homemade costumes

Last night was Halloween and like every Halloween with the boys, it was awesome. This year the boys took it upon themselves to DIY their costumes (I guess my blood runs deep, lol!). I was super proud of their creations, they did an amazing job.

Unfortunately (kicking myself as I write this), I did not get a chance to get a professional picture of them in their awesome outfits. I kept meaning to break out the big camera and take a picture but before I knew it, Halloween was over and all I had was an iPhone snap shot. I guess that’s better than nothing, but for crying-out-loud, you’d think a professional photographer could get a few pictures of her kids once in a while (apparently not!).

Here they are, all decked out, in their “robot” costumes! {sorry for the poor photo quality).

That is my youngest as the gold robot and my eldest as the black robot.  Cute friend in the middle. My eldest son really wanted to be a black, industrial robot with no bells and whistles…plain jane. He added the “wings” as a last minute way to dress us his costume. I love that he has his own style and didn’t want to conform to the norm (he is who he is).

My youngest really had fun with his costume. he added tin foil for a ‘belt’ and dad bought some battery operated lights for his costume (as per Noah’s request) and a tin foil antenna for his noggin.

Total for these costumes was around $15. They used silver duct tape (we have a ton of it), cardboard boxes that we already had, one can of gold spray paint ($5),  one can of black spray paint ($4) and a strand of battery lights from Wal-mart ($6). Total SCORE for homemade costumes!

All lit up:

On a sort of funny note…. during the night both of my boys costumes were mistaken for other things. My eldest was asked if he was a fire place (gasp, I almost peed my pants it was such a funny comment, but of course I acted like it was the dumbest comment I’d ever heard), and my son simply said, “no, why would I be a fireplace, I’m a robot!”. Great answer son!

My youngest son, the gold robot, was tripping and having a hard time seeing at night so he removed his robot head for the end of our trick-o-treating. At one of the last houses we stopped at the man said he wanted to guess the costumes. When he got to Noah he looked at him for a minute then said “you’re a dishwasher!”. My son laughed and said, “a dishwasher!! ha, ha, that’s funny! I’m a robot without my head”. I have to admit, the dishwasher comment was equally as funny as the fireplace comment and proudly enough, both boys brushed it off and kept on keeping on. Such good sports and what a fun night!

Hope your Halloween was fun too!


parrot costume – no sew!!

Lets make a parrot costume! As in a NO-SEW parrot costume that’s totally easy and SUPER cute!

I’ve broken this down into three parts; part one is the body, part two is the feet and part three will be the hat for the beak and eyes!

Here is our final product. It turned out super cute and believe me when I say it was far from perfect… but the imperfection is what made it so adorable and my son loved it! So have fun with this one, it’s worth it!

First you’ll need some basic supplies. I used some things I already had and I purchased a few things.


Step #1.  Seriously, I am so simple that I had my 5 year old son put the long sleeve shirt on, then I cut a few holes in his shirt accordingly and as I dreamed up. Pretty much the elbows and one hole in the back of the shirt and used pipe cleaner to tie it onto the shirt. I figured pipe cleaner was soft and better than using wire, cuter than string, plus I have a ton of pipe cleaner so it was a perfect fit for this costume.

Step #2.  Maybe have your child take the shirt off for this step… I had my son leave his shirt on and he started to get very restless, waiting on me. I applied fabric glue onto some of the feathers and then pressed them directly onto the shirt. It was really that easy, honest!

Step # 3. Repeat step #2 until you have a fair amount of feathers/boa lued onto your t-shirt. No need to glue all over the shirt, just a bit here and a bit there. Have fun.

You basically have one boa on the left side, tied at the elbow and another boa tied to the elbow on the right. Noah was pretty little here and we used ONE BOA on the arms and one boa wrapped around him and glued all over the shirt! I tied the the string at the end of boa and put it on his wrists, like a bracelet and it just hung off his wrists. See the first picture in this post. It gave a great “wing” effect when he held his arm out!


All I did for the feet was cut out a few of the fingers and left a few, I wanted them to be comfy yet a misfit sort-of cute. Totally accomplished! Best parrot feet EVER!

PART THREE – Beak, head feathers and eyes!

Here we are so far, without the head dress.  {silly, cute boy of mine}

Supplies I used for the hat (I had all these items on hand): adjustable baseball cap, more glue, felt and pom pom balls.

STEP #1. I cut out a few “fake” feathers out of felt. I did orange, yellow, green and black because that’s what I had. I drew directly onto the felt with a marker and cut them out , I love felt!!

STEP #2. I glued an entire piece of rectangular 8×11 felt onto the bill of the baseball cap (see the green outline) then I cut it out accordingly (see photo above, cut lines are pink). This was the easiest way I could think to make a beak. And it worked! So put glue on the top of the bill only, press your felt down, centered and hanging over the front, then cut it out around the head of the hat (be sure not to cut your hat) and cut a triangular shape on the front of the hat.

Step #3. Flip the hat over, tuck your sides under and glue them down.

*** Keep gluing until you have a beak shape. Trim if you need.

STEP #4. Randomly glue your felt cut-out feathers (from step #1) onto the front of the hat. No need to be perfect, and be sure to layer. I cut slits into the felt feathers to give some dimension. I also stuck a few feathers from the boa in with the felt feathers. Once I was done I trimmed up the front with a thin strip of the yellow to make it look clean and finished.

STEP #5. Add some eye balls! Two white pom pom balls and two smaller brown pom pom balls. Glued on and done! That was easy!

And the FINAL product (that took me less than 2 hours to make, for reals!

TRICK OR TREAT! Give this Parrot a worm to eat!!

Happy Almost Halloween!!