Let me start off by saying “I’ am a very crafty girl, I love to create things”. So this year, as a last minute idea for my three year old son Liam, I decidedto make him a Dark Knight Joker Costume.
I didn’t want a store bought costume because it just looks too cheap. So, as Halloween was fast approaching, I couldn’t decide on what to have my son dress up as. See, last year he was Beetlejuice, which was awesome. Everyone was in love, so I knew that this year I had to top last year’s costume.
For the Beetlejuice, I didn’t buy a regular costume. I bought him a Black and white stripe suit from H&M. So this year, I used the exact suit; thankfully, it still fit him, a little snug and high water, lol! But it fit. I took the black and white suit and placed it in a garbage can filled with bleach to get the black strips out, which worked out great.
The bleach also made the blazer look distressed which gave it a unique touch. Once the suit was all bleached, I ran it through the wash. Then I bought one box of purple RIT dye which I found at my local 99 cent store that just made me super happy. I didn’t have to travel to Michaels or Joann fabrics. I then placed it in the garbage can to begin the dyeing process. I left it in for about one hour.
Once I took it out, I rinsed out the excess purple dye and water and laid it flat to dry. I didn’t wash it in the washer because I didn’t want the purple to rinse out and be too light. So, the pants and blazer were done, now on to the green vest. I found it difficult to find a green vest, so I was thinking and thinking and I got the brightest idea. I took one of my son’s plain white t shirt and I bought a green RIT dye and dyed the t shirt green. Once it was dyed, rinsed and dried, I made a deep v-neck with scissors.
I then grabbed the front of the shirt from the end of the v-cut and at the bottom of the shirt and creased it over to my left to give it the illusion of a closed vest ( hopefully you understand what I’m trying to say). I then took my handy dandy glue gun and glued it down. I took a trip back to the 99 cent store and bought a bag of small buttons. I took out five green ones and glued them down the front of the shirt “vest” so it would look like a vest. It came out really nice. The light purple Janie and Jack polo he already owned, it was gift on his second birthday he never wore so that went perfect.
I then used his green candy cane tie from last Christmas. I bought him a Batman trick or treat bag, some colorful socks from party city and put on his Grey converse and he was all set to go. Oh wait, the makeup and hair. I put on some 99 cent white cream for his face, used my black eye pencil and shadow for his eye area and my red wet N’ wild Fergie lip stick, and green hair spray from party city.
Believe me when I say that once we stepped out onto the streets, everyone was amazed with him. They were snapping photos left and right. They were amazed how it was home-made. When I explained briefly the process, they were in awe. I even got an offer from one mom to buy the costume from me for her son next year. But I want to keep this for memories of my son’s 2nd and 3rd Halloween. He did Beetlejuice and the joker with the same suit. So I spent little to nothing to put this together; it made my wallet very happy, lol!
My favorite part of this was seeing how happy my three year old was every time he saw me working on it. He would just be so anxious to try it on, and to get the make up on. I was so happy with the way the blazer, pants and t-shirt vest came out. I really enjoyed putting this costume together. Being creative brings joy to my heart. I love to create unique things; it gives it more sentimental value because it was made with my own two hands. Who knows if 30, 40 years from now I have a grandson and he can be the joker. Everything about this costume was perfect.
The Little Joker and Harley Quinn Homemade Costumes
This Halloween my little brother and I decided last minute we would team up go for the Dark Knight Joker Costume. I decided I would make everything, from the big hammer Harley carries to the green tie the Joker wears.
I started with my hammer, which took a few days to make due to letting it dry. The hammer is made of PVC pipe, two baskets from the dollar store, a knickknack from savers, and plaster and paint. This was the funniest part of the whole costume and made my Harley Quinn costume unique to every other HQ costume out there.
After my hammer was complete I started on the dress, then moved onto the leggings gloves and wrist ruffles. The hardest part of the costume was making the hood that has the horns and bells. It’s hard to start from scratch and make a hood to cover ones face. Luckily everything worked out the first time around and I didn’t have to start over.
The joker costume was a much easier task since I copied patterns from my brothers dress up clothes. I even made a bow tie pattern specifically for his outfit. Last thing was to dye his shirt since I couldn’t find fabric the right shade of yellow. All together both costumes took a week and a half to complete.
Everywhere we went people would stop and ask to take pics with us and wanted to be hit with my hammer. My little brother entered a costume contest and won. These costumes and getting into character were so much fun!
Coolest Old School Joker Costume for a Child
This old school Dark Knight Joker costume, aside from the suit, was real easy to make and came out looking great! I started with searching online for the perfect picture of the original cartoon joker to use as a guide.
After I found one I liked, I began looking for a way to make the out fit. A family member knew a person who would make it by had for me. The outfit consisted of a bright orange dress shirt, neon green vest and bow tie, dark purple pants and a dark purple blazer. I had trouble finding the shoes I wanted, so I just put black vans on him.
Next was his hair. My son has extremely curly hair so what I did first was partially straighten it so that it looks waved. I positioned it back but didn’t brush it so that it still looked messy. Then sprayed it with a small amount of hair spray. It’s best to put the outfit on before you do anything else. Next I cleaned his face and dried it. Then started applying white paint to his face. This was hard! 2 year olds like to move around a lot and touch their face so you have to be careful. The way I got my son to stay still is I gave him my phone with a game on it.
After I got his face paint on, using the picture I printed out as a guide, I drew on the brows and mouth. I exaggerated the smile to make it look more like jokers big smile. I then shielded his eyes and sprayed his hair with yellow hair spray. I used yellow because I couldn’t find a store that had neon green which surprised me. But it still came out great.
Right before we left I put some purple gloves on him. He was so excited and happy because people were so in love with his costume and he got so much attention. I’m sure his favorite was the extra candy he was rewarded for having the coolest costume the residents had ever seen.
Fun Homemade Joker Costume for a Little Bat-Fan Girl
Our little girl has been a bit of a DC Universe fan ever since her uncles got her the Fisher-Price DC Little People. One of those Little People was, of course, The Joker.
Although you and I know that The Joker is a bit of a terrible person, she took to his fun look and we decided to show her the ’66 Batman TV show version and that cemented her love of him. She let on that she wanted to dress up as him and the wheels were set in motion.
My mother is a bit of a seamstress and makes pillowcases for a spay and neuter charity (I know, right?) and we asked her if she could help. The Joker is not a common costume to find for a toddler and most of them were maybe a little cheap and/or scary. Nana made the jacket and pants, we cobbled together a polo, tux vest, ribbon, gloves and shoes to bring home the look and threw in the makeup. That last part turned out to push her a little in the Heath Ledger direction, but we were still happy with the results.
We’ve seen a few other little kid Joker costumes but our (biased) opinion is that our was the cutest. Enjoy making your own Dark Knight Joker Costume.
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