Check out these last minute costumes!
2 clear plastic plates
2 plastic bottle tops
Blue tissue paper or cellophane
Glue gun or clear packing tape
How to assemble
1. Cut the flaps off one side of the box. Choose the other side to make the hole for the head. Choose one of the sides of the box for the door of the washing machine.
2. Find the center of the side of the box by measuring the total length and width and taking half the measure. Here is the point that you want to center the plastic plate and trace around it. Using the box cutter to cut the hole out.
3. On the adjacent sides cut smaller circles for arms about 6 inches from the top of the box.
4. Tear off foil in 4-inch wide strips, placing the center of the cut out so that half of the foil is in the inner side of the box and half is on the outer side of the box. Using clear tape or glue, tape the edges down to create the door trim for washer.
5. Next crumple the tissue paper or cellophane in a moon crescent shape and place it on one half of the plate. Put the other plate on top and glue or tape in place.
6. Fit the plate in the cut out space in the box and using tape on the inner side, secure it in place.
7. Rip a 5-inch strip of foil long enough t0 run the width of the box. Glue or tape it across the top edge of the side that has the door. This is the instrument panel and here is where you should glue the bottle caps. Using a marker you can draw details for the knobs.
Plastic laundry basket
Clear packing tape
Scissors or a box cutter
How to assemble
1. Cut the bottom off the hamper and then place over your child’s head.
2. Using the cord, string or elastic attach one end to the hamper by tying it in place. Run the string over the shoulder and attach the other end. Be sure that the hamper is raised at a position that doesn’t hinder any mobility.
3. After determining the placement of the hamper, take brightly colored clothes and drape them over the edges of the hamper.
4. Using tape, secure the items to the hamper. If there is a lid it can be used as a headpiece.
Kitchen rectangle shaped sponges 8 sponges at minimum
Red sweat suit (1 hoodie + 2 pairs of sweatpants)
Pair of rubber gloves
Cotton batting or newspaper
Hot Glue gun
Two colors of duct tape
How to assemble
1. Start by cutting the sponges on a diagonal to form two triangles per sponge.
2. Next take the extra pair of pants and cut one leg on the inner side of the seam along waistband and crotch. Turn the leg inside out and at the ankle end of the cut off leg, fold the fabric over to make a tapered point for the leg. Pin in place and turn it back ride side out. Stuff with batting or newspaper to complete the tail.
3. Lay the hoodie portion out on its backside with the center marked. Hot glue the sponges (the cut edge gets the glue) down the center of the sweat suit. Also do the same down the tail.
4. Flip the hoodie over and from the neckline down starting running tape across the chest area. Alternate the colors for more punch and widening the strips as you go. Continue until you get to the lower part of the hoodie.
5. When getting dressed, the tail goes over the sweat pant and since the waistband is still attached, just place it in the right spot and it will stay.
6. Put the hoodie over the sweat pants and adjust. Use the small pillow at the stomach area for stuffing.
Bride of Frankenstein
1 white sheet cut in half, twin size is fine
White T-shirt and white or grey leggings
1. Fold the sheet in half width wise and cut it in half.
2. Next measure the length from your child’s shoulder to knee and take one of the halves of the sheet and lay it out flat lengthwise. From the bottom of the sheet, measure up the length you just measured. Fold here at this point. The sheet should have one sided shorter than the other.
3. Lay the hoodie portion out on its backside with the center marked. Hot g3. Cut a slit at the fold of the sheet from the center out 3 ½ inches and the same the other way. From the center now cut down 3 ½ inches toward the shorter end of fabric that is folded. You should have created a “T” cut. This is the head opening.
4. You will use the other half of the sheet for the bandage strips and belt for the costume. Each strip can be 3 inches wide and you can start the strip with scissors but once you get past any hems just tear the fabric along and rip into mummy strips.
5. Start wrapping your child at the top of the arm near the shoulder. If the strip isn’t long enough just tie it into place and start with another strip. It should look pieced together. You can wrap under the thumb but leave the fingers free.
6. Do the legs the same way as the arms. When complete, place the other sheet piece, the tunic, over the wrapped limbs. Belt the tunic at the waist.
Corn on the Cob
3 Yellow Styrofoam egg cartons
Green oversized sweatshirt
Safety pins or a needle and thread
1. First separate the bottom portion of the egg carton from the lid.
2. Split the oversized green sweatshirt up the middle from the inner waistband to the inner neckline. It is important to not cut through the waistband and neckband. Your cut should just be a slit up the middle to allow for the corn to peak through.
3. After cutting the sweatshirt grab and stretch the cut edges so the sweatshirt will stand open once the costume is assembled.
4. Try the yellow t-shirt on and place the green shirt over it. Pulling back the green shirt, place the egg carton bottom at the neckline of the yellow t-shirt for placement.
5. Remove the t-shirt and lay it flat to pin or sew the cartons in place. You want to expand from the center of the shirt so you may have to cut the third egg tray into single rows or in half for the bottom under the full carton on top.
6. After securing the cartons, you are done.
7. To dress the costume more you can use raffia for the stalk silk. You can tie it in the hair, around the wrist and sleeves and even the neck.
Cardboard cut to make canoe
2 pant hanger rods for fishing the pole
Pantyhose stuffed with newspaper or batting
Pair of jeans and shoes stuffed with newspaper
Colored tape and paint
Thread and needle
Blue wrapping paper
1. Determine the length needed for the boat by adding 25 inches to the height of your child. This should be the overall length.
2. Cut out the two sides for the boat and the back of the rowboat should be a third of the length.
3. Attach the two sides at the front end with tape and then attach the back to each side. You have a triangle now.
4. Place this over a large sheet of cardboard and trace the shape. Cut outside the line with a 5-inch guidance.
5. Using a straight edge fold the bottom piece along the trace edges. The straight edge will help keep the cardboard from bending where you don’t want it.
6. Next fit the bottom inside of the taped boat. The folded edges should fit tightly along the inner bottom rim of the boat. Tape in place.
7. One third of the way from the front of the boat place a cross strip and tape for support.
8. You can put red tape along the upper edge of the boat and construct waves from the wrapping paper and glue along the sides.
9. Next cut a hole in the bottom large enough for your child’s legs to fit through. Using a cord, puncture a hole in the side of the boat near the arm area and thread the cord through it. Tie a knot on the outside of the boat and add enough length to over your child’s shoulder and back into the second hole
10. Stuff the panty hose with crumpled newspaper or batting and fit them into the jeans. Put the shoes on and tuck the leg of the jean over it. Place the fake legs in the boat putting the waistband of the jeans under the oversized shirt your child has on.
11. Fishing pole- Use the paper rods from two wire pant hangers, you can make the pole by taping the two together to form one long rod. Cover with a colored tape, brown or yellow. Make a fish from the scratch cardboard you have left. Cut out the shape and decorate it with either tape or paint. Take a needle and pierce the fish near the mouth and tie a knot. Attach the other end of the string to the pole with tape.
2 Mop heads cut in half at the middle seam
Rit Dye 3 boxes or fabric spray paint in black
Black shirt and pants
Needle and heavy duty thread
1. First you must dye the mop heads according to the package instructions. Your other choice is to spray paint the mops with fabric spray paint. Please note the mops will absorb the paint and it may take a few cans to get the right color.
2. After the mops are dry split them in half in the center of the seam that fits on the mop stick brace. This gives you two seamed halves that can be one arm’s length to attach to the shirt. After they are dry, attach the mops to the underside of the sleeve’s seam. With a heavy-duty thread you can use a zigzag stitch to help hold the mop heads in place.