This year (2008) I made my daughter a Ballerina Elephant costume. I live in Ohio and needed something that would be warm for her but also pretty.
I got the elephant costume from a sale. I bought the tutu off of eBay. I then bought a bunch of pink roses to match the tutu. I measured around her head making sure I added about 2 inches to the measurement. I then made the wire into a circle.
I then took the bunch of roses and cut them off the big stem that they were all attached to. I then cut down the stem leaving enough green to hold onto so I could wrap floral tape around the stem and to the wire. I did this over and over again to make the wreath. I then tied some ribbon to the back so the ribbons would hang down. Once I did all this I sewed the wreath tot the top of the elephants head. Then I found a wand at the dollar store and added ribbons to it to match. I finally took pink lipstick and make two circles on her cheeks.
She loved it and she got a lot of complements. It was pretty easy to put together. I thought it turned out great.
I wanted to have a large, grey bum for Halloween so my husband and I created this elephant costume for the big night. It started with a fat suit from a Big Bertha costume, then a large, grey homemade dress with pink paw pads and a tail with the fuzzy black tip.
The head was constructed from a hard hat, blocks of Styrofoam, child’s butterfly wings for ears, grey fuzzy material and LOTS if glue, two way tape, contact cement, straight pins—you name it and it is holding this head together. Styrofoam balls and broom bristles made the eyes and eyelashes. A small dryer tube and material made the trunk.
I danced all night at a club in this costume and, despite missing the costume contest, I was proud to have the biggest, greyest bum there! I might also note that my trunk was a source of um, we will say AMUSEMENT for several young women who had had a bit too much to drink…