We’re all feeling the squeeze from the economic downturn but that doesn’t have to mean cutting corners on family fun this Halloween. Craft magazine illustrates how to make fun and funky costumes for your kids with a visit to your recycling bin, sewing box or local craft store – much easier than standing in line at a crowded costume shop and a bit easier on the wallet, as well.
You can quickly and easily whip amazing kiddy costumes using supplies you probably already have on hand, plus a bit of creativity. These custom-made outfits also have more staying power than most flimsy store-bought costumes, and you’ll love how cheap and quick they are to make.
One of my personal favorites is the Sushi Costume! Take a look:
Time: 2 hours
2 medium sized posterboard
13-16 small round orange balloons
White tissue paper
4 small strips of Ribbon – 16″ each (for straps)
Cut the posterboard to desired height. Form the 2 pieces of posterboard into a large tubes (with edges overlapping by at least 5″). Staple boards together.
Staple each ribbon to the posterboard to create straps, 2 on the front and 2 on the back which will be tied together like a jumper. Wrap tissue paper around the 2″ outside top edge of the posterboard. Flip tissue paper back in over the top edge and staple to posterboard’s top edge. This is the “rice”. Blow up balloons. To attach balloons to costume, fold a bit of tissue paper over the end of the balloon and staple it together. To put on the costume, make sure tissue paper and ballons are on the ouside of the cylinder before child steps in. Once they are inside, tie the straps and stuff the tissue paper and balloons back into the sushi. Tape any extra balloons to the top to finish off your little sushi!
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