My husband and I decided to go as Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head to our friends Disney party. Your site helped tremendously with ideas and how-to from others who made awesome Homemade Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Costumes.
I bought felt and cotton lining for the bodies, cut out a potato shape and sewed the lining to the inside of the body. I used fluffy batting to stuff in between the felt and the lining to give the potatoes their pillow shape.
I used felt for the mouth, eyes, nose, mustaches, eyelashes (stiff felt), earrings. I ran out of time so only the ears were 3-D all the other pieces were flat. I used Velcro so we could move the pieces around easily.
The hats are paper mache', I used a beach ball for Mrs. Potato Head's hat and then fashioned a brim using cardboard and duct tape and paper mache', painted lavender, and made a flower for the brim. Mr. Potato Head's hat was formed using the bottom of our trash can to get the stove top look and then a brim was made using cardboard, duct tape and paper mache', black paint and a ribbon around the brim. I glued old baseball cap crowns (brims of caps cut off) to the inside to sit on our head better, the hats were large and sat nicely on our shoulders. We cut eyeholes in the crown so we could see.
The only store bought item was the cartoon gloves we found at Party City.
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by Eric W
Homemade Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Costumes
We made our Coolest Homemade Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Costumes entirely out of felt. We used about 3 yards each of brown fabric for the body and other scraps we had for the parts.
Most of the parts were stuck on with hot glue. The sides of the poncho-like body and the ears were sewn on but safety pins could work if a no-sew option were needed. The picture doesn't show it well but we added a little detail to the ears and lips by sewing a line of thread around the outside of the ear and across the mouth line of the lips.
The biggest challenge we encountered was the placement of the ears. On our first attempt we put the ears in the middle of the costume but wearing it was awkward having the ears below the hands (although he IS Mr. Potato Head). In the end we stitched the ears to the front of the arm holes.
We were able to find a cheap Derby hat at a party store and borrowed Mrs. Potato Head's hat from a lady we know with a large collection.
The one thing we really needed to add would be extra large shoes. We thought about making them out of Paper Mache' but ran out of time.
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Homemade Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Couple Costumes
So here is our photo of us dressed up in our Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Couple Costumes. The body and the pieces were made from thick card and the kids were up really late colouring in all the pieces. The pieces were actually attached with Velcro, so you can move them around, which was definitely the best part! All the kids had a great time with that (both ours and any kids who saw us came up to us and played with them)!
We actually dressed up as a Toy Story family - our seven year old son decreed that that was this years family theme for dressing up so our 7 year old son was Buzz, our 4 year old daughter was Jessie, our 3 year old son was Woody and our baby was the alien. Luckily she slept through most of it, but we did paint a third eye on her forehead, thus we were Mr & Mrs Potato Head!
I basically made this Mr. Potato Head Costume out of fleece (the brown body) and then all of the attachments are foam paper with the sticky back... even the shoes that I covered. I did some shading on the foam paper to make the objects appear 3D. I sewed an elastic band in the bottom of the costume and stuffed it with pillows.