For my Works for me Wednesday tip, I’ll share some advice we’ve found useful in the homemade costume department:
Step one (which by the way has never worked for us, but it’s worth a try): Try to talk your kids into dressing up as something easy such as a ghost or an 8-year old child or darkness.
Step two: When children insist that they want to be Hoover Dam, take a deep breath and dive in with all the resourcefulness and duct tape you can muster. These are memories that will last a lifetime.
Step three: Use images in books and the internet to help you design the costumes. This year, my kids decided they wanted an all Star Wars family theme. The internet came in handy for researching critical minutia like whether Yoda has toenails and whether Princess Leia’s hair twists in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.
Step four: Visit the thrift store, grandma’s house, Walmart, Home Depot, and the thrift store again 2 more times for various costume components.
Step six: Bask in the glow of your kids’ admiration and gratitude the next morning when they see your handiwork.
Step seven: Wear your brown dye-stained hands and crusty green cuticles with pride. It will probably wear off by Thanksgiving.
Here are the results from this year’s costume fest. I’ll list the materials we used for each.
Jedi Knight –
bathrobe and towel – died brown and sewed into cape and hood, grandpa’s old pants cut and transformed into tunic, funky belt from thrift store, boots covered in tape and spraypaint.
Rebel Fighter –
shirt, vest and belt from thrift store, snow boots, motorcycle helmet adapted with cardstock and duct tape.
[Try to ignore the object he holds in his hands since I have vowed never to let the kids own toy guns. Does the fact that it’s a water gun painted black justify things at all? Besides, the ban on guns has certainly not prevented the boys from “shooting” each other with shoes, sticks, rolled up paper, and any Lego construction that remotely resembles a weapon.]
Beige nightdress and brown shirt from thrift store (with a bit of sewing), old tennis shoes covered with theater tape and painted green, Dracula mask de-Draculafied and newly Yodified (cut out scary face…paint green...voilá).
(FYI, Yoda does indeed have toenails).
Princess Leia –
White turtleneck, baby bonnet (thrown in batch of brown dye with the cape), a skein of brown yarn and a ton of hot melt glue.
May the force be with you.
Tags: Halloween, costumes, Works for me Wednesday, Star Wars.