I was Dora the Explorer for Halloween this year and it was super easy, and fairly inexpensive. I think it was a great costume for me because it was cute and fun, but not overdone and I wasn't another "sexy (insert occupation here)" at the party. The best part is that most of the pieces of the costume can be used again (the shirt and shorts for PJs, I'll wear the shoes next summer and the wig could be re-used for another costume).
1.) Clothing: Pink T-shirt (H&M $5.95) Orange Sofee Shorts (Modells $7.99) White "ked" like shoes (H&M $12.95)
2.) Wig: You could buy a black bob wig from the Halloween store, but I used a long black wig and cut it to the length I wanted.
3.) Accessories: Grab your backpack! My sister picked this up at Wal-mart, so I'm not sure how much it costs.
4.) Make-up: I darkened my eyebrows with a dark brown shadow and added lots of Bare Minerals "Warmth" bronzer to my entire face and neck. Other than that, I kept it simple with mascara and lip gloss!
The Homemade Dora the Explorer Costume is super easy and I received a ton of compliments on it! I also just added nude tights since it was cold out!
I made this Dora the Explorer costume for my husband to wear at our daughter Paige's 2nd Birthday. He just loves dressing up and entertaining the kids. It has kind of become a tradition now, the first question I get asked when I send the invites out is " What is Tommy going to be wearing this year"?
I made the Dora head entirely out of paper mache. I started off with a huge balloon then just started adding layer upon layer of newspaper. To get the shape of her hair I just rolled up bits of newspaper and used masking tape to hold it in place then again just added more and more layers of newspaper until it was the perfect shape.
The whole thing ended up taking me a week or so to get right but was definitely worth it in the end. Our daughter and her friends just loved it and the parents thought it was the funniest thing they had ever seen. I am still laughing now.
My daughter HATES Dora, so for every holiday I buy her a Dora something. Her homecoming mum even had Dora on it. When I redecorated her room I hid Dora stickers in places that she would never find. Dora has become my symbol of LOVE for her. So when we were trying to figure out what she could be for Halloween I found Backpack in a garage sale box given to me by a cousin. I suggested she be Dora and she replied..."YEAH MAYBE DEAD DORA...with that the deal was sealed...She became DEAD DORA :-)
This Dancing Dora Costume took me about 3 days...100% home made. The head part of costumes are always the hardest but gets done. The body, well couple of pillows always work wonders..lol. Won first prize with this at a local bar.
Was fun to do & keep on making homemade costumes. Keep Halloween spirit going.