My nine year old daughter couldn’t decide what she wanted to be this year. I gave her choice after choice. It had to be something we could make from things we already had. When I offered a clown she said no, but when I said how about a clown in the box costume her eyes lit up!
I had an old clown costume and wig so we went to work on the box. We painted each side a different color. We had a set of stencils and we hot glued letters and shapes onto the box. For the crank we used PVC pipe and painted it red. The handle was a piece of a swimming noodle that we cut.
To attach the box to her constructed a harness with rope and PVC then we used two more pieces of the noodle to slide the rope through for comfort on her shoulders. I cut the legs off the costume so that it would fit over her and the harness. This also made it so that people could see into the box.
We added some face paint and she was good to go. Only down side had to walk sideways through doors but people actually thought that that was part of the charm. Everyone loved her and she won the costume contest.
Every year in London we have a ClownCon and this was to be my first. So I took a day off work and made a clown costume. I got cottons from the charity shop and still had some pink taffeta with stars lying around.
I made a skirt out of the pink taffeta and added 7 layers of petticoat to get the poofy effect. I added bobbles in pink, yellow, and green as well. I attached the front made out of multicoloured cotton, the back had crossed straps out of the same material. Underneath I wore a blueish long sleeve top and over that a yellow stretch cotton top with bobbles added to the sleeves.
I layered two circles of each green and pink fabric for the colour and made a bow out of yellow and pink with a green bobble. It had an elastic band for easy and comfortable wear. I also made a bow for in my hair with different colours. (The hair extensions are the same used for the Forest Nymph costume).
I made yellow poofy pants with green ends for underneath the skirt and found some pantyhose with the perfect design on them as well. At the ClownCon I even won the prize for Cutest Clown!
I first started with the clothes I would wear for this rodeo clown costume. I made the skirt out of an old pair of my husband's wranglers. I found the instructions on how to do this online.
I then printed off sponsors labels onto sticker paper and sewed them on an old button up shirt. Used a pair of my own tube socks and tennis shoes. Used different colored bandannas to tie onto belt loops. Used suspenders to hold up skirt. Bought a cheap cowboy hat and glued the flower on. My husband then rolled the hat in dirt so it looked used.
I painted my face with clown paint from the store. My husband got me the barrel and cut the bottom out of it. I painted it solid blue first and then painted the designs on it. I had him drill some holes for some rope and I fit in and put the rope over my shoulders. I didn't wear the barrel all night but it work to sit on.
I didn't spend much money but it was a lot of work.