My 15 month old daughter, Mara, is dressed as the Wicked Witch of the East – complete with ruby slippers and a homemade dress and cape (she wouldn’t keep the hat on or hold onto the broom, and I figured I’d be a bad mom if I painted her face green). I planned on accompanying her as Glinda, but I’m pregnant and getting the dress measurements right was becoming stressful.  I decided that if I was going to look like a house, I might as well actually look like a house!  Hence the idea of dressing as Dorothy Gale’s house was born. As I wanted to make the costume construction pregnancy safe, the house is made entirely of cardboard and duct tape in 3 different colors.

I couldn’t tell you how I did it because it just unfolded on it’s own.  I started with a box, “sided” it with black and grey duct tape, and then built the flower box, porch, and roof.

I have “Sandy” to thank for being able to finish my costume.  Getting the day off to work on the house was a God-send!  When I carried it to my car in the rain, I discovered that I didn’t have a millimeter to spare to get out the door, and I didn’t have a centimeter to spare to fit it in the car.  Guess I should have measured….but I lucked out!

I finished Mara’s cape at 10:00 on the 30th, and we were ready to go!

I am a 5th grade teacher, so I wore the costume to school.  I wore striped stockings of my own, and ruby slippers too, so that I would make sense as a stand-alone costume…..but the fun was when my babysitter brought Mara into school.  The class loved it!  They couldn’t believe I was supposed to be landing on my daughter.

Now that it’s November 1, Mara has turned the house into a playhouse.  it’s a little dreary in the black and white of Kansas, but she loves it!