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DIY Tin Man Costume

FAM, kids By October 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

I will admit – the DIY Tin man costume is not the easiest.  But it’s warm, move-able and super fun!  You also have the option of a no-sew version.  Enter the duct tape.


– 1 sheet Silver cardboard
– 1 silver hoop earring
– 2m industrial insulating fabric – silver on one side and white batting on the other
– scissors
– needle and thread
– silver duct tape
– silver face paint

diy campbells soup can costume

Campbell’s Soup Can Costume

FAM, kids By October 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

For those of you with next to no time on your hands (especially if you have a little soup-love in your midst), this Campbell’s Soup can costume is a winner.

Campbell’s Soup Can Costume

1-2 pieces metallic bristol board
1 colour printout of a Campbell’s logo sourced from the internet
black leotard and leggings to wear underneath
string and a hole punch to create straps

diy mummy costume

The Easy DIY Mummy Costume

FAM, kids By October 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Our little mummy loved getting wrapped and tucked.  This easy DIY mummy costume took about 30 minutes and packed a punch. You could stain the cloth with black tea, but chances are that it will get pretty dirty (and chocolate covered) all on its own Hallowe’en night…

The Easy DIY Mummy Costume

– 3-4m tearable white muslin or other inexpensive fabric.
– a baselayer of white tights/pants and long-sleeved shirt for warmth and to use to tuck the cloth.
– white duct tape

diy scarecrow costume

The DIY Scarecrow Costume

FAM, kids By October 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

One of our simplest Hallowe’en ideas, the DIY Scarecrow costume takes only minutes and produces great effect.  There’s also raffia for you to use later in wrapping presents!

The DIY Scarecrow Costume


– Duct Tape (but of course)
– Slightly too-short trousers
– plaid shirt with collar
– Vest (if you don’t have one you could make one out of a dark tea towel or piece of fabric.  Simply cut in a life jacket shape.
– Hat
– Raffia

diy starbucks cup costume

The DIY Starbucks Cup Costume

FAM, kids By October 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Just in case you were worried that Starbucks was in need of more advertising and wanted to lend a hand… we have an easy DIY Starbucks cup costume idea for you.  It’s warm, perfect for hiding tons of candy and is so cute that your kids might actually get an extra haul…

The DIY Starbucks Cup Costume


– 1.5 metres of the thickest white fabric you can find.  We went to the ‘industrial’ section in the fabric store.
– 1 package of quilting batten (use it to make a quilt later)
– 1 metre of green ribbon
– white thread
– a brown paper yard waste bag
– a colour printer
– duct tape
– safety pins

diy nosew tutu

How to Make a No-Sew Tutu Costume

FAM, kids By October 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

This huge hit is a must in any colour.  We assembled the pumpkin with a stick-on felt face, but you can do an alice-in-wonderland version with powder blue and white tuille and hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades stuck on.  I had no idea how easy it would be to make a how to make a no sew tutu. After making it I decided that I need one in black and one in white.  Witch, ice-goddess… the possibilities are endless.  And so are the dress-up games.

How to Make a No-Sew Tutu Pumpkin or Alice in Wonderland Costume

Time: 1.5 hours
Materials:      14 m tuille (we got the flourescent orange at a pre-hallowe’en sale at the local fabric store at 50% off.
1 inch elastic that is 2 inches smaller (unstretched) than the waist size you desire.
1 square black felt
thread to sew the elastic together if you prefer to do that instead of tying a knot.