Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kid's Korner No Sew Costumes!

Quick & Easy Halloween Costumes

With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s that time of year when costumes are on the minds of young and old alike.  Not quite seeing what you want in the stores or looking for something just a little bit different? Here are some great ideas that can be for girls or boys that are quick and easy to create, and the best part- takes no sewing!

Meatballs and Spaghetti

1.  Cut a hole for the head in the center of a red-checkered tablecloth (or 1.25 yards of 45-inch-wide red-checkered fabric) so that it can be worn like a poncho.
2. Cut 1/2 skein off-white yarn into spaghetti-length pieces. With a hot-glue gun, glue them in swirls and bunches to a large, sturdy paper plate.
3. Paint 8 small Styrofoam balls with brown acrylic paint to resemble meatballs. Let dry, then glue 4 or 5 balls to top of spaghetti. Mix brown and red acrylic paint to make a tomato-sauce color; drip that over meatballs and spaghetti. Smear a little on the side of a small pot.
4. Glue the plate to the front of the tablecloth.
5. Glue remaining meatballs to tablecloth where you like.
Glue some strands of yarn to pot "hat." Tie under chin if needed to keep pot on head.

Weather Person Costume

All you need is: a cardboard box, large helium balloon, dowels, fabric glue, burlap, batting, rope, jute twine, an extra-large needle, foam weather stripping, tape, and, if you want, a toy barometer, a lab coat, a clipboard, and binoculars

Lucky Duck Costume

This happy-go-ducky Halloween outfit is so simple your kids can help make it. Hot-glue or hand-stitch yellow feather boa pieces onto the sleeves of a yellow hoodie. Attach another 5-inch-long piece of boa to the point of the hood. Finish the costume with yellow gloves, yellow sweatpants, and yellow rubber boots.

Jack & the Beanstalk Costume

Bring a favorite storybook character to life. Cut two pieces of burlap fabric for a tunic (use your child's shirt as a sizing template). Stitch together the pieces and fray the edges. Use iron-on letters to spell "Jack" on the costume's chest. For the beanstalk, cut the legs and feet from a pair of green tights. Stuff the legs with batting and stitch the ends together. Poke chenille-stem vines into the stalk and twist to secure in place. Cut bean shapes from crafts foam and hot-glue onto the stalk. Pin the stalk onto the tunic.

Octopus Baby Costume

This adorable sea creature is made from three pairs of kid tights. A little stuffing and felt furniture pads (for suction cups) make the octopus arms. Baby's actual legs peek out from among the six stuffed ones to complete the eight appendages.

Dog Costume

Go for best-in-show with this easy dog costume. Spray-paint brown spots onto a gray hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants. Using our photo as a guide, cut out two identical tail pieces from brown felt and sew together, leaving one end open. Stuff the tail with fiberfill and whipstitch the tail to the seat of the sweatpants. Cut two floppy ears from brown felt and whipstitch to the hood of the sweatshirt.

Scaly Serpent Costume

Turn a hooded sweat suit into a scaly dragon. Cut fangs, horns, and eyeballs from white and green crafts foam, and hot-glue them to the hood. Cut less-than-perfect circles from green crafts foam and smaller circles from shimmery green fabric. Hot-glue foam and fabric circles together to create scales, and glue them onto the sweat suit, shoes, and trick-or-treat bag. Glue foam fangs inside the top of the treat bag

Banana Split Costume

Treat yourself to a tasty banana split costume. Start by stitching two crafts-foam triangles to the top of yellow pants. Top the peels with ice cream made by hot-gluing strips of quilt batting around a white sweatshirt. For sprinkles, use hot-glue to add pink and green chenille stems and pom-poms. Cover a foam ball with red modeling clay and insert a red chenille stem in the top for a cherry. Glue the cherry to a white hat covered with more batting and sprinkles.

Mac and Cheese

Start by saving cardboard paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make this clever costume.  No time to save cardboard rolls-just yellow tag board or yellow construction paper.  Paint the cardboard paper towel and toilet paper rolls to a yellow rain jacket.  To make “the bowl” take a laundry basket and cover it with blue butcher paper or blue cardboard.

Looking for more quick and easy to make costume ideas that won’t break the bank? Come back next week for Part 2!

Looking for the links on previous Summer Camps and Kid's Korner Quick and Easy Projects? 


        Summer Camp Homemade Soap
        "Bleeding" Tissue Paper Art        


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  1. As a non-sewing mom, THANK YOU! These costumes are adorable and sew (haha) flippin easy!

  2. OMG...these are so stinkin' cute and I am ALL about no sew. Thanks Gayle!!