Create Your Happy | DIY Halloween Costumes

I seriously love Halloween – obviously by one of my previous posts. Every year, I like to make my children’s costumes and this year will be no different. In the past, we have been Sesame Street characters, insects, classic halloween, Wizard of Oz, mermaid and Elsa from Frozen. So we have really run the gamut of so many costumes. I love being able to make my kids dreams come true. I really wish I had gotten into costume making before I had children. This year I created one of my daughter’s costumes totally from scratch and without a plan. So here is how I created my child’s dream costume – a euoplocephalus dinosaur. 

Construction – For the base of the costume, I chose to attach cardstock cones to a large piece of cardboard using paper mache. I found this amazing woman’s YouTube video on how to easily make paper mache. She really is the paper mache guru and all of her videos are so helpful! Using this technique made this process really easy!

Decoration – Now, I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen to do the paint colors my daughter did, which is totally cool – it’s her costume! I probably would have gone the more traditional route. Anyway, we first spray-painted the costume. Then we used a drip paint technique using syringes on each cone. After that, I found some gold grommets to edge the costume to make it have a more finished look. We also bought nylon straps to allow her to wear the costume as a backpack. Lastly, the backside is covered with a vinyl crocodile fabric. Honestly it turned out to be better than my wildest dreams. 

Accessories  – I had a lot of leftover vinyl fabric and I wanted to create some more pieces for my daughter’s costume. So I created some claws for her hands. They are affixed with elastic and have some of the metal grommets on top. I then created two cones to go on her hair so she could have a more complete look. Honestly these pieces were an afterthought but I really do love them. 

Now you will have to wait until Halloween for the final reveal but here is a quick preview!

I am no expert at making costumes – but being able to create things for my children has been so rewarding. This one is definitely extra special because we were able to make it together. Although only one of my children asked me to make them a costume this year, this one may be my favorite. I can’t wait to see what my children come up with next year for us to create together. I really hope this is a tradition that we can continue in the future – even if it isn’t always for Halloween. 

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


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