by Courtney H.
(Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)
Homemade Adult Dora the Explorer Costume
I could not decide what I was going to go as for Halloween and I was looking all over the internet for an interesting/funny idea. One afternoon my sister and I were sitting in her living room just throwing out different ideas. Then sitting there on the couch I looked at my 3 year old niece’s Dora the Explorer chair and it clicked. I actually said to my sister “How funny would it be if you went as Dora” and then in the same breath I said “No! I should go as Dora” and then the ideas started flowing!
The next day I went shopping at a used close store. I found a plain pink shit to start, then I found some orange hospital scrubs that I cut and made into shorts. I then found a blue back pack that spray painted purple and got some felt and made a face for my back pack, then laminated a piece of paper that I dabbed with a tea bag for the map and also gave the map a face with felt. I then went and bought some Velcro white shoes and colored the bottoms pink. I also used some yellow felt for my socks and to make a flower shape for my bracelet. Unwilling to chop my hair off I got a wig that resembled Dora’s hair style, and to top it all off I got some bronzer and lathered myself in it!
This Dora and Diego Couple Costume was a very easy costume to make. Clothing was purchased at a Goodwill store. The orange pants are nurses scrub pants that I cut shorter as capris/shorts. The backpack is a child's purple backpack. I put a patch on Diego's vest to make it even more genuine. Diego's bag was purchased at Goodwill and we made a face from paper and just taped it on, and the strap is made from strips of the scrub pants after they were cut short. Diego wore hiking boots, and Dora wore white sneakers.