How to Make Young Children's Costumes for a Drama Play: 6 Steps
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A headband and a silk flower will make a beautiful floral headpiece fit for a fairy princess.

Simplicity is the key to success when it comes to making costumes for toddlers and preschoolers. And, creativity is the inexpensive key — a simple homemade mask will turn your toddler into his favorite animal and a cloth cape will make your preschooler feel like the mightiest superhero. So, whether you're making the outfit for an impromptu play at home or for your child's first preschool production, keep it simple and fun.


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    Start with the basic pillowcase tunic. Whether you're making an Indian dress, a pilgrim outfit or even an Egyptian costume, a tunic comes in handy for countless costumes. Cut the pillowcase to length and make a neck opening. Next, cut out arm holes. Now, all you have to do is decorate the pillowcase to coordinate with your child's character.
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    Make cardboard headgear. You can make crowns, tiaras, chef hats and rabbit ears from cardboard and then embellish each one with appropriate adornments. Cover a cardboard crown with aluminum foil and then adorn it with imitation gemstones. Paint a cardboard chef's hat white or cover cardboard rabbit ears with fur. If the headgear won't stay on the child's head on its own, like when you're making animal ears, attach the cardboard costume accessory to a headband.
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    Create costume masks from paper plates. Make every type of mask from animal faces to scary creatures with these inexpensive costume props. Cut out the eyes and mouth holes for the character mask and then decorate with marker, crayon or paint. Glue on construction paper noses and attach ears directly to the masks.
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    Turn a regular old pair of shoes into a costume-ready accessory in just a few minutes. Cut brown construction paper and wrap it around the top of the shoes to turn them into boots. Use fabric to create a more pliable accessory. Turn a pair of rain boots into astronaut boots by covering them with tin foil. Cover a pair of shoes in fake fur to make animal feet.
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    Make wings from pantyhose and clothes hangers. Simply bend the clothes hangers into oval shapes and then join the hook parts together. Just remember to wrap tape around the joint to cover any rough ends. Tie ribbons around the center to attach the wings around the arms like a backpack and then cover the oval clothes hanger shapes with pantyhose. If you're feeling creative, paint the wings with spray paint or make them sparkle with glitter and glue.
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    Give your valiant princes and your swashbuckling pirates some handmade swords and shields. Make a sword from a wrapping paper tube with the end cut into a rounded point. Paint it with silver or gold metallic spray paint and the sword's done. Of course, brave young knights need sturdy shields, so cut out a shield shape from cardboard, cover with a shiny coat of paint and add a cardboard handle to one side.

Things You'll Need

  • Pillowcase
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum foilImitation gemstones
  • Paint
  • Fake fur
  • Headbands
  • Paper plates
  • Marker or crayon
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Old shoes
  • Rain boots
  • Pantyhose
  • Clothes hanger
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter
  • Spray paint
  • Wrapping paper tube

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Categories: Education and Communications

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