Dozens of frayed plant-based drinking straws give this kids' costume a touch of realism.

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Dandelion costume
Johnny Miller

Turn plant-based drinking straws ($14 for 300, amazon.com) into a fluffy flower by snipping and fraying the ends and hot-gluing them to a swim cap ($5, swimoutlet.com). Add felt leaves and a green skirt to a green leotard and tights, and invite admirers to make a wish. This no-sew getup comes together with the help of our template and works well if you are in need of a last-minute costume idea. Discover more ensembles that are so simple, even your little ones could put them together—or peruse our selection of Halloween outfits for the entire family.

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Make hat: Cut the end of a straw in half lengthwise, about 3 inches down. Cut that section in half again, then again, so you have six to eight little pieces at end of straw. Cut a big batch of straws this way, then begin hot-gluing each one to swim cap, in lines about one inch apart, starting along front edge. (If you have a foam wig head, use it to give the cap structure while you glue.) Hold each straw until glue dries, about 30 seconds.

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Step 2

Following template, draw two leaves at about arm's length on green felt. Cut out and hot-glue to shoulder and upper sleeve of leotard, tucking ends around neckline and under armpit. Pair leotard and cap with skirt and tights.

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