures

This is probably the easiest bracelet to make and it is super easy.  It only takes two pegs.  You could put 2 thumbtacks on a board and get the same results.

ImageStep 1: Loop first band in a crazy 8 twist over two pegs.

Step 1Step 2: Place two bands without twisting above the crazy 8 band on the bottom.

Step 2

Step 2

You can see both angles.

Step 3: Using your hook or fingers, take the bottom band on one side and lift it over the two bands above it.

Image

Step 4: Repeat with the other side.Step 4

It should look like this before step five:

End of step 4

Step 5: Place a new band on top and repeat steps 1-5 using the new bottom band.

Step 5

Step 6: Once you have your desired length, continue steps 1-4 without adding new bands.

Use the last two Loops to hook through a fastener.

Fun suggestion:  A twisted fishtail is a fun change.  Just lay the bracelet out and twist it before closing the bracelet.

Step 6

Leave a comment

Filed under Children, Crafts and Gifts, DIY

Salt Dough

These are so easy, a 6 year old can measure and prepare it unaided. 

Salt Dough

 
 1 C Flour
1 C Salt
1/2 C Water
mix into a dough
 
 
 You might need to add a few drops of water here or there to mix in flour at the bottom of your mixing bowl.
 
 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized