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What a Doll
These handmade Halloween costumes for the tiniest members of your family come together in minutes, and you can make them with supplies you already have in your office, linen closet, or kitchen.
Inspired by her grandmother’s matryoshka (or Russian nesting doll), Kelly Smith of Cloudy Day Gray created a simple costume using materials from around her home.
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Floral shirt and leggings
Red lipstick or face paint
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Dress your child in the floral shirt and leggings. Tie a white tea towel around her shoulders.
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Step 2Fold the washcloth into a triangle and use the safety pin to fasten it into a babushka.
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Use lipstick or face paint to create rosy cheeks.
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Paper-Bag PrincessFor this DIY costume, Kelly drew inspiration from one of her favorite childhood books, “The Paper Bag Princess,” by Robert Munsch. All you need is 15 minutes, a paper bag, and a few on-hand accessories to create this charming heroine costume.
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Brown paper bag
Metallic gold paper
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Step 1Crumple up your paper bag as much as you can. (It is less likely to rip and much easier to work with when broken down.)
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Step 2Turn the bag inside out, so that the store logo is not showing.
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Step 3Scrunch up the corners to create statement shoulders letting the bag guide where the armholes should go. Pull back the flaps and roll the edges for a decorative effect.
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Step 4Use a few feet of pink ribbon to create a sash around your child’s waist.
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Cut the metallic paper into a crown and seal with tape. Punch holes to string the yarn through so you can tie on the crown.
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Rosie the RiveterPay homage to an inspiring historical figure with this adorable Rosie the Riveter costume idea from Kelly Smith of Cloudy Day Gray.
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Blue poster board
Yellow sticky notes
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Step 1Fold over the bandanna so that it makes a large triangle.
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Step 2Starting with the smallest tip of the triangle, begin folding inward until you end up with one long strip.
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Step 3Make a classic knot with each end, leaving the knot on top of your little riveter's head.
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Step 4Add a toy airplane.
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To create a backdrop for photos, cover a blue poster board with yellow sticky notes. Spell out “WE CAN DO IT!” in stick-on letters.
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When Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave set out to create a last-minute Halloween costume, the first thing she saw was a canister of oatmeal on the counter. From there, her Drummer Boy costume was born.
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Empty oatmeal canister
Empty ice-cream bucket
Gray shirt and white leggings
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To make the drum, remove the handle from the ice-cream bucket and cover the body with black duct tape. Add vertical strips of silver duct tape for an accent. Then tape a piece of string onto opposite sides of the drum to drape from the child’s neck.
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Step 2To make the hat, cover the oatmeal canister with black duct tape or felt. Add a strip of silver duct tape for an accent. Then tape or hot-glue the canister lid halfway onto the bottom to create a rim. Attach the string with tape to either side of the lid so it will stay put on the child’s head.
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Step 3Turn the shirt and pants into drumline-worthy attire by cutting smaller strips of silver duct tape (the best way to do this is by using a cutting board, ruler, and rotary cutter) and attaching them to the shirt horizontally and to the side of the pants. You can also add other tape accents like tassels on the shoulders.
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Ice-Cream ManPerfect for trick-or-treaters with a serious sweet tooth, this mini Ice-Cream-Man outfit comes together with a few supplies from your craft closet.
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Two strips of red felt
Small plastic ball
Square of fabric (any color will do)
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To make the hat, follow these instructions on Oh Happy Day for the base, and then tape napkins on top or draw your own pattern with markers. You can also use a premade hat from a local ice-cream or candy shop.
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Step 2For the bow tie, fold the longer strip of felt in half and adhere with a dot of hot glue. Then take the smaller strip and wrap around the middle to create a bow shape. Secure with hot glue.
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What’s an ice-cream man without a scoop or two? Create a faux ice-cream cone by covering the plastic ball with your fabric square, gathering the fabric at the bottom, and securing with an elastic band. Put hot glue along the rim of the ice-cream cone to adhere the fabric-covered ball.
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The ice-cream man might try to eat the cone.
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