This costume was for Western Day at my school. I knew right away that I wanted to be a cactus, but figuring out how to do it was more difficult. In the end I came up with a very easy way to make this costume.
Cardboard Bubble Wrap Toothpicks Green paper Double Sided Sticky Tape
First, you will need a long piece of cardboard, as this will be the center trunk of the cactus. Crease this cardboard so that you can make it into a cylinder and tape the two ends of the cardboard together.
To make to arms of the cactus, use more cardboard. It doesn’t matter if the cardboard has to be squished and misshaped to make the right frame. Once you cover it with paper, you won’t be able to tell a thing. To attach the arms, you will need to cut holes in the main body of the costume and secure the arms on the inside with lots of tape.
Once you have the frame, cover with green paper using double sided sticky tape. Then, cover the green paper with bubble wrap. The green will show through as bubble wrap is pretty transparent.
Finally, stick toothpicks as spines all over, but make sure they are not too sharp as so nobody gets hurt.
We had just moved to Mesa, AZ... in honor of the heat and the local flora, we decided our six-month old daughter just had to be a cactus! After scouring the internet and only finding a few very ugly cactus costume ideas - I knew there was a way I could do it and make it so much cuter.
The homemade cactus costume was a complete original design and was sewn from fleece, twine, fake flowers, and pot from the dollar store. The sewing was pretty tricky, so I first made one out of scrap fabric to see how I wanted it to look and once I tweaked it how I liked then I used that as a pattern for the real fabric I wanted to use.
The pot was hard to figure out how to get it placed without restricting my daughter's movement too much. I finally decided on just hot-gluing the fabric of the costume to the pot which seemed to work the best.
This homemade cactus costume was lots of fun to make and my daughter was extremely patient while wearing it to three different Halloween parties. Mom didn't want to miss out on the fun and she dressed up as a gardener to go with the theme.