Coolest Homemade Hippie in a VW Bus Halloween Costume 3
by Suzi T.
Homemade Hippie in a VW Bus Halloween Costume
Front of the Bus with Headlights and Speakers
Back Window with Hippie Beads
The back and sides of the bus are cut from foam core—two rounded shapes for the sides, and rectangles for the front and back. All are fastened into a box-like shape with clear packing tape. The wheels are black foam core, as are the bumpers, with small pieces jutting out from the “frame” to give the bumpers dimension.
We drew windows, curtains, VW logos and accessories with marker.
We glued on construction paper flowers, peace signs and license plates. In the “back window” are beads hung on strings and threaded through the foam core.
On the inside of the bus, two straps criss-cross like overalls so you can walk around with the bus attached. We also duct-taped small rope handles inside.
The headlights are tap lights ($5, battery operated), attached with their own adhesive. We attached iPod speakers ($10) with packing tape and hooked up the iPod so we can blast hippie music while trick or treating.
This homemade Hippie in a VW Bus Halloween costume was a really fun costume with lots of reactions to the lights and music from fellow trick-or-treaters. Next time, I would figure out a way to cut arm holes directly into the bus (being sure it is exactly the right width), which would help the bus ride up higher on the person and make it more maneuverable. It would be great to add some sort of candy bag inside the bus, too.
I consider myself a pretty crafty person and have just recently really taken to sewing. I decided to attempt to make costumes for my kids this year. I have 3 kids and they're all dressing up as different types of hippies. The older two turned out ok, they're more of the nature, free spirited hippies, with earth toned colors but don't even begin to compare to the baby!
Emelia, who I decided to enter in the contest, is dressed up as a real flower child! I looked online for inspiration but didn't have any patterns, I just went with my ideas and really loved her Homemade Hippie Baby Costume! Emelia doesn't have much hair yet so I took one of her baby beanies and glued doll hair to it until it was a great afro, as you can see, it really does make the costume!
I made the bright colored vest out of a bandana from Joann fabrics and the pants were from a remnant of fabric also found at Joann's! Who would have thought with a cute baby and some creativity you'd get so many comments, compliments and laughs! I hope you all enjoy her costume as much as we do around here, it'll be sad once Halloween's over and it goes in the closet as a memory of baby's first Halloween!
Firstly I would like to start off by saying how much I love Halloween costumes especially DIY costumes. I feel that they generate an opportunity to show your creativity without any limits. Halloween is an opportunity to be something you have always wanted to be and for me I have always been inspired by the hippie era in fashion music etc. It is my aim one day to own a Volkswagen bus and to decorate it, this cardboard bus is one step closer!
I made the bus by getting an old cardboard box and taking off the top and bottom. I then painted a base color (green) and then I decorated it using more paint (very messy). My bus also has fully functional headlights, made from battery operated push lights. I attached chord at either side so it could hang around my shoulders. Overall it took me a few days.
My outfit consists of my mom's old hippie maxi skirt and her old glasses. The accessories (bracelets headbands, earrings and necklace), the top and the belt are all from Primark. The Homemade Hippie Costume cost me under ten Euros as I had most of the items at home. I also painted peace signs and flowers on my face and arms!