Monday, November 2, 2009

Halfway Homemade Halloween

"All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust."
-J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

This year was the first Halloween my girls got to Trick or Treat, and were they ever excited. They "practiced" all last week, which involved me standing on the other side of the Dutch door in the Living room and pretending to be surprised each time Michaela Byrd yelled, "Teat peas!" (If you don't speak toddler, that translates to "Treat, please!")

When Natalie, my 3 1/2 year old, begged daily to watch Disney's Peter Pan as well as the "real people" version with Cathy Rigby, I knew we had to go with the classic Tinkerbell and Tiger Lily characters for Halloween.

The only trouble was that costumes like this:


ran upwards of $40.00 and there was no way I was going to spend that much on something that would very likely be covered in chocolate and sticky fingerprints by night's end. It was the same with the infant/toddler-sized Indian costumes I found online.

I knew it was time to break out my Do It Yourself skills.

Here's how my little Tiger Lily turned out (Michaela Byrd):

And this is Tinkerbell:

I lucked out because we had a little Indian costume in our dress-up trunk. I got it at a yard sale last summer for something like fifty cents. The problem was that it was made for a preschooler, and Michaela Byrd is a (tiny) toddler.

I measured how far up I needed to trim the dress and just chopped right through the felt with a rotary cutter.

Then I hand cut some new fringe. I did the same for each little sleeve.

A perfect new length. Shows off her cute little boots we found at Payless. Those were the most expensive part of her costume.

Don't forget the accessories!

Her headband is made from two strips of soft white felt, sewn together at the ends. I hot glued some brightly colored feathers to the back and decorated the outside with some leftover rick-rack from the personalized Trick or Treat bags that I made last week. (Side note: if you have a preschooler who has to dress like an Indian or Pilgrim for a Thanksgiving party, this would be such a fun craft for Thanksgiving!)
My friend L came to the rescue and lent us a Tinkerbell costume that belongs to her oldest. It was too big for Natalie, so I made a little "belt" that you can see in that first photo. I used velcro for the closure, and hot glued some white flowers to it in order to make it more appealing to my persnickety preschooler.

As you can see, I had two very happy Trick or Treaters. They didn't seem to mind that I spent next to nothing on their costumes.

Our neighbors didn't seem to mind either, because they came home with their little homemade Trick or Treat bags bulging with candy. T snuck some last night (okay, I did too) and they never even noticed.

I'd call that success! J.M. Barrie would be so proud!

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  1. What precious little trick or treaters!!! Great job, MOM!!

  2. They are adorable!!! I love those babehs.. ( and you too, of course)


  3. Clever mom....great costume. Visiting from SITS. Come on over to The Apron Goddesses and check out the apron giveaway.

  4. So did a great job! Love those little boots!

  5. I love your blog! Your kids looked so adorable. You seem like a wonderful mom. :)

  6. I LOVE a good theme! I bet you had to explain it to people didn't you? I made my daughters tink costume last year with NO SEWING because I am sewing challenged : (

  7. Great job on the costumes...they look adorable!

    Jane @ Finding Fabulous

  8. Those girls look too stinkin' cute, you did a great job!

  9. Great idea! I know just the thing that is driving me crazy and I need help with!


  10. Returning your visit. Thanks for leaving a comment. You comment, I follow!! Darling costumes... I LOVE homemade Halloween! :o)

  11. Way to take control - they look darling, and the costumes look great too.

  12. Your daughters look adorable! The expensive store bought costumes of today are such a far cry from the printed plastic bag costumes of my day! LOL. Glad you found an easy, thrifty, cute solution!

  13. Cute costumes! Mine were a fireman and an army man.Thank goodness I didn't have to get too creative this year!!! Thanks for posting!

  14. WOW! Those are the most amazing homemade costumes I've ever seen. You ought to be selling them. Just, wow. Gorgeous!


  15. Way to go you crafty thang! They look adorable! ;)

  16. You made me think of when my college daughter was her age. My mamma and I stayed up all night making that indian costume. We even used deer skin for the top part and hand placed each bead from the strands. It was amazing. Great costume! Don't forget to reuse it for Thanksgiving! Stop by and visit; if you like what you see, don't forget to click the "Follow" button.

  17. Oh, they both looks precious! Those costumes are awesome! I love them both. Very creative.

  18. These are soo cute!! Your girls are their costumes! :)


  19. The costumes turned out so cute and your girls are ADORABLE!

    pk @ ROOM REMIX

  20. They look wonderful! Love your great ideas!


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