Let your toddler pick her favorite color for her crayon costume.
It's exciting to dress your toddler or preschooler up for Halloween. It's even better when you don't have to bust your budget. Make an inexpensive costume at home by cobbling together a crayon costume. It's relatively simple to make a crayon in your child's favorite color -- even if you have artistic skills that range from zilch to none. A quick trip to the craft or fabric store to grab some felt in your tot's current fave gets you started on this colorful and easy-to-make costume.
1Wrap the felt around your child's body -- when she's not wiggling -- from the top of her shoulders to form a tube. Overlap the felt by an inch or two and use tailor's chalk (or a felt-tip marker, whatever you've got handy) to mark the overlap and know where to cut the felt to form the body piece.
2Use that same marker or tailor's chalk to draw a circle on each side of the felt marking where you'll cut armholes.
3Cut the felt at your three marks -- really, just three cuts and you're almost there! -- one across the width of the fabric to form the tube, and two circles for the arm cutouts.
4Apply Velcro tape -- you know, the easy stuff that makes things stick together -- completely along one width of the felt. Turn the felt over and place the tape on the opposite width so that it sticks together when you overlap the ends at the back of the costume.
5Cut a wavy trim from black felt, long enough to fit around the top edge of the costume. Secure the trim with fabric glue and repeat for the bottom edge.
6Cut out large-sized letters from the black felt to spell the world C-R-A-Y-O-N to emphasize what your kid is for Halloween.
7Glue the letters down the middle of the crayon, so that when you tilt your head, you can read what your kid is.
8Dress your little crayon in a long-sleeved shirt that matches the color of the crayon costume.
9Dress your tot in matching leggings or sweatpants, depending on the weather and the needs of your fashionista crayon.
10Have your child hold her arms out and put them through the arm holes of the crayon costume. Press the edges together in back so that the Velcro can work its magic.
11Place a pointy birthday hat that also matches the color of the crayon on your child's head to complete the look.
- Paint plain canvas shoes using canvas paint the same color as the crayon costume for added effect.Turn your tot into a sparkly crayon by covering the costume with fabric glue and pouring glitter over it.As an alternative to the birthday hat, cover a witch's hat with leftover felt or make a triangle hat out of matching construction paper.
EditThings You'll Need
- 3 to 4 yards solid-colored felt
- Black marker
- Fabric scissors
- Velcro tape
- 2 to 3 yards black felt
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Sweatpants or leggings
- Pointed birthday hat
- Creating the Costume