One of our favorite parts of Halloween is getting to dress up. Here are four ideas that you can make at home and customize to fit your little one perfectly:

1. Minions: Everybody love those cute, little yellow guys.

What you’ll need:
  • 1 Pair of Overalls
  • 1 Long-sleeved Yellow Shirt
  • 1 Pair of Black Gloves
  • 2 Canning Rings
  • Black Yarn
  • Yellow Beanie(optional)
Putting it together:
  • To create the goggles connect the two canning rings using black yarn (similar to the way tape looks on “nerd” glasses), and create straps on each side of the canning rings..
  • If you choose to add the beanie to the costume, use a needle and thread a couple strands of the yarn through the top, creating hair.
  • After this preparation, you are ready to assemble it all. Next thing you know, you will have a little minion on your hands.

2. Lego: What little one doesn’t like to build all sorts of things with these fun blocks?

What you’ll need:
  • 1 Cardboard Box
  • 6 Plastic Cups
  • 1 Can of Spray Paint(Color of your choice)
  • Scissors(something to cut the box with)
  • Glue/tape
Putting it together:
  • Cut 6 holes in the front side of the box (2 columns of 3 rows). The holes should be the size of the top of the plastic cup.
  • Slip a plastic cup through each hole and glue/tape it to the box.
  • Cut a hole in the top of the box for a head hole; and cut a hole on each side of the box for two arm holes.
  • Next, cut all of the holes and assembled the cups, spray paint the whole thing. Spray painting may need more than one coat.
  • After the box has dried, you are ready to put it on. If you’d like have your little one wear clothes that are the same color as the box; but anything works. Slip on the box and you’ve got yourself a cute Lego.

3. Jet Pack: Who doesn’t want to be a little adventurous, even if it’s just for a night?

What you’ll need:
  • 2 2-liter Bottles
  • Silver Spray Paint
  • Red, Yellow, and Orange Crepe Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Yarn/Ribbon/String (for straps)
  • Duct Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
Putting it together:
  • Spray paint both two liter bottles and allow them to dry.
  • While the bottles are drying, cut strips of crepe paper in varying lengths and cut the ends of the crepe paper into “flames”.
  • Once the bottles are dry, using the duct tape, connect the two bottles. You can use the tape as an accessory, if you do this you will want tape that is a different color.
  • While you are taping the bottles together, be sure to slip your choice of strap under the tape to secure and hide the straps (orient the bottles with the opening toward the ground).
  • Using the glue, attach the crepe paper strips on the inside rim of the 2-liter bottles. Allow time for the glue to dry completely, then you are ready to let your little adventurer soar.

4. Jellyfish: Sometimes you just need a little flowing, glowing fun in your life.

 

What you’ll need:

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  • 1 Clear Umbrella
  • Colored Wired Ribbon (1 1/2-2 inch)
  • 1/4 inch Colored Ribbon
  • Transparent Tape
  • Scissors
  • Black and White Construction Paper (2 pages each)
  • Glue
  • Any Embellishments of Your Choice
Putting it together:
  • Cut the wider ribbon into 18 inch strips (these can be one color or two). You’ll want 6-8 strips depending on the size of the umbrella.
  • Wrap the ribbon around an empty toilet paper roll, slide the ribbon off, and stretch out the ribbon while keeping the curl in the ribbon.
  • Next you’ll want to cut the ¼ inch ribbon into 18-20 inch strips. You’ll want 12-14 strips depending on the size of the umbrella.
  • Using scissors, curl the ribbon.
  • Now that the ribbon is ready, cut two larger ovals out of white construction paper (whites of the eyes) and two smaller ovals out of black construction paper (pupils).
  • Using the remnants of the white construction paper, cut two much smaller circles to place on the pupils.
  • Glue the smallest white circles on the “pupils”, then glue the pupils on the whites of the eyes.
  • Now that all of the pieces are ready, it’s time to assemble. Open the umbrella, tape the eyes to the front of the umbrella, then tape a wide strip of ribbon followed by two smaller strips, then a wider strip of ribbon…so forth and so on until you have surrounded the umbrella.
  • You may add additional embellishments, such as colored dots along the top of the umbrella or matching glow sticks on the top inside of the umbrella.
  • Now that you’re jellyfish umbrella is ready, dress up your under-the-sea adventurer and head out.