How to: DIY Halloween Costumes

Word Girl

-red long-sleeved shirt

-red hooded shirt

-red leggings or tights

-1/2 yard of gold felt

-red felt square

-gold felt square

-brown felt square

-Velcro

-hot glue gun and glue sticks

-red gloves

Instructions:

Start with the 1/2 yard of gold felt. Cut a curve at the bottom. Then cut a strip off the top of the fabric, about 2 inches wide, and then reduce the length of the strip to about 24 inches.

Cut slits in the top of the fabric, about 1 inch from the edge and 2 inches long, all the way across the top. Add Velcro to the ends of the strip you cut off, then thread it through the slits.

Scrunch the top of the cape as you pull the strip with Velcro through, and you have just made a cape! The strip will connect around your child’s neck.

Next, cut out a shield from the gold felt and a star shape from the red felt. Glue the red star to the shield. Glue or tape (with double-sided tape–optional) the shield to your long-sleeved red shirt.

Cut a long strip of gold fabric for the belt, and two brown strips a little narrower than the gold. Cut out a large brown circle, a smaller gold circle and then an even smaller brown circle (three circles total). Glue the brown strips on top of the gold strip. Glue the circles in the center, one on top of the other in this order: large brown, medium gold, small brown. Glue Velcro to the ends and connect around the back over the shirt.

To get your child dressed in the costume, first put on red tights or leggings. Pull on the hooded red shirt, then put the long-sleeved red shirt on top. Put on the hood, then connect the Velcro on the strip for the cape around the shoulder and neck area. Add red gloves, and she is ready to go find her favorite word!

Super Why

-1 yard (or less) of blue felt

-yellow felt

-green felt

-scissors

-Velcro

-hot glue and glue sticks

-paper

-markers

-packing tape

printable Super Why! logo (optional)

Instructions:

Cut 1/2 yard of blue felt (more or less depending on the size of your little Super Why) and set the rest aside. Cut a strip from the edge of the fabric lengthwise. You will use this strip as the cape tie.

Next, cut two 1 1/2- to 2-inch slits in the top of the fabric widthwise, your child’s neck width apart. You will feed the strip you just cut through these slits to form the cape.

Trim the strip of blue felt you cut to about 24 inches (more or less depending on the size of your little Super Why), then glue Velcro to each end.

Thread the strip of felt through the slits you created and loop together to connect at the Velcro. Bam! You’ve just made a cape!

Next, make the Super Why mask. Trace around a pair of glasses or sunglasses (face down) with a marker onto some paper. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. Draw eye holes.

Cut out around your traced glasses and pin this sketch onto some green felt. Cut out around the lines of your drawing and cut out the eye holes to form this portion of the mask.

Next cut out two strips of green felt long enough to connect at the back of your child’s head. Glue one strip on each side of the mask, then glue Velcro to the ends.

Next you will make the blue Super Why briefs! If this part seems too complicated, your child can just wear a blue pair of shorts or bloomers. Cut out two large squares of blue fabric approximately 24 inches square. Double the fabric by laying one square on top of the other. Cut a curve in a corner of the fabric squares, then use that cut-out corner to form another curve on the other side. Separate the squares and connect at the bottom narrow point (meaning, the straight edge between the two curved corners) to form the bottom of the briefs. Connect this part by gluing it together into a seam.

Glue two pieces of Velcro on the sides of each hip, a total of four strips. Glue two on the “front” (just pick a side) and two on the back flaps. I had my little Super Why try on the shorts while I determined where the felt strips needed to be placed. The wrap-around fold will go in the back and you won’t see it because it will be hidden by the cape.

To make the belt, cut a strip of yellow felt. Measure to size and glue Velcro on the ends to attach in the back. Then cut out two circles (one larger than the other) from the same yellow felt. Glue one on top of the other, then glue to the front of the belt for the buckle.

Lastly, you’ll need the Super Why logo for the front of the shirt. Use a printable to make this or just draw the design with markers on paper. Cut the design out, cover in packing tape on both sides to “laminate,” then cut out around the tape and glue or tape onto the shirt!

Now all you need are a pair of green pants or tights to finish the look. Put all the pieces together and you have a SUPER-duper Super Why!

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