My cousin made these Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird costumes for my kids to wear this year. They are a little retro, which is why I just love them! My six year old thought it was great that no one knew who he was when he was wearing the head piece. The costumes are made of soft material and the Tweety head is stuffed with polyfill. The boys need a little help to get in to and out of these costumes because there are no zippers, just ties in the back. A simple gray shirt is worn under the Bugs Bunny costume and a yellow shirt is worn with Tweety Bird. I think homemade costumes are the best because they are unique. While we were Trick-or-Treating downtown, we saw at least a dozen identical Superman costumes. We did not, however, see any other costumes like ours. (I was wearing a Sylvester costume. It was perfect since I am so much taller than my five year old!)
My son had recently watched both of The Mask movies, loving them both. After throwing around a few ideas, he decided on a Homemade The Mask Costume character. Given that there were no packaged costumes out there, we bought a basic white plastic mask. We then stretched bright fluorescent green/yellow fabric across it to cover it. We used the same fabric to make a matching cap to cover up his hair.
We bought a basic black man’s hat and spray painted it green. For the clothes, we used a mix of old clothes and sewn items. He wore an old purple dress shirt of mine, an old striped lady’s blazer with shoulder pads, and green pants that someone had handed down to him. We made a tie and pocket square out of some fun colorful fabric.
For very little cost and a lot of imagination, he definitely stood out of the crowd. Anyone who had seen the movies knew exactly who he was and loved it!
I had to make a Totoro costume for a school play and it needed to be big. I used about 25 pool noodles, attached them together to form circles of different sizes and then threaded wire between the different layers making sure to leave some space for arm holes. Next using hot glue, I draped the frame with an old blanket and some white felt. Lastly I sewed a hat together out of some grey felt and hot glued the facial features onto it.
To top things off, we used a plastic foot to hold the microphone. This Homemade Totoro Costume took about 4.5 hours to make the costume and a lot of hot glue.
I made this homemade kids Thor costume for my 3 year old son using a pattern for a race car driver's jump suit. The "flesh" has muscles sewn in, although not visible when he is wearing the vest. I made modifications to the pattern to fit the illustration of Thor I was working from. I purchased the hammer, but made the rest.
The helmet was cut out of a foam pith helmet and spray painted silver, wings and hair were added to complete the look. The "boots" are part of the legs of the costume and I used gold rope trim to "lace" them up.