Halloween is drawing closer and closer. You may have brushed future celebrations under the carpet, as you still have a month to start your preparation, but if you want to avoid running around costume stores last minute for the perfect fancy dress for your kids or grandkids, you might want to start proceedings now. Avoid the frenzied rush, save yourself a few pennies and ensure that your little ones have the most unique and noteworthy fancy dress outfits by crafting them yourself. If there’s any time of year to get a little creative, this is it. So, pop on some classic halloween films and start getting inspiration for some homemade costumes. If you want a few ideas to get you started, read on. We’re here to help you along every step of the way on your DIY halloween venture.
Witches are the classic stock halloween character. Kids have dressed up as witches for years now. But more and more children are requesting to follow this halloween trend since the profound success of the Harry Potter franchise. A witch’s’ outfit is simple to put together and won’t take you much time at all.
What You Will Need:
- A witch’s hat
- A black dress
- Black fabric and black, thick ribbon.
- Over-the-knee socks
- An old broomstick
- Black cat cuddly toy
- Green face paint (optional)
Get your little one into the plain black dress. Then get them to pull the over-knee-socks up. Try to opt for a brighter color, such as orange, green, or purple. You can then use black tape to create a striped effect: simply wrap single strips around to form a band, leave a centimeter space and repeat. Do this until you have some wonderful stripy witch stockings. Alternatively, there are readymade striped stockings available. Now for the cape. After all, every good witch has a black cape billowing behind her while she flies her broomstick. All you need to do is to cut your black fabric into a square. Next, sew the black ribbon across one of the edges with a straight stitch. You can do this by hand, but with a good quality sewing machine, you will literally be able to complete this step in a few seconds. If you don’t have a machine, when better than now to invest? Seek guidance on choosing the best sewing machine for beginners, and you’ll have one up and running in no time. Leave an extra length of ribbon on either side of the fabric’s edges. This can then be used to tie the cape around the neck. Just remember to not pull it too tight and to keep an eye on your witch at all times while they’re wearing their cape. Finish the look off with a couple of essential final touches. Witch’s hats are available almost anywhere as it comes up to the occasion and you can usually grab one for a pittance. If you want to spruce things up a bit, you can drape fake web across it and use a hot glue
Pop one on your little trick or treater’s head, hand them the broomstick to carry about and if you want to go the extra mile, give them a black cat teddy to carry in their other hand. If you want to go for the Wicked Witch of the West look, you can also use green face paint for the iconic witch look. Hocus pocus! You’ve created the perfect little witch.
Once Halloween has passed, store the costume away in a dressing up box of some sort. You never know when it might come in handy again. Parts such as the cape could be used for different outfits such as a vampire next year!